Waterford Libraries welcomed John O’Leary Mayor of Waterford to launch the Restoration Art Project at Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford on Thursday September 1st.
The Restoration Art Project is supported by the Creative Ireland Waterford Programme who funded an outreach programme allowing the Library to work with the project partners in Garter Lane Arts Centre to create an Art Trail, beautiful postcards and a series of upcoming art workshops with the artists.
Cllr. John O’Leary, Mayor, Waterford City & County and Síle Penkert, Exeuctive Director, Garter Lane. Photo: John Power
Six artists, who are currently in residency in Garter Lane, have each completed an art work in different mediums, which were installed in branches of Waterford Libraries at Ardkeen, Carrickphierish, Lismore, Tramore and two pieces in Central Library. The theme of ‘Restoration’ reflects both the impact that creativity has had during Covid as well as being a practical way of restoring those physical links between artists and our communities.
Waterford libraries are ideally placed to provide those links by offering bright, innovative spaces where artists can display their works and flourish. The Restoration pieces are on display in our Library branches until the end of the year.
Restoration Art Trail includes;
Video and sculpture – Tramore Library
Oil on canvas – Central Library
Mixed media -Carrickphierish Library
Oil on linen – Ardkeen Library
Black biro on paper – Lismore Library
Ceramic – Central Library
Pictured with Mayor of Waterford City & County were participating artists that included Brendan Butler, Marcella Meagher,Sharon Fleming, Denise McAuliffe and Rory Vandookkum. Also included were artist Clare Scott, Garter Lane, Sandra Kelly, Visual Artist and Outreach Manager, Garter Lane, Síle Penkert, Exeuctive Director, Garter Lane, Jane Cantwell, City & County Librarian, Lucy Aughney, Acting Executive Librarian and Sinéad Ó’Higgins, Senior Exeuctive Librarian. Photo: John Power