TUNDE TOTH – Socially Engaged Arts Practice – Artist`s Statement 2017
I`m a visual arts practitioner living and working in Co. Kilkenny since 1998.
My recent art works focus on aspects of memories, remembrance and visual recollections of space, built environments, landscape and time. I use processes linked to traditional and contemporary paper making techniques – combined with painting, intaglio print making and textile art forms.
I work in the area of socially engaged arts practice: I develop, research and facilitate collaborative, participatory and inclusive art projects in educational and community contexts – I have initiated and facilitated workshops, courses and gallery/exhibition-linked education programmes in various settings and venues since 2003.
I have also developed and delivered projects with and for adults with mild learning difficulties and various levels of intellectual disabilities, including:
Paper Making Workshops at The Watergarden Camphill, Co. Kilkenny, 2010;
Batik Course at KCAT, Callan, 2012;
Paper Making evening course at Jerpoint Camphill, Co. Kilkenny, 2013;
12 Weeks Art and Craft Course with Deenview Centre, Kozo Studio, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny;
Irish Wheelchair Association in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 2016 – 8-week course on various papermaking and textile art processes.
Research, development and delivery of the first phase of the Deenview Print Project, 2016 : an inclusive, collaborative “mapping project” involving the Deenview community: service users with intellectual disabilities, staff and family members at Deenview Centre, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.
I work in the area of socially engaged practice: focusing on collaborative, participatory programmes: these are inclusive and interactive projects that connect participants, communities and place. These projects gradually became important and integrated part of my artistic practice in the last few years; linking areas of community engagement, educational projects and art making processes. (`Nest` project in Thomastown; `The Butterfly Project` – an interactive, participatory installation that had been featured in art festivals, exhibitions, primary schools and National Drawing Day events in Co. Kilkenny; The `Christmas Wishing Tree Project` in The Castlecomer Discovery Park – based on the involvement of the visiting public over 6 weeks.)
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