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Cross-Community Art Exchange Showcase an outstanding success
25/03/2014 00:00:00

 Creativity was celebrated at a recent showcase event in Watch House Cross Community Centre which involved Art Groups from across Limerick city. Learners from Our Lady of Lourdes, Temperance Hall , Thomondgate ,  Limerick Social Services Centre  , St. John’s parish,  Garryowen and Northside FRC were all involved in an event that succeeded in bringing together people from across the city.


Tutor Paul Quane said the idea for the event came from discussions about the annual Active Retirement Art Exhibition which is held each year as part of the Bealtaine Festival in May saying ‘I realised that many learners in different groups, who have showcased their art/crafts in exhibitions down through the years, have not actually engaged in conversation with one another at these event’. Paul decided that it would be great to get learners from across the city get to know each other through an ‘art exchange event’. ‘I asked learners from the different classes I teach to make a postcard sized painting and to write their names and title of their paintings on the reverse. Then I exchanged the small paintings between learners in the various groups from the different centres throughout the city.

Paul invited each group to come along to Watch House Cross Community Library on the 21st of February, bringing with them the post card sized paintings to be placed in empty picture frames in the exhibition space in the library. Each person searched for the person named on the reverse of the painting they had received. There was a great buzz as introductions were made and all participants chatted away over light refreshments. The feedback was very positive from all who attended and enjoyed the gathering immensely.

Paul also also asked learners to think and talk with each other about ideas for future Community Education Art/Craft Group Social interactive events.  One of many suggestions was to have a guest speaker give a talk on Community Art related themes.  Paul felt that the entire event was a really worthwhile one surmising that ‘I can only feel positive, in knowing  that something new and fresh will evolve from our cross-community  social interactive experience’

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