Carrowbeg Artists, Sarah Kelly, Trish Kelly, Anna Rose Lowry, Marion McGing, Máire Maguire and Gerry O’Malley have been meeting for art workshops weekly in The Custom House Studios. Supported by The Upstart Project, from Mayo County Council Arts Office, the group have worked on a different project each year including, Bronze casting, Film, Pottery and an Artist’s book; A Book of Shopping. They have opportunities to explore different artistic processes, experiment with new techniques, develop their skills and their styles of working in Printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and books.
All projects have been facilitated and directed by artists Caroline Masterson and Gráinne O’Reilly, and have been completed each year to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The group have also had opportunities to meet and work with several other artists from the local and international community.
A successful aspect of the workshops has been an emphasis on participants self motivation and expression, the place of the workshop within a weekly schedule and routine of activities and the involvement and support of staff from Carrowbeg Enterprises. Staff at Custom House Studios provide tangible supports, assistance and guidance to the participants. There is an emphasises on engaging in processes which have the capacity to develop and transform the participant’s imagery into a different medium. This engagement with complex processes enriches the individual’s experience of working on an art project.
In 2017 the group worked with visual artists Gráinne O’Reilly and Caroline Masterson, and with The Idle Wall chef Áine Maguire to complete a cookery book reflecting the tastes, dietary needs and preferences of the individual participants. The process was documented by photographer Conor Mc Keown.
Áine Maguire took leadership of the project and each participant informed her of their favourite foods. From that she developed the recipes for the cookery classes. Shopping for the ingredients took place in Supervalu and McCormack’s Butchers in Westport. The cookery classes took place over a number of weeks with Áine in The Idle Wall, where everyone enjoyed a beautiful meal at the end of each session. Participants made aprons and bags in preparation for the project. Imagery of these, along with documentary photographs and the original recipes are used to make the pages of the book. The project culminated in the cookery book Carrowbeg Cook - a unique book presented with beautiful art work and documentary photographs.
- Publisher: Aine Maguire
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