Funding from The National Lottery enabled the Rouskey Arts Programme to hire specialist tutors to teach a variety of art classes, and people from the local community had the chance to take part in watercolour painting workshops, sculpting, embroidery and basket-weaving. The project drew people from across a sparse and rural area together in a new way.
The variety of art workshops means that there was something for everyone. The work produced was of such a high standard that a small exhibition was organised and many people from across the wider community came to see the pieces on display. Rouskey is an isolated community and sustaining projects like this can be difficult, making the classes’ popularity particularly important.
One of their particiapnts needed a new focus after her two children left home. With more free time and a strong appetite to learn something new, she began to attend art classes. She has since found a talent for sculpting that she never knew she had. She had no knowledge of art when she signed up for the classes but now plans to pursue sculpting further and will be travelling to Cork to study. She is so dedicated to her new skill that she hopes to become a tutor and inspire others.
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