Live Art Studios was a new initiative running for 2013.
The Round Gallery was converted into three studios where three local artists resided for the duration to work on existing ideas and also to develop these ideas with interaction from the public. In this way the audience became an integral part of the art making process.
The three artists were: Mike O’Donnell, Bláithín Mac Donnell and Rebekah Wall. Each artist has a unique way in which they wanted to integrate the audience into their practice.
Mike O’Donnell has a love of drawing. Currently working as a Court Artist, he sought to celebrate the Kerry population by making portraits of the public as well as sharing his work with local people.
Rebekah Wall invited members of the public to write a letter, which was then cast into the Atlantic Ocean in a bottle. Rebeka sought to create an environment akin to your mother’s kitchen where you might join her for a cup of tea and a chat.
Bláithín Mac Donnell playfully encouraged the public to join in with making clay structures which were then used for an installation at the project's conclusion. She also exhibited her work in the studio space which changed from day to day.