Saturday 18 August 2018

Art as Exchange debut show

Dundalk Out & About

Work by the artists who are exhibiting in the show in the Long Walk Shopping Centre
Work by the artists who are exhibiting in the show in the Long Walk Shopping Centre

A group of local artists who formed a collective called 'Art as Exchange' (AAEX) are holding their first public exhibition in the Long Walk Shopping Centre next week.

The group got together following an open call to meet at Creative Spark in September 2017 to discuss possibilities of creating some sort of local platform encouraging Art as Exchange.

Out of that inaugural meeting, the group, who are supported and facilitated by Creative Spark, settled into a pattern of bi-weekly gatherings which have included hands-on sessions with drawing, printing and sketching, as well as the exchange of idea.

Membership of the group is fluid and the artists keep in touch via mailing lists and WhatsApp as well as meeting regularly and initiating a number of projects.

Previous ventures included a postcard project which saw them handing out 300 hand made postcards, pre-stamped, at events at the Drogheda Arts Festival, the DkIT Canteen and at Creative Spark. They then asked people to draw their own response onto the cards and post them back for presentation in a final installation

Last July they created a large scale collaborative mural off Park Street, Dundalk.

Having previously taken part in the Drogheda Arts Festival, the Creative Spark National Drawing Day, and First Fortnight, they are now ready to showcase their work to the public.

The group are hosting their group exhibition in the community space at the Long Walk Shopping Centre, from Thursday May 17th to Friday May 25th.

The participating artists are Anna Marie Savage, Bernhard Gaul, Caoimhe Mc Carthy, Ciara Agnew, Heather Cassidy, James Mc Loughlin, Jean Marshall, Michael Stafford, Ominous Omin, Rachel Burke, Susan Farrelly and Úna Curley.

They will be showing a diverse body of work including landscape, figurative and abstract paintings, drawings and prints for what promises to be a most interesting exhibition.

They will also host a number of workshops for so that members of the public, adults and children alike, can get involved in the creative process and exchange of skills and ideas.

Members of the public will get the opportunity to engage with the artists and take part in these free workshops.

The workshops include Comic Book Drawing for age 12 and over with James Mc Loughlin on Saturday May 19th from 12noon to 2.30pm; An introduction to comic book art, creating a short comic book story with practical tips and advice with Michael Stafford, for age 12 and over on Saturday May 19 from 2.30pm to 5pm: Meditate and Make - the ancient art of book making, binding and their use for adults with Úna Curley (a.k.a The Emotional Artist) on Mondays May 21 and 28 from 10 am to 11 am; Tangle Time, a fun, easy and relaxing, an inexpensive meditative art form designed for all skill levels with Jean Marshall, for adults on Monday May 21 from 2 pm to 4 pm; Paint with a Painter will see professional painters Ciara Agnew, Susan Farrelly and Bernhard Gaul, sharing hints and tips for 10 to 15 year olds on Wednesday May 23 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Workshops are free but places must be booked by emailing

The Argus