Recalling wise ways of the past

A TOURING project that’s coming to Callan in July will bring together KCAT studio artists and Mount Carmel nursing home residents and will culminate in an exhibition during the town’s Abhainn Rí Festival.

A TOURING project that’s coming to Callan in July will bring together KCAT studio artists and Mount Carmel nursing home residents and will culminate in an exhibition during the town’s Abhainn Rí Festival.

Called “Wise Ways,” the project is part of a Arts Council-funded tour that involves workshops facilitated by visual artists Terry O’Farrell and Nicola Henley. The work emphasises collective knowledge from the past, offering “wise ways” of how to live more sustainably and with more respect to the environment. The aim is to highlight wisdom from a generation who lived closer to nature and with a greater sense of community and sharing.

The project comes to the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT) from July 2-6, and members of the public can observe the workshops at arranged times by contacting KCAT at 056 7755115.

During the week, through discussion and drawing, the workshop participants will build a body of information about the sustainable and “wise ways” in which people lived in the past. Narratives will be gathered from group discussion and one-to-one interviews, and participants will then be encouraged to identify an aspect of their story and express it through working in clay.

Work created throughout the week will be fired, and accompanying texts prepared for exhibition, which will be open to the public at KCAT as part of the Abhainn Rí festival from July 28 to August 5.

The exhibition by the Callan participants will be hung with nearly 100 clay artworks and text created during two previous artists residencies in County Clare.