Artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward has worked on a number of projects with Kids’ Own since 2008, including the “I have, I am, I can…” children’s mental health book project funded by the HSE (2014/15); The Book Press at The Model, Sligo (2014); and the Travelling Library cross-border tour (2010). Vanya is currently artist in residence on the Virtually There project at Ardfert Central School in Co. Kerry.
Vanya was born in The Hague, The Netherlands and has been living and working in Ireland since 1996. She initially worked in theatre and television as a designer and stage manager before finishing a degree in fine art in Sligo. In 2010, Vanya graduated with an MA in Contemporary Art at NCAD , Dublin. Her practice combines photography, sculpture, painting and book works. Her work is most often about perception and the way we look at and understand our environment. In addition to her own practice, Vanya works in education, health and other community settings as an artist as well as running a small artist book bindery.