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29 Jun 2022

Donegal artist Victoria Kilpatrick to participate in unique exhibition

Connections Arts Centre programme connecting members of the disability community through the arts

Art exhibition

Mountain painting - one of the works by Victoria Kilpatrick from Ramelton

A Donegal artist, inspired by the scenery of her home county, has been chosen to take part in an inaugural exhibition to platform artists with intellectual disabilities. 

Victoria Kilpatrick from Ramelton is one of ten artists chosen by Connections Arts Centre (CAC) to participate in the bold and innovative exhibition to be held later this month. 

Victoria works with  acrylic paint and sometimes stencils to capture the beauty of Donegal. 

She said: “I love painting, it helps me to relax and clear my head. 

“By working on the art course at Connections Arts Centre I felt listened to. I was able to be myself. I look forward to the course every week and am so excited about exhibiting my art work in the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons)”. 

A painting by Victoria Kilpatrick who will be exhibiting some of her work in the exhibition in Dublin

Connections Arts Centre, dedicated to connecting members of the disability community through the arts, was the brainchild of Miriam Spollen, a long-time advocate of, and worker in the Arts and Disability sector.

“I lost my job in 2021 due to Covid, but really it was a blessing in disguise as I now had time to develop a business idea that I had been contemplating for over 10 years,” Miriam said.

“In the midst of Covid, Connections Arts Centre (an online platform) was developed to connect and support people with disabilities through the arts”. 

“In March 22 ‘Connections Arts Centre’ (CAC), opened its base in Rathgar in Dublin, where they now run a selection of Training, Arts, and lifestyle programmes”.

 

“We have supported 600 participants since our inception just last year; this has been a mixture of online and in person and it has been so rewarding and encouraging to see the engagement and enthusiasm by participants. We have worked with and supported participants from organisations such as Enable Irelands, Rehab, Walk, Gheel Autism services and more.” 

 

She added: “There is a wonderful atmosphere amongst our online community, the artists feel part of a wider arts world which feeds their wonderful creativity and imagination. It has been great to see such positive energy and community amongst the artists.” 

The exhibition takes place at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, 123 St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin. It opens on Sunday, June 26 and runs to June 29 from 3-6pm. 

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