GOAL has launched a unique public arts initiative to help raise money for their life-saving work across the developing world.
The ‘What on Earth’ project will see Irish artists from all corners of the country paint or decorate 100 fibreglass globes over the summer months. The finished sculptures will be displayed at key venues nationwide in the autumn, before being auctioned off for GOAL in late November.
Many of the artists have been teamed up with personalities from the worlds of sport, fashion and broadcasting, all of whom have been encouraged to bring their own perspective to the project.
Former Irish rugby international, Jamie Heaslip, is joining forces with renowned street artist, Maser, and both admit that they are excited about the prospect of collaborating on such a unique endeavour.
“I’m always willing to get involved in something that will support GOAL’s work in countries like Ethiopia, where I spent some time with the GOAL team on a recent trip,” said Heaslip. “The project itself really interests me, while the fact that I have huge respect for Maser’s work makes this the perfect fit.”
Maser, whose street art has made him one of Ireland’s leading urban environment artists, said that it is satisfying to work on something that will help make a real difference to vulnerable families and children living in some of the poorest parts of the world.
“Apart from supporting critical GOAL programmes in places like South Sudan and Syria, this project will also give up and coming Irish artists some much-needed public profile and I’m delighted to be involved from that perspective as well.”
“I believe that this project is not only going to capture the imagination of the arts community in Ireland, but also the wider public,” says National Campaigns Manager for GOAL, Alan Vard. “Already, we have had an enormous number of queries from members of the public. When these globes are complete, they will become hugely sought-after. We have already had interest from the corporate sector, local authorities, as well as art aficionados.
Other Irish artists to lend their support to the project include such multi award-winning names as.whose Neil Shawcross, Donald Teskey, Mick O’Dea, Joe Caslin and Leah Hewson, whose solo exhibition, Ammo Veil, will open at The Hillsboro Gallery, Dublin from July 12th.
Many of the artists will work on their own, while other will collaborate with a well-known face, including ex-jockey, AP McCoy; golfer, Padraig Harrington; Irish rugby star, Jordi Murphy; fashion designer, Brendan Courtney; garden designer, Leonie Cornelius; celebrity chef, Rachel Allen; nine-time All-Ireland winning hurler with Kilkenny, Jackie Tyrrell; and former international athlete, Sonia O’Sullivan.
To learn more about GOAL’s ‘What On Earth’ project, visit http://goalwhatonearth.ie/