Conversations - A Portrait Project with Andy Parsons

Visual Art / Exhibition



Organization: Bealtaine Festival

Event location: Online

City/Town: Online / Online

County: Dublin City

Event dates: 01 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

Event Venue: Online

Event time:

Contact phone: 01 8057709

Web: http://Coming soon - The portraits will be exhibited digitally on


As part of this year's Bealtaine At Home festival, Artist Andy Parsons has been inviting people who have been cocooning to join him in a virtual portrait sitting. During these sessions, Andy is creating an artwork while getting to know each person and how they have responded to the last few weeks of crisis. In return for their time, the sitters will receive the art works via the post, the portraits would also be exhibited in digital form on Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival website. -- Andy Parsons Bio: Andy is interested in finding ways of bringing art into everyday life. As a practicing artist, his works include paintings, books, drawings, prints and sculpture and is particularly interested in works done objectively, from life. In 2017 Andy started working with The Metal Mariners Boat Building Project in Sligo, recording their work, hand building and restoring boats. This ongoing project has developed into a significant body of work, including hundreds of drawings, paintings and lithographs. Andy's work as co-founder of Floating World Artists Books is centred on public engagement. Floating World has undertaken varied projects in community settings and its books are in major collections including Tate Modern. In 2018 he staged the exhibition ‘Raft’, at A.P.T Gallery in London. In 2017 Andy was the recipient of a major award by the Pollock Krasner Foundation in the U.S. aimed at developing and sustaining his practice as an artist. In 2019, Andy was one of the artists selected as part of Age & Opportunity's Artist in Residence in a Care Setting initiative funded by the Creative Ireland National Creativity Fund, HSE CHO Lottery Funds and the Arts Council of Ireland. The Bealtaine At Home Portrait Project is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.