Paul Woods is a visual artist and historian, with experience working on a number of solo and collaborative exhibitions and projects. With this project he proposes to create a large painting, or several smaller paintings, exploring visually his locality and its topography, history, heritage, community, nature, and identity. This process would start with creating visual maps with various local communities through research, consultation and collaboration and would culminate in an exciting new artwork and community arts event.
Woods will work with Monasterevin primary and secondary schools, a local youth club, the migrant/immigrant community, as well as members of the general public. Each group will participate in workshops where they will identify areas of interest and create their own series of maps, which are to be displayed on social media. Woods will later use these maps as resource material for a painting, or series of paintings.
It is hoped that this project will foster a greater sense of community spirit and will help local people to connect with their town and its heritage. People will also get the opportunity to engage with technology during this project, as digital photography, satellite and drone imagery, and phone apps will be used.
Once completed, Woods' exhibition will be launched locally in Monasterevin Community Centre and the paintings will be donated to the community for display in a public space.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.