Inspired by the insights and drawings of Galway children, street artist Emmalene Blake created a large mural at Quay Lane, in the heart of Galway city for Festival 2021, shining a light on the right of EVERY child to enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. School children 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 try 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 artwork will remain in situ for the 26th annual Baboró festival thanks to an extension granted by Galway City Council. We hope that thousands more children will enjoy the colourful and inspiring mural when they visit the festival in person this year.
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.
Our City Walls is a street art project co-commissioned by the TRACKS Network: Baboró, Dublin Fringe Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival. Supported in Galway by Aerogen.