Community Arts

 

Old Court Mural Images

Signal Wins Again at the

St Patricks Day Parade 2014!


Another win for Signal in the Arts & Entertainment Category


Signal Arts Centre came out on top in this years St Patricks Day Parade in Bray with their "Irish Mythology" theme. Some creative work from stalwarts like Gregg Murray and Signal staff artists like Andrea Paul, Aoife Patterson, Johnathan Curran, Lucy Arnold and Ciara Brehony to name but a few brought together one of the most colourful pieces to the Parade. Someone quoted " I think Signal Arts Centre should be in charge of the Parade every year because of the colour they bring!" Have a look at our images here, you might agree... And you can also check out our video of the successful day here.








Old Court Mural Images

Creche Mural, Old Court Bray


Old Court Bray


Another fine example of Signal Arts Centre reaching out into the community was at the children's creche in Old Court, Bray over Christmas and early 2014. Jenny, June and Sylvia created some fantastic muralled art work within the creche. This really brightened up the facility and the kids think it's fantastic. Signal Arts Centre, the Art Beat Of Bray.








Culture Night 2013

Culture Night 2013 at Signal Arts Centre


Open Doors Exhibition

 

Culture Night 2013 was by all accounts Signals most ambitious project to date.
Led by Noel Cleary and Pat Burnes this event "Open Doors" signalled the Art Centre's policy of being open to artist of all descriptions and also open to the community.
Here is a selection of colourful images from the day displaying doors artistically given a new lease of life by schools, groups and artists.








Paddys Day Parade

St Patricks Day Bray Parade 2013 with Signal Arts


The Award Winning Signal Artists in the Bray Parade!

 

Signal Arts Centre once again got involved with the St Patrick's Day Bray Parade.
The Centre added some great colour on a wet and cold St Patrick's Day and our efforts did not go unnoticed as we will now recieve an award for our contribution to the festival from the Chamber of Commerce in the Town Hall.
Well done to all involved!










 

 

Preparations for Patricks Day

St Patricks Day Prep Work at Signal Arts


A collection of images to display the hard work for the Saint Patricks Day Festival

 

A lot of work is required to get ready for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Here a selection of Signals Finest do a lot of prep work prior to the big day. A great team effort that brought all their artistic skill and imagination together! Another brilliant colourful event from Signal Arts Centre.












Marvel Murals

Marvel Works at St Peter's Boys National School


Hawthorn Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

 

Greg Murray, Signal Artist teamed up with some students from St Peters School for a summer camp of artistic fun creating murals. Greg had initially created a Simpsons mural at the school and was approached to get the kids involved over the summer. Wonderful work followed with the students chosen subject "Marvel Characters", and with steely determination they brightened up St Peters School for a long time to come, heroes wouldnt you say?







 

 

Bray School Project


Signal Arts & The Bray School Project


Signals Arts at the Bray School Project

 

Signal has had a long association with Bray School Project; since Signal opened its doors we have been offering the services of our artists to this annual event. It is usually a very enjoyable event for both artists and children in the school. There is always a great variety of activities for the children to get actively involved with.














Pride Of Place Documentary


Signal Arts Documentary with Bray Travellers Community Development Group and friends.

 

Signal Arts has always had a strong bond with the Bray Community, here we talk to Jim O'Brien, Greg Murray and Denis Dunne about Signals involvement within the Bray locality plus click on the image right to see some of the Bray Travellers members quilt work..






 

Narnia Progress

Narnia 2013


Spring 2013


Signal Arts once more helps in the production of the Narnia Exhibition.

Christ Church Bray has been transformed into the Land of Narnia for Lent. 

Here is a selection of images of the exhibition displaying the wonderful work and creativity of Aoife Fitzgerald and Tony Clarke who with other artists recreated the mythical creatures and backdrops from the C.S. Lewis novel "Narnia". Here, through the exceptional photographic eye of Denis Dunne we capture various preparational stages of the works involved.










 

Hands Across Bray

Culture Night 2012


"Hands Across Bray" 21st September 2012


Signal's involvement with Culture Night this year was a huge success, with over 500 people taking part!

It seems each year we become stronger and stronger and from the turn out we can see it's also important for the community.

The event "Hands Across Bray" was an interactive community arts project.

We were based in the old Central Garage on the Main Street and on Culture Night we invited the public in to continue with the castings which then became part of the installation pieces.

This event was so popular we had artists working round the clock to cater for the demand.

Overall, a very rewarding experience and very much a community and family event.

 

 

 

Festina

Festina Lente Event


July 2012


Signal artists have a strong connection with Festina Lente over the years.

Here is a selection of images from one of the many events.
Christine Power, Sylvia Callan and Jenny Dann were the Signal Artists involved in
the costume drama that was filmed last summer.





christ church

Christ Church Remembrance Flower Festival

Sunday 6th - 13th November 2011


Signal artists worked with Christ Church for the Remembrance Flower Festival, which took place from the 6th to the 13th of November with an official opening on Sunday the 6th of November.

 

Michelle and Noel painted fields of poppies on a backdrop for the altar and panels at the sides of the church while Aoife painted some war and anti-war images. Frances created a ceramic panel depicting the horrors of war and Vincent put together a sound track, recreating the military sounds of the first and second world war and the feel of civilian life at that time throughsound and music.

 

christ church

Culture Night Bray


Friday 23rd September 2011


Denis, Sylvia and Noel were the co-ordinators of 2011's Culture Night; they created a pop-up artist collective called Croi 8 – a play on the word create – get it!  Using their resourcefulness and creativity Croi 8 responded to a space in the centre of the town, the old St. Cronans (beside The Mermaid), on the theme of  “culture is at the heart of a community”.  The collective created an exciting exhibition incorporating traditional and multi-media disciplines.

The exhibition was open to the public from Wednesday 21st September with a wine reception held on Friday, Culture Night.





Powerscourt Exhibition

Powerscourt Exhibition

 

Sunday 2nd October 2011


Signal artists were invited to partake in Powerscourts 50th anniversary celebration on 2nd October. Several artists from Signal exhibited in the ballroom, an amazing space to show in. Many events were planned for the two days of celebration including the exhibition, yoga, children's workshops and much, much more.Take a look at the artist exhibiting HERE

 









 

christ church

Train The Trainer Course


May 2009


11 of the Signal staff recently completed a train-the-trainer course with Gerard Fitzpatrick of Fusion Training and Development. The course improved our facilitation skills and at the same time built the Signal team spirit. It was a very enjoyable and hugely beneficial week for us all. Many thanks Ger for all the encouragement, support and fun!



Narnia Progress

 



Carmona


Group's Works at Signal Arts


Signal Arts and the Carmona Group have been working together for many years now.

Here we display some of the budding artists works done in Signal Art Classes at the centre.




 

Creative Ceramics


Signal artist, Frances Brosnan, designed and implemented this ceramic course for women who are currently on the Adult Access Programme in St. Fergal's Family Resource Centre in Bray. Five women currently participate in the course which covers hand-building techniques including pinch pots, coiling, slabbing.


They have created tiles, wall plaques, pots, boxes, and jewellery. These pieces were then decorated with slips, glazes and sprigs and fired in the kiln.





Garden

HR Youth Centre Garden Project
Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow

 

 

We collaborated with HR Youth Centre to design and create a garden in their space behind the Holy Redeemer Church in Bray. Some artists had a meeting with Dermot O'Brien to assess how we could be of benefit to each other. We were all very impressed with the space and the ethos of the group. Andrea Lowe, our resident garden designer, was the perfect match for the project. Since then Andrea has met with Dermot and they decided on the approach to the project. The take up from the teenagers has been very encouraging and we are very excited to see how this project has developed.


 

 

 

 

 

'Talking Art' - An open forum for working artists


You are welcome to join this informal gathering of working artists, meeting to discuss art and art related matters from its philosophy to its creation, from its practice to periods of fallowness. This is a space where working artists can feel free to brainstorm, analyze, construct and deconstruct the visual arts.


Different opinions create discussions which are lively, engaging and facilitate the development of ideas. The conversation is often about directions that artists can both start from and arrive at. The sessions are not always topic based but follow the interests of those present on the night.

 


Springboard Family Support Project

Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin

Three Signal Arts Centre staff artists are currently facilitating projects in collaboration with Springboard Family Support Project.


Roisin VerdonBoy's Group aged between 10 and 14 - Facilitator:  Róisín Verdon


The aims of this project are to develop the skills of the boys in order to produce images for spray painting. Through the process of research and development the boys will produce a series of images, these images will then be used as templates for the spray painted project. The process should encourage the creative process in order to enable production and design. It should boost self esteem in the boys and encourage self belief and a sense of achievement.


This class takes place once a week in Springboard on Wednesday  3pm - 4.30pm.



Girl's Group aged between 9 and 12 - Facilitator:  Róisín Verdon


The aim of this class is to create art & craft skills to engender and develop an understanding of abilities and skills that the children have not acknowledged. Through the process of art making the children will develop skills and awareness around themselves and their abilities. The will learn how to create and will also learn how to work in groups. The children will come to see themselves as capable and worthwhile.


This class takes place once a week in Springboard on Tuesday  3pm - 4.30pm.


Christine Power

Women's Group - Facilitator:  Christine Power


The aim of this group is to develop a fun, interesting class while introducing them to a range of photography projects and techniques. Through the process the group will learn the skills to produce simple creative ides, using their own images and creative skills. Christine hopes to expand their knowledge of digital phography and digital editing skills using programmes such as Picasa and Photoshop.


This class takes place once a week in Springboard on Tuesday 10am - 12 noon


Denis Dunne

Mother & Child Group - Facilitator:  Denis Dunne


The aim of this group is to work with both mothers and children to create a project that can be enjoyed by both. The process will be to engage the mothers in taking photographic images of their children and to use these in lots of interesting ways. This will create a bond between mother and child and also develop their skills in Photoshop and creating images.


This class takes place once a week in Springboard on Wednesday 10am - 12 noon




Atlanta House Nursing Home

Sidmonton Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow


This is a project that was instigated by two of our staff artists, June and Róisín, as part of our outreach projects. Both artists were keen to instigate this project as they felt that the elderly, especially those in nursing homes can be an overlooked part of our society. The project allows the individuals to come and do some painting and drawing or simply sit and be part of the group until they feel comfortable enough to join in or not. Some of the participants would not have painted for many years and it is a joy to see them rediscover their creativity. This is a collaborative project and the artists/facilitators gain as much from the process as the participants.





Kylemore House Nursing Home and Day Care Centre

Sidmonton Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

This is a project that was instigated by two of our staff artists, June and Róisín, as part of our outreach projects. It is currently being facilitated by Joanne and Sarah. These classes take place once a week in the nursing home.




Artist in the Community 2008

Greg Murray, Denis Dunne and Youthreach




Signal artists Greg Murray and Denis Dunne were selected for the Artist in the Community Award 2008.


Their project brought together two groups from the community - young and old - in a collaboration that facilitated the social interaction between them through dialogue and stories. The idea was to record some of the stories of the past and to produce a visual representation of each recorded story. Because of the changing family structure they felt that uniting the two generations was a valuable way of readdressing the imbalance.







Narnia Project

Christ Church, Church Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The local Church of Ireland Rector got in touch with Signal in 2008 with a very elaborate plan to transform the Church into several scenes from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the two week period of Easter 2009.


We had several meetings with them to firm up the ideas and input our creativity and functionality of the plans. It was a very exciting project and some of the artists here at Signal embraced the project with great enthusiasms and professionalism. Aoife and Róisín were responsible for painting backdrops etc. in some of the 14 scenes required to fill the church. Lian painted an image of Aslan that was displayed on a St. Patrick's Day float to advertise the event. Vincent and Ilan were responsible for the many sound elements of the display.


The event was held in Christ Church Bray from 29th March to 12th April 2009. All money raised from the running of the event was donated to charity.


Watch a short video of the Narnia project or view some photos of the event here.




Rehab Care

Clarence House, Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire



Signal run an Art and Crafts class two days a week with Rehab Care.

Participants explore varied mediums creating their own artwork in a relaxed and fun environment under the supervision of trained artist facilitators. These classes allow for creative productivity that allow each individual participant to develop and enjoy their own creative skills.

View their artwork here.







Festina Lente

Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Signal ran Art and Crafts classes with Festina Lente at the Signal Arts Centre on Thursday Mornings. They also ran a ceramics class facilitation on a one to one basis. Participants explored varied mediums creating their own artwork in a relaxed and fun environment under the supervision of trained artist facilitators. These classes allowed for creative productivity that encouraged each individual participant to develop and enjoy their own creative skills.

Read more about Festina Lente here.



Womens Equality Bray



Signal Artist Maura Ryan facilitated this ceramics course which was held for women who were involved with W.E.B., Women's Equality Bray. This was a group for local women aged over 45. The course was for 8 people at a time. The pottery course started with hand building with clay. Other activities included mask making, moulds, glazing, working with coloured glass and firing.






Shanganagh Youth Project

Shankill, Co. Dublin

This project was facilitated by two artists, the premise was to create a galaxy using balloons. The ideas were structured in consultation with the group and some of the media included papier maché and painting.



Ravenswell

Annual Easter and Summer Camps



Here at Signal we have developed relationships with many local groups and organisations. Signal artists provide activities annually at the Ravenswell Easter and Summer Camps. A most enjoyable project that involves working with children who are always eager to contribute creatively with lots of energy. We are always delighted to be asked to provide art activities for these Camps. The job involves providing activities that are accessible to all age groups and abilities.








Albert Art Group

This is a group of women artists that have been using the Signal Art Centre for fifteen years. They avail of tutoring and produce artwork through many different mediums. Eileen O' Donnell is the contact person for the group. It originally started in 1994 under the guidance of Tom Joyce and was then continued by Miriam Sweeny. They had their first exhibition with Syliva Hill in 1996. Róisín Verdon is the the current facilitator of this group. Over the years, they have covered a wide range of mediums i.e. oils, water colours, acrylics, charcoal, conte, pastels and batik, but the preferred medium is oils. They have covered a wide range of subjects ranging from sketching, still life, landscape, portraits, printing batik, collage and framing.


Class is held on Thursdays, 8-10pm




St. Kieran's Traveller School

Old Conna Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

In collaboration with Little Bray's School Completion Officer two artists from the Centre worked with a group of children in the school to create a mural. Using mixed media such as painting, mosaic and ceramics, the mural depicts the cultural history of the travelling community as told by the children.




Bray Youth Centre

Adelaide Road, Bray, Co Wicklow

A staff artist worked with a group of teenagers to come up with a concept and a script for a cartoon and then to design and transfer the design to the wall as a mural. Another artist is working with the same group to design and implement a plan to customise the furniture in the Youth Centre using mosaic and painting.




Scoil Chualann

Vevay Road, Bray, Co Wicklow

An idea using the local environs was put forward by sixth class to create a mural. The children took photographs of their local area that had significance for them and between the artist and the class they designed a mural and assisted in the painting of same.




Dunlaoghaire Rathdown Youth Service

Old Conna Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Signal have been working with various groups from DunLaoghaire Youth Services for a number of years. Projects include Art Weeks, Murals, Festival production, graffitti workshops, photography, ceramics, art tutoring and inhouse workshops. Artists Greg Murray, Jan De Groot and Deirdre Maher-Ridgeway are currently working on projects with Shankill, DunLaoghaire Central and Mountown Youth groups. Through interaction with DLYS Signal Artists have been making links with other community based organisations in the area. Their participation with youth and community groups is onging and expanding. Signal artists Jim Morrison, Yanny Peters, Noel Cleary, Cathy Doyle, Eleanor Philips have also worked on projects for The Celtic Ghost Festival, Mountown Boxing Club and Loughlinstown Community Centre.




Giltspur Heights Community Hall



This project was motivated by the lack of use of the community hall connected to Giltspur Estate. Two artists from signal, Katie Dutton and Liz Tierney, initially started art classes - mosaic - for the children of the estate. Motivated by the huge interest from the children, the staff artists proceeded to nurture a sense of ownership of the community centre by creating a mural designed by and implemented by the children.




Bray Womens Traveller Group

Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow



Signal artists have worked on various projects with the Bray Womens Traveller Group. The most recent being in 2006 when one of the staff artists, Pam Scally, worked with the group to create a quilt that celebrated the lives of traveller people. The quilt was on display at the end of year with other projects the group had worked on.












The Seomra

Unit 1, Carlisle House, Adelaide Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow



In 2007 Jenny Smith, The Seomra Youth Centre co-ordinator, got in touch with Signal to ascertain how we could be of assistance to eachother. After a few discussions with all concerned, Signal, Jenny and Youth Group, it was decided that they would like a mural designed by the group. Sonia Haccius was the artist from Signal who facilitated the group. The result was spectacular and we hope to collaborate with this group again on other projects.









Artist in the Community 2007

This is an annual collaborative project funded by Wicklow Arts Office and administered by Signal. Julie Merriman was the artist chosen by Signal and Bray Youthreach was the community group chosen. Using nature to encourage the group to explore different methods of drawing, Julie then got them to print their drawing. The work was exhibited in the centre and was very well received.