Engaging with local artists, and working through a variety of art forms, adults with ID supported by That's Life discover and develop their individual creativity. Our stunning visual art projects have been displayed at a multitude of public events and performances, include art installations, parades, festivals, film screenings, club nights and conferences.
In My Hands - Art Exhibition
Nuns Island Theatre, Galway - Friday 1st - Tuesday 4th December 2023
The viewers who attended the official opening of the 'In My Hands' Art Exhibition on Saturday 2nd December were hugely impressed with the installation. The art work is visually stunning and deeply moving.
'For this project each participant was tasked with identifying an object that holds personal significance – something special or beloved, whether it encapsulates a cherished memory or symbolises an important aspect of their lives. These objects are presented within cast reproductions of their hands, cradling them with love and offering them for observation. Meanwhile, their recorded voices provide insights into the worlds surrounding these small 'relics' of everyday life, regardless of how insignificant or mundane they might initially appear.
The exhibition extends an invitation to reconsider the inherent beauty in our lives, and the depth contained within individual memory'.
A huge congratulations to our team of That's Life artists: Catherine Fahy, Patricia Slattery, Uday Dufani, Alison O'Connor, Christina Helebret, Michelle Helebret, and Ann Marie White, Creative Practitioner Taim Haimet and Art Facilitator Peter Casby for all their hard work.
That's Life would like to thank GRETB, Galway City Council and Creative Ireland for their support and funding.
Our Place/My Place
Exhibition Opening: 11.30am Tuesday 17th Oct 2023
School of Design and Creative Arts ATU Galway, Wellpark Road.
(Tea and Coffee provided)
That's Life have collaborated with the ATU Galway City, School of Design & Creative Arts to create a beautifully crafted exhibition of work created by a group of That's Life artists with the support of MA student Laurence Hynes.
The project evolved through an exploration in the fundamentals of cyanotype printing and photographic portraiture, to capture a sense of place and how we relate to it. We would like to thanks the Radius Project at ATU for supporting the arts programme at That's Life.
Radius is an initiative which links graduates and students from the School of Design and Creative Arts with local community and social organisations, in the creation of art exhibitions and commissions.
The exhibition runs until Friday 21st Oct 2023
Interactive Visual Art Exhibition
Black Box Theatre, Galway
November 4-11, 2022 .
Persona, is a free interactive visual-art exhibition created by Martin Maguire in collaboration with adults with ID from That’s Life, Galway.
Through direct collaboration with a hand picked group, Martin explored personality and identity via costume, music and image. The work used Augmented Reality to create a space of multiple possibilities where objects appear, like magic, summoned on demand as spectators interact with the work via smart devices. Persona was a deeply human project which seeks to interrogate our ideas of perceived identity while celebrating an individual’s dignity and worth.
Photo Credit - Geoff Allan
The project began in late 2020 when That’s Life and the Radius project at ATU invited Martin to create a new work which would collaborate directly with their participants.
In early 2021 a series of engagements began with 10 members of That’s Life involving drawing, photography, slow motion videography, spoken word, costume and performance. The idea developed into creating characters as a framework for exploration, focusing on the primordial gods.
Each participant chose one of the 10 main primordial elements to explore out of air, sky, water, earth, day, night, underworld, darkness, love and time.
Our adults with ID were involved in a process to interpret specific characters from Greek mythology through costume and performance of their own making.
Over a series of interactions, they selected which persona they wished to become, and how they would like the world to see and hear them in their new imagined forms. Portraits of the participants show them in their natural state making various physical gestures and poses.
Spectators are able to reveal in real time the alter ego/new persona chosen and designed by the individuals themselves. When interacted with, an augmented reality overlay of this new character with costume and props appears, resulting in interactive portraits.
“The concept I developed was based around the idea of perceived identity – ‘persona'. I wanted to explore the many layers that exist between us and another individual. These often-opaque barriers can be populated with bias, preconceptions and assumptions. What is it like to truly see another human being? What is revealed when we take time to properly look and potentially see past a ‘character’ or ‘archetype’ we have assigned other people in haste?”
Martin Maguire interview with This is Galway
Photo Credit - Martin Maguire
Our group began their exploration physically through movement in collaboration with Sandra O’Malley from Blue Raincoat Theatre in Sligo, then continued with spoken word and drawing. Each individual was then interviewed about the human experience, life, death, love and loss. A unique drawing was created by participants that were then interpreted in textile form by costume designer and project collaborator Sharon Gilham, who created costumes that each participant would be photographed in for the work shown in the exhibition. These layers and other audio elements are exposed by the spectator using augmented reality as they interact with the main work.
Illuminate is an interactive projection installation that allows participants to paint with light. The colours and shapes they create are projected onto a large screen that they face and interact with in real time.
That's Life art makers explore the Brendan Voyage through contemporary shadow puppet approaches.
Fairyland Forest is the latest of three animation films produced by ‘That’s Life’, an arts and participation programme of Brothers of Charity Services, Galway. The film features artists with intellectual disabilities and visual and sound artists working together to produce a unique film that features original artwork, music and sound.
Fairyland Forest is a tender allegory of how love conquers all and defeats evil. It tells the story of Bumble Bee’s love for a butterfly, Princess Pink. In order to win her heart he has to defeat the dragonfly, Prince Black, and face the dangers of Black’s evil army surrounding Fairyland Forest. It’s an uplifting heart-warming story full of colour and the gentle moral of how love wins out in the end.
Structured Worlds is a wonderful piece of work by That's Life Arts Collective with visual Artist Aideen Barry.
"I love the way the mountains soak up the rain." Anne Laffey
Each art maker in this project created their own 3D world in which mini projected images were positioned. The worlds reflected important aspects of the lives of the artists and were assembled as part of one large cardboard structure.
Working on this project with Aideen were Walter Parsons, Clement Moylan, Anne Laffey, Catherine Fahy and Sean Barden.
“Jessica Casey” is a collaboration between Away With Words writers, Mary Madec (poet) and Aideen Barry (visual artist). This animated short and collection of writings ‘Jessica Casey and Other Works” is published by Salmon Poetry.