An Teanga Bheo
|Artist Name(s)||Róisín de Buitléar & Maree Hensey|
|Artwork title||An Teanga Bheo|
|Context/Background||An Teanga Bheo explores the concept of language in Pobal Scoil Coirce Dhuibhne and its wider school community. Communicating in more than one language enables the ability to transmit cultural knowledge that has no equivalent in the world-view and language of outsiders. The students of this school developed an understanding of their linguistic and cultural heritage, as well as developing a language unique to them and the time they live in. In this the first year of Pobal Scoil Coirce Dhuibhne the artists wanted to discover, record and celebrate what this means to the students and the school community as a whole and to use this information to develop a sculptural work for the school.|
The work consists of large scale abstract sculpture which is mounted on both faces of the spine wall at the entrance to the school. The forms are drawn from investigation of the schools identity while working as artists-in-residence with the students and the wider school community. Investigations covered expression, sentiments and communication through the Irish language, incorporating sounds and rhythm of the language. Wide ranging discussions on cultural heritage were also facilitated.
Róisín de Buitléar is an internationally renowned glass artist. Born in Dublin, 1963. She has been working with glass as a primary material since 1984. Her cultural heritage inspires her work. Her blown and cast work is in private and public collections in Ireland and abroad, including the National Museum Collection at Collins Barracks and the Ulster Museum Belfast. Site specific installations using a wide variety of glassmaking methods can be seen in public buildings throughout Ireland, including W5 Science museum Belfast and the Blasket Island Centre in Kerry. As an educator she has given workshops in the USA, Japan, Britain, France, Canada, and Ireland and regularly lectures and writes on contemporary Irish glass. Her teaching at the National College of Art and Design Dublin spanned two decades. Next summer sees her returning to the USA to the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School as invited instructor of hot glass. She is chairperson of the Golden Fleece Art Awards advisory committee.
|Commission Type||Government Department|
|Commissioner Name||Department of Education and Science|
|Commissioning process||Open submission|
|Project commission dates||February 1, 2008 - September 30, 2008|
|Art Practice||Arts Participation|
|Percent for art||Yes|
|Budget Range||35000 - 70000 euro|
|Project commission start date||01/02/2008|
|Project commission end date||30/09/2008|
|Location||Pobal Scoil Corca Duibhne|
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|Content contributor(s)||Maree Hensey/ Róisín de Buitléar|
|Relationship to project||Artists|
Students and staff of the school, Board of Management, and the wider school community participated in the artist led workshops and field trips.
|Associated professionals / Specialists involved||
Engineer Brian Grogan Assc.
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.