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Imagine Arts Festival VISUAL ARTS EVENTS

15 Minutes of Fame Pop-Up Portraiture

Join us for a very special event which is the Imagine Arts Festival‘s birthday present to the People of Waterford who have supported the Imagine Arts Festival for 21 years! Imagine invites you to come and have your ‘15 MINUTES

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Demystifying Spraypaint Workshop with Caoilfhionn Hanton

Imagine are proud to be hosting a workshop day of ‘Demystifying Spraypaint’ with Caoilfhionn Hanton, a Waterford art student and artist on the rise. Caoilfhionn has nine years of spraypaint and commission experience under her belt at the age of twenty-four, and she is eager to easily translate spray-painting fundamentals, and share her skill set with ten interested participants. Participants will walk away with their own piece of artwork, and will also practise different types of mixed-media mediums like acrylic paint and markers. You will learn lesser-known tips and tricks that translate her process and preparation; from designing a piece, increasing scale, how to cut stencils and spraypaint itself and its essential tools. Spaces are limited and those aged 13-18 are preferable.

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Life Drawing workshop with Una Sealy RHA

In this workshop, Una will lead the participants, step by step, through the elements of drawing the figure, from basic anatomy, structures, and composition. She will demonstrate the principles of how to start a drawing by using gesture, negative space, gravity lines and measuring. The participants will follow this process, with individual guidance. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some life drawing experience will be helpful. Una Sealy is a tutor in drawing, painting and anatomy at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) School. She is Professor of Art at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. (RCSI)

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Laochas: Creative Mindfulness Workshops

Different Stations and activities open to age 6 – 12 year-olds. Join us for a one-hour workshop where we will demonstrate how blending the arts with mindful activities not only teaches young people important coping skills but introduces them to a positive way to express themselves, make friends and have fun.

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The Possession Project

Possession by artist Amanda Coogan is a living installation focusing on the female figure and the ideas of re-discovery of lost female artists including Irish artist Teresa Deevy. Three live performances @ Waterford Museum of Treasures, Choristers’ Hall

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Sound & Portraits: Live Music & Art

The Waterford Gallery of Art will be presenting a series of sound portraits by musicians, artists and those working with sound to spotlight how identity, representation and lived experiences are captured creatively beyond the canvas.

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Exhibition: Hound by Paul Bolger

Paul is a passionate creative. A Design (Communications) graduate from WIT and musician, he entered the entertainment industry in the late 1980s and has provided his drawing, design and directing skills to films, books and graphic novels; along with writing, recording and performing his songs since then. His animation film credits include The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven, The Thief & The Cobbler, Cool World, Shaun The Sheep and the upcoming Wallace & Gromit film. He released the eponymous first of two recent music albums on the Canadian label Wolfe Island records in 2020, with the follow-up HARD TRUTH arriving to great reviews in Spring 2022. Work is underway for his third record.

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Exhibition: Brazen by Ciara O’Connor

Ciara O’Conor is a Kerry based visual artist who works with textiles and embroidery. Her work is figurative and deals with themes of identity, nostalgia, relationships, and feminism. She uses a combination of hand stitching, free motion embroidery and raw-edged appliqué to create her thread drawings. The slow, meditative nature of hand stitching allows time to become intimately connected with what she is making. The speed and fluidity of machine stitching allows for a more intuitive, expressive outcome and instant gratification.

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