Both Miranda and Sean Corcoran have been accepted on the Education Panel of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. Miranda had the following to say, “It’s a great honour to be selected for inclusion on this panel alongside some of the greatest artists and craftspeople working in Ireland today. It’s lovely that what we are doing here at The Art Hand is being recognised in this way. This accreditation gives us a fantastic opportunity to further develop our outreach programme in schools around the country”.
We are delighted to announce that Sean Corcoran has been commissioned by the Department of Education to facilitate the creation of a large mosaic and an accompanying book for the new Gaelscoil that is being built in Carraigpherish on the outskirts of Waterford city. Sean will engage with all the students and teachers of the Gaelscoil in the creation of the 3 metre wide mosaic that will be installed on a prominent internal wall in the new school. In addition to the permanent artwork a special story book will be created that is linked to the mosaic and will feature drawings by the kids. The mosaic and book are to be called The Magical Forest. The mosaic itself will depict a lush and vibrant forest, full of trees, flowers, animals, a stream and a pond. The idea for the book is to create a new Irish fable. A fantasy fairyland, folklore of the future.
Sean had the following to say about The Magical Forest commission; “I’m very excited about this project. It’s a fantastic commission and it will take until next June to complete. The story of The Magical Forest is based on a bedtime story that I have made up for our 2 kids. Alfie aged 5 and Matilda aged 8 have kept the story alive by insisting on hearing what happens next every night. I have also tried out versions of the story on kids that take part in our weekly activities here at The Art Hand. It’s not conventional storytelling in that the kids get to add characters and ideas to the story while it is being told. I’m delighted that the story will now be published in a colourful new book”.
Meanwhile Miranda starts work in the new year on another collaborative school mosaic, this time in Killrossanty, County Waterford. have commissioned Miranda to facilitate the creation of an external mosaic at the school entrance. The vibrant mosaic will contain tiles, glass, buttons, jewels, gems and personal mementos from the children and staff. It will be made in 4 separate panels and will signify the St. Bridget’s Cross.
Storm Footage shot by Sean Corcoran will be aired on RTE 1 and BBC Northern Ireland on January 6th. It will be part of a programme called “Oiche na Gaoithe Móire” that was made by Lagan Media Productions in Belfast. Sean had the following to say; “It’s my first time on the BBC! I’m really delighted. The footage was shot over the course of a few days back in January when Storm Christine hit Ireland. My friend the photographer Keith Fitzgerald and I braved the elements together, we had great fun, I love storms. The rugged stretch of The Copper Coast from Bunmahon Beach to Boatstrand Harbour is featured in the footage. My Canon G15 camera hasn’t worked since, but it was worth it!”
In further film news The Spraoi Unseen documentary made by Sean Corcoran and Dónal O’Flynn will be premiered on January 17th in Waterford city (venue to be announced). Spraoi Unseen is a feature length documentary that takes a look behind the scenes of the Spraoi Festival and Parade with revealing interviews with the management, performers, volunteers and members of the public.
A 10 week term of kids art classes will return in the new year on Tuesdays for 4 to 7 years olds (from January the 13th) and on Thursdays for 8 to 12 year olds (from January 15th). The classes run from 4pm to 5.30pm. Our kid’s art parties are proving very popular so if you’d like to celebrate your kids special birthday in a memorable way booking at least a month in advance is now advised.
For adults we are working on some exciting new techniques for The Saturday Art Club which will start again on January 10th and every fortnight after that. For teachers we will be running further training courses through the Waterford Teacher Centre. Our WORDS performance event returns on the first Wednesday of every month starting on January 7th.
We would like to sincerely thank everyone that has supported us throughout the year. We have nearly 5000 fans on our Facebook page now, thank you all for following, liking and sharing. Thanks also to all the local newspapers for generously sharing our news throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you to The Art Hand in 2015, in the meantime have a great Christmas.
Sean and Miranda Corcoran.