Final preparations are underway for the Clonmel Junction Festival, which is taking place in Clonmel from 6th–15th July. Supported by Abbott, the theme of this year’s Banner Project is 40 Shades of Blue and Gold. Formerly known as the Primary Schools Participation Programme, the project is an inter-generational one involving schools and members of the wider community who attended weekly workshops held in The Common Thread Café, Clonmel. The exciting programme was devised and facilitated by a number of artists including Theresia Guschlbauer, Catherine Starling, Ruth Mulhern and Brigid Teehan.
This year the Junction Primary School Banner Project focused on shapes, patterns and symbols, allowing children to explore basic design concepts through the medium of paint and textiles. The three session programme used national flags, county colours and family crests as a starting point to explore nationality and tribal identity. Observation and discussion of design features that have prevailed throughout the ages, and their possible meanings, provided inspiration for personal designs of individual flags.
Up to 280 children from 11 schools explored possible design variations of the Tipperary colours using basic geometry, while learning the rudiments of sewing.
Alan Meehan, HR Director at Abbott Clonmel said: “Abbott is delighted to continue sponsoring the Clonmel Junction Project since the festival was established in 2001. It’s great to know that the Banner Project enables communities to be taught about their history and together explore nationalities, while learning about their own identities.”
The culmination of all the workshops will be the completion of a wonderfully diverse series of very large banners and flags for display throughout the town. Participants in the arts initiative will decorate the town with the bunting in the lead up to and throughout the festival.