‘Making Visible’ is launched by poet Paula Meehan

June 16, 2018

On 14th June the exhibition ‘Making Visible’ was launched by poet Paula Meehan at Coláiste íde, Finglas.

 Poet Paula Meehan is pictured above with our AEO Kevin Smullen.
Over 200 adult students from the Finglas and Cabra Adult Education Service ranging in age from 18-90 took part in Making Visible, a celebration of the work of community art and craft groups funded and delivered by the CDETB Adult Education Service.
This exhibition displayed­­­ the skills and talents of local people in fine art, sculpture, ceramics, sewing, knitting, collage, appliqué and mosaics.


Forever Young Chorus sing ‘The Moons’ based on a poem specially written for them by poet Paula Meehan.
The exhibition was launched by internationally renowned poet Paula Meehan. Music was provided by the fabulous CDETB Forever Young Chorus.
Paula read several poems including her famous ‘My Father Perceived as a Vision of St. Francis’ and  ‘The Moons’ a poem she has dedicated specially to the Forever Young Chorus
AEO Celia Rafferty with Bob Geldof among the student creations over her shoulder.
Adult Literacy Officer Cora Rafter pictured with Jean Fitzgerald Principal of Coláiste Íde. Proceeds from this event went to Laura Lynn Foundation.
There were also readings from students from our creative writing groups. Visitors got a chance to see some live demonstrations of some of the crafts offered in our classes.  Money raised on the day was donated to the very worthy Laura Lynn Foundation.
The main aim of this event is to showcase the diverse range of creative skills that have been nurtured and developed in CDETB Arts related courses in Finglas and Cabra. The majority of these courses are run in cooperation with local Community Groups, Disability Organisations and Home/School/Community Liaison Coordinators. Besides the acquisition of skills these classes use the arts and creativity as a tool to promote personal, group and community growth and development.
Student Ann Farrelly pictured with her creation ‘Belle’ and her Community Education Tutor Claire Behan.
Participation in these classes enables people to discover new forms of expression and experience a sense of achievement. It provides the people of Finglas and Cabra with the opportunity to rediscover and reconnect with their innate talents and abilities and is a testament to what can be achieved by people when creativity is encouraged.
A wonderful day was had by all.
We leave the last word to the Chorus here: Forever Young Cabra Fingals AES expo



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