Waterford has a lot to shout about

Conor Rush's ceramic sculpture in the window of the new gallery space Studio 20ten

Conor Rush’s ceramic sculpture in the window of the new gallery space Studio 20ten

Waterford sure has a lot to shout about. We decided to go on one last road trip to the sunny south east, before the kids went back to school. We headed down late on Friday night with a slight de-tour in Carlow because of road works, but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. We were going to make the most of Saturday, as unfortunately we had to leave very early Sunday morning for work commitments.

Our kids outside Reginald towers playing with a model of Waterford city

Our kids outside Reginald tower playing with a model of Waterford city

I had read about Waterford walls last year and really wanted to make it down with our children to see it this year. On Saturday morning we woke up to blue skies, so we headed to the local park to have breakfast and a strong coffee. Coffee has become like a loyal strong friend in our lives since having twins :)…

The danger zone, where there are giant size rice crispie buns and lots of paw prints from children.

The danger zone in the Park lodge Cafe, where there are giant size rice crispie buns and lots of paw prints on the glass from children ;)).

The Peoples Park in Waterford has a great little pitstop for parents, joggers alike called Park Lodge Cafe. Now be forewarned: there is way too much temptation in this place at the counter. Lot’s of little paw prints have been left by children looking longingly at the cakes and a few adult prints also. But when on holidays, just do whatever you want to do, and in our case it’s eat lots of nice food…peoplesparkparklogdgecafewm

The park has a brilliant playground. It also has skateboarding, where tweens and teens can hang out and check out each others new moves.

We headed off after refuelling down town towards Lombard Street. We came across an exhibition called Dust breeding by Fiona Kelly in Soma contemporary gallery.

We crossed the road and discovered  a new gallery called Studio 20 ten , which was having its opening night that night. I was speaking with Conor Rush, who is one of the artists involved. He is responsible for the ceramic head which is the featured image of this blog post. They are a collective group of artists using traditional and contemporary mediums.

Ceramic head by Conor Rush

Ceramic head by Conor Rush

Our daughter looking at work by Milia Tsaoussis- Maddock.

Our daughter looking at work by Milia Tsaoussis- Maddock.

Painting by Roisin Kinsella

Painting by Roisin Kinsella on the top left, underneath paintings by Daragh Lyons and to the right Christine O’Brien

We walked on towards the city centre, our kids armed with their map to find out where all the walls were being brought to life with colour around Waterford city for waterford walls.Our daughter watching friends playing a game of chess, before they headed off to the Bluegrass festival in Dunmore. They told us they missed the bus...

Our daughter watching friends playing a game of chess, before they headed off to the Bluegrass festival in Dunmore. They told us they missed the bus…

The first piece we came across was by Joe Caslin, a street artist from Roscommon. His project theme is called ‘our nation’s sons’. He produces large scale portraits of young men.

Waterford walls is only in its second year. It came about through a group of like-minded people wanting to make a difference to their community and bring much-needed colour to their city’s walls.

Forty local and international street artists came together in Waterford for a weekend of shared passion of making walls come to life with beautiful colourful imagination.

Caoilfhionn Hanton

Caoilfhionn Hanton

The first artist our kids spoke to was fresh-faced Caoilfhionn Hanton. She is from Waterford and took part last year. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of her artists hands….

Caoilfhionn Hanton hands

Caoilfhionn Hanton hands

Our son watching Serbian artist Vunik at work

Our son watching Serbian artist Vunik at work

The kids guided us to the next mural by Serbian artist Vunik.

Waterford walls is an annual festival and celebration, which this year included workshops and walking tours. You can find a google map showing where they all are here.

We saw locals and tourists alike engaging in conversations with the street artists, which is so great to see. Along with bringing colour to the walls, it breathes life into cultural conversation between different people, young and old.

Our daughter was puzzled or bamboozled by this painting below. When we came home I showed her some Esher prints. This was painted by Jerry Rugg (Birdo).

Our daughter trying to figure how Jerry Rugg (Birdo) did this mural

Our daughter trying to figure how Jerry Rugg (Birdo) did this Esher inspired mural of a pig like creature.

Close up of a herd of colourful patchwork elephants by Louis Masai a full time artist from london.

Close up of a herd of colourful patchwork elephants by Louis Masai a full time artist from london.

We came across a very colourful herd of elephants by louis Masai, who is a London-based full time artist. His subject matter questions us humans on why we revere the death of a celebrity, yet fail to recognise a disappearing species.

Vunik to the right wall and louis Masai's herd of colourful elephants

Vunik to the right wall and louis Masai’s herd of colourful elephants

 

Catching a few Irish sunrays Brendan Butler

Catching a few Irish sunrays Brendan Butler

 

Brendan Butler a graduate of Crawford College was working feverishly on his painting in soaring heat.

 

 

 

English artist Aliss Curtis taking time out from her wall

English artist Aliss Curtis taking time out from her wall

 

We spoke to Aliss Curtis originally from north Wales, but living in Dublin. She was taking time out from her work. She is a graphic design graduate, which lead her to a special interest in spatial design.

 

 

 

Our children lead us on to the carpark, where we saw JMK (Jonny Mc Kerr)and DMC (Dermot McConaghy), who is a visual artist at work .waterfordwalls

Waterford walls has a sibling this year going under the name of T-walls. The project has expanded to Tramore and this year Five walls were painted. So for next year, we wish you the best of luck and I hope you receive funding from the relevant art organisations.

shadow lands...Jonny Mckerr at work.

shadow lands…Jonny Mckerr at work.

It was a flying visit on a whim, but so worth while and it was very educational for our children and a brilliant last hurrah before school starts again ……. ps thanks to the friendly biker who got talking to and allowed our son onto this bike. Our daughter wasn’t interested…

Our son thanks to the friendly biker, who made his day....

Our son thanks to the friendly biker, who made his day….

Jacinta and Family xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 replies
  1. Christine Browne
    Christine Browne says:

    Thanks Jacinta. Very informative. Might pop to see my niece in Tramore and take in the walls too.

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    • Jacinta
      Jacinta says:

      Thanks Christine, We didn’t manage to get to them all and writing this has reminded me that I didn’t include the map. So I will update the blog now with it. Jacinta

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  2. Isolde Kessler
    Isolde Kessler says:

    What a wonderful experience – I shall be in East Cork in mid October and will definitely visit Waterford to see all this art. Thank you for showing it.

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    • Jacinta
      Jacinta says:

      Thanks Isolde, it is worth checking out. I have included a map in the blog, but the locals will point you in the right direction. If you are going to East Cork in West Waterford you can check out Lismore, Dungarvan and Ardmore. It just depends on how long you have over here. If you need any more information, just let us know. Jacinta

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