This month marks the 10th aniversary of my first solo show, ‘Artivism’ in 2006. To celebrate I will be throwing a party & small show very shortly. Stay tuned for more info and details of a new print in the next few days. I’ll also be giving away exclusive prints to one of my Instagram followers at random. Follow to be in with a chance. http://www.instagram.com/willstleger
Currently I’m in Lindenfels, Historically referred to as ‘The Pearl of the Odenwald”, Lindenfels lies in the Odenwald in southern Hesse and is nestled in a mountain landscape with a great deal of woodland.
I’m here with Matchbox Rhein-Neckar, to do a month long art residency with the local people. Here are some of the things I’ve done so far;
Part One ; St Josefsheim
St Josefsheim was a former recreation center of the Sisters of the Divine Savior, for the past 12 years it’s been empty, gathering dust, with no water and a leaky roof. But that didn’t deter me and one my first day the mayor of the city handed me the keys and I got to work.
After cleaning the place I invited the people of the town to come to the opening called “The Feast of St Leger’ – I asked them to bring homecooked food and old plates that I will create art with.
The event was a great success and a choir came along to sing. After dinner I let people wander through the rooms that I had especially created art in.
Part Two ; Story Teller
When people gave me old plate, I started to transfer photos I had took of the people of Lindenfels onto these plates using Acrylic Gel Medium;
I’m getting some really good results, especially with the plate’s pattern coming through – in the next few days I will start to hang them in the town.
Two nights ago, I found out that ADW would be painting the gates of South William to shout for Equality and love as part of Will St Leger’s #WallsOfEquality project.
As a big fan of both artists, I took a detour on my way out of the city to take some pictures of the piece. Quite clearly, it’s beautiful, engaging and it only takes two words to say the right thing “YES EQUALITY”
However, while taking these pictures, I was reminded why we are doing this; why we’re showing #DublinInLove. Minding my own business, an ‘interesting ‘ character looked at me and said “ni**er poof”.
I’m not quite sure why they felt the need to but we need to stomp it out. It’s water off a ducks back and we need to make sure we’re saying yes to love and yes to equality come May 22 ❤️
The forthcoming referendum on Marriage Equality will give the people of Ireland the opportunity to end discrimination against gays and lesbians who wish to marry.
In a pluralist, fair and modern society, legal unions between consenting adults should be protected by law equally, regardless of gender. Voters will be asked to amend Article 41 of the Constitution and approve the thirty-fourth amendment contained in the Marriage Equality Act 2015. The wording of the amendment will be: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinctions to their sex.”
Being an artist and an activist I want to use my best skills to further the rights of minorities and bring about a better, brighter society for everyone to live in. Recently I’ve approached a number of business owners in Dublin with the prospect of allowing street artists in favour of Marriage Equality to paint murals on their sites. The feedback has been very positive and I would like to spread this idea nationwide. As it’s difficult to project manage each site I’m looking for artists and businesses to work together.
10 artists took part in Walls of Equality, their work brighten up the city’s walls, it reinforced a positive message and acted as a counter weight to negative campaign messages coming from the Anti Equality groups.
Artsists: ADW, Sums, Rask,Niall O’Lochlainn, Morgan, Jess Tobin, Emma Blake, John O’Connor, Will St Leger