HELEN BARRY

Visual Artist, Inventor & Early Years Arts Practitioner

My work is an investigative journey through the iconic architecture of secular and non-secular buildings, spaces and the communities who frequent them. I am drawn to enquire as to the individual need for reflection, stillness and a sense of community. My practice evolves through the creative interactions with communities of different faith. My collaborative practice involves communities young and old that are drawn together through need or interest. My work has given me the privilege to work closely with many many communities and cultural and educational organisations throughout Dublin, including the women at the Dublin Mosque and the children and teachers in the Muslim National School, the Artane Men's Shed, the Central Remedial Clinic, older residential facilities and many others.

I have being working creatively with children, young people and families, families and older people for over 30 years. My collaborative work is intrinsic to my practice, I am both inspired and driven by the journey where enquiry and creativity support the individual to connect with themselves and with others. In the last 10 years my co-creators are early years children from newborns to 6 years. 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 2019. This has enabled me to embark on two new artist-in-residences, the first with the Pre-School One children in the Central Remedial Clinic School and the second is in the ASD Unit in Stepaside Educate Together National. I am researching and designing new works with and for children living with profound and complex needs. 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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