Our working partnership with the Ark, Europe’s first custom-designed cultural centre for children in Dublin, goes back to many years, to 1994 when the Ark was still a building site. Our first project was to design the Ark’s visual identity and subsequently all the programmes’ brochures up to 2003.
Around the year 2000, Jole Bortoli started to run workshops for children as part of the Ark’s visual art programme, which she still does, both in the Ark’s building and in the Outreach programmes. As part of this programme Jole also delivers training courses for teachers.
Art to Heart regularly works with the Sanctuary, a spirituality centre in the heart of Dublin city.
In the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the Sanctuary the participants are facilitated in exploring personal imagery, the sacred and secular artworks of different cultures and the importance of the imagination as a tool of self-discovery and empowerment.
Garden and Art Project
We are running an ongoing art and gardening project with the children and teachers in Christ the King GS, Cabra, Dublin. The project which started in November 2014 is about creating and maintaining a vegetable and fruit garden throughout the year as well as producing original 3D artwork for the external walls. Painted birdhouses and fairy houses are now competing with pumpkins and berries for the passerby’s attention!
Art to Heart’s team have been delivering children workshops at Art Source, November annual art fair at the RDS, Dublin. A spacious area in the fair is specifically designated to facilitate children’s creativity with free workshops sponsored by the organisers.
We regularly collaborate with Stefania Russell, Manager at The Russell Gallery. Stefania is both a client as she regularly attends our courses and workshops and a dear friend with a genuine love for art. Her gallery is a well-loved meeting centre for the local artists and a popular spot for national and international visitors. We were happy to be exhibiting ‘Radljóst – Enough light to navigate by’, paintings by Barbara O’Meara and Jole Bortoli from 14th to 31st October 2017 and ‘The Art of a Good Saturday’ group exhibition from the Art to Heart Saturday group from 2nd December 2017.
June 2010 to June 2018 – Back in June 2010 Art to Heart’s team started working with the adult Art Group in RehabCare in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin and after many programmes together the enthusiasm is still high.
The Art Group is large, hard working and very creative. As we get to know each other in more depth we are also becoming more vocal in expressing what we would like to explore.
It is a partnership where we, the facilitators, have come to feel more comfortable and relaxed in the hope that what we are offering is stimulating and of interest.
The individual responses and feed back from within the group is very positive and in turn, inform and direct the programme.
We started a new programme with Collinstown Park Community College, a second level school in Clondalkin, Dublin. The programme takes place in the school’s library, where students are offered many extra-curricular activities with a focus on creativity.
We have designed the interior decoration of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in Dublin. Jole Bortoli has run workshops with children to provide artwork which was partly enlarged to create transparent screens between the offices and partly framed to decorate the walls. Paola Mezzaroma has designed a set of symbols that illustrate the children’s rights as per the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The signs are part of the Ofﬁce’s educational programme, displayed on the windows of the Office and used in promotional material.