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Strange creatures abound

May 2nd, 2017 3:02 PM

By Jackie Keogh

One of the several pieces which are currently on display around Skibbereen.

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BRIGHTLY coloured birds and other strange creatures have appeared on the streets of Skibbereen, courtesy of an exciting new art project by the Phoenix Youth Project at the West Cork Arts Centre.

Visitors to the West Cork Arts Centre can see more of these creatures indoors at the centre from now until Saturday, May 6th.

The Phoenix Youth Project was first developed in 2016 by the Skibbereen Community and Family Resource Centre. But since November, the young people have been working with artists Alison Cronin and Caoimhe Pendred at one of the studios at the arts centre.

Over the course of the residency, they have experimented with printmaking, felt making, sculpture and ceramics. 

But it was a strong interest in street art that led the group to create a series of small sculptures that have been placed in and around Skibbereen.

Most of the art works are located near the Caol Stream, but you can also see small birds in cages, and other bird sculptures, tucked in plant pots, hanging from lampposts, and mounted on walls from Bridge St to North St.

During the summer, the project will also feature a week-long workshop to create a semi-permanent mural on the wall at the side of the arts centre. Participation in the workshops is open to young people aged between 15 and 25 by calling 028 22090.

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