About Schoolhouse for Art
Since 1818 a small Schoolhouse nestled under the gaze of the clock tower in the heart of the picturesque village of Enniskerry in Ireland’s ‘garden county’ Wicklow. This was a school for children, a house of learning where young minds explored, examined and recited the rhymes and reasons of the unfolding world. For almost two centuries its solid walls absorbed the chants and childish chatter of thousands of young voices.
In 2011, the children marched up to the top of the hill to their perfect new school. The old schoolhouse fell silent for two years and quietly waited while its guardians debated and deliberated over the commercial and the common good…
… ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ was deemed to be a fitting substitute.
Schoolhouse for Art is in essence a facility for the study and exploration of the visual arts. Located in ‘the old schoolhouse’ in the heart of Enniskerry village it is an exhibition space and a meeting place where images and ideas mingle. It caters for all ages and all abilities. The former school playground is a natural arena facing the clock tower, a three-dimensional canvas to display an evolving gallery of large pieces of sculpture. The ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ is also a host to visiting artists from across the globe who want to paint the surrounding inspiring countryside and experience the unparalleled Irish hospitality.
Our Mission Statement
Our ‘Sculpture Garden’ is an ideal arena to display a constantly changing gallery of large sculptures (currently exhibiting magnificent wood sculptures by local artist Conleth Gent and Paul Flynn.
It will also be used for ‘plein air’ artists. ‘Schoolhouse forArt’ will also be a destination for visiting artists from across the globe who wish to attend our ‘artbreaks’ and paint the surrounding inspiring Wicklow countryside, while experiencing our renowned Enniskerry hospitality.
EXHIBITION AT PRESENT
Currently we are exhibiting magnificent wood sculptures by local artists Conleth Gent and Paul Flynn
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Contact: 353 1 2869594 (September, 2018)
by Paul Flynn and Con Gent.
Shadowcast is a monolithic sculpture carved from a monumental single piece of Macrocarpa.
It was felled to make way for a new development in Carrickmines, Co Dublin. It has been exhibited at the National Botanic Gardens - Sculpture in Context.
The Pattern on each face is that of a shadow of a tree in winter cast upon its surface.
Birds populate the tree branches and in amongst the branches are the Chinese symbols for Earth, Wind, Fire, Wood and Water. Its medium is wood and stainless steel.
by Paul Flynn and Con Gent.
‘Naturespace’ is a multisensory artwork carved from a large single piece of cedar. This cedar piece was sourced locally from the Charlevile Estate, beside Powerscourt. It is solid. It is carved from 1 piece of timber. It measures 2.4m height by 1.1m wide.
The pleasant scent of the cedar wood is nature’s own aromatic fragrance. It has a soft geometric pine cone pattern on the outside leading to an inviting upholstered pattern interior to make you feel as if you are in a luxurious cocoon. Natures Space.
It also provides a meditative space with its own resonance, when you sit inside and recite a calming mantra you will hear and feel the sound of your voice soothingly resonate. Natures Pace.
It is a piece that is in keeping with the environment, sitting in our garden between the stumps of 2 felled trees. mixed evergreen and deciduous back drop her at the Gateway to the ‘Garden of Ireland’, Co. Wicklow.
By Martin O’Keefe
Crescent is a piece of work created by Martin O’Keefe who was born in Newry Co. Down and raised in West Cork and Dublin. Martin O’Keefe is a visual artist who works primarily in the mediums of stainless and mild steel, aluminium, copper and brass.
This piece ‘Crescent’ measures 290 cm x 68 cm x 31 cm it is created using stainless, mild and bright steel. An award-winning sculptor Martin honed his craft on a part-time basis for over twenty years, committing to full-time professional practice in 2013 and presenting his work to the public from 2016. Martin designs and hand crafts all his work from his studio in Kilternan, South Dublin.
Inspired by his cultural heritage, surroundings, the ordinary, life experiences, thoughts and observations. Martin continues to create unique pieces of sculpture which absorb, reflect and distort light and landscape; inviting the viewer to look past the obvious into the imperceptible and inconspicuous.
Steel is an amazing medium, its hard but soft, rough but silky smooth, cold but warm and inviting. When worked it becomes compliant, stretches and bends, distorts and discolours and the most exciting part if allowed steel will bring you down a path you hadn’t first envisaged. This is why the process is as important as the final outcome.
Enniskerry an Art Tourism Hub
The ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ are delighted to have confirmed supplementary funding under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014-2020 supporting our ambition to develop and market Enniskerry as an Art Tourism hub with the Schoolhouse for Art at its core. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the support from Wicklow County Partnership.
The Enniskerry Art Tourism Aspiration Development Approach or the EATADA project will target 3 actions through a comprehensive development and marketing strategy that will be built over the next year.
The actions will include weekend workshops, residential packages and retreats. The work undertaken will ensure the identified actions are sustainable, cost effective and fulfil the greater objective of making Enniskerry Village an attractive destination for Art Tourism, and for business which that supports. It is anticipated that questions and issues will arise through the process, approaches and problem solving will be required bringing this project to completion.
Picture of Romance
THE ROMANTIC LIFE OF ARTISTS PAUL HENRY AND MABEL HENRY (nee Young)
Under the Creative Ireland Programme, (2018) the Schoolhouse for Art in collaboration with visual artist Paul Flynn and with support from local historian Mr Michael Seery, engaged in an investigative project to look at the romantic lives of 20th Century artists Mr Paul Henry and Ms Mabel Young. Paul Henry is one of Ireland’s, if not Ireland’s most recognised landscape painter. Both he and his wife Mabel chose St Patricks Powerscourt Church, Enniskerry as their resting place after their deaths. We believe that this ‘Picture of Romance’, the love story of their lives while living in Wicklow supports and widens the art tourism portfolio and brief of the Schoolhouse for Art. This is an exciting on going project which celebrates the lives of both these formidable artists.