The Great Art Quest exhibition
Golden Thread Gallery are delighted to bring you the Great Art Quest – a unique exhibition funded through Children & the Arts that aims to develop stronger links between schools and their local art gallery.
The Great Art Quest exhibition has been out on tour visiting our local libraries, brightening the wall with words and images as part of an ongoing partnership between Golden Thread Gallery and Libraries NI.
Children from four local primary schools participated in the Great Art Quest and took inspiration from Seán Hillen’s exhibition 100 Works. The schoolchildren explored the world of collage with artists Johanna Leech and Sinéad Breathnach Cashell while Chelley McLear and Chloé Morrison set the words and stories free with collection of Dadaist poems inspired by the collages. Students from Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáian, Glengormley Integrated Primary School, Hazelwood Integrated Primary School and Holy Family Primary School will have their exhibition opened by Gregory McCartney from visual art and poetry magazine Abridged.
Each collage was created in a group and there were 5 groups from the 4 participating schools. The collages were then exchanged between the schools and narrative stories were developed by the children in response to the collages. The stories were then distilled into poems.
“These are word collages – which sometimes tell a story and sometimes create random images – just like a collage giving us snippets of possibilities. These pieces generate alternative ideas – words that we are pieced together by taking apart more logical sequences. Any of the words can be picked from the word collages to trigger a new thought or idea – or they can be taken in the context of their place in the text. There is no right or wrong way to read these.” Chelley McLear
Lovely blank world.
Donald Duck farted
Scary mental hospital
Fluffy ducks bomb testing
Power duck died
The fat pigeon farted on the people.
Grave for the poor man.
Cheerful, scary zombie
Dylan, Billy, Holly, Rhys, Tamzin, Jude