Work is nearing completion at St Bricin’s College, Belturbet on 'Reflecting', a project that sees the first and fifth year students respond to the Reflective Space at Cavan County Museum. For the past four months, the students have worked with class teacher Sinead Leahy and Pawel and Kasia from Konik Artists' Studios, examining themes of reflection against the backdrop of the 1916 Commemorations and the World War I Trench Experience at Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff.
The students visited the Museum, where Dr Michael Finnegan guided them on a history tour. They considered poetry including poems from the period and more recent work including ‘Opposite Walls’ by Noel Monahan. The young people also read ‘The Wayfarer’ by Padraig Pearse, ‘Lament for Thomas Mac Donagh‘ by Frances Ledwidge and ‘No Man’s Land’ by Katharine Tynan.
The artists provided the young people with imagery of war and its aftermath and helped them to consider historical, social and political settings that lead to war and crisis situations.
Over a number of weeks the students have worked in paint, clay, and papier mache and found objects to make their own artwork in response to the 'Reflecting' theme. The resultant work will be integrated in the Reflective Space at Cavan County Museum. The work will be launched at the Museum on the 27th May. This temporary art response will remain in the garden during the summer of 2016. To view the St Bricin's students' blog, click here.
Konik Studio Artists
Konik Studio Artists, Pawel and Kasia, have a studio at Townhall, Cavan. They are working on Broken Tale, an animation that they researched while on residency in Sweden. They will launch this animation in Cavan in July 2016. Further details are available at https://www.facebook.com/konikart/
Reflecting will be launched by Minister Heather Humphreys and Cllr Paddy Smith, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council on Friday 27 May at 2pm at Cavan County Museum Peace Garden.