Project - "Onsight"
A series of summer workshops by Mayo Arts Squad and various artists in the grounds of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.
“Onsight” is a collaborative project between the Mayo Country Council Arts Office, Mayo Arts Squad and the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. You are invited to join the various artists in creating a series of site-specific works in the Museum grounds. These drop-in workshops will take place over a number of weeks from May-August 2012 and are suitable for all the family to enjoy.
These works will find their inspiration in both the Irish Folklife Collection (which is displayed in the Museum Galleries), and in the grounds of Turlough Park. Dependence on the land is a strong theme in the Museum’s collection and with this in mind, the artists will use mainly natural materials in their projects.
Participants can join the events as they take place.
No booking required but spaces might be limited.
(Drop-in to one or all workshops – the choice is yours!)
Title: LEAVES AN IMPRESSION
Artist: MAYO ARTSQUAD
This workshop, led by Barbra, made plaster moulds of large leaves taken from plants growing in the wild. The finished works are presented as an installation on the museum grounds.
Title: TURN IN THE BREEZE
Artist: MAYO ARTSQUAD
Participants helped create a visual feast of windmills for an installation of finished works on site.
Title: SILK PAINTING
Artist: BRID KIVNEEN
Participants were asked to choose a theme or item from the museum as an inspiration for a silk painting. Finished works are exhibited in the Museum Café gallery.
Artist MEROVEE GUERIN
Participants were invited to weave a thread or two in a community response weave and help create a large-scale woven piece exhibited in the Museum Café gallery.
Artist: TOM MESKELL
This will be a large scale installation work sited on the museum grounds.
Participants will paint and decorate sticks found on site. Finished pieces will be assembled to create the finished work.
Title: WILLOW IN BLUE
Artist: JODI COYNE
Learn how to create a modern wall piece based on the traditional style of blue and white tableware. Participants will be asked to take an image or a story from the museum as an inspiration for the piece. Works will be exhibited in the Museum Café gallery.
Title: PRAYER BOATS
Artist: TOMMY CASBY
The aim of the workshop is to build an artistic interpretation of reed/coracle boats as viewed in the museum. Participants are invited to take part in building these pieces using locally sourced natural materials. The finished work will be displayed on site.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS OF THE ABOVE PROJECTS PLEASE CONTACT:
Mayo Arts Squad – Mick Smyth: 087 2582131
Museum Reception: 094 903 1755.