HELEN BARRY

Visual Artist & Early Years Arts Practitioner

My work is an investigative journey through the iconic architecture of secular and non-secular buildings and spaces, that draw on the individual need for reflection, stillness and a sense of community. My practice evolves through the creative interactions with communities of different faiths. My work has given me the privilege to work closely with Dublin's Muslim Community, most recently with the women at the Dublin Mosque and the children and teachers in the Muslim National School.

I have being working creatively with children, young people and families for over 30 years. My collaborative work is intrinsic to my practice. In the last 8 years my co-creators are early years children aged 4 months to 6 years. I am currently artist-in-resident in Rowlagh Playgroup as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2019. Please see Artist Statement for a description of my approach to working with children.

My current work with early years is being supported by The Arts Council's Young People, Children & Education Bursary Award 2018. The National Concert Hall is also supporting my foray into inventing interactive musical /sound installations called 'Sculptunes' for very young children.

Image detail 'Conversations With God' Installation with audio, Current Work

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