‘If you can write, you can paint’This exhibition of paintings was made collaboratively by Transition year students
from Galway Community College and adults in the intergenerational programme
Now in its the sixth year, the intergenerational project is run jointly between GCC and
Croi na Gaillimhe resource centre in Mill St. and financed by GRETB and the Society
of St Vincent de Paul. The exhibition will be officially opened by John Langan,
Chairperson of the BA in Contemporary Art at the Centre of Creative Arts and Media
This exhibition evolved from a series of workshops in January 2016, where the
participants explored Art appreciation.
They expressed an interest in learning how to paint and the work developed from there.
The title is a quote from words of encouragement from one participant to another.
Once they began enthusiastically mixing paint for the paintings it became obvious
that we needed to find a venue to exhibit their work. Croi na Gaillime run homework programmes in the Eglington Hostel in Salthill, where there was an ideal space to display work. Keeping in mind that this large room is used by over 70 children of each day,
as well as a holding meetings for residents, the brief suggested that the work needed to be meaningful, uplifting and colourful.
Working together in small groups, the participants made small, rough sketches of their ideas before committing to the final compositions. Some groups were inspired by the work of artists, some by photographs and others worked from their imaginations.
They had to make choices, selecting imagery, colours and materials. They taught one another and drew on every bit of experience they had. The kindness, sharing and fun was inspiring, many mornings the aspiring artists were to be found working away long before the sessions officially began.
The results of their hard work are a series of a very high quality images and each participant should rightly be proud of their contribution to this unique and exciting exhibition.
The work is on exhibition in GCC from May 24th till May 27th when it shall be moved to its new home in the Eglington Hostel in Salthill.