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.
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.