Press Release: Forthcoming Exhibition – D’lush Cafe

Through my Senses – In association with the Collective Sensory Group and Bluebird Care .

Thursday 20th September – 13th October. D’lush Café – Wexford Arts Centre

Bluebird Care Wexford are delighted to be working in partnership yet again with the Wexford Arts Centre and the Collective Sensory Group to present Come in we are Awesome!, an exhibition of children’s artwork from 20th September to 13th of October – D’lush Café, Wexford Arts Centre.

The Collective Sensory Group, Bluebird Care Wexford and the Wexford Art Centre combined their expertise to provide art workshops for young people with additional needs, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the positive and encouraging impact of art. This workshop also sought to promote inclusion and awareness within the local community, proving that behind every disability there is a huge amount of talent and ability that comes in many different forms.

This year the resident Artists brought imaginative and creative ideas to the table that focused on ‘Feelings’. We all have different feelings and accepting this about ourselves is a huge step. Appreciating that feeling’s we don’t like are equally as important as feelings we do like. This is what makes us individuals. Within the workshops each participant had individual goals, each of these goals were incorporated into activities by artists Tina Fortune and Deirdre Buggy. The workshops allowed for each participant to have one to one guidance, tuition and support. The activities focused on processes and materials, allowing the children the freedom to choose from an array of materials and methods of application. The workshops were a phenomenal success as evidenced in the exhibition, with all our participants achieving above and beyond any goals and aspirations they may have set in the beginning.

Tina Fortune is an artist living and working in Wexford. Working mainly in acrylics, her practice includes drawings, paintings and murals. Her practice is strengthened by her four children; one who is on the Autism spectrum. Tina works extensively with children with special-needs and has created inspiring work on sensory rooms for children at the Collective Sensory Group and St. John of God National School. She has also worked with the Presentation Secondary School, Wexford, on multiple commissions, and has been involved in various exhibitions of her own work.
Deirdre Buggy is a recent graduate from Wexford school of Art and Design. Deirdre works in the medium of sculpture, film and performance art. Her work explores identity through her own personal challenges and experience.
The Collective Sensory Group is a non-profit, voluntary led group based in Wexford town providing Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy to their clients. The group also provides recreational activities and workshops on a regular basis for young people, while also supporting and working with parents. Renowned for their community integration work, high standards of care, and positive clinical feedback, they are a non-funded organisation and rely solely on fundraising and donations so they can continue to subsidise their services.

Michael Corcoran (Managing Director Bluebird Care Wexford) is passionate about finding ways to ensure individuals stay connected to their communities and believes Art can open doors and unlock potential where there may have been barriers, limitation and self-doubt. “At Bluebird Care we are dedicated to supporting individuals (of all ages and abilities) maintain their independence and continue to be a part of their local communities and these workshops have done that in spades.”

The opening reception will be held on Thursday 20th September at 6.30 pm, featuring guest speakers Shona King from The Collective Sensory Group and Michael Corcoran from Bluebird Care. We look forward to seeing you there.