Tuesday, May 24, 2016

‘If you can write, you can paint’

‘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
 ‘Young Hearts’.
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
 (CCAM) GMIT.
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.















Monday, May 23, 2016

GRETB & Bank of Ireland Awards

GRETB & Bank of Ireland Award



Young Hearts Intergenerational Group were Awarded the GRETB
& Bank of Ireland Award in the "Inclusion Project" category.
Young Hearts is an inclusive, Intergenerational project, which is the result of a
collaboration between Galway Community College and Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre.



















It is in its 6th year and is funded by GCC and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
Transition year students and older adults meet weekly and participate in a wide variety of activities to address issues such as isolation and loneliness. The participants come from all over the world and this year 14 nationalities are represented.
The project strives to create a mutually respectful environment where each person is valued and creativity and self confidence develop.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

SIGNIFICANT STORIES

Croí na Gaillimhe in collaboration with Babyjane productions will offer two workshops

SIGNIFICANT STORIES (an exploration and storytelling of what it was like growing up in Ireland from the 1930s to now)Workshop (1) … Wednesday 4 May at 2:15pm-3:30pm recording and filming of storiesWorkshop (2)… Wednesday 11 May at 2:15pm, screening of SIGNIFICANT STORIES Croi na Gaillimhe are also part of the Burning Bright Project a series of experimental art workshops, the exhibition will go on display in the Galway Arts Centre Dominick Street, from 18 May onwards.





Lunch & Social Club


Lunch & Social Club 


Burning Bright Art Session in the Croí na Gaillimhe Lunch & Social Club, every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm-4pm.
 For more information call 091-895203 or call into us in the office at 1 Mill Street Galway, 










BEALTAINE Events AT CROI NA GAILLIMHE MAY 2016 ICONIC CITIZENS!

BEALTAINE Events AT CROI NA GAILLIMHE MAY 2016 

 ICONIC CITIZENS!

The Bealtaine festival - Ireland's national celebration of creativity as we age.                During May, all over the country Bealtaine events are running throughout the community This focus is to encourage us to once more reflect on who and where we are as a maturing nation and populace

Croí na Gaillimhe in collaboration with Babyjane productions will offer two workshopsSIGNIFICANT STORIES (an exploration and storytelling of what it was like growing up in Ireland from the 1930s to now)

Workshop (1) … Wednesday 4 May at 2:15pm-3:30pm recording and filming of storiesWorkshop (2)… Wednesday 11 May at 2:15pm, screening of SIGNIFICANT STORIES


Croi na Gaillimhe are also part of the Burning Bright  Project a series of experimental art workshops, the exhibition will go on display in the Galway Arts Centre Dominick Street, from 18 May onwards.


Please drop in to any of the events happening in Croí na Gaillimhe for Bealtine or call into the Galway Arts Centre Domnick Street from 18th of May onwards to see the stunning work that the Ladies and Gentlemen from the Croí na Gaillimhe Social club have created.   The Lunch & Social Club is on every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm.

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