Feeling artsy and inspired, friends and supporters of The Ireland Funds Australia created their very own charcoal drawing on Thursday 11 June, with guidance and instruction from the very talented Miriam Innes.
Hailing from County Mayo and now based in Brisbane, Miriam Innes is an amazingly talented Irish artist best known for her charcoal drawings and her large-scale charcoal installations of hyper-realistic sprawling streetscapes. Preoccupied by the metropolis yet her choice of natural materials reflects upon her childhood spent in Ireland’s marshlands. Oscillating between two worlds – the natural and built environment – she likens the organic qualities of her medium, charcoal, to the ‘bog oak’ found close to her home. Its simplicity, Innes asserts, renders it overlooked and understated, a notion echoed in her choice of mono-tone palette, yet her cityscapes loom large and are rich in their complexity.
Our budding artists followed along from the comfort of their own homes as Miriam went through the detailed steps to create a charcoal version of McCarthy’s Tower and Temple Finghin at Clonmacnoise.
We were thrilled to have Chairman of The Ireland Funds Australia Yvonne Le Bas and her daughter Niamh join us, as well as Consul General Owen Feeney who had the workshop on display on the big screen at the Sydney Consulate.
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us and to Miriam for donating her time.