I would like to draw your attention to a fascinating visual arts project to be unveiled in Ardagh Heritage Centre tomorrow night. The project is deeply rooted in ‘place’ which is the primary inspiration for many of our artists and writers.
I’m looking forward and I hope to see you there supporting what must be the hardest working artists and organisers in Longford.
Welcome to the ‘…and where are you from? Art of Longford Town lands’ Art Exhibition by Eilish Creamer and launch of teacher pack by Creative Ardagh.
This resource is designed to be used with the project website thanks to the support of Creative Ireland’s Longford Committee.
The project started when Creative Ardagh were approached by Granard-native, artist Eilish Creamer, with her vision for an art project to enable students to ‘increase their cultural identity and imagination by application of history and folklore to art’.
Eilish’s own work had led her to explore the unique shapes of the townlands around the county on maps and with her local knowledge she began to see images in the shapes. Her recent paintings feature stories from local legends, folklore and history such as the ’98 Ballinamuck Croppie picture on the website. We are delighted to have an exhibition of them in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre to coincide with the launch.
This teacher pack and accompanying website can be used as inspiration for a similar project in your local area. Inside you will find local history resources, lesson plans for introducing the project and ideas for a variety of interpretations in different media including drawing, paint and colour, fabric and fibre, clay and printing. All of this is linked to the primary school curriculum but the open-endedness of the project allows for adaptation for secondary school and adult groups also.
Links to lots more information can be found on the website: