My name is Leanne Mc Donagh, and I am an artist from the traveller community. I am also a graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design.
Since completing my diploma in 2012 I have been working on various projects and exhibitions with schools and colleges throughout Cork. Working on these projects has left me wanting to create my own work more so than ever. I would be so grateful if you could assist me in putting on my first solo exhibition.
I am a very determined and focused person and I have always believed that everything happens for a reason. Hence in the past couple of months when the opportunity arose for me to reconnect with my art work I jumped at it. That opportunity came in the form of a TV documentary which will record who I am as a person and how I will develop as an artist.
I have just begun creating a new body of work which is influenced by who I am and where I come from. As I am a member of the travelling community, I have grown up with all the things that come with being a traveller in today’s society. Such as being faced with discrimination, stereotypes, assumptions and accusations to mention just a few. As a visual artist I feel I have a unique opportunity as I can represent and record my community from within.
If I avail of the funding that I am asking for here, the majority of it will pay for the production of the artwork and the rest will be used to create a catalogue of the work as well as all other costs involved in putting on an exhibition.
Finally thank you for taking the time to read my pitch and checking out my video. Thank you for your support and for being a big part of this exciting journey. I will be forever in your debt.
Update posted on Wednesday 20th August '14 @ 12:08:43
Thanks again, that huge thanks from me- no Internet today so Anna working with me sent that out for me. See you all September 3rd and really appreciate your support. Keep an eye on my Facebook page too for update. Leanne
Huge thanks to everyone
Update posted on Wednesday 20th August '14 @ 12:08:46
Morning everyone today the fund it campaign comes to an end. Hence I want to say a massive thank you to all the funders for helping me out and for sharing the link. I have been blown away by people's generosity and good will. To see the campaign 75% funded in the first couple of day was just unbelievable.
The funds raised will be put to good use and you will see the result of that in Dublin on the 3rd of September. So mark it in your diaries as I would love to see you all there. I will confirm the location and time as soon as possible. Thank you again so much, Anna
Only 5 days left to go!
Update posted on Friday 15th August '14 @ 01:08:57
Hello again everyone,
just a quick reminder to save the date - September 3rd for the exhibition. Things are going very well and I am at 91% but the days are running low. Only 5 days left to hit the target. I am so grateful for all of the support to date. If you could share the project on your social media I would really appreciate it. Thanks again for your kind support and helping make this exhibition possible.
Thank you all so much
Update posted on Monday 11th August '14 @ 11:08:17
Hello everyone, thank you all so much for getting behind my campaign and helping me to put on my first solo exhibition. It means so much to me.
I've hit over 70% of the target in the first three days which is just amazing.
I'm working hard on creating a new body of work - spending long hours in my studio in Backwater Co. Cork, creating pieces I hope you will all enjoy. I'll update you more soon but just wanted to say thank you. If you could keep sharing the campaign on social media that would be fantastic. Again, I really appreciate all of the generous contributions to this project.
Leanne Mc Donagh