"Aishling is an inspiring community arts activist. She has an intuitive understanding of marrying community arts with contemporary professional arts practice. Having enriched her own community arts practice by expanding her artistic experience and body of knowledge through interaction with others. Aishling has an innate passion for the arts, which is demonstrated in the lengthy voluntary hours she freely contributes to the arts. " - Catherine Kelly Arts Officer Westmeath County Council
Aishling has been working in a community arts context since 2007. In the past she has been involved in many different projects. In Ireland she has been teaching with the Digital Film School in Dublin, helped to establish and run a youth film festival in Westmeath, collaborating with her local photography club, directing a drama festival in Meath, organising monthly scriptwriting events and performances and was also teaching as a guest lecturer in NUI Maynooth. This has brought her into contact with all ages, with young children, teenagers, adults and seniors, devising and facilitating her own series of creative workshops and training programs.
Her work aims to open up peoples beliefs in their own creativity, guiding them through a creative process with individual attention as required. Often times the projects are aimed at communities where there may be little or no previous creative experience, often the opinion is that art is not something that the participants are capable of creating. During the span of the projects the participants come to realise that they too have a valuable creative voice which deserves expression.