Inspired by the insights and drawings of Galway children, street artist Emmalene Blake has created a large mural at Quay Lane, Galway City, shining a light on the right of EVERY child to enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life.
Students from Galway city centre were invited by Creative Associate Phillida Eves, to share how they feel about their rights, what they like to do in their free time and to imagine what life would be like without art and culture. Emmalene responded to their reflections as she designed the mural for Galway city.
The aim of this project, as part of Baboró’s 25th birthday celebrations, is to instil in local children an awareness of their rights, including the right to play and participate in cultural events, as well as boost pride in their community.
'Our City Walls' is a street art project co-commissioned by the TRACKS Network: Baboró, Dublin Fringe Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival.
Emmalene Blake (ESTR) is an internationally recognised visual artist, working predominantly on large scale murals. Since graduating from Dublin Institute of Technology with an BA in Fine Art in 2012, she has been honing her craft as a street artist. She has painted live at many events, as well as painting large scale murals throughout Ireland and abroad. Her time is spread between painting outdoor large-scale pieces, studio work and teaching in Youth Reach. Her work is frequently socio-political and very much influenced by the world around her and by issues she feels strongly about. As a result, recurring themes in her work include human rights, environmental issues, inequality, feminism, as well as pop culture and humour. She strongly believes in the power of public art as a means of reflecting the world and of engaging the wider public in conversations about culture and society.