Apollo Project: Retrospect

Group of masked young people pose among trees beside a sculpture
Retrospect, an art installation created by students from West Wicklow Youthreach and artist Lynn Haughton.
Photo by Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project

Retrospect, an art installation created by students from West Wicklow Youthreach and artist Lynn Haughton.

On view in Russborough House from 18 June 2021.

This year, West Wicklow Youthreach students are working with the National Gallery of Ireland, Russborough House, and artist and designer Lynn Haughton to create a collaborative art installation which will be publicly displayed in Russborough House, Co. Wicklow from 18 June. The original art installation will be created from recycled and salvaged materials.

The theme of the art piece is centred around the nearby Poulaphouca reservoir, with an allegorical connection to the Gallery’s series of paintings by Murillo depicting the Prodigal Son. The tale of the Prodigal Son is a parable of redemption and the chance to change, which the Apollo team have thematically linked to environmental consciousness, sustainability and the history of the reservoir and local landscape. The Murillo series, once a treasured part of the Beit Collection at Russborough, was donated by Sir Alfred and Lady Beit to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1987, along with eleven other masterpieces.

The project is a collaboration with National Gallery of Ireland and Russborough, as part of the Apollo Project. The Apollo Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Apollo Foundation.

Apollo Project is a new way to experience the Gallery, designed by young people for young people! Connect with artists, designers, makers and creatives at our monthly events. Hear about their journeys and careers, and learn new skills. Network, ask questions, and be inspired to make art and creativity part of your life. Creativity, education and wellbeing are at the heart of Apollo Project, with an emphasis on collaborating and partnering with young people to co-create vibrant and fun experiences in the Gallery and beyond. Believe in your potential. Live a creative life. ART MAKES YOU!

Group of young people walking towards a gate with stone pillars
Group of young people walking towards Russborough House

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