Saturday, 14 January 2017

Gospel

I started blogging about the 'Tuam Babies' back in April, up until that point this space had been about documenting art projects and school visits predominately and about 6,000 people had visited. I took a break from writing after the 'Tuam Spirit Babies' exhibition wound up at the end of November in order to reflect and recoup and it's only now that I realise the total of visitors is at 33,091. 
That's staggering!!!! 

All I can surmise is that there is still a huge interest in the injustices that took place against women and children in this country and just want to take the opportunity to thank you for your support by just visiting this space. 


Certain ideas are beginning to brew in relation to this work but nothing will proceed until there is confirmation and synchronicity. In the meantime I'll leave you with this poem which was sent by Nuala Flynn who works with survivors in London and is so apt.


Gospel
We are the children of light, 
Wise, not companioned
By goats
In a condemned graveyard.

Backward blowing
Blizzards of memory
Flatten out
The genealogies.

But here a point,
The objective essence
We work in.
We shall not drink from the stink-pots.

Propaganda,
Gospel spread
With tin shovels,
We are this generation.
-Patrick Kavanagh

Friday, 13 January 2017

Riverbank Arts Centre - Meet Spring Thing

Happy New Year!!!

Always delighted to do something for the Riverbank here's this season's cover for their brochure. 

Meet SpringThing.

Conveying the exuberance and freshness of SpRinG as well as the lighthearted feeling of Valentine's Day 'SpringThing' is a kind of Funny Valentine :-) (not sure if it's funny ha ha or funny strange) but you get the point ;-)

Check out the incredible line up at from Jan-March 2017 including Jack L, the Nuala's, Jason Byrne, Liam O Maolai, My funny Valentine and tons more....


I've sung the praises of the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co.Kildare many times over the years. It's one of the few places that has it's own Children's Gallery which is active in both outreach, as well as housing some very fine exhibitions especially for children. It's truly wonderful to see a place that includes everyone properly and continues to do that consistently; year in year out. 

Glad to be part of the plan to feature an artist every season and following in the steps of the super talented Brian Coldrick and Pete Donnelly. 

Who'll be next?