Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Opening the Lid of the Disability Box

Dis-ability … This - Ability exhibition opens at Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre on Saturday 12th of November, at 3 pm. Senator Grace O’Sullivan and Artist and Writer Corina Duyn will introduce the works and story behind the Puppets, Poetry, Paintings, Postcards and Books. All are welcome.
The exhibition runs until the 1st December.

Members of the Irish Wheelchair Association’s (IWA) Dungarvan Resource Centre will be sharing their creative work during a three week long exhibition at the Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre. Although they all live with disability or chronic illness, they would like to bring the focus away from ‘dis, and focus on their ‘Ability’. This - Ability.
At times society’s image of a person with a disability is someone who does not have much of a role to play in the world. They are labeled dis-abled (dis = taking something away) and are put into the ‘Disability Box’. The lid firmly closed…
With this exhibition, and talk on the opening day, they hope to challenge this view a little.

Aerial © Corina Duyn 2014
This sculpture led to the
puppet project
 About ten people of various abilities attend the Resource Centre on a twice-weekly basis. Two years ago Artist and writer Corina Duyn joined the group, where IWA staff assisted her with the making of her sculptures. These whimsical creatures emerging from air-drying clay got the interest of fellow members and staff alike. In early 2015 she was asked if, by any chance, she could teach this art. This was the start of what is now fondly known as the Life Outside the Box Puppet Project.

With financial support from Create – Artist in the Community Scheme, the group created nine puppets from scratch and a scrapbook chronicling the process. The workshops were filled with laughter as the puppets took on their ultimate personality. At the end of the eight-month project, the puppets were filmed as they ventured out of Society’s Disability Box.

These puppets and their travel boxes, passports and suitcases will be on show during the exhibition, but are not for sale. However they (and their makers) are available to visit schools or other groups to talk about the experience of life with disability.
What is for sale however is the wonderful Life Outside the Box book/DVD, blank notebooks with fun images of the puppets out in the world, and bookmarks. Proceeds from these will fund further Puppet adventures or art projects.

one of the covers of the ten blank notebooks
 on sale at the exhibition
Since this project the group embarked on a papermaking workshop with Artist Tunde Toth. A selection of these Paper Art pieces is for sale.
Other works included in the exhibition are by individual members: Locally themed paintings by Westtown-Tramore born Pat Coffey, and beautiful beaded and embroidered greeting cards by Kill resident Ann O’Grady. Corina Duyn will showcase her art, prints, postcards and books, including Into the Light, which was recently shortlisted for CAP Independent Publishing Award. Stradbally’s Amy Fitzgerald, author of The Freedom To Fly, will share her powerful poems/verses with positivity and motivational themes as framed pieces, and Christmas themed poems for friends and family. Also some unusual Christmas Cards available, so there is something for everybody!

Please join in the celebration of the Abilities of this diverse group of people.

The exhibition runs until the 1st December.

See more here about the exhibition or explore this blog about the puppet project!

Location of Cultural Centre see here 

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