An Cosan Glas Cois Fharraige: Dreamtime/Aisling
by Annjo Carr
A commission with two elements : An outdoor sculpture project for children using natural and found materials from the shore. With the help of six artists, the group created huge and exciting sculptures that formed part of the Multi Media Environmental Sculpture Project. Produced in association with Saothar Ealaíne Artists Group, Udarás na Gaeltachta and Earagail Arts Festival. Taking their inspiration from elements in the surrounding landscape and using natural and found materials, the artists have created living and floating sculptures. With the aid of a giant screen, laser lighting, pyrotech- nics, projected images, reflections, shadows and light are blended with sounds and music to create a journey into the realms of the senses. This was a unique once only performance.
An Cosan Glas Cois Fharraige, 2004
Commissioned utilising Per Cent for Art Scheme arising from the construction of the Falcarragh Social Housing Scheme. An Cosan Glas Cois Fharraige was a multi media environmental sculpture project, located on Magheroarty Beach, Co. Donegal. The Children’s Project was 4 Days and Multi Media Show, Duration 60 minutes, Mon 5th - Fri 9th July 2004, multi media show sunday 18th July 2004.
Deirdre was born in Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal Gaeltacht andreceived her education in the Ursuline Convent, Sligo. She holds a Diplomain Fine Arts from Letterkenny Institute of Technology which involved thestudy of painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking and a B.A inPrintmaking from the National College of Art and Design (N.C.A.D.). In 1990 she became Resident Community Artist in Derry and also with theOrchard Gallery, where she facilitated workshops with minority groups suchas the deaf and hard of hearing and Foyle Special School. Since then Deirdre has illustrated children's books, conducted cross-border masterwatercolour classes, designed CD covers, and produced paintings for a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is also an accomplished singer,recently performing with thirteen musicians and dancers at an internationalcultural event in Kerala, India. She has toured and performed with her brothers and sisters, in the world renowned band, Clannad. She exhibitsregularly and continues to conduct painting workshops in the locality.
Seamus was born in Kenya and moved to Co. Donegal at the age ofseven. He became a fluent speaker of Gaelic while attending his localNational School and went on to secondary school in Waterford. After attending Dun Laoghaire College of Art in Dublin, he moved to London wherehe worked for eight years. He then took up study again, completing a Foundation Course in Art at Coventry University and an Honours Degree in Design and Design History at Staffordshire University. In 1994 Seamus moved back to Donegal and has since worked in a range of arts related activities. He has exhibited his work in ten exhibitions throughout Ireland and has created sculptures for An Cosan Glas since its inception in 1995. In 2000, he organised and curated an exhibition comprising 27 Gaeltacht artists which travelled to France and Germany. Seamus is interested in culture, heritage, design and architecture and enjoys travel, having visited 21 countries to date. He is conversant in Irish, Spanish, and French.
Annjo Carr, from Falcarragh, received her secondary education at Pobailscoil Chloich Ceann Fhaola in Falcarragh. She attended the North West Institute of Further and Higher Education 1990-1992 gaining a BTEC Diploma in General Art and Design followed by an Honours Degree in Three Dimensional Design from the University of Ulster, Belfast in 1996. She was co-founder of the Ceardlann na gCroishbhealach, artists studios and gallery in Falcarragh which gained recognition for exhibiting varied and challenging art to the local community. Annjo's area of speciality is photography. The wild landscape of Donegalfrom Boglands to sand dunes, through the seasons and ever changing light create a stunning backdrop to record nature and provide the source for her photography collages and prints. She has participated in group exhibitionsIn Donegal, Belfast, Dublin France and Germany and her work is included in the collections of the Donegal County Council and The Office of Public works.