The RHA supports children and young people to engage in our exhibitions, studio and wider programmes through a variety of channels. A current strategic focus for the organisation is to develop our younger audiences, in particular those in second level education and youth projects. We are currently building a number of strands of programming that will support this aim, which includes the development of a secondary school arts in education programme. Over an extended period we aim to develop long term relationships with the students and art teachers in three inner city schools, this will include annual artist residency projects, one-off exhibition and studio visits at the RHA, professional development days, where students will meet with staff from the RHA to learn about their career paths and daily work, and work experience placements. This new strand builds on previous projects with Ringsend College funded by Mayson Hayes & Curran and Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green.
We also support primary school children to engage with art practice through one-off exhibition tours and studio visits. With additional resources, we would seek to expand our primary school programme to include longer term projects.