Arts and Early Childhood
26 August to 12 October 2019
In this research and development residency for Uillinn's Arts and Early Childhood programme, Sarah Ruttle will explore her practice in relation to developing work with young children as audience and participants. The residency will support the development of larger scale interactive work. Sarah intends to experiment by making and exploring materials, textures and form and taking time to build on and maintain arts practice through exploring new concepts while making.
In parallel, time will be scheduled to reflect on the Discovery Box and Early Childhood programming at Uillinn with Justine Foster, Programme Manger: Education & Community, and together they will research other work taking place internationally and reflect on current practices in relation to the programmes created here at Uillinn.
'Being one of the commissioned artists to develop Uillinn’s Discovery Box programme for the gallery has led me to consider how the investment in making quality work as an artist for public engagement and participatory practice is intertwined.’
Sarah Ruttle, a graduate of Textiles from DJCAD Dundee, Scotland, works across disciplines using textiles, paper-cutting, print and illustration, developing both small intricate, and large-scale, installations. Since 2009 Sarah has worked on the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, where she is a mentor for new artists entering the programme. As a gallery educator, Sarah works with primary and second level schools at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, where she also leads the In the Picture Uillinn’s dementia friendly gallery programme. Sarah co-facilitates a programme with West Cork Mental Health Services’ Centre for Mental Health Care and Recovery. Sarah’s participatory practice includes work with early years and families and commissioned artist for a number of West Cork Arts Centre’s Discovery Box gallery resources for families. She has received awards from CREATE, Cork County Council, Creative Ireland and the Arts Council.
WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.