In April 2015 , Fionnathan Productions* in Ireland invited Rosa to be part of their Collaborative Inclusion Project, to create a piece of art in glass, based on Fionn`s drawings. In total, Fionnathan Productions asked 11 artists, working in different media, to contribute to their Collaborative Inclusion Project, which began with an exhibition in
Clare in the West of Ireland in May 2015.
Fionn is one of the artists of “Heart & Sold”, a UK- based organisation that exhibits and sells work of artists with Down Syndrome. Its aim is to create a place for their art and to show that art comes from the heart and has nothing to do with a ‘condition’.
Fionn and his father Jonathan, who work together as FIONNATHAN PRODUCTIONS, visited Rosa in May 2015 to take a workshop in stained glass.
Rosa’s glass, based on Fionn’s pictures of Mythological figures, together with a number of works from other artists of the collaborative project, features currently in the exhibitions at the Senator Group Showrooms in London, Manchester and New York, from the 9th July 2015 until Spring 2016
*About Fionnathan Productions:
Fionn is a young man of 18, living in County Clare in the West of Ireland. His interests include mythology, wild life and traditional Irish music. (He is an accomplished fiddle player.)
Fionn gives illustrated talks about animals to school children, and has been recognised by the Heritage Council as Ireland’s youngest Natural Heritage Expert.
Most of his drawings and paintings, as well as his videos, have been collaborations with his father, Jonathan. They call their ongoing project Fionnathan Productions. Fionn was born with Down Syndrome. One of the messages they share is that ‘disability’ only happens when you don’t have the help you need. And, conversely, that every one of us is made ‘able’ through the support of others.