At home, St. Conleth’s kids may be used to the safer, more curatable forms of art: the tasteful minimalist collage from Malmo hanging over the equally tasteful and minimalist glass coffee slab or the abstract-but-not-too-abstract muted landscape faintly catching the light from the Velux in the extension… but Senior School Art Teacher Ms. Halpin is doing her best to shake up the culture bourgeoise! She regularly brings her charges out on adventures which push their artistic, social and geographical boundaries. There have been trips to various galleries and museums and sculpture gardens and that one memorable Depeche Mode reunion concert and, most recently, a brave foray onto the North Side! See below for pics and Ms. Halpin’s own account of this latest art class al fresco: an exploration of Dublin street art in the medieval meanderings which line both sides of the Liffey.
Alternative Dublin put together a great tour of the alley ways north and south of the Liffey, giving us a very informative survey of street art, how it developed and information and examples of leading Dublin street artists including Maser, Conor Harrington, subset, James Earley, Brutto and Kin Drix… just to name a few. The tour detailed how street art has transformed derelict Temple Bar laneways into innovative hubs of creativity, such as the Icon Walk of Bedford Lane and Love Lane, both in Temple Bar. Some of the students said it was the best tour they had ever done!