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31 May – 15 June 2010

Art Alongside is a visual arts project working with children in County Wexford primary schools. The project aims to provide a dynamic and relevant experience of the visual arts to children and adults of County Wexford. This year Art Alongside is continuing its successful partnership with IMMA’s National Programme with the creation of a new exhibition Abode. The exhibition includes a selection of work from the primary school children, alongside the work of project artists Mary Claire O’Brien and Helen Robbins, and works from the IMMA Collection. The inclusion of work from the Museum’s collection allows the public, and in particular students, access to the National Collection in a familiar and accessible location.

Rebecca Horn,Dublin Last Waltz at the Shelbourne Hotel, 1992, Over-painted photograph, Unframed: 126 x 92.5 cm, Donated by the artist, 2001Paddy Jolley, Rebecca Trost and Inger Lise Hansen, Hereafter, 2004, Black and white film transferred from 16mm/Super 8 to DVD, Unframed: Dimensions variable, Purchase, 2005Rebecca Horn, Take me to the other side of the ocean, 1991, Shoes, glass funnell, blue pigment, metal construction and motor, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2002

The exhibition features work from the IMMA Collection by Kathy Prendergast, Maria Simonds-Gooding, Paddy Jolley, Rebecca Horn and Rachel Whiteread, and focuses on the theme of an abode. The project artists worked with 4th, 5th and 6th classes, exploring the concept of imaginary personal spaces and places that provide a sense of privacy and protection. Ideas and images of dwelling places, safe havens, personal spaces and cocoons, were used to fire the creativity and imagination on the overall theme. Some class groups responded to this theme in a very personal way, creating the interior of their own imaginary rooms, hideaways, or dens – private places for themselves. Other class groups were interested in actually building the exterior of their own ‘ideal home’, these homes ranged from house boats, buses and caravans, to cosy cottages, tall towers and stately homes.

Art Alongside is funded and supported by Wexford County Council, the Arts Council in association with IMMA, Wexford Arts Centre and participating national schools.

Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Tel: 053 9123764

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