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Christine O'Brien

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'treelines & skylines' at Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford

8th February to 29th March, 2018

panorama - installation of student work'treelines & skylines' features paintings from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection and artwork byTransition Year students. Senator Grace O'Sullivan officially opened the exhibition on February 15th. Ray McGrath from the Irish Wildlife Trust also spoke about the context of the work in relation to biodiversity.

Greyfriars Municipal Gallery - treelines and skylines exhibitionThe student work was created during a short series of workshops in November and December 2017. Many of the participants from Ard Scoil na Mara, De la Salle College, the Presentation Convent and Waterpark College had not studied art before.

The annual exhibition of work from the collection for Senior Cycle students is part of Waterford City & County Council's Secondary School programme.

skylines and treelines, Greyfriars Municipal gallery, waterfordbackground to the exhibition

I had the pleasure of facilitating art workshops in four Waterford schools over five weeks during November and early December 2017 as part of the Waterford City & County Council annual Secondary Schools Arts Programme 2017-18. The workshops took place in Ard Scoil na Mara, De la Salle College, the Presentation Convent and Waterpark College.

After the Rain by John O'Regan and students drawings'After the Rain' by John O'Regan from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection was the inspiration for the workshops.
The oil on paper from circa 1986 helped illustrate concepts like composition, colour, balance and harmony.

But participants also considered how the weeds and grasses growing through and around barbed wire in the foreground is a powerful metaphor for overcoming adversity, and the resilience of nature.

treelines and skylines, Waterford Municipal GalleryA number of paintings from the Municipal Collection were referenced during the workshops and are on display as part of the exhibition. These include work by Frank Egginton, Norah McGuinness, Maurice MacGonigal, Cecily Brennan, Martin Quigley, Elizabeth Leonard, James Humber Craig, Joan Chambers, and Nathaniel Hone, the Younger.

The gallery is open to the public between 10am and 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

Admission is free and schools groups are welcome though booking is essential.

invite - skylines and treelines featuring 'After the Rain' by John O'Regan

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