The Flying Colours Project

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Photographs taken by Emma Jervis

The Flying Colours Project was an opportunity for schools to be part of the Exhibition display for the opening of the new West Cork Arts Centre Building in 2015. This Collaborative Initiative between West Cork Arts Centre and West Cork Education Centre celebrated the colour, creativity and energy of children’s artwork from across West Cork.

The Flying Colours Project invited teachers and children from all West Cork Primary Schools to contribute their own individual part of an installation artwork that floods the spaces of the new building with colour, and are on show as part of the opening season alongside artwork from professional, nationally and internationally renowned artists.

There was no restrictions on the amount of children that could participate in this project, every child, in every class, in every school was invited. Each child was asked to create, with the guidance of schools coordinator Alison Cronin and their class teacher, their own colourful flying creature. These creatures were then installed throughout the building, swarming up the staircases, through rooms and corridors in waves of colour.

A series of workshops for teachers demonstrating techniques and ideas for all levels from Infants to Sixth Class were held at West Cork Education Centre during September to give participating teachers the ideas and skills necessary to complete the project.

S.N. Inis Arcáin
Gaelscoil Dr Uí Shúilleabháin
St James National School
Rath National School
Scoil Naísunta Rae na Scríne
St Brendan’s National School
St Matthias National School
Scoil an Chroí Naofa
Kilgarriffe National School
Scoil Eoin
St Joseph’s N.S.
Abbeystrewery N.S.
Lisheen N.S.
St Mary’s SNR GNS,
Our Lady of Mercy N.S.
Drimoleague Junior N.S.