1916-2016 A Century of Art and History

Gallery view, A Century of Art and History Exhibition May 2016 (2)

West Cork Education Centre and West Cork Arts Centre invited schools to take part in this exciting new visual arts project as part of the 1916 Centenary Commemorations.

To commemorate the 1916 centenary 20 groups from 11 schools across West Cork had explored the one hundred years of art and history since the Easter Rising. Each group created an artwork representing each 5 year period from 1916-2016. The project incorporated historical research, artistic research and the children’s own creativity and imagination. With the support of West Cork Arts Centre Schools Coordinator Alison Cronin and their own class teachers, each group researched their 5 year period, exploring historical events locally, nationally and internationally, ways of life and culture, and artworks created at the time.  From this research they decided on a theme and an artistic style that interested them, and created a group artwork.

With children from junior infants through to sixth class they created a wide ranging exhibition of sculpture, collage, painting, mobiles and painted glass and representing everything from the Rising itself, to the arrival of a monkey in Clonakilty, the closure of the West Cork railway, to a roller disco. A colourful and creative celebration of the past one hundred years, seen through the eyes of West Cork children.

The exhibition ran in the Uillin in Skibbeeen in May 2016.

The exhibition was a result of a partnership between, Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre and West Cork Education Centre. Congratulations to all the participating schools:

– St Joseph’s GNS, Clonakilty1916-20_The Liffey Swim_St Josephs GNS Clonakilty_6th class (web size)
– Presentation Primary, Bandon
– Scoil na mBuachailli, Clonakilty
– Kilcoe NS
– Our Lady of Mercy NS, Bantry
– St James NS, Durrus
– Reenacreena NS
– Ballinadee NS
– Togher NS
– Rathbarry NS
– Barryroe NS