Community Outreach

WICKLOW 400 YEAR YARN:knit hangings exhibition

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 18:30

A bright & colourful display of wonderful hangings created from 2013's yarnbomb contributions to 'A Stitch in Time... Wicklow's 400 year yarn'.

WHEN  :   Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12-5 daily

WHERE :   Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

FREE event.  Come and browse these marvellous handmade hangings- large and small- created from the many contributions to WAF 2013's community project. From the local community to diaspora far afield, as well as those with ancestral links to Wicklow, hundreds of varied yarn pieces made up the yarnbomb. As a legacy to this huge project, the pieces are being gradually re-assembled into large display pieces of artwork. Having already repurposed a great amount into hangings, this is an ongoing project which has so far been exhibited at Culture Night 2013, WAF 2014 and will continue to be displayed when possible.



Display: Bags that carry thoughts

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00


Come & see the display from 2013's creative project by Wicklow's elder community

WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12-5pm daily

WHERE  :  Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

'Bags that carry thoughts'  was a creative project run in 2013 specially for the elder members of Wicklow's community from Wicklow's Day Care Centre and St. Colman's Hospital Rathdrum, and facilitated by artist Natascha Fischell. The idea was for bags to be designed by the community's older people to 'carry' their thoughts and share their wisdom. Before the festival, workshops were run where participants were encouraged- through conversation and by exploring items commonly used in the past- to share their memories of local shops, lifestyle, their way of life and how things have changed over the years. The aim was for the workshops to progress organically as conversation develops and for participants to write down or draw some of their memories. Their combined contributions were made into one 'group' design that was printed onto shopping bags which were freely available during the Wicklow Arts Festival 2013.

Natascha Fischell studied at the National College of Art and Design and has worked for several years both as a community artist and as a tutor.


Photos: Natascha with some of the workshoppers from Wicklow Day Care Centre (left) and workshops in action at Wicklow Day Care Centre and St. Colman's Hospital Rathdrum (below)



This project was supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland


Secondary School's Recycled Art Exhibition

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12 - 5pm daily

WHERE :  Festival Tent @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

FREE family event

Now in it's 6th year, this is an exhibition where the creativity and imagination of the students knows no bounds. With thanks to the art teachers from the local secondary schools, students get the chance to produce and exhibit fantastic sculpture and artwork. Check out our flickr to see photos from year's past.






MEDIEVAL BUNTING: Community Art Installation

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 09:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 19:00

MEDIEVAL BUNTING  Community project installation on view Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May. Check out below how you can contribute to this fun & colourful collaboration!

Following on from the success of previous year's, we're back with another community craft installation, as well as exhibiting & displaying wonderful contributions from festival's past. For 2015 we are looking for your creative flair in creating a flag for WAF's Medieval Bunting.

Drop off or post  your pieces to 4 Convent Road, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow before 10th April '15

FREE workshop on Easter Monday April 6th, drop in anytime between 10am and 1pm, assembly Hall, Bachelors Walk, Wicklow Town. Help will be on hand to create your flag, get inspiration or just have fun creating with others! Some materials provided but do bring along anything you want to add to your flag.

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