Community Arts Practice




As a Community Arts Practitioner, Sharon`s work is deeply embedded in the principles and values of community development.


Her ethos is to promote, encourage and enable each individual to seek to find their own creative voice and to nurture and guide the individual in having that voice heard. Working with vulnerable and marginalised members of society through the principles of community development, her practise supports and promotes inclusion, equality, recognition and respect of the value, abilities and potential of each individual.


Experience:


Tallaght Community Arts DoubleTAKE Supported Art Studio

Sharon is programme coordinator and Artist mentor in this supported art studio (situated in Rua Red arts studio) for adults with disabilities and for people with mental health issues.


Saint Aengus Community Action Group

Tutoring a weekly arts class within this programme for adults living with addiction and using art as advocacy and a tool for self expression, Sharon works closely with each individual, exploring ways in which art can be used as a channel to best suit the individual’s needs.


The Good Counsel Centre (HSE)

Facilitating a weekly Art session for the adult residents of this HSE residential care centre, the focus of Sharon`s work is on the dignity and value of the individual, and also with enabling and supporting the individual to find their own authentic creative channel.


Art Tutor with the Education and Training Board (ETB)

Sharon is employed as an art tutor, designing and delivering beginner and intermediate arts classes for adults attending local family resource centres. Working through the principles of community development, using art as a tool and platform in which to address local and individual issues and to communicate with a wider audience.


Freelance Community Arts Practice

Having worked with Tallaght Community Arts as a facilitator and community arts practitioner for over ten years, Sharon has been involved with many art workshops and projects within the local community. Sharon also works on short term projects and art workshops for other organisations. Some of those more recent engagements are:

Dodder Valley Partnership

“Equality for women programme”

RADE

(Recovery through Art, drama and education)

CUMAS Neilstown

“Grandparents group”


The focus of each group is tailored specifically for the particular group and it’s individual participants needs, requirements and abilities.

Classes and Workshops


When working with a group or organisation, Sharon will work closely with her partners in order to design and deliver workshops and classes which are best suited and most beneficial to the particular individuals and the organisation itself.

The following is an example of classes and workshops available:

Watercolour / acrylic / oil painting (beginners or intermediate)

Mixed media workshops

Art workshops designed around a specific theme, such as equality for women, local community issues, empowering community

Finding your creative voice

Exploring and expressing emotion through art (oils, acrylic, watercolours)

Art and craft sessions, classes and workshops

Themed art and craft (seasonal)

Collaborative art projects

Art for relaxation

Art as advocacy

Collage workshops

Fun and creativity with children and parents


...and much more!


As a freelance community arts practitioner, Sharon is always delighted to receive enquiries from prospective new groups and individuals who may benefit from her skills and experience. If you'd like to find out more about Sharon's work as a Community Arts Practitioner, please do not hesitate to contact her.