!!!! The Crawford Art Gallery Cork
The Crawford Art Gallery is a historic, civic, cultural space in the heart of Cork city.
Admission to the gallery is always free.
We offer dynamic, high-quality art programmes and visits tailored to suit individual groups. The gallery is open 7 days a week with free tours and workshops for families taking place on Sunday afternoons.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with educational partners. We are committed to creating access opportunities for people with diverse voices, abilities, and experiences.
!!!! Chester Beatty Library
The main purpose of the Chester Beatty Library’s Learning Policy is to support the library’s key strategic priority to promote intercultural dialogue and learning through the cultural, religious, historic and artistic aspects of the collections (See Statement of Strategy: 2016-2020).
In addition to this, as part of the remit of the Chester Beatty, it aims to:
Maintain and preserve the collections of the library and make them available in the most appropriate ways for the use and enjoyment of the public in order to promote a wider appreciation and understanding of the international cultural heritage embodied in the collections and foster relations between Ireland and the peoples whose cultures are represented in the collections.
!!!! National Museum of Ireland
Founded in 1877, the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) holds in its care 12,000 years of Ireland’s portable heritage and its natural history and is responsible for the preservation and conservation of the portable heritage of the nation, and to provide public access to the national collections, educate and raise awareness of our culture and history, and undertake academic research.
The National Museum is Ireland’s largest cultural institution, holding an estimated 4 million artefacts and specimens held in four museums across the country – three in Dublin and one in Co. Mayo:
· Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Booking Office open 9am to 5pm Tues to Fri +353 (01) 6486396
· Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co. Mayo. Booking Office Open: 10am to 1pm. Tues to Fri + 353 94 9031751
· Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. Booking Office Open: 9am to 5pm. Tues to Fri + 353 (01) 6486453
· Museum of Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2. Booking Office Open: 9am to 5pm. Tues to Fri +353 (01) 6486396
· The Collections Resource Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin.
For the last five years the Museum, at its four sites, has attracted more than 1m visitors annually. In 2017 over 166,000 people availed of and participated in our learning and education resources and programmes. The Museum has won awards for best museum, exhibition, collections care, conservation and best education programmes. For more about the history, architecture and collections of the National Museum of Ireland you can go to www.museum.ie
What is the role of the National Museum of Ireland’s Education Department?
The National Museum of Ireland is a centre for learning and creativity offering services and programmes for a wide range of audiences including adults, families, children and young people. The Museum’s learning programmes encourages experimentation and interrogation, stimulates creativity, offers opportunities for individual and group learning and provides multiple entry points into exploring the wealth and wonderment of the Museum’s exhibitions and collections.
The Education Department is part of the Collections and Learning Division. As a key audience advocate and bridge between the Museum and its publics, the Education Department designs and develops programmes for a diverse audience base that takes acknowledges learning as a lifelong experience.
The Education Department aims to facilitate meaningful connections between exhibitions and the visitor. The expertise of the Education Dept. is to interpret and communicate complex concepts and ideas enabling a range of audiences to engage with what they learn at the museum.
Programmes are devised and delivered to be audience-centred. Education staff aim to meet the intellectual, conceptual, cultural, physical, sensory and emotional needs of the public with programmes that offer creative and challenging learning experiences for as diverse a public as possible. Public programmes are designed for the formal and informal education sectors and include tours, talks, workshops, handling sessions, conferences, long-term projects and competitions. Self-directed learning resources include guides and activity books for use in the Museum or online for use in the classroom or at home. The Education Department also works in collaboration with a range of partners such as government departments, arts and cultural organisations and individual cultural providers.
!!!! National Concert Hall
The Learning & Participation programme at the National Concert Hall seeks to engage or re-engage people with music, enhance people’s understanding of music and music making, and encourage personal and societal development through music.
Our Arts in Education programme aims to enhance the musical experience of students in early years, primary, and post primary education; to encourage musical engagement within the whole school community, and to support musical activity in schools where it is reduced.
We view children and young people as co-creators of the learning experience, and our projects are built on principals of non-formal learning, exploration, curiosity, and experimentation.
!!!! National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland houses your National Art Collection. Originally opened in 1864, it is located in Merrion Square, in the heart of Dublin city, and is an important and vibrant resource which is FREE to visit, easily accessible by public transport, and is open seven days a week, 361 days a year. It contains over 16,300 artworks, spanning the history of Irish and western European art, from around 1300 to the present. It also has a vast library and archive filled with fascinating objects and documents. This offers a unique environment for education and engagement. Here, the learning process can be a transformative, complex, curious and rewarding experience, with the power to provoke positive change whether through a one-off tour or a lasting scheme.
We provide tailored talks, tours, workshops and special events for diverse audiences including teachers and schools, early years, families, young people, adults, lifelong learning and community groups. The programme connects with the National Collection, special exhibitions and national and local festivals and programmes. Our Access Programme is dedicated to ensuring that individuals or groups with additional needs are catered for within our general public programme and through bespoke activities and events available both onsite and via outreach projects.
For schools we are proud to offer FREE guided tours of the collection and special exhibitions to every school child in Ireland, from pre-school to Post Primary. At all levels, our programme links directly to the curriculum, reflects best practice in Visual Arts Education and can be tailored to the needs of your group. We work onsite, offsite and online with a range of partners to develop tailored school workshops and provide detailed resources on our website.
We run national programmes, including the Zurich Young Portrait Prize, our inclusive art competition for children and young people aged 0 to 18. The annual National Drawing Day takes place in May in galleries, museums, art centres and libraries nationwide.
We welcome the opportunity to connect with new audiences. Find out more about our current programme of education activities here:
!!!! Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
IMMA is Ireland’s national cultural institution for Modern and contemporary art.
IMMA’s programme comprises exhibitions, projects, residencies, and a national collection of over 3,000 artworks by leading Irish and international artists. IMMA’s Engagement and Learning programme provides opportunities for audiences of all ages to explore art and unlock their own creativity through group tours, talks, art workshops, and CPD events.
IMMA is located in the extraordinary grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland, which was a home for retired soldiers for almost 250 years.
!!!! The Arts Council of Ireland
The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.
The Arts Council supports and promotes children and young people’s engagement with the arts from birth to early adulthood. We use the term Young People, Children and Education (YPCE) to describe this area of work. YPCE focuses on the child or young person’s experience of the arts whether as a young artist, learner, participant, audience member, or a combination of these.We recognise that all children have a right to participate fully in the arts and cultural life, and the Arts Council strategy 2016-2025 places emphasis on planning and providing for children and young people.
We provide funding to a wide range of arts organisations and individual artists to design, develop and run artistic programmes with and for children and young people in and out of school: www.artscouncil.ie/Map2018. We also provide partnership funding to local authority arts offices around the country, many of which run arts in education programmes.
The Arts Council has commissioned research regarding arts and cultural participation among children and young people to inform policy and provision in this area. We have published a number of reports, guidelines, and other information in relation to arts in education – please see the publications section of the Arts Council website at www.artscouncil.ie/publications/
The Arts Council provides advice to the government in relation to the arts and has been a long-time advocate for the arts in education, spanning several decades. Seminal reports published by the Arts Council include The Place of the Arts in Irish Educationin 1979, and Points of Alignmentin 2008. The Arts Council has played a central role in progressing the implementation of the Arts in Education Charter (2013) including the development of www.artsineducation.ie.
The Arts Council has supported a number of pilot arts in education initiatives, which have since become mainstreamed and are now funded through the Department of Education and Skills. The Arts Council is currently leading the pilot for Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools, a partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.
!!!! The Abbey Theatre
A dedicated community and education department; the schools strand includes Priming the Canon and the Theatre-Making and Citizenship programme