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ART BUFFS came from all over to the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of En­nis­cor­thy’s Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre to wit­ness the of­fi­cial open­ing of a new body of work from lo­cal artist Anne Man­ning.

‘Ex­ten­sile’ is an ex­hi­bi­tion of work formed around ideas, ob­ser­va­tions and in­no­va­tion with em­pha­sis on the col­lab­o­ra­tion and the cre­ative process used by chil­dren and artists alike.

Anne says that, as well as be­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion with friends, fam­ily and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, the ex­hi­bi­tion is also a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the chil­dren of Carrig Briste and Kil­leg­ney Early Years. Hav­ing worked. Hav­ing worked with chil­dren through­out her ca­reer, Anne’s work is in­flu­enced by the or­ganic ex­plo­ration and meth­ods used by chil­dren and the aes­thetic out­come cre­ated by their meth­ods of ex­plo­ration and sur­real cre­ative process.

‘It’s an at­tempt to show sur­re­al­ism within sculp­ture,’ said the proud artist at the launch. ‘Melt­ing and ex­plor­ing thoughts, col­lab­o­ra­tion to­gether and pre­sent­ing these thoughts in a vis­ual form.

While work­ing as an artist in Carrig Briste and Kil­leg­ney, both Anne and the schools were awarded an in­no­va­tion award for art, ac­knowl­edg­ing the vis­ual arts as an in­no­va­tive ped­a­gogy in early years.

Anne’s other col­lab­o­ra­tive ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Side Ta­bles’, which was ex­hib­ited last year in the Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre, has opened ex­cit­ing doors for in­no­va­tion in art ed­u­ca­tion and she aims to con­tinue this process with her lat­est work which she com­pleted in June of 2017. The ex­hi­bi­tion cer­tainly got a great re­ac­tion among those present at the launch and the work is avail­able to view at The Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre un­til Septem­ber 29.

‘Sur­real Car­rots’ by Anne Man­ning

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