The Captivated Eye – Launch on 20th October at 1 pm in the Linenhall

Linenhall Press Release

The Captivated Eye – Launch on 20th October at 1 pm in the Linenhall.

The Captivated Eye is an ambitious and exciting project in which the children of
6th class at St Angela’s Primary School in Castlebar have been given access to the
art collection at Mayo County Council in order to create, or, in visual art terms, to
curate an exhibition from the collection. The exhibition goes on show at the
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar from 20th October to the 26th November 2016.

The current 6th class pupils at St Angela’s Primary School are particularly
experienced in engaging with visual art exhibitions. So far during their primary school
education they have visited 15 visual art exhibitions at the Linenhall Arts Centre’s
gallery as part of its Visual Art Programme for Schools. That programme consists of
gallery visits during which the children engage with, and discuss the visual art on
show. The gallery visits are coupled with workshops designed to enable the children
to explore in a hands-on way some aspect of the art works they have just seen in the

The Captivated Eye takes the Linenhall Arts Centre’s Visual Art Programme for
Schools one step further, and engages the children in organising an exhibition
themselves, from examining and discussing the various art works available to them, to
deciding which work to include, writing brochure blurbs, deciding on the layout of the
exhibition, devising text (as required) for display as part of the exhibition and
spreading the word about the exhibition. Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator at
Mayo County Council, and Orla Henihan, Arts Access Officer at the Linenhall have
been on hand to assist the children throughout the project.

Mayo County Council has been collecting art for many years and has now acquired a
substantial collection of almost 200 works. The County Council augments its art
collection with new acquisitions on a regular basis, which includes paintings, prints,
photography, sculpture and mixed-media works, by artists from or living in Mayo, or
those who have exhibited in the county. Works are displayed on a permanent basis in
publicly accessible space in county council buildings around the county. Parts of the
collection are also exhibited in a variety of exhibitions and there is also a schools
exhibition programme. The participants in The Captivated Eye project have chosen a
short-list of nineteen works from the collection, including pieces by Camille Souter,
Veronica Bolay and Bernie Bohan. With support from their teachers they are gaining
an in-depth understanding of these nineteen pieces through in-class discussions about
each work using an approach called Visual Thinking Strategies which was developed
in the early 1990s at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From these nineteen
works they will curate their exhibition.

“The Captivated Eye” exhibition is a partnership between the Linenhall Arts Centre
and Mayo County Council’s Arts Office working with St Angela’s Primary School,
and will be officially opened at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday 20th October
at 1.00pm. All are welcome to attend. The exhibition continues until Saturday 26th

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Further information  please contact:
Orla Henihan, Arts Access Officer, Linenhall Arts Centre
Tel: +353 (0)94 902 3733