Mapping Asdee

Released: 27 February 2007

The art project, ‘Mapping Asdee’ was launched in Asdee National School on Wednesday 21st February 2007, by the Deputy Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Robert Beasley.

The project, commissioned by Kerry County Council, was carried out by Dingle based visual artist, Kate Buckley, and funded by the Department of the Environment under their Percent for Art Scheme.

The pieces themselves were inspired by the people of Asdee, and their relationship with the area, but it wasn’t just a matter of Kate using the local environment,” Kerry County Council Arts Officer Kate Kennelly explained.

“Kate Buckley is an accomplished arts facilitator as well as a great artist. Not only did she deliver the art project, she also held a number of workshops for the students in Asdee National School to get them involved in the process, and a copy of the work has been given to Asdee community, held in trust by the school.

 “The students were heavily involved and were invited to depict their journey from home to school, to create a visual a map of their everyday journey,” Kate Kennelly pointed out.

The Percent for Art Scheme is funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and sets aside a portion of funding for a local infrastructure project, in order to commission original creative artwork.

“In this case, the project in question was the Listowel Regional Water Supply, Stage 4, Asdee, with a portion of the funding from the Department set aside specifically for this art project,” Kate Kennelly said.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the work and have learned a new outlet, printmaking, for their creativity,” stated Asdee National School Principal John Wren.

“The opportunity for a professional artist to be commissioned as well as work on a focused project with a number of students is a great idea, as they get see the artist develop their work from start to finish,” stated Kate Kennelly,

The prints will be on view in County Buildings over the coming months.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Robert Beasley, who officially launched the exhibit, paid tribute to all involved.

“Kerry County Council commissioned this work where the artist would deliver artwork, and also work with the local community, so that the art work commissioned has a greater connection and ownership locally,” he said, thanking Vincent O’Shea, Public Arts Consultant for his work as well.

“The people of Asdee now have a collection of prints from Kate Buckley as a collection owned by the community, here in the School and I hope the children had plenty of fun during this project.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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