Yesterday was the last in a series of workshops I undertook in collaboration with Art Historian Jean Ryan in Dublin Castle. The sessions organised by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin Castle ran over the summer. The workshops began with Jean telling the story behind an artwork from the Castle, sometimes historical, sometimes modern. Having heard the story the participants were passed onto me where they were encouraged to create an artistic response to the piece. Only after this were they allowed to see the piece itself.
The sessions were wonderful. Some of the responses were drawings and paintings but some were literary and even books. When we finally encountered the featured piece, it was with a much greater insight into the work.