s with many a great piece of work, Enniskerry’s Schoolhouse For Art was born out of necessity.
With the recession pulling the rug out from underneath the graphics business, back in 2012 Neil Condron was suddenly a talented artist with no particular place to go.
And that’s when he noticed that one of Enniskerry’s oldest buildings was about to become vacant, as the latest generation of kids of this 1818 schoolhouse moved up the hill to a shiny new home.
“And I just thought, okay, it’s now or never,” says Condron. “Throughout my years as a graphic artist, I was always painting. And when this beautiful building right in the middle of the village suddenly became available, I realised that now might just be time for me to finally take that leap and do what I love. Rather than what just pays the rent…”
That the Schoolhouse For Art has thrived over the past 9 years is largely down to the drive, determination and talent of the Condron lad.
That Disenchanted makeover
And, of course, the hundreds upon hundreds of incredibly talented artists, organisers and art lovers who have passed through its doors.
Oh, and that Disney Princess, Giselle, the recent Disenchanted shoot in Enniskerry using the Schoolhouse as its main set piece.
With a new monthly Last Sunday exhibition starting up on the 28th, and their online classes also thriving, Neil’s passion project continues to grow. And grow.
On this fine Saturday afternoon, we grabbed 10 minutes with young Condron to find out what the Schoolhouse For Art has taught him…
You can find out more about the Schoolhouse For Art here, and about Neil Condron’s own work here.
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