!!!! Creative Ireland – A Creative Future Progress Report
Creative Ireland have released their 2022 progress report A Creative Future, highlighting their initiatives throughout the year, including progress made under the Creative Youth Plan. Published in December 2017, the aims of the Creative Youth Plan are to give every child practical access to tuition, experience and participation in art, music, drama and coding by 2022.
Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, was delighted to announce the project will be extended until 2027.
Under the project 185 new schools and Youthreach facilities joined the Creative Schools programme. This includes the addition of four schools in alternative settings which will receive enhanced supports: Oberstown Children Detention Campus School; Ballydowd High Support Special School; Crannog Nua Special School, Portrane; and St Canice’s Special School, Limerick.
Other highlights include :
- 153 new schools joined 42 Creative Clusters around the country.
- 629 new school artist residencies were awarded under BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers) for the 2022/2023 school year
To read the progress report in full see : https://report2022.creativeireland.gov.ie/
To read more about the first 5 years of Creative Youth, see https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/app/uploads/2022/08/Creative-Youth-Plan-2017-2022.pdf
!!!! Creative Associate Opportunities with Creative Schools
The Arts Council’s Creative Associates
Deadline : 12 mid-day, Tuesday 18th April 2023
Creative Schools is delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for artists, creative practitioners and individuals working in organisations in the arts and cultural sector.
The Arts Council wish to engage between 100 and 120 Creative Associates to work in up to 400 schools across the Republic of Ireland. Creative Associates are artists or creative practitioners with a deep understanding of creativity and its potential to transform the lives of children and young people. They are key to the success of the Creative Schools initiative. Individuals or organisations that wish to nominate an individual may apply for this opportunity.
Full details on the services and how to apply are available https://www.artscouncil.ie/creative-associate-opportunities/
Applications must be completed and submitted by 12 mid-day on Tuesday 18 April 2023.
!!!! Opportunity for Schools: The Safer Internet Day Awards Art Competition
Webwise / PDST Technology in Education
Deadline: Friday, 31st March
The Safer Internet Day Awards are back and this year a special new category has been added for budding creatives.
NEW: Art Competition with special guest judge; Irish artist – Maser. Be in with a chance to have your work exhibited in a gallery! Simply design a poster under the Safer Internet Day theme Respect and Empathy Online.
- Entries will be judged by International Irish Artist Maser.
- Open to Primary and Post-Primary Schools.
- Closing date March 31st.
Categories for Primary:
1st and 2nd Class | 3rd and 4th Class | 5th and 6th Class
Categories for Post-Primary:
1st and 2nd Year | Transition Year | 5th and 6th Year
How to submit your entry:
Post your entry to: Webwise / PDST Technology in Education, Innovation House DCU Alpha, Old Finglas Rd, Dublin 11, D11 KXN4
Include the following information: Name, school, teacher’s contact details, category you are entering, and a brief description of the poster.
For full details on the competition see https://www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/competition/art-competition/
!!!! Artist Opportunity: Baboró International Arts Festival for Children
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children
Deadline: Midnight, Monday 10th April
Baboró are inviting applications from multidisciplinary artists with experience working with children for Creating Space, a two-year collaborative project with a Galway primary school that will begin this summer and conclude in 2025.
This is an opportunity for experienced multidisciplinary and performing artists who are passionate about the positive impact the creative arts can make on young lives. The selected artist will design and deliver a plan for creative classroom engagements and activities which will take place from autumn 2023 until spring 2025.
The deadline to apply is Monday 10 April.
To make an application, please visit: https://www.baboro.ie/news-events/creating-space-artist-open-call
If you would like to find out more about Creating Space, you can join Baboró for an online information session via Zoom on Tuesday 21 March at 3pm. RSVP to receive the Zoom link here: https://forms.gle/
!!!! The FÍS Film Project Awards 2023 – Winners Announced
FÍS Film Awards 2023
Cappawhite National School in Tipperary have been crowned winners of ‘FÍS Film of the Year’ at the FÍS Film Awards 2023, which have taken place at The Helix, DCU, Dublin.
The movie, entitled ‘The Christmas Truce of 1914’ recounts the fabled ceasefire between British and German soldiers on the Western Front during World War I. It also scooped the Outstanding Cinematography prize. The FÍS Film Awards 2023 recognises the creative talents of primary school children across Ireland.
The Awards, hosted by RTE’s Sinead Kennedy, is a collaboration between the Institute of Art, Design and Technology and the Professional Development Service for Teachers It was devised as a grassroots initiative to nurture Ireland’s future moviemaking talent by encouraging them to devise, develop, produce, and submit their short films for consideration in a range of categories. The event was co-produced by students of IADT’s National Film School and streamed live on the official FÍS website.
Some other 2023 winners include :
- Lackamore NS, Tipperary – Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking – Adaptation – Na Trí Mhuc
- Carrig N.S, Offaly – Award for Best Comedy – The Villains
- Strawberry Hill NS, Cork – Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking – Production Design – The Normans
- Gaelscoil Riabhach, Galway – An Scannán Is Fearr as Gaeilge – Fáilte go dtí An Córas Díleá
Commenting on this year’s awards, FÍS Manager from The Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bernadette Meagher said: “The judges had a tough task at this year’s event, the standard and ambition of the entries was so high, not to mention the creativity. We congratulate every one of the children involved, along with their teachers, on their well-deserved awards……”
!!!! Early Insights Review of the Junior Cycle Visual Art
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)
Deadline: 31st March, 5pm
NCCA is seeking the views of a range of parties, including education stakeholders, practising teachers and students who are interested in contributing to this Early Insights Review. There are several ways to participate in the consultation:
- Via an Online Survey
- Make a written submission, using our template, Visual Art Written Submission” in the subject line.
- Register to attend a regional focus group:
Dublin: Ashling Hotel – 21st March
Limerick: Strand Hotel – 14th March
Galway city: Harbour Hotel – 28th March
These focus groups will take place during the day from 10:30am – 1:00pm. Places are limited and registration remains open until one week in advance of each focus group.
This review process will close on Friday, 31st March at 5pm.
For more information see : https://ncca.ie/en/junior-cycle/curriculum-developments/visual-art/
!!!! National Museum of Ireland: Schools Spring 2023 Programme
National Museum of Ireland (NMI)
The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) is inviting schools and teachers across Ireland to spring into culture and heritage with a new programme of tours, activities and resources for onsite and online engagement.
The museum has just launched a diverse range of events across four public sites in Dublin and Mayo. Activities include virtual tours, guided tours, self-guided visits, workshops, classroom resources, video resources, wordsearches, arts and crafts and more.
The curriculum-linked programme aims to spark curiosity, stimulate discussion and encourage cultural and heritage engagement through our national collections.
All schools visits are free but must be booked in advance as capacity is limited and varies from site to site.
- Primary level: Browse the full spring 2023 programme
- Post Primary level: Browse the full spring 2023 programme
Here are some of the highlights of the upcoming schedule.
Orienteering Workshop / Post Primary
Learn some basic map reading and navigation skills and complete an orienteering course around the grounds of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life at Turlough Park in Co Mayo. Booking is required.
PRIMARY / Classroom activity: Ice Age Ireland – Cool Fossils
Use these curriculum-linked activity sheets and video resource to learn more about Ice Age Ireland. In this museum activity, find out about Ice Age Ireland, learn about fossils and the different kinds of animals that lived on your doorstep thousands of years ago.
For the full programme of activities go to https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/News/Schools-programme-2023