2017 Catalogue

In 2017, the group called itself Colourful Youth, and included young people from Swan Youth Service, Crinan Youth Project and LYCS (Lourdes Youth & Community Services). The programme was led by 24 young people from three NEIC youth organisations who engaged with artists Shireen Shortt and Serena Teehan in weekly sessions between February and December 2017.

The work was exhibited in D-Light Studios in November 2017, and Science Gallery Dublin December 2018, with some pieces included in the launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy Launch in December 2017, Five Lamps Arts Festival in March 2018, and Fresh Film Festival 2018.

Each artwork is available to view in more detail by clicking the image provided.

Remembering Croke Villas

Photography Series by Aaron Connolly

A photographic exhibition of the demolition of the Croke Villas flats with audio of people’s memories of living and growing up in the flats.

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My Body, My Canvas

Mixed Media Sculpture by Megan Kavanagh

An exploration of the difficulties women face on a daily basis.

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Short documentary by Tamzin Brogan

A video portrait about SWAN Youth Service, where young people and youth leaders explore what SWAN means to them.

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Be Curious, Not Judgemental Pt.1

Wooden Sculpture by Carolann O’ Keefe, Paul Costello, Alicia Donnelly and Gemma Boardman

Be Curious, Not Judgmental was inspired by the area our group live in and how people view us as different from the people on the south side. We wanted to show that no matter where we come from, we are all very similar.

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Reflecting Our Lives

Engraved Mirrors by Paul Costello.

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“BSSHP” (Bosunner Swan Homelessness Prevention)

Mixed Media Sculpture by Bosunner

Raising awareness of homelessness in Dublin.

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Short film

To his friends he’s full of bullshit excuses, to him it’s not that simple. A glimpse of the struggles of a young man with anxiety.

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The Working Man

Pencil and Ink Drawings by Niamh Molloy

How have the changes in Dublin’s Docklands uprooted a community of working men? A series of drawings in pencil and ink.

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Lost In Oz

Music by Sophie Geoghegan

A song exploring domestic violence in
a teenage relationship.
Song produced by Les Keye at Arad Studios, Dublin.

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Shattered Lives

Mixed Media Sculpture by the young people of Crinan Youth Project

Similar to a ‘tree of hope’, through this piece the young people of Crinan have expressed the many struggles and difficulties they have faced through addiction, the steps they have made to recovery, with the hope of overcoming the negatives and blossoming through the positives; with the support they now have to prevent themselves from falling.

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My Out Family

Photography by Claudio Marsella

The out family is a series of portraits that show what it is like to be LGBT and in and out of the closet.

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Short Film by Sophie Murphy

This short film explores a teenager’s experience with not fitting in to social expectations.

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Restricted Beauty

Spray Paint and Self-Made Stencils by Aidan Kelly

Restricted Beauty expresses ‘feeling trapped in addiction; how people in addiction are judged and the beauty goes unnoticed. Give everyone a chance because everyone is capable of blossoming – everybody is a work of art.’

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You Decide Who You Are Not Society

Acrylic on Canvas by Carolann O’Keefe 

My piece is based on what people would think of others and how they would pre-judge them because of the way they look. For me I feel there is a lot of stereotyping in society today and I have a very strong disagreement with it. This piece for me will make people look and make up a story for themselves without even knowing the character’s background.

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Be Curious Not Judgemental Pt.2

Photography by Gemma Boardman and Alicia Donnelly

A photography piece on the North East Inner City and Cavan to show that these places are not that different. ‘We were inspired by the area and how people think we are different to people in the countryside. We realized this when we did our team building weekend in the Cavan Centre.’

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Collaborative Artwork

Ceramic Tiles, collaborative art work with younger groups in Cavan Centre.

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