100 Years 100 Faces is a collection of artworks from the art facilitators and participants of Anam Beo, Offaly's Arts, Health and Wellbeing Programme. Aisling Brennan, Rowena Keaveny, Jackie Lynch and Julie Spollen have facilitated and curated this exhibit of portraits, quilts, collage, lilting and reflections from the 2016 centenary year.
All of the artwork is based upon individuals within the community. It is an accumulation of portraits, old and new from Anam Beo participants. Rowena Keaveny and Julie Spollen together worked these faces into a colourful grid showing a diversity of talent and styles in the participants and facilitators approach to portraiture.
At Ofalia House in Edenderry, Aisling Brennan facilitated Music and Reminiscence workshops, involving songs chosen by individuals to represent people from the last 100 years. Singing sessions and stories were shared and reflected upon. Peter Kane, a member of Comhaltas for over 35 years demonstrates his voice as his instrument. Aisling recorded Peter in “Lilting” which will be on show during the exhibit.
Jackie Lynch's interest in Arpilleras quilts (Argentina) came to the fore with her process led workshops at Birr Community and Nursing Unit. As part of her 2016 programme Jackie explored with participants their family memories and stories of 1916 and the years following. Residents were invited to translate these into colourful textile art. Mounted on burlap these vivid quilts tell tales of everyday life during this eventful time in Irish history.
The Irish Wheelchair Association and Riada House became engrossed with their individual portraits and group collages produced during sessions with Julie Spollen. For the exhibition Julie has gone on to produce a short clip 'An old pedestal and a new song' using the portraits with a voice recording and music from the 1950's when there was a new positive and light energy being felt with the younger generation of that time.
Clara day Care, the IWA and Birr Mental Health Centre also enjoyed the art and recording sessions with Rowena Keaveny, creating a diverse range of artwork and a short clip with a conversation about times that were.
100 Years, 100 Faces had its launch in Tullamore Community Arts Centre (formerly Kilroys) with many of Anam Beo’s participants in attendance. Open to the public the exhibition was also attended as a workshop by a local school.
Supported by Offaly County Council Arts Office and the Offaly County Council 2016 Centenary Fund, the Dublin Mid-Leinster HSE, ANAM BEO the Arts Council. To find out more please visit www.anambeo.wordpress.com