TULCA 2018: Syntonic State curated by Linda Shevlin
THE GOOD YARN PROJECT
The Good Yarn is an art-in-education project that draws inspiration from Galway’s merchant and mariner past, specifically the lucrative wool trade of South County Galway. Through a series of in-school creative workshops, artist-educators Jojo Hynes and Jennifer Cunningham will engage with primary schools in the coastal area of Kinvara to explore narratives of nostalgia, alternative economies and future culture in response to their local environment. Students will respond to the curatorial ideas underpinning the festival through visual enquiry and intergenerational participation.
About the Artist-Educators
Jennifer Cunningham works with paint, printmaking, film, digital media and drawing. She has won several awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award and the Thomas Dammann travel award. She also exhibits both nationally and internationally, most recently with a solo show in the Galway International Arts Festival 2018 and the Ashford Gallery, R.H.A. Other projects include “ Una” Galway theatre festival, 2018, Role videographer, projection and set dressing.
Jennifer graduated with a first class honours degree from GMIT in 2002 and in 2008 she completed a Masters in fine art from NCAD in Dublin. She has undertaken residencies in Fire-station Studios Dublin, the RHA school, SIM Iceland, Cill Rialaig, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Studio 9, the Galway Arts Centre and the Inishlacken Project. She runs her own Art School in Galway and has lectured at IADT and NCAD and has completed a number of artist in the school schemes.
Jojo Hynes has been working as an artist and arts educator for over ten years with a range of organisations in England, Australia and Ireland. Her practice encompasses a wide range of media, including video, painting, printmaking, sound editing, photography, collage, digital arts and sculpture. She also facilitates performance and physical theatre workshops. Her workshops often explore the themes of the local/place, cultural identity and link socio-political issues to arts education.
In her visual arts practice, Jojo explores the representation of real and fictional female protagonists influenced by where the past and present, fact and fiction meet and overlap. She has collaborated with many different artists to create alternative networks, play with hierarchies, produce exhibitions, events, publications and undertaken residencies across London, Ireland and throughout Europe.
She has completed a MA in Fine Art from Kingston University, a PGCE in Art and Design from Goldsmiths University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Community, Art and Education from NCAD and a BA in Fine Arts from GMIT.