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Praxis Care The Hub (Drogheda) Art Project

In September the service users and staff from Praxis Care, The Hub, Drogheda welcomed a group of four Art Master’s students from The National College of Art and Design to scheme. During their two weeks in The Hub the students planned and facilitated classes and visits to local attractions and architectural sites, which in turn inspired their final pieces of art work.

Each of the service users were supported to create individual pieces using a variety of materials and interesting techniques. Which are currently being exhibited at Brú na Bóinne visitor’s centre at the famous location of Newgrange County Meath. This exhibition was launched on September 15th and will run for two weeks.

In addition, Kevin Nolan, 18, from The Hub Day care in Drogheda entered this year’s Texaco Art competition. This is the 62nd year that the competition has been running. Kevin used a variety of materials to produce a fantastically creative piece based a Superheroes in Space.

The competition is judged in seven categories and in April Kevin was informed that he had been rewarded as one of the finalists in his category.

Final judging was carried out by the Chairman of the judging panel, Professor Declan McGonagle, retired Director of the National College of Art & Design, assisted by preliminary judges Dr. Denise Ferran (President of the Royal Ulster Academy, Artist and Art Historian), Eoin Butler (Artist & Lecturer in Visual Arts), Seán Kissane (Curator: Exhibitions, IMMA), Aoife Ruane (Director, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda) and Colleen Watters (Head of Learning & Partnership, Ulster Museum, Belfast).       (https://www.texacochildrensart.com/whats-new/Press%20Release)

Kevin was then invited to the official awards ceremony in The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham on May 26th 2016 where he was presented with his reward.

Renowned batik artist and former Competition winner, Bernadette Madden, was Guest of Honour at the awards ceremony.

Kevin, along with the other talented prize winners, have their work displayed in some well-known galleries around the country:

Thursday, 21st April – Sunday, 22nd May 2016 (Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane)

Tuesday, 6th September – Saturday, 5th November 2016 (Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co. Louth)

Thursday, 17th November 2016 – Sunday, 8th January 2017 (Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB)

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