Meet Our Arts Tutors
We are delighted to introduce you to our expert team of local artists whom you'll be working with throughout the Irish Arts and Culture Program.
Darragh Gorman (Lighthouse Industries): Darragh’s photo style is best described as moody, ocean-focused and fluid. His collections are regularly displayed in galleries around Bundoran and Co. Donegal. Darragh hopes to impart on his students a respect for the natural environments that they'll be shooting as well as encouraging each student to find their own unique take on the Irish country-side.
Meghan Gallagher (Megan G Photo): Meghan’s modern portrait and city-scape style is self-described as ‘street-style’ photography. She regularly shoots models for various Irish fashion labels. Meghan will be working with her students to find extraordinary moments in day to day Irish life in our local area.
Maura Logue (Dark Daughter Productions): Dark Daughter Productions specializes in vintage stage and historical on-site performance. Maura and her troupe regularly perform throughout the northwest of Ireland and have over twenty years of professional experience.
Muara will be working with her students to craft unique street performances for the annual Ballyshannon Carnival and St. Patrick's Day Parade each autumn and spring.
Maura aims to develop her students confidence and communication skills through performance and exploring the public persona and character development.
Michael Wann (Michael Wann.com): Michael Wann is a contemporary visual artist who's multi-award winning work is exclusively drawing based. He makes large and small scale drawings in charcoal that explore landscape, geography, mark-making and personal memory.
Michael will be working with his students to develop their drawing tecniques while creating a body of charcoal drawings that reflect their experience in Ireland.
Barry Sweeny (Localhands.ie): Has worked extensively as a decorative artist throughout Ireland, Europe, US and now works as an artist back in his hometown. Inspired by all that the north west of Ireland has to offer, Barry is currently building on a collection of oil and watercolour paintings and drawings taking in the natural landscape, the built environment, the history and heritage, and of course the Wild Atlantic shore. Barry will be working with his students to create a series of watercolor landscape paintings.
Mixed Media, Photo and Found Art
Ken Gunning (Ken Gunning Art): In his own words – ‘’I explore and experiment across traditional mediums as well as items found or searched out with conviction to explore materialism through installation. Often discarded, and recycled I bring a sense of play to them turning them into structures that sit in the space of the gallery and leave room for the viewer to piece the layers together and form a functional piece that can be viewed from multiple angles.’’ Ken's work with our students may take on many forms and is based on what objects the gappers are able to scavenge, salvage or find.
Wood Carving and Wood Turning
Jim McIntyre (Local Hands.ie): Jim is woodcarver and folklorist from Ballyshannon Co. Donegal and brings a wealth of wisdom, a warm heartedness and great humour with him to his wood-carving workshops. Jim’s traditional folk-art is styled on ancient Gaelic mythology and culture. Jim will work with his students to create a range of carved mythological figures.
Francey Cassidy (Local Hands.ie) ‘’A native of Donegal Town I worked as a carpenter for thirty odd years until overcome by the urge to follow my passion for artistic work. As a child I had watched a monk in Mountmellery Abbey turn a wooded bowl and that stayed with me ever since.’’