Paint Bombing! was my contribution to curator Sara Greavu and Catalyst Arts' project where school children were encouraged to develop their own curatorial voice and practices. Five artists were commissioned to write a one page project proposal and the children took a vote on the project they would most like to take part in. I wrote to the children saying that if chosen we would buy a drone and attach some paintbrushes and see what we could do. Thankfully I was chosen. First we papered the entire school hall, then we attached paintbrushes to two remote controlled cars and a drone. Finally we joyously attacked the constructed canvas in the spirit of free exploration, action painting and mad craic.

What followed was 45 minutes of paint fuelled anarchy and the most joyous afternoon of my practice to date. I don’t think anyone who was in that room will ever forget it. Sometimes it’s more about the process and the memories made than the marks on the page.

Happened: 21 June, 2018, Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin, Belfast

Materials: Drone, Sponges Shaped like Ice Lollies On Sticks, Remote Control Car x 2, Paint Rollers, String, Neon Paint, Large Format Paper Roll x 8, Masking Tape, School Hall, Children
Photo credits: Catalyst Arts, Jordan Hutchings 2018