April 26 – May 30, 2024

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Art-Hub for aspiring artists

A rt teachers Joanne O’Brien and Eilb- he Donovan set up Art-Hub in the middle of the pandemic to run outdoor Sum- mer art camps. The business partnership proved so success- ful that the teachers continued into the academic year, running after-school classes in venues in West Cork. Since then they have rolled out art programmes in-situ in participating schools and also work with people with additional needs in CoAction. Both Joanne and Eilbhe have more than fifteen years teaching

experience; Joanne, here in Ireland at second level and Eil- bhe, teaching overseas through the American AP curriculum. The teachers are dedicated to the holistic development of students through creativity and exploration in the Arts, which both complement and expand on the Primary Curriculum for Art (for children’s classes) and open aspiring artist’s minds to develop their practice and discover different media within the Arts. Working with Primary school age children, from age 5 up to

13, and with adults, Art-Hub offers classes a in all media: clay, 3D, drawing, painting, collage and print-making, with all materials provided. In the future the duo are planning on expanding their business to work with more community and socially en- gaged projects and programmes in the area and beyond. For more information on Art-Hub check out their page on facebook ‘ArtHubWestCork’.

West Cork students win top prizes in Texaco Children’s Art Competition

T wo West Cork students are amongst 12 from the county to have won top prizes in this year’s 70th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Aoife O’Regan (16), from Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon and Gael Taaffe (17), from Skibbereen Community School, each won Special

Merit Awards for artworks that final adjudicator, Gary Granville, Professor Emeritus of Education at the National College of Art and Design, said “demonstrated high levels of skill and imagina- tion”. The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is pop- ularly regarded as the longest-running sponsor- ship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first competition held in 1955.

Colouring Corner

Gael Taaffe

Aoife o’Regan

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