Join Red Bird's Graphic Novel project!
Red Bird Youth Arts Collective + Barry Keegan Graphic Novel Project
Call for new members! Join Red Bird Youth Collective's Graphic Novel project!
Red Bird Youth Arts Collective is a FREE visual art group for young people aged 15 - 24 living in Galway city & county. The group will meet on Saturday afternoons for an 8-10 week graphic novel/comic book project with artist Barry Keegan, that culminates in an exhibition in Galway Arts Centre. The first workshop will be 11am on Saturday, 16 March at Galway Arts Centre. Workshops are free of charge, and all materials are provided. The other requirements for being a member of Red Bird Youth Arts Collective is to commit fully to attendance of workshops, the schedule is provided in advance and takes place primarily on weekends. All are welcome.
Barry Keegan is the creator of The Bog Road, a dark fantasy tale set in County Laois published in 2018 by Atomic Diner. The Bog Road recently won four awards, including Overall Best Irish Comic, at the 2019 Irish Comic News Awards. The Bog Road's colourist Chris O’Halloran also received an award. Barry is currently working on the sequel, which will be published in May 2019. In 2018 Barry Keegan also released The Shadow Realm, a mini-comic form that focuses on the physical danger MMA fighters put themselves in when they enter the sports arena, and hints at the long-term damage that can be done. Barry’s short story follows a character discovering a realm - the name references a MMA term - visited by fighters who have been knocked out.
Established in 2011 by Galway Arts Centre, Red Bird delivers large-scale projects in collaboration with artists. Red Bird has collaborated with professional artists and facilitators on a diverse range of projects including visual art, film, architecture, digital media, performance and literature projects. Alongside these artistic endeavours, Red Birds also learn the administrative background to these projects, enabling them to recreate similar ventures outside of the group. They will also be exposed to aspects of arts marketing, curation, and event organisation/management relevant to the current project.
Red Birds’ mission statement is ‘to be a youth group run by youths that endeavours to encourage and support creativity for young people in the surrounding community’. They receive funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, National Youth Council of Ireland & Galway City Council to accomplish these youth-led projects in collaboration with specialist artists.
The requirements to join Red Bird are an interest or passion for art. No background in visual art or prior training is necessary.
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Image Credit: Barry Keegan The Bog Road 2018