‘Talisman’ will introduce TY students in Fingal to the idea of a ‘collection’. Artist Barbara Knežević, curator Rayne Booth and the students will explore the collection of Newbridge House, Donabate, and discuss why people collect objects, what makes some objects more precious to us than others and what meaning materials and objects can carry.

Newbridge House is home to a beautiful collection of artwork and treasured objects collected by the Cobbe family. Curator of Newbridge house, Cathal Dowd Smith, will provide a virtual tour of the estate’s collection and introduced students to the Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, initiated by Lady Cobbe (1733-1806).

Barbara will introduce the students to her artwork, looking at the minerals, stones, clay, wax and other precious objects and materials used in her practice. Participants will be asked to consider objects in their everyday lives and discuss the objects they’ve discovered at Newbridge House before deciding which objects they would like for their very own collection and why.

Barbara will direct the students in creating their own personal objects and sculptures using clay and beeswax. At the end of the workshops each participant will have a number of precious objects that they created which will be displayed in the final exhibition.

A documentary film of the process will be available to view.

The exhibition was launched on June 12th at Newbridge House and Talisman’ a collaborative exhibition between artist Barbara Knezevic and students of St. Joseph’s Secondary School is open to the public this weekend 19th and 20th June at Newbridge House & Farm, 11am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Visit with family and friends, and enjoy the beautiful art and family friendly grounds. 

See full details of Cruinniú na nÓg in Fingal here