For Galway 2020, Waterford City and County Council partners with The Walls Project to explore and capture the potential of mural arts as a tool for community engagement.
For Galway 2020, the initiative sees the co-creation of two original large outdoor mural artworks in Co. Galway, with three local community groups working with Magdalena Karol, an Irish-based Polish Street Artist and illustrator. Community groups include Brampton Care Home in Oranmore and the Community Services Programme in Inisbofin.
This is done through the facilitation of thematic workshops with the community, based on local language, landscape and migration. Wonderful ideas were elicited throughout the workshops: lovely insights on the Irish Dance Halls very popular in the ’60s, and mythological pearls on the Inisbofin island. The murals will be painted as soon as restrictions will be lifted.
Murals for Communities is a Creative Europe initiative, co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Work will recommence in Inisbofin on 24 May and completed on 26 May
About the artist: Magda Karol
Magda Karol is a Polish Street Artist and illustrator and is Waterford-based. Magda considers people her major inspiration. In her work, she incorporates human emotions into her language, illustrating them metaphorically. In 2019, Magda was chosen as the artist ambassador for Waterford City as TMAG Artist for the first leg of Murals For Communities and is the artist in residence for The Walls Project.