Conversations in Portrait
Creative Ireland Creativity in Older Age Virtual Portrait Project
This autumn, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal Local Authorities engaged with sixteen people for a Creative Ireland Creativity in Older Age Virtual Portrait Project. A call went out for people over the age of 70 in each county who are living in a nursing home or cocooning at home and missing their cultural activities and who were interested in making new connections at this time. Over a number of zoom sessions, artist Andy Parsons painted their portrait, while talking and getting to know each person and how they have responded to the last few months of Covid-19. Portraits have been delivered to each of the sitters who have them hanging proudly on their walls, having enjoyed the experience. When the time is right, the participants will invite a small number of close family, friends and staff to view their portrait, depending on Covid-19 restrictions at the time.
The portraits will be exhibited in a touring exhibition as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021. The initiative has been managed by Roscommon Arts Office together with artist Andy Parsons, and is a partnership project by Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal Local Authorities and Age & Opportunity as part of the Creative Ireland Creativity in Older Age programme.
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Pictured here are Maisie, Noel, Rosaleen and Paddy from County Roscommon.
Pictured here are Aengus, Deirdre, Maureen and Sheila from County Sligo.
Pictured here are Irene, Michael, Monica and Paddy from County Leitrim.