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.
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.’’
Paschal O'Shea - Photography
Paschal is an award-winning mixed media lens-based digital artist with a fine art background He will be encouraging students to evoke their individual passions and outlooks and bring to the fore their own unique personal style.
Well-practised in landscape, photojournalistic, and wedding photography he has more than an avid interest in assemblage photography and creating photographic art within the abstract and minimalist genres.
The outstanding and stunning natural sea and landscapes on our doorstep along with the urban charms of Bundoran are an ideal environment to discover, learn and develop in all ways and styles
Aideen Connolly – Visual Artist
Aideen Connolly is a contemporary visual artist, designer and illustrator. Her work is based on observing tiny transcendent moments when the veil lifts and the magic of the West of Ireland landscape is revealed. Aideen will work with students to develop their observational skills through drawing, painting and print making.
‘In my work I strive to capture fleeting moments where light and shade bring the ordinary to life. I am interested in the marks left on the landscape, people and on the page.’
Lani Gregory - Drawing and Painting
I have loved drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. As an only child born and raised in Co.Clare, I adored roaming the fields with friends, many lands were visited and kingdoms discovered in the Clare hills, but the quiet times were as cherished and many hours were spent drawing by the range.
Money was tight but my inspiration for my art comes from those years of simple living, in an old cottage, organic fruit and vegetables, chickens, ducks, compost toilets, summer meadows and a rickety campervan but I have wonderful memories. I have an illustrative style and enjoy both watercolours and acrylics.
Richard Sadleir – Leathercraft
In the past people took pride in making and owning goods that would last them a lifetime. I have been a Leathersmith since 2006, having first being introduced to Leathercraft by a Japanese friend of mine named Masaki. Every single step of the process is done by hand and the sense of satisfaction that comes with completing a piece of work is in my experience, quite remarkable. My absolute passion is carving leather which is the process of creating beautifully textured 3-d artwork in the leather. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be able to share with you the art of Leathercraft and by doing so, playing a small part in keeping the tradition alive.
Edwin Mullane is the artistic director of The Corps Ensemble. He trained at the highly regarded Focus Stanisvlaski Studio in Dublin, and continues to work under the close mentorship of his good friend and teacher, legendary Irish Actor, Tom Hickey. In 2016, Edwin completed the Advanced Actor Training for TV and Film at Bow Street.
His most recent credits as a director/producer include Ireland's call by John Connors which has toured to venues across Ireland, the UK, Australia, and the US. Selected theatre credits with the corps include: Oisin in Philip Doherty’s Close to the Sun, Hughie in Made In China and Goss in Tracy Lett’s modern classic, Bug.
Edwin has worked with many leading Irish theatre companies and was part of the celebrated Druid ensemble for DruidMurphy, five times winner at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.
Rossa is a Donegal artist who has spent over 5 years honing his craft creating bespoke bog oak jewellery. His inspiration came at an early age being surrounded by creative family and friends. Spending his time growing and practicing his work finding new techniques along the way. He has been researching and developing ways of fusing the Magic of Ireland, and the beauty it provides in the form of this unique wood. Bog oak can be anywhere from 3000-8000years old. This wood has been perfectly preserved in Irish bogs, where time has stood still and allowed the wood to strengthen over time. Rossa takes inspiration from the nature that surrounds him along the coast of Donegal and from Ireland’s heritage. He treats the bog oak with the respect it deserves and highlights its natural beauty and texture. Rossa has experience teaching classes and uses a laidback approach, letting his students imagination shine through and simply giving them the tools and the use of his knowledge to help them create their own special pieces of bog oak that will last a life time.