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29 Jun 2022

Online art workshop turns into an exhibition in Inver

“Our Zoom Journey of Creation and Connections during a Pandemic”

Online art workshop turns into an exhibition in Inver

Cottage by the Lane by Colm Sweeney

A group of over 50 people from various parts of Donegal will meet in person for the first time at an art exhibition this coming Saturday, May 28 in Inver Community Centre to showcase their artwork which was created over the last 18 months.

This exhibition is being organised by DLDC who supported the delivery of online art workshops with Colm Sweeney during lockdown through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP).

These online evening art workshops gave the participants a space to relax and forget their worries for two hours. They learnt new skills and connected with the outside world at a time when everyone was struggling with restrictions and fears during the pandemic and lockdown.

“Online art workshops are hard to explain but I discovered with my Men's Shed group early in lockdown when we started meeting via Zoom, that it was possible and actually worked well so when this opportunity to offer Art online arose, I gave it a go,” said Colm.

Kathy Cunningham, Lifelong Learning Project Officer with DLDC advertised these workshops and they were very quickly full and the demand for more workshops continued to grow.

Susan Kierce Marsh, Lifelong Learning Co-Ordinator with DLDC, notes that learning to paint with Colm Sweeney was far more than just an art class, he included storytelling, and his calm tone made the class seem almost like a mindfulness session.

"Colm was fantastic in encouraging everyone to get out and look around them and appreciate the beauty locally including the colours, skyline, trees, and the local sites.

"These art classes provided a very valuable social connection for our clients, and we are now in a position to celebrate in person with our art exhibition."

"When restrictions eased and following some discussion the majority of the group were happy to continue with their art classes delivered online via Zoom.

"The participants noted that the online session was very accessible, especially for those who were housebound, or those who didn’t have transport.

"Another benefit of the online class meant not having to move equipment, paints painting etc. to and from a venue – the painting could be finished off where it was, and the group could stay together.
"This exhibition Our Zoom Journey of Creation and Connections during a Pandemic will showcase our clients’ artwork, their stories and experience."

This art exhibition is a free event open to the public and will be held in Inver Community Centre, Coolshannon this Saturday, May 28, from 11.30am to 2pm refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

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