National University Ireland Galway and Town Hall Theatre, Galway Full Circle isan exhibition of artworks selected from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Collection, organised as part of Baboró, Galway International Arts Festival for Children in partnership with IMMA’s National Programme. Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is recognised as the leading Irish arts festival devoted exclusively to children with an attendance record of over 72,000 since its foundation in 1997. For the last ten years, one week in October has been devoted to presenting high quality national and international arts performances, exhibitions and workshops for children both in schools and as families. Venues in and around Galway are used for the presentation of this festival with selected artists travelling out to schools and youth and community centres. Baboró’s aim is to advocate access to high quality arts experience for children in the community and in their schools.
Earlier this year the residents of Henry Street, Galway, selected artworks from IMMA’s Collection for an exhibition, Radharc, in Galway Arts Centre. Sharon Lynch, an artist working for Baboró’s Outreach Project, and Joan Burke, classroom teacher, brought a class from Scoil Sheamais Naofa to see this exhibition. This is where the class first encountered LaFontaine’s work, Waves, "pourrais-je emporter dans l'autre monde ce que j'ai oublié de rêver?'' 1998. Since that initial viewing in Galway Arts Centre in February, Sharon has worked with the class to create their own work in response to the LaFontaine piece. The process has been documented orally and photographically and the students’ response to this work, Tonnta, can be viewed alongside the original piece at the NUI Galway Gallery.
Two artworks from IMMA’s Collection are also being shown at Town Hall Theatre as part of Full Circle. These are Greetings, 1996, by Caroline McCarthy and Hereafter, 2004, by Paddy Jolley, Rebecca Trost and Inger Lise Hansen.