Roscommon CoCo – Conversations in Portrait

Conversations in Portrait


Roscommon County Council and artist Andy Parsons are looking for participants for a Creative Ireland Creativity in Older Age Virtual Portrait Sitting.
• We are looking for people in County Roscommon, over age 70 who are in a care home or cocooning at home, missing their cultural activities and interested in making new connections at this time. During these sessions, Andy will create an artwork while getting to know each person and how they have responded to the last few months of COVID. In return for their time, the art will be delivered to the sitters who will be expected to hang it in their home and invite a small number of close family, friends, and staff to view the portrait. Portraits will also be exhibited in digital form on Roscommon County Council and Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival Websites and Facebook pages.
• To take part, you would need to have some way to access a computer or phone for a video zoom call, even if just for two to three mornings. There are 4 places available and we are hoping for a balance of people living at home or in a care home in the county, male and female.
• Please register interest by emailing by the morning of Friday, August 22nd with the subject ‘Conversations in Portrait’. We will require details of the participant’s name, age, and place of residence. Note there will be 2-3 sittings of approx. 60-90 minutes.
Andy will also be undertaking this project in Sligo, Leitrim, and Roscommon. You can see more information about the previous project which Andy undertook with Age & Opportunity here:
• A partnership project by Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, and Donegal Local Authorities and Age & Opportunity as part of the Creative Ireland Creativity in Older Age.