“The Kenyan Art Project” is an exhibition of new art works by artists, Anna O Dixon and Norah Brennan. It follows a residency undertaken by the pair of artists in Kenya hosted by the Mayo based charity Protect the Children of Kenya
At the end of January 2020 artists Norah Brennan and Anna O. Dixon travelled to Kitui Kenya. Their mission was to bring the joy of creating art to the children and families with whom Protect the Children were working. They spent three weeks working with the participants, introducing them to a range of ways of making art, from drawing to collage to pattern making and even bag making.
This exhibition is the artists’ reflection on the teaching and social experiences in Kitui. Both Anna and Norah have responded in their own different styles and media. The show includes a video installation of the sights and sounds of Kitui.
Janet Hinchion, founder and Chairperson of Protect the Children of Kenya will perform the official opening of the exhibition on Friday night 3rd December from 7-9pm.
Norah Brennan is a visual artist who specialises in printmaking but also uses paint, collage and bookbinding in her practice. She makes abstract artworks for the joy of creating something that didn’t exist before. She puts herself into her works and tells a story of a life journey, of time passing and of changes that come. Memories, emotions, fears and expectations all are played out on paper and canvas.
Norah has had solo shows in Ireland and Northern Ireland, has been part of group shows internationally and has been selected for many juried exhibitions.
She has completed residencies in Wales and in rural Kenya. Norah teaches art workshops, mainly in printmaking, bookbinding and painting from her own studio in Mayo where she lives and she is part of the vibrant Limerick Printmakers. Her work is part of both private and state collections and she also takes on commissioned work.
Anna O Dixon is a Fine Art graduate working from her studio at Ahena Organic Farm near Claremorris, Co. Mayo. She use mixed media applications with traditional painting techniques often worked into low relief textural surfaces.
Anna’s work is profoundly inspired by Nature and metaphysical philosophy. The visual aspect of her works explores nature through colour, form and energetic symbology. She was born in London with Irish-Swedish origins. She is living and working in Co. Mayo since 2005. She has exhibited her work both locally and nationally over the past 30+ years and has small collections of her work all over the world.
Anna is also a writer which supports her in the visual arts practice.
“The making of any piece of Art is a deeply personal and meditative process when ones’ uninhibited attention is coupled with full consciousness“. Anna O.