Orla Kelly Artist in Residence

January - December 2014

  • Orla Kelly Artist in Residence
  • Orla Kelly Artist in Residence
  • Orla Kelly Artist in Residence

Following our successful long term residencies with Photographer Garvan Gallagher, Director/Actor Liam Halligan and Director/Clown Veronica Coburn, Draíocht is delighted to welcome Artist Órla Kelly to our Studio for a year long residency starting in January 2014.

Órla is a visual artist, creative educationalist and the director of Early Childhood Creativity, an organisation that aims to stimulate creative thinking and activity in early years children and their guardians, while supporting artists and educationalists to develop specific and creative ways of working with children in their early years.

Órla’s residency in Draíocht hopes to be an exciting time for her to grow both her creative work with and for early years children and her own creative practice. ‘I hope to welcome many young children and their guardians, educators and artists to my new studio to share my work and to journey along side me on my creative travels.’

Órla’s own creative education includes a Diploma in Psychology from Maynooth, a Degree in Fine Art from Limerick College of Art and Design and a Masters in Arts Management from Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. Órla has worked with children for over a decade creating work in Dublin, and mainland Europe, with and without a common spoken tongue, using creative understanding to collaboratively create. Her work with children aims to explore a naturally intelligent and free imagination, where real creation is almost always an intelligent action, done with concentration and joy to understand the world and to affect our relationship with it.

For further details of Órla’s residency and to see how you might be able to get involved, please contact Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, tel: 01-8098029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie

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