NICOLA HENLEY chats to Noel McGuinness about the Wise Ways Exhibition at Axis in Ballymun.
Wise Ways was a participatory arts project with older people, originating at Raheen Hospital in County Clare. Funded by The Arts Council, the project toured to KCAT/ Mount Carmel nursing home in Callan, Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun, Dublin and Arás Eánna, Inis Oirr. The outcome was a unique collection of handmade artworks in clay and personal memories or stories created and exhibited at each venue.
Nicola Henley, Arts Coordinator and facillitator at Raheen Hospital, and artist Terry O’Farrell worked with visual artists from KCAT (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent) and attendees from Mount Carmel Nursing Home, Callan; participants from The Active Living Group, Ballymun, Dublin; the Active Retirement Group Comhra na nAosach and secondary school children from Colaiste Gobnait, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands.
Wise Ways aimed to document the wealth of knowledge and sustainable ways in which the older generation lived in distinctly different parts of Ireland in the past. The project aimed to highlight the wisdom of a generation who knew well how to survive and adapt to their immediate environment, sharing a great sense of community.
|DATE: October 16, 2012
|Themes:Local Arts & Culture
|Keywords:Axis, Ballumun, Wise Ways, Exhibitions, Active Retirement Group, Colaiste Gobnait