Waterford Young Arts Critics : Cruinniú na nÓg event “Social Scribbles”

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Waterford Young Arts Critics are delighted to share the process and progress made during our virtual Cruinniú na nÓg event “Social Scribbles”. We have been extremely lucky to have had the chance to take part in this year’s festival.

Even though the circumstances haven’t been the same as previous years, with the help of Creative Waterford, Waterford Walls and Garter Lane we’ve had great support in making our event come alive in these unprecedented times.

We began our event with an open call from May 25th to June 8th. We asked young people from the ages of 0-18 to submit a drawing or doodle which would then be interpreted by a Waterford Walls graffiti artist onto a collaborative canvas. We were blown away with the creativity and talent each piece we received represented. Once the pieces were submitted it was then up to the Critics to do the rest.



Once we had decided on a closing date for submissions, it was then time to get the word out about our event. We released a piece on the Garter Lane website which explained the concept behind our event and promoted it to the public. One of our members also did a radio interview on WLR to publicise our event to the young people around Waterford.

Waterford Walls then introduces the graffiti artist Magda Karol to our event. We had a meeting with Magda which allowed us to discuss our ideas and exchange our opinions to an amazing graffiti artist. Magda really understood our concept and we loved her ideas. From here everything was coming together for us!

Our next zoom meeting we discussed Magda’s sketches and the color pallet we were going to use. We also decided that the canvases would live in the Garter Lane courtyard. We were excited to see Magda’s process and the finished project.

Magda began by prepping and priming the canvases with a navy blue color and allowing it to dry before going in with her final designs.

Then the time had arrived for Magda to work on the first canvas. CJ was lucky enough to work along side Magda and document the process. The first canvas portrays a young boy daydreaming of a world outside reality. The colours are vibrant and there’s an abstract element to the boy which makes it stand out.

We have been extremely lucky to have had an event of our own and to work alongside Magda. We hope to have some more updates on our project in the upcoming days. Please keep an eye on our Instagram account waterfordyoungartscritics or garterlane.ie for any upcoming information.