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Art Trip to Tralee

On Thursday, the Fifth and Sixth year Art students travelled to Tralee as a part of our Leaving Cert Art Appreciation course. First, we visited the Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk theatre. While there we attended Karen Hendy's workshop. Karen Hendy is a local Artist who works in a really interesting Abstract style with found objects and materials. The workshop was a great insight into the life of an Artist and the opportunities that are available. We also visited her studio space where she is working on her new installation pieces for her upcoming exhibition.

After our lunch, we went to the John Hurley gallery on Denny Street. John Hurley is the artist who painted the piece in the school foyer so it was great to see the rest of his work. We had the opportunity to talk to the artist and ask him questions about his techniques and his early years of being an artist. He even showed us some of his techniques that he uses in his paintings, which was really interesting. We definitely got inspiration for our own work here!

Afterwards, we visited the Jane Hilliard gallery in The Mall Shopping Center. Both galleries were very different from each other as John Hurley's was more abstract while Jane Hilliard's was more traditional. Although both are commercial galleries they have very different layouts and styles of work.

Lastly, we visited the Croí Mural on Abbey Street. This is a huge piece of Graffiti Art created by Gabriel Galway and Ken Tobin. The mural focusses on the original Rose of Tralee, Mary O’Connor, and her fiancé William Pembroke Mulchinock, who penned the famous ballad in her honour. It's a beautiful piece of work with bright, vivid colours and pattern. It's a real asset to the overall look of the street and definitely attracts a lot of attention.

All in all we had a great day on our Art trip, getting to meet Artists and see new ways of creating our own work.

Katherine Kalka, Fifth Year