One of the most exciting initiatives associated with the Brian Ború celebrations in Ballina-Killaloe is a joint-venture by the Arts Offices of Clare and North Tipperary County Council’s - working together they have organised ten artists residencies in nine schools.
An exhibition of the work created during the residencies takes place in Quay Arts, 2 Ballina Quay, Ballina. Featuring everything from jewels and vessels to masks and recordings made by the children Quay Arts will be transformed by the colourful display of the various exhibits from the different schools.
“Working as individuals and in groups the children have not only been exploring the life of Brian Ború, but also the times that he lived in. The opportunity to create art pieces, music and drama to illustrate these times has seen children in the local area engage in new artistic techniques and create their own personal responses through art,” explained Melanie Scott, Arts Officer with North Tipperary County Council.
The launch of the Brian Ború Artist in Primary School Scheme Exhibition will take place on Friday, April 11th at 6pm in Quay Arts, No. 2 Ballina Quay, Ballina.
This will be followed by the launch of the Brian Ború Millennium Commemoration Weekend at Ballina Quay (green area in front of Flanagans) from 7-8.30pm.
The Artist in School Scheme has run in both North Tipperary and Clare through the arts office since 1999. The aim of the scheme is to encourage collaboration between professional artists and schools and to encourage positive experiences of the arts across art forms and in all parts of the county.
The artists and schools participating in North Tipperary are: Ballinahinch NS (with Suzannah O’Reilly), Portroe NS (with Olive Kilgannon), Ballina NS (with Thomas Wollen & Lynn Kirkham) and Boher NS (with Paul Finch).
“This truly remarkable exhibition demonstrates an investment by all involved in the projects including children, teachers and artists, who have achieved the ultimate aim of the scheme which is for an artist to take a school on a creative journey true to their discipline” according to Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare Arts Officer.
The exhibition is open to the public on Thursday, April 10th & Friday, April 11th from 10am-2pm and on Saturday, April 12th & Sunday, April 13th from 2pm-6pm.