Adare’s Gathering of Artists inspires pupils

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Heather Alfred, Alli Fitzell and Megan Flood, pupils at St Nicholas' National School, with artist in residence Nell Madden and school principal Margaret Brickenden. Pictures: Sean Curtin
SCORES and scores of children from Adare’s four national schools are digging deep for artistic inspiration and hoping for a top spot in the Gathering of Artists Exhibition which takes place in the village later this year.

SCORES and scores of children from Adare’s four national schools are digging deep for artistic inspiration and hoping for a top spot in the Gathering of Artists Exhibition which takes place in the village later this year.

But competition for the exhibition is fierce, with just one artwork being accepted from each school. However, help and advice for the young artists will be available, is the assurance from Maeve Martin Kelly, manager of Adare Heritage Centre which is hosting the event.

Four local artists, Nell Madden, Clare Hanratty, Barry O’Riordan and Meg Morley, have been visiting the schools and holding art workshops with the aim of getting the creative juices flowing and helping pupils to create their own interpretation of The Gathering, she says. “The competition is a way of encouraging local pupils to think about what The Gathering means to them and provide them with an opportunity to spend time with accomplished local artists,” she adds.

Pupils from third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes at St Nicholas School, Shountrade School, Our Lady’s Abbey and Scoil Naomh Iósaf have been invited to take part and to create their own interpretation of The Gathering

Pupils have until the end of May to complete their paintings. The paintings will then be judged by a panel made up of Maeve Martin Kelly and artists Roger McCarthy and Paul Quane. The winners will not be announced until September and will receive a gift voucher as well as their spot on the exhibition wall. Each school will also receive a voucher for the Patrick Normoyle Art Supplies Store in Limerick.

“Adare Heritage Centre has supported local art for a long number of years and we wanted to do something which would bring back our many local artists to celebrate The Gathering and discover the next generation of artists in the village,” Maeve Martin Kelly says, explaining the thinking behind the Gathering of Artists exhibition.

The children’s winning artwork will feature along with the work of a number of local artists who will also create a work on the theme of The Gathering.

All these paintings will be auctioned in the autumn with the proceeds going to the Butterfly Club.