Community Art Projects
I specialise in Murals and Community Art Projects.
Over the last 30 years I have experienced and delivered a large variety of projects that demand an understanding of all materials and disciplines whether audio or visual .
Most Recent completed Projects :
- Lankill N.S 2017
- Cuilmore N.S Newport 2017
- Westport 250 Parade 2017
- Murrisk National School Mural at the foot of Croagh Patrick November 2016
- Westport Arts Festival Parade Sept 2016.
Finding artistic solutions by collaborating with all ages to research and resolve situations is a really exciting design process.
Whether it is a public or commercial space, school or private house the sense of achievement and ownership is often immeasurable
Birmingham Children's Hospital Project
A Commercial Commission for Birmingham Children’s Hospital to reflect the protected areas of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Murrisk National School wanted to paint something on the outside of their school which would reflect the vibrance of the School on the inside and its exceptionally beautiful suroundings.
So one sunny Monday morning we took our sketch books and the whole school went for a long walk down to the beach to REALLY look at their environment and talk about what it meant to them. In the following 4 days I spent time with each child developing their interpretation of the particular subject they had chosen to explore and by Thursday we were ready to build the composition. We looked at Paul Henrys work and talked about Hockneys colours and graphics .The individual drawings were projected onto Marine ply prepped boards and they all came back to paint their part.
The result is the most wonderful expresssion of the children's appreciation of where they live. The Mural is bursting with colour and content and illustrates the huge variety of History, nature, leisure persuits and heritage in such a small area.
It is a very rewarding experience to guide a child to create something they didn't know they were capable of, not just individually but as a team and the finished design is now available as a printed card to raise funds for the school .Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details .
Warren Farm Nursery
St Joseph's After School Club
This workshop was funded by Irish in Birmingham by the inspirational Pat Wright.
We talked about anything
and everything that they associated with Ireland – Family,sport, music, Legends, holidays,rainbows. We looked at the social history contained in old letters letters and stamps from 1870 to present day,
identified them in the stamp catalogues and selected their own collection to stick on a small vase ready for a
flower or a tea light. All washed down with pink lemonade
and Tatoes with some traditional irish music just to keep us focussed.
Shustoke School Jubilee Projects
Here is What the Head Teacher Ms Wall says:
Warren Farm Projects
Jigsaw Art Project
It is some what enlightening and rare to find artists and creative facilitators that can build on the bones of your initial concepts and use them to create resources and inclusive opportunities for audiences, participants and community.
With the National Trust Whose Story? Project which was an exciting initiative which aimed to engage and attract audiences from Black and Minority backgrounds to the National Trust who wouldn’t normally visit. Nicky worked on the ‘Access All Areas’ project at Croome Park in Worcester 2008/2009; again as a scriptwriter/facilitator creating an audio tour for the parkland. Exploring how cultures from all over the world were reflected at Croome, from the trees to the people who lived there. Along with audio artist Sarah Wilson and Redditch based youth group Caribbean Roots Connection produced an audio tour narrated by William Dean, who was Head Gardener at Croome in 1824 plus the young people acting the parts of 18 century characters who may have worked or lived at Croome.
This team building excersise for BCA engaged all the staff who were dressed as candles to celebrate the companies 50th Birthday. I painted the Auction platform that they stood on as a giant cake which looked good enough to eat but we distributed slices of a replica cake to customers for fun.