Since February, I have been back in Omagh facilitating Expressive Art-making workshops. People have come together in a range of locations and they have caught sight of the theme and process associated with not forgetting but remembering forward... relaxing control and shaking out seeds into the future.
Groups have met in the WAVE Trauma centre, Omagh Library Head Quarters, the Omagh Support and Self Help Group, Omagh Academy School, Gibson Primary School. I have also spent a little more time with the Omagh Community Youth Choir who will be singing new and familiar pieces at the service on the 12th August in the town. A big thank you to all who have come to the sessions and contributed their art pieces to the installation.
The art workshops are being designed with the participants in mind. Each workshops is different, as they use a range of art forms towards a similar collective outcome.
Two more sessions are being hosted by Omagh Library Headquarters on the 27th July. We will meet in the conference room. This room and I go back a long time, as it's walls held the original artwork from the Petals of Hope, Rays of Light exhibition in March 1999 and the Remembering: Petals of Hope book launch in March 2014. Now, they will frame the creation of more artwork and show the finished pieces in the next few weeks. I am grateful to the Library staff, Ann Duffy and Julie Gibson, for their continued support and assistance in including this creative response in their premises.
If you would like to know more or are interested in attending the workshops, please contact Julie Gibson on t: 028 8244 0733 |v: 6420 4004 |e: or reach me via this website.
Funding towards the workshops is greatly appreciated and has been provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.