Bridget Lambert is a postgraduate student on the MA in Sociology (Youth, Community & Social Regeneration) at the University of Limerick. As part of her research thesis she worked on a Community Art Project with a group of children, paying tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan. Bridget writes about her experience here:
This mural was designed and created over the lovely hot summer of 2018. As part of my research thesis for the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick. I decided to get involved in a Community Art Project. As an artist I was drawn to the concept of a mural where children could express their creativity while working collectively. The finished mural pays tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan, Limerick’s beautiful and talented artist and singer with The Cranberries.
Approximately 30 children, aged between 5 and 12, from 6 local primary schools took part in the community project, working in my sitting room over three months of the summer. Having discussed many ideas, it became clear we all wanted colour and imagination to come alive on the canvas. With help and guidance from my sister Patricia Lambert, a Galway based artist, we sketched the beautiful portrait of Dolores, her guitars and dancing butterflies.
As the children and I painted the mural over the summer, I saw Dolores’ talent and vibrancy shine through in the children’s natural love of, and use of colour. Describing their experience of being involved in the project, many of the children expressed delight in the exploration and use of paint, referring to how they mixed, created and experimented with colour. Some children spoke about the joy of expressing their creativity freely. All participants said they enjoyed working as part of a group and were proud to be involved in a participatory art project that enhanced their community.
Community spirit came to the fore during the hanging of the mural on August 14th 2018. Ballyhoura Helping Hands and Caherconlish Tidy Towns Committee assisted in exhibiting the 10m x 3m canvas. The following day, some of the participants gathered with family and members of the local community to take some photographs. There was a buzz of excitement, a sense of awakening energy and hope in our community. Our beautiful mural of Dolores, the fluttering butterflies, the dancing notes and the rhythmic guitars vibrate pride and joy which we hope will resound through Limerick.
This piece was originally posted at arestlessart.com.