Innovation and creativity statrs in places such as Nenagh, Borrosokane or Thurles - the towns and villages of Ireland - and leads us to cultural celebrations such as Diarmuid Gavin’s win at Chelsea Flower Show, according to North Tipperary arts officer Melanie Scott.
And lateral thinking, big ideas, resourcefulness and invention, problem solving, vision and originality are the cornerstone of the work of Irish artists across all genres.
Innovation is about creativity and skill, just like art is, she said at the opening of the latest exhibition by local artist Edwina Knight in Nenagh library.
Gabriel Byrne, the cultural ambassador for Ireland, has spoken of redefining ourselves as a country and the role the arts can play in the regeneration and reinvigoration and reimagination of the country and our image abroad. “We are known for our innovation and creativity, our vision, she said. “It all starts here in Nenagh or Thurles or Borrisokane or Ballina by supporting and engaging with artists in their own place, by nurturing our own talent,,supporting that growth and enabling it to flourish,” said Ms Scott.
She told the gathering that she had first met Edwina in about 2001 in her role as an art teacher, and what immediately struck her was Edwina’s immersion in her subject, the care with which she guided her students through exhibitions and engagements with artists - as part of a programme ran in partnership with North Tipperary VEC called Visual Dialogues.
“She always went that extra distance to ensure that everyone was engaged with and comfortable with the process, sharing her insight into the artworks and encouraging a love of art in all forms,” said Ms Scott.
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