Tuesday, 27 March 2012

FW: Choowawaa Art Event and Exhibition for Children at West Cork Arts Centre



 An Arts Event for Children   

 24 March – 14 April 2012


The Gallery at West Cork Arts Centre has been taken over by aliens and animations, alongside dozens of colourful bottles with secret messages in them as well as models of cities and landscapes that comprise just a taste of the first of this year's children's art exhibitions, Points of ViewThis exhibition is part of CHOOWAWAA!, West Cork Arts Centre's long running annual Arts Event and Exhibition for children and features work created by over 200 children in primary schools from across West Cork who responded to artist Amy Walsh's exhibition Free-Fall at WCAC last Autumn. The artwork on show also includes print, collage, painting and felt artworks.


Skibbereen Library is the venue for the second Choowawaa art exhibition created by children, aged 6 to 9 years old, who attend WCAC's after school Art Club. In Motion is a collection of drawings and two stop motion animation films made by the children in collaboration with artists Kathy O'Leary and Caoimhe Pendred.  


WCAC has a great programme of events lined up this year for children aged from 2 to 12 year's old.   Two exhibitions, storytelling, Discovery Box, dance and art workshops along with performances from Cork's Graffiti Theatre Company are all on offer starting on Saturday 24 March and continuing right through the Easter Holidays.


Walking Man written by Jody O'Neill, is an exciting performance designed especially for children by Graffiti Theatre CompanyWalking Man is succinctly described as: "a captivating piece of theatre, which is told through the use of wooden puppets and live music. A production of magic and wonder", by Irish Theatre Magazine's review. 


The launch of the Storyteller's Chair, made by green wood chair-maker Alison Ospina, in imaginative collaboration with children from Abbeystrewery National School in Skibbereen, will take place at Skibbereen Library.  The Chair, which now resides in Skibbereen Library, is accompanied by a book telling its story, and the Storyteller's Chair will be the focus of storytelling for many years to come in the library.


Discovery Box is an adventurous collection of props and art materials for parents to use with their young children in the gallery. Created by artist Sarah Ruttle, the contents of the Discovery Box are specially designed to accompany the exhibition Points of View.  Children will be able to record their own mini-soundtrack to their gallery adventure as well as use magnifying glasses and binoculars to view the artworks from different perspectives. The Box also holds many creative surprises for children to enjoy.  

There's also the opportunity to join with the youngsters in Art Club and help them to create a universe of exploding stars, colliding comets and orbiting planets with artist Tess Leak's Constellation Installation workshop.  Introductory dance workshops from Alan Foley Academy of Dance are sure to get everyone moving and visual artist Caoimhe Pendred will take children on a fanciful paper trail as they sculpt imaginary 3D characters in her Fantasy Paper Sculpture workshop and a whole new world full of creative creatures, inspired by the Points of View exhibition, will be the result of a morning working with clay in Creative Characters.


Full information on Choowawaa! is available on www.westcorkartscentre.com where the brochure is available to download.  Bookings for events and workshops can be made by calling WCAC on

028 - 22090




WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.