!!!! The Everyman, Cork
The Everyman – The Beating Heart of Theatre in Cork
We deliver an ambitious annual programme of work in a beautiful venue that serves the audience of today and builds the audience of the future. The Everyman is a centre of excellence for theatre that engages with and reflects the artistic and civic life of Cork and beyond.
Currently our marketing manager is a Creative Associate as part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools Programme. Arts in Education is something we believe in and this is reflected in our activities at The Everyman.
- As part of our annual programme, we produce and present engaging multi-disciplinary professional performances aimed at schools and family audiences.
- The Everyman also offers talks, workshops and tours for our young audience both within and without of education settings.
- We create opportunities for engagement and participation at our venue and on tour.
- We are committed to creating access opportunities for people with diverse voices, abilities and experiences.
- We offer work experience and internship programmes for 2nd and 3rd level students.
- We produce, collaborate and support the development of high-quality theatre experiences for young audiences together with established companies and emerging artists.
- The Everyman creates and commissions new content and resources for teachers and students based on the programme e.g. Asking For It; Revolting Rhymes; Behind the Scenes Tour.
In 2019, 10,000 students from schools and colleges attended a show at The Everyman.
There were 22 Post-Show Talks and 35 Behind the Scenes Tours.
!!!! The Hunt Museum
Education at The Hunt Museum means using the collection, expertise and enthusiasm of the museum and its partners to provide learning opportunities for the widest possible range of audiences and at all educational levels. We offer a variety of fun and educational tours, workshops and integrated learning sessions for primary school pupils. We believe that museums are a very special place for learning and engagement. Activities in the museum can complement the curriculum, inspire your class and increase their understanding of the past while providing a fun day of learning outside of the classroom.
Alongside our Museum programming we offer a range of different loan boxes and outreach programmes. Our Loan Boxes contain an array of handling material, activity resources, and Teacher Packets which can be used in the classroom to bring the past to life. These are suitable for use in both Primary (4th, 5th and 6th) and Post-primary settings.
!!!! Roscommon Arts Centre
Roscommon Arts Centre believes arts programming for children and young audiences are an integral part of our organisation. 20 productions aimed at school audiences will take place in 2018. The Bookworms Festival which is organised between the arts centre and the arts office sees a number of shows and workshops for children, including off-site visits to rural schools where artists work with children on projects and events. In response to the Arts Council’s assessment of the festival last year, the 2018 programme included readings by author Siobhan Parkinson Lollipops Festival.
Our Lollipops festival runs throughout the month of October with a number of school shows planned. We rolled out our ‘Wheels on the Bus’ initiative in 2017 which will continue in 2018. This initiative, funded by Creative Ireland, allows us to offer reduced ticket prices to rural schools who need to hire transport to attend arts centre events, making our programme more accessible.
We work closely with children’s practitioners and theatre makers, offering space to research and develop work for our young audieces. To date we have worked with Branar Theatre Company, Monkeyshine Theatre Company, Anna Newell, Andy Manly, Thomas Johnston, Paul Curley and Julie Sharkey who are all creating work for young audiences.
We pride ourselves on the relationships that we have built with schools in the county and neighbouring counties and we look forward to that relationship continuing to flourish in the years to come.
!!!! The Glucksman, UCC
The Glucksman is a contemporary art museum in the historic lower grounds of University College Cork. Designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey architects, the gallery has won numerous awards for its architecture and creative programmes. The Glucksman presents ambitious exhibitions of Irish and international art alongside a range of events and activities designed to encourage participation from all visitors, whether an art professional or first time gallery-goer.
As a place of creative connections between people and disciplines, the Glucksman provides an essential link for the University with the wider world, enabling public understanding of the visionary research undertaken in all four colleges, and welcoming students, staff and visitors to explore, enjoy and learn about art right in the heart of the UCC campus. In 2017, the Glucksman received 91,207 visits to the museum with over 10,000 active participants in its education and events programme.
The Glucksman was the first museum in Munster to receive full accreditation on the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland and on 11 July 2017, the curatorial team received an award from Minister for the Arts in Dublin Castle for maintaining these standards across all areas of the museum’s operations including Governance, Management, Collections, Documentation, Exhibitions, Education and Visitor Services.
!!!! Galway Film Centre
Founded in 1989, Galway Film Centre is a non-profit, members based organisation dedicated to the development of film as an artistic medium in the West of Ireland. To this end, we support filmmakers, community and youth groups through education and training, equipment provision and information.
!!!! Cork Film Centre
Cork Film Centre is a resource-based organisation, focused on developing, promoting and facilitating the advancement of creative film and video making. It provides support and access to resources for filmmakers, artists, animators, and those engaged in multi-disciplinary work involving the moving image, with special emphasis placed on developing the area of youth filmmaking. The Film Centre is a not for profit organisation. Services include education, equipment hire, advice and information for artists and filmmakers.
!!!! The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Co-founded by The Arts Council and Trinity College Dublin in 1978, The Douglas Hyde Gallery is a contemporary art gallery within the grounds of Trinity campus. Alongside a diverse programme of developing, producing and presenting innovative Irish and international exhibitions, the Gallery runs a Learning and Engagement programme that seeks to open out discussion around the exhibitions.
This programme includes free screenings, talks, tours and other events by artists, curators, academics and others. The programme makes connections across disciplines and forms, bringing different creative languages into a broader conversation around the function of art and the role of the gallery.
The knowledgeable and friendly Gallery team regularly offer free tours of our exhibitions to second and third level students, particularly sixth year art students preparing for the gallery question in the Leaving Certificate.
Through the learning and engagement programme, The Douglas Hyde Gallery actively engages with a diversity of communities, from the student and academic community in Trinity, to communities in the wider city, nationally and internationally.
!!!! Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
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.
!!!! Temple Bar Gallery & Studios
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has been developing close connections with inner city schools since 2013, at both primary and secondary level, through our Creative Generations programme and more recently through collaborations with Education Curator Katy Fitzpatrick and Philosopher Prof. Aislinn O’Donnell and their Art and Philosophy in the Classroom project. We aim to support children and young people to directly encounter high quality art and to develop their skills working with professional artists and art practitioners.
We work with schools through one-off exhibition and studio visits, and longer-term outreach projects (both on and off-site) taking place over 4 – 8 weeks. Visiting the gallery and the artist’s studio gives an insight into the ways that artists work and how artwork is presented in a gallery space.
Our Creative Generations programme of artist residencies involves TBG+S studio artists working collaboratively with children over 8-weeks to create an ambitious new artwork for their school.
The Art and Philosophy strand of programming engages students with a gallery based exhibition, through discussion, art and performance activities, philosophical inquiry, and art making.
!!!! Gallery of Photography, Dublin
The Education Programme encourages individuals and groups to engage with photography through a broad range of activities.
!!!! Limerick City Gallery of Art
Limerick City Gallery of Art places education and learning at the heart of its programming agenda with an Access Programme running in conjunction with its exhibitions.
!!!! The Model: Home of The Niland Collection
The Model: home of the Niland Collection is a dynamic and innovative centre for the contemporary arts in the North West. It is a multi-disciplinary space, led by visual art, with a particular interest in programming exhibitions, performances, music and film that coalesce and find new platforms for engagement, learning and artistic expression.
Education and community is at the core of what we do, providing a social space for communities to meet, dialogue, engage, create and participate in the arts.
!!!! Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
Regional Cultural Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts facility developed by Donegal County Council. It presents a programme of exhibitions, concerts, film, digital media and education and outreach.
The centre incorporates a first floor art gallery, an auditorium with 150 retractable seats and full cinema facilities, three multi-purpose workshops, two dedicated digital media suites, two small music rehearsal rooms and two foyer galleries. An ongoing programme of local, national and international art exhibitions is presented throughout the year.
The RCC has an extensive education and community arts programme. and is dedicated to making
the building and its services accessible to the widest possible range of people with a particular emphasis on access, cultural diversity and social inclusion, engagement, participation, education and training. The Centre organises schools’, children’s and family events including the annual Wainfest for children each October in partnership with DCC Cultural Services. Youth arts events in the RCC are organised in partnership with Donegal Youth Services, Donegal Youth Council and Donegal Travellers Project including the annual DYS Rock School each summer.
The RCC also hosts a wide range of weekly community arts activities organised by Cara House Family Resource Centre and others, and regular workshops and events held by cultural, educational, community development and health organisations throughout the year.
!!!! The Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
The Lime Tree Theatre is a 510 seat theatre, situated on the campus of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Opened in 2012, the theatre also programmes and manages the Belltable in Limerick city centre and has a significant focus on work with and for children and young people both in and out of education settings:
Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival is a legacy festival from Limerick City of Culture 2014. The annual festival takes place over two weeks in October in the Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable. A variety of shows for children of all ages take place across the two weeks for families and schools. Artists also visit a number of schools each year.
Bualadh Bos Summer Camps take place at the Lime Tree Theatre for the first two weeks in July. We target primary level students (first to sixth class) in exposing young curious minds to the performing and visual arts. Our team of experienced facilitators focus on developing confidence, creativity and teamwork through drama, singing, dance, puppet making and arts and crafts.
A wide variety of family and schools shows take place during the year. These shows target children of all ages and interests.
!!!! Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
Pavilion Theatre is located in Dún Laoghaire, a picturesque seaside town situated just 13 km south-east of Dublin city centre. Our programme covers a huge range of events with theatre, music, comedy, dance, literary, talks and family shows all well represented.
Arts in Education is something we believe in, and this is reflected in our activities.
Many of our family events for young children include schools’ performances, while we have long facilitated the staging of works on the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate curricula.
Through our Patron Donation Award and Studio Space Award we have supported the development of high-quality educational theatre by, for example, Branar, Bombinate Theatre, Game Theory and Anna Newell.
!!!! Friar’s Gate Theatre, Kilmallock. Co. Limerick
Friars’ Gate Theatre is an intimate venue in the heart of County Limerick. We host an ongoing programme of events including theatre, music, film and festivals.
Over the past twenty plus years, Friars’ Gate has presented a busy and diverse programme as well as an education and outreach programme bringing an eclectic artistic mix and teaching of the highest standards to a wide rural audience. We are dedicated to running a successful, thriving theatre and arts centre which is an asset to all members of the community and a haven of cultural and artistic activity.
We run weekly drama, singing and art camps led by professional facilitators throughout the academic year as well as summer camps.
!!!! Cork Opera House
Cork Opera House (COH) and University College Cork (UCC) are involved in a partnership to educate and inspire the next generation of arts managers, creative practitioners and professionals.
The collaboration establishes COH as the world’s first Learning Theatre. This partnership aims to enrich the student experience in UCC and positively impact both organisations; facilitating new learning and artistic experiences for Cork audiences. Combining synergies and expertise from both organisations to give better value for public funds. Facilitating new creative practice opportunities and preparing industry experienced arts graduates.
UCC students can avail of a city centre venue for dissemination of creative practice research in the form of talks, workshops, symposia, master classes, pre & post-show talks with invited professionals and share the output of academic research with the public.
To find out more about their Masters in Arts Management and Creative Producing, please follow this link.
!!!! The Town Hall Theatre, Galway
The epicentre of activity for virtually all of Galway’s key festivals and cultural events including Baboró Festival for Children.
!!!! Waterford Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal works to contribute to the advancement of arts and arts education through the promotion and encouragement of cultural and artistic activities.
Through its programme of activities, the theatre supports the creation and presentation of the arts across a range of artforms and arts practices.
Theatre Royal strives to be at the heart of its community. It stirs emotions, entertains, enlightens and informs its wide reaching audience and is recognised for supporting and nurturing community theatre, those involved in amateur theatre and fosters a love of theatre for young people.
The Shakespeare Review
The Theatre Royal’s Shakespeare Review programme works with teachers, Shakespearean actors and experienced young adult theatre facilitators to review the current Leaving Certificate text. The bold and exciting ninety-minute performance of Hamlet helps students gain a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s iconic masterpiece by lifting the play off the page and onto the stage, making it accessible for students as they start their exam revision. The actors vividly present key scenes on stage which are then explored in detail by the facilitator between scenes, bringing to life Shakespeare’s vibrant characters.
“Discussing the scenes in a modern way made it very easy for the students to relate to.” – Tipperary Teacher
“Excellent ideas for classroom approach.” – East Cork Teacher
“Enjoyable and worthwhile, gave students a focus for study and revision” – Waterford City teacher
Theatre Skills Mentoring Programme
Theatre Skills Mentoring Programme is an exciting opportunity for young people in partnership with educational, artistic and financial partners and presented by Theatre Royal.
This initiative aims to:
– Deliver a practical and hands on experience for young people who wish to gain further experience in arts practices under strategically laid out modules.
– Provide young people who have a keen and real interest in developing arts skills with learning opportunities and professional supports.
– Ensure that the collective expertise and skills shared amongst Waterford’s arts professionals are transferred to emerging arts practitioners – creators, leaders, makers – those who want to learn.
– Create comfortable scenarios for reflective evaluation throughout the entire process on all levels.
15 week module with learning opportunities under the following roles
❖ Production & Stage Management – incorporating practical technical skills
❖ Theatre Design – for set, costume and props
❖ Event/production Development, Script Writing, Direction and performance
❖ Event Management – incorporating budget, scheduling, discussion & meetings
❖ Arts Marketing, Promotion & Sales
This initiative will encourage combined thinking as a ‘production company’ and with mentoring support from arts professionals and venues will provide each individual with the opportunity to fully realise their creative potential.
Interactive Tours @ Theatre Royal for Young People
Bring your students into the heart of Waterford’s iconic cultural building. Let them experience a fun, imaginative and exciting onstage drama workshop. This 80-minute visit will incorporate a backstage tour and will provide them with an opportunity to experience a live working theatre, hear its stories and ask questions about the building and how it operates.
Our tour guides and drama facilitators look forward to welcoming your group.
Suitable for ages 8 to 18 and for TY’s, Primary Schools, Language Schools, Youth Groups.
“It was a pleasure to be at the Theatre Royal, the drama facilitator did a great job with the students. They all learnt a lot. I think you do a great job organizing these activities with kids, as they learn self-confidence and love for drama. It will be a pleasure to be back in Waterford soon.” Adventure Programme H4 Facilitator, Summer 2018
€7 per student, we welcome groups of 20 or more and can facilitate large numbers over 2.5 to 3hour sessions.
To book and for more information contact Anouschka, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 051 874402.
!!!! Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre hosts a year-round programme of events including theatre, music, film, dance, comedy and festivals.
Educational strands run through many of the events and festivals for which Birr Theatre acts as a hub including Scripts Playwriting Festival, OFFline Film Festival and Birr Festival of Music & Voice.
Birr Theatre runs summer camps including School of Rock, a vocal, instrument, song-writing and industry-based camp for teenagers age 14-19, facilitated by a music professional. A Chance to Dance is a summer camp for children age 6+ with special educational needs supported by Birr Stage Guild, Birr Municipal District & Birr Lions Club hosted by Birr Theatre with a trained facilitator.
Hullabaloo!, Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival is coordinated by Offaly County Council Arts Office and Birr Theatre & Arts Centre. Birr Theatre acknowledges the support of the Arts Council.
!!!! The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
The Hawk’s Well Theatre has been entertaining Sligo audiences for over 35 years. We share our passion for theatre, music and the arts by presenting inspiring, imaginative and engaging performances that reflect the vibrant culture of our community.
Our Mission Statement:
To produce and present inspiring, imaginative and engaging performances and embrace the vibrant culture in Sligo by providing a creative space for performance, collaboration and learning.
Our Artistic Policy: Inspiring, Creating and Entertaining
Inspiring: to provide a welcome, friendly venue for the community of Sligo and the North West which gives artistic opportunities to performers in the community and to inspire people of all ages to engage with the Arts through workshops and events.
Creating: to produce and co-produce new, innovative work by emerging and established artists and support their development.
Entertaining: to present an artistic and vibrant programme with the best in contemporary and classical work across various art forms.
!!!! Backstage Theatre, Longford
Backstage Theatre’s stated mission is to promote the development of the arts by presenting a high quality, diverse and innovative programme of arts activities which is valued by and engages the community we serve and which provides a platform and resource for artists and companies to present their work. One of our objectives, in pursuance of this mission, is to provide a platform for local arts practice, encouraging and facilitating participation in the arts locally as audience and active practitioners. To this end we strive to ensure that policies and programmes are developed to provide access and interactive participation for education in drama and performing arts to schools and young people.
Our annual programme includes:
- A multi-disciplinary professional performance programme aimed at schools and family audiences.
- A summer theatre camp aimed at children aged 7 to 12.
- Venue access and administrative and programming support to Aisling Children’s Arts Festival.
- Collaborations with our resident Youth Theatre.
- One off projects from time to time in collaboration with individual schools, youth groups and children’s organisations in our locality.
!!!! Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Cavan
A youth drama programme with regular drama workshops for children
Main St, Virginia, Co Cavan
(049) 854 7074
!!!! Garage Theatre, Monaghan
Arts in Education strategy for the Garage Theatre centres around finding meaningful opportunities to foster the inherent and instrumental benefits of the arts, culture and creativity into lifelong learning for children and young people. At the Garage, we programme events bringing children and young people into our wonderfully creative space to engage with the arts. A key strategy of finding new, exciting partnerships whilst also strengthening existing ones.
Current programing includes:
- Senior and junior cycle curriculum based productions.
- Senior and junior cycle French/German/ Spanish Language films.
- Partner to the Tradoodle Festival.
- Dance movement workshops.
- Monaghan Youth Theatre catering for 12+.
- Junior Youth theatre 8-12 years.
- Arts based mental health workshop.
- Film project.
- Artists in residence.
- Gallery space displaying work.
- We are currently transforming a space into a visual arts studio dedicated to Arts in Education programme for children and young people.
- The Garage Theatre offer an outreach Drama Facilitation programme to all schools.
- We offer free rehearsal space and offer a professionally equipped venue to schools in Counties Monaghan and Cavan to stage their annual productions.
- As the Garage Theatre is under the remit of CMETB and situated in Monaghan Education Campus, we have a close relationship with all the schools.
!!!! An Grianán Theatre, Donegal
An Grianán Youth Theatre is based at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny, Donegal. Affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland, it offers excellent tuition in a professional theatre environment. Classes are held throughout the school year for ages 7 to 21. Students are introduced to key drama skills including stage craft, creative play, performance development, confidence building, team work and social skills development. Live performance lies at the heart of the youth theatre – from small showcases to full scale productions and in special projects such as Cruinniú na nÓg and the Earagail Arts Festival. It is also an ideal stepping stone for those wishing to go on to study acting, theatre and performing arts at third level.
!!!! Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare
Riverbank Arts Centre works in partnership with international, national and local artists to deliver an accessible and consistently high quality arts programme in an intimate environment. We provide a multi-disciplinary programme which includes theatre, cinema, comedy, music, dance, workshops and visual arts. With a dedicated children’s gallery and programming of high quality theatre and workshops for younger audiences, Riverbank is also committed to promoting early engagement with, and access to the arts.
Riverbank Arts Centre is active in contributing to the development of quality arts programmes for children, including children with a wide range of needs. Programmes and performances are being offered to engage children with Autism and PMLD (profound & multi learning difficulties) with the needs of the child placed at the centre of the programme and the emphasis placed on high quality arts. Collaborations with Theatre Lovett, Fidget Feet and Anna Newell lead to a strong programme of quality theatre for younger audiences. Outside of the theatre programme Riverbank also offers a strong visual arts programme and is developing an interactive programme across literature, digital arts, science and performance for 2-16 years. We partner with the IFI for educational screenings. In addition, we have a strong literary programme for young people. We are the Kildare partner for Fighting Words and programme creative writing workshops for primary and secondary schools. We also programme one-off events and workshops, including recent schools’ events with writers Sarah Webb and Padraig Kenny.
In recent years we have co-produced, commissioned and supported numerous productions and projects for early years and young audiences and we are contributing to artform development through both presenting new work and through actively supporting and engaging in collaborations, co-productions and residencies.
Riverbank Arts Centre strategic focus and commitment to developing a core programme for young and early years audiences has been crucial to our ability to engage with the wider community and to create a platform for inclusion of children and young people in the cultural life of their community both through spectatorship and through participation.
As a venue we are constantly evolving the ways in which we connect with schools and enhance and engage with arts education in the classroom. In 2019, Riverbank Arts Centre joined the Creative Schools programme. A core staff member of our team has been appointed as a Creative Associate and will be working directly with selected schools towards developing an integrated arts in education strategy.
!!!! Rua Red Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin
Rua Red 2017 – 2020 Programme
New Programme, New Vision
In October 2017 Rua Red embarked on a new high profile International Exhibition Programme and surrounding Education and Outreach Programme. The new programme focuses on the importance of People, Politics and Place and is specifically tailored to Rua Red as it is designed and developed around important issues that are significant and meaningful to the people of South Dublin County.
The new exhibition programme is in partnership with the London based non-profit organisation ‘a/political’ who collaborate with internationally renowned socio-political artists. ‘a/political’ initiate and tour large-scale projects world-wide and produce ambitious projects outside the controls of the contemporary art market. a/political represent a number of high profile international artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Andres Serrano, Santiago Sierra, Gustav Metzger, Barbara Kruger, Shiran Neeshat and Andres Molodkin many of whom have never exhibited in Ireland before.
!!!! Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin
Draiocht – Space for Vision
Our vision is of an Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the arts.
Draíocht means magic. Our name gives us a clear mission: to share the magic of the arts.
We do so in three ways:
- by presenting a lively, year-round programme of events, making sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
- by creating opportunities for our local community, and particularly children and young people, to discover and love the arts.
- by collaborating with artists to develop work specifically for our audiences.
One of our 5 Strategic Priorities is CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE and specifically Giving children and young people a voice. Draiocht’s Goal is to enable art for, by and with children and young people. Our belief in the value of the arts for children and young people as well as the demographics of the area drives this priority for us. We want to offer every child and young person ongoing access to the arts in a safe and stimulating environment where they feel free to be their creative selves. Our work will be informed by what we know but, more importantly, will respond to what the younger members of our community tell us is relevant and of interest to them. In doing so, we will uphold our position as a model of best practice in arts provision for children and young people.
What we are setting out to do to achieve this goal:
- We will review our Children and Youth Arts programme and develop a cogent strategic plan which maximises our impact for children and young people
- We will present and produce an engaging, high-quality programme of work for, by and with children and young people throughout the year
- We will deepen and expand our relationships with local primary and secondary schools
- We will listen to children and young people and be influenced by their input
- We will sustain programmes that enable children and young people to be their creative selves
- We will strengthen our programmes to expand equality of access to more children and ensure the quality of their experience —
- We will develop the practice of artists working specifically in the area of children and young people
How we will know we have achieved this goal?
- We will have maximised our impact delivering against key stated objectives
- We will have enhanced and increased our engagement with children and be recognised by the Arts Council, our peers and our public for the quality of our programme and its contribution to the art form
- We will have supported children and young people’s experience of the arts in school settings, have provided professional development opportunities for teachers and have established a peer forum for ideas, knowledge and resource sharing
- We will have established a Children’s Council and a Young People’s Advisory Panel and have promoted best practice in inclusive decision-making processes
- We will have expanded Dublin 15 Youth Theatre, Create Dance and Toddler TakeOver and have explored and piloted further opportunities for long-term, developmental programmes
- We will have welcomed more children and young people to Draíocht by reducing barriers to participation through offering free access places and other initiatives and by programming with particular needs in mind
- We will have established a Children’s Artist in Residence programme
Read Draiocht’s New 5 Year Strategy ‘Space For The Arts’ 2018-2022 here:
!!!! Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Project is Ireland’s ﬁrst arts centre: an independent and ambitious multidisciplinary organisation in the heart of Dublin that houses a year-round programme of exhibitions, dance, theatre, opera and other performance events. Project is a home for contemporary arts, a producing house, a resource for artists and a critical hub, working with artists across all art forms to make and present extraordinary work that inspires and provokes.
We believe fundamentally in the transformative power of art, and that the artistic community can be a powerful and profound force for change. Influenced, inspired and shaped by our location in the heart of Dublin city and the diversity of people who live here, our reputation and influence reaches nationally and internationally.
Audience engagement is at the heart of what we do. We want to find out more about what our audiences think about the work that we are creating and to make meaningful connections between them, us and the artists we champion. Through our Project Artists initiative, access programmes, partnerships with secondary schools and community outreach schemes we encourage, nurture and advocate for all forms of artistic development across all ages and audiences.
We believe in the potential of every individual. Our access programmes creates opportunities for secondary school students to see professional work, to participate in workshops with presenting artists, and to partner with artists on creative projects. Many of the artists we work with have extraordinary track records working with community and youth groups and we are keen to bring this experience and commitment to young adults. Our aim is to provide the next generation of Irish audiences and artists with the opportunity to make work that is relevant to their lives and for which they have a sense of authorship. We are motivated by the importance of arts and creativity in secondary education, and invested in creating opportunities for young people to explore their creative potential, bringing them to the heart of Project.
!!!! Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun, Dublin
Axis as a learning organisation provides opportunity across age contexts for people to explore their creativity, leading onto the development of skills and experience in a chosen artform or project. Axis has a huge focus on work with and for children and young people both within and without education settings:
- We are developing a new critics panel and culture club through our work with Trinity Comprehensive school on their Arts Guarantee. This will also be replicated with other schools in the area
- Our Inventors programme sees young people come to us on work experience across all areas of our organisation. This has also developed as an ideas structure to develop work in this context.
- We engage on an ongoing basis with the young people in our childcare facility to feed into programming ideas in the early years context and in 2017 developed a strand around this work in childcare setting s in the Ballymun area
- We have a long history of developing work in an arts in education context and in 2018 / 2019 we have developed a new strand called DNA which will see students in primary schools explore and choose artforms they wish to engage with. We will then roll out programmes to them in their schools and these wider results will feed into future programming.
- In 2018 / 2019 we are engaged in the development of a tool-kit around our work in Arts and Mental Health for young men which involved the young men hands on in same.
- In 2019 we are developing a new strategy around the development of ongoing relationships between schools and arts centres. This around seminars, visits to shows, workshops in the school environment and development of visual arts.
!!!! Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
The Outreach & Educational Programme works with schools, youth services, adults and disability groups
Main Street, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
!!!! Ionad Culturtha, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork
Iona Cultúrtha promotes high quality arts in the Gaeltacht and encourages public interest and participation in the arts
Baile Mhúirne, Co Chorcaí
!!!! Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is a publicly funded arts facility that creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with local and global arts practice of excellence.
Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Education and Community programme provides an important resource and support for artists living and working locally and nationally. It presents creative engagement opportunities for communities that increase arts participation and make accessible, critical cultural experiences for a rural community.
West Cork Arts Centre works with local, national and international artists, arts organisations and other agencies to present a high quality visual art and dance programme that offers the people of West Cork a broad and in-depth experience of contemporary arts.
Creative learning is at the heart of its activities with a wide range of events, workshops, community-based projects, partnership programmes, screenings, seminars, talks and tours on offer throughout the year. The unique and enriching opportunity to experience and work with real artworks and live artists is explored through many of its integrated and inclusive programmes.
Our multidisciplinary Artists’ Residencies provide space and support for artists to work, network, collaborate, develop projects and engage directly with the public. Having artists working on site creates unique opportunities for people to experience how artworks develop over a period of time.
!!!! Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
Triskel Arts Centre is a vibrant cultural HUB in the heart of Cork City celebrating 40 years in 2018. The main auditorium Triskel Christchurch is a multidisciplinary space housed in a fully refurbished neoclassical Georgian Church. This state of the art venue which launched in 2011 features a rich bill of live music, cultural cinema, visual art exhibitions and literary events. Triskel runs a second contemporary art room Triskel Gallery Space. Our education strategy is to hold talks, workshops, master classes, school screenings in line with our programme and to engage with education establishments in order to respond to the needs voiced by them. Since our return to Triskel in 2011, our motto has been ‘we are open – seven days a week’.
!!!! Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork
Sirius Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation in the Cobh-Glanmire municipal district of east Cork. It is housed in a beautiful Italiante building that was designed by Anthony Salvin in 1854 to house the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest in the world. For thirty-one years the building has housed the Sirius Arts Centre; an organisation that is dedicated to the facilitation and development of artistic expression on a local, national and international stage. This is the only organisation of its kind in the east Cork area.
Sirius serves as an intermediary between art and the public that endeavours to raise public awareness of art including additional community programming that encourages exploration through direct participation in the arts. Each year Sirius offers a number of participatory projects as well as tours tailored to each exhibition to local primary schools, secondary schools and youth groups.
!!!! Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
Garter Lane Arts Centre is a vibrant and thriving venue for visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, film and literature in the heart of Waterford City. Garter Lane Arts Centre welcomes over 30,000 visitors annually and is supported by the Arts Council, Waterford City Council, the Department of Social Protection, its Patrons and Friends. Garter Lane Arts Centre has been at the heart of the community of Waterford for over 30 years, through its diverse year-round programme of exhibitions, performances and outreach programme. Our outreach programme includes a diverse range of creative activities for babies, toddlers, children and their families, young people, artistic practitioners and senior citizens.
The aim of Garter Lane’s Education/Outreach Programme is to create opportunities for a wider community in engaging with the arts and to generate an access point where people can interact with artists in meaningful ways not only as participants but also as creators.
!!!! Tipperary Excel Arts & Culture
The centre’s youth arts programme includes Excel Dance School and Excel Youth Theatre
Mitchell St, Tipperary
!!!! Wexford Arts Centre
Visual arts education is at the core of the Wexford Arts Centre programme. We strive to support and promote arts education in the county, working with the belief that the arts are essential for young people offering an open platform for self-expression, communication and understanding of the world that surrounds them. The arts can provide an inclusive learning environment for young people. The Wexford Arts Centre aims to help its young participants realise their own abilities, develop social skills and remind them of their unique talents and strengths in a calm and supportive environment.
!!!! VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Arts & George Bernard Shaw Theatre
Our education and engagement activities for children and young people are designed to foster critical thinking and creative self-expression and to experience the arts as a valuable way of thinking about the world. Our activities are artist-led and focus on actively engaging with and responding to VISUAL’s exhibition programme to experience the meaning and relevance of contemporary arts practice in everyday life.
• Parent and toddler make and do
• Free drop-in make and play space in the galleries around season exhibition themes, with worksheets to assist children in independently exploring exhibition themes through creative play.
• Primary school creative workshops developed around season exhibition themes.
• Curriculum-based Schools programme of Junior and Senior Cycle intensive workshops in visual arts, plus curriculum-based theatre productions and film screenings with study aids.
• Skills-based work placement programmes for TY and Further Education.
• Annual partnership with Carlow Kilkenny ETB for artist-led students project in response to exhibition programme.
• Dancehall Youth, teen dance group who engage with and respond to contemporary dance practice, in partnership with Dance Company United Fall.
• Carlow Youth Theatre supported through provision of office, workshop and theatre space and reduced tickets to selected national touring drama.
In addition to the annual programme, we also develop specific activities for children and young people in response to particular aspects of our exhibition programme.
In 2018, this included:
• Creativity and Engineering project for primary schools, in partnership with Engineers Ireland, as part of Spring exhibition themes of engineering and technology.
• The Sandwich Project – food production and sustainability project for primary school children by artist Lisa Fingleton, as part of summer exhibition themes around sustenance.
• Town Planners – schools engagement programme and Summer Camp to empower creative participation by young people in their built environment, in partnership with Workhouse Union
• Artist Residency – Claire Breen has developed an indepth relational engagement programme for primary schools to develop connection and participation with the socially-engaged practice of Marjetica Potrc and the exhibition theme of shelter.
2019 activities will include:
• Towns and Villages outreach project for County Carlow around biodiversity and town planning
• Music-based youth engagement programme around Summer 2019 exhibition themes of gathering and sharing culture
• Art and philosophy programme for young people around Autumn exhibition themes of wellbeing and the institution, in partnership with Superprojects
!!!! Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
The Source Arts Centre opened its doors on 2nd October 2006 and has firmly established itself as one of the best live venues in the heart of the country. The Source Arts Centre comprises of a 250 seat theatre, visual art gallery, community studio space and café/bar.
The Source Arts Centre aims to provide the people of Tipperary and its hinterlands with a cultural facility offering an engaging and diverse programme of events across many art forms. Alongside the presentation of professional, new and innovative work, and its commitment to developing a broad audience for the arts, The Source also has an open door policy to regional groups, encouraging interaction in the life of the centre through a variety of activities.
Artistic Policy 2013 – 2019
The Source Arts Centre aims to create a vibrant ’go-to’ space for the arts.
The Source Arts Centre aims to 1.Engage. 2. Enrich 3. Enliven audiences in Thurles and throughout this region of Tipperary.
In addition to presenting a high quality touring programme of the best on offer across art form on the Irish circuit and internationally where possible, we place a high value on community participation and engagement with our venue. We aim to be the centre where audience and artists collide, interact, inform, enrich and present. With a focus on theatre, families, music, film and dance, in addition to a superb visual arts space, we aim to find new and lasting collaborative approaches with the local professional and amateur artistic community. We aim to create an arts infrastructure which supports and mentors professional artists working in the locality, as resources permit.
!!!! Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Dunamaise provides artists’ talks and workshops for school groups and after school art classes for children
!!!! Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare
glór offers regular cultural programming for younger audiences and we work with all major local and national cultural organisations, to offer suitable programming for primary and post-primary schools.
In tandem with regular young audiences’ programming, recent initiatives include, glór’s Arts Schools programme (GASP), partnering with local primary and post-primary schools to offer incentives to regularly attend events in our artistic programme at discounted rates and to offer on-site performance where available; Rithimí Nua with The Irish World Academy of Music, which is a series of free lunchtime concerts showcasing emerging trad talent and regular talks and tours to accompany glór’s visual arts programme.
!!!! Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oírr
A multifaceted Arts and Heritage Centre housed in a renovated weaving factory on Inis Oírr Island.
!!!! Galway Arts Centre, Galway
Galway Arts Centre comprises of 3 galleries showing national and international contemporary arts, working with professional artists in ranging art forms for exhibitions, usually supported by auxiliary events involving talks, symposia, music, story-telling and screenings.
It provides a Visual Arts access point for all audiences, encouraging and nurturing all forms of artistic activity, facilitating emerging artists and arts groups, heightening awareness of the arts via its education programme, and providing access to its facilities for all community sectors.
Galway Arts Centre offers exciting visual art programmes, and partnerships with several Galway Festivals including Cúirt International Festival of Literature, TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Galway International Arts Festival.
Education initiatives include Galway Youth Theatre, Cúirt Labs and gallery tours and workshops for primary and post-primary schools.
Galway Youth Theatre
Galway Youth Theatre is a vibrant arts resource for young people in Galway. The Theatre was set up in 1991 with the aim of providing a safe environment where young people could gain access to the arts through a theatre training programme. The training allows the participants to acquire new skills in performance and to develop their confidence and self-esteem. GYT offers its main service provision to young people in Galway city but also facilitates programmes throughout Galway County.
GYT provides a two year performance programme that aims to give participants training in various performance disciplines, from characterisation and voice work to physical movement, stage combat and improvisation. Past participants include Tommy Tiernan and Paul McClusky.
GYT actors have gone on to work in theatre, advertisements and TV programmes such as Game of Thrones and Ros na Rún. GYT also runs an outreach programme in County Galway, where professional directors and actors travel to schools and work on tailor made programmes for post-primary students.
Taking place every April during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Cúirt Labs is an innovative programme for primary and post-primary students. Students attend talks, workshops and readings designed specifically for the Labs, in English and Irish, with writers, illustrators, musicians, video game designers, clowns, architects and artists.
The Labs take place in the Galway Arts Centre where three floors of gallery space become custom made spaces for inventiveness and imagination. The first two days of the Labs cater for primary school level and the third day is dedicated to post-primary pupils. Cúirt Labs also run in-school events in County Galway for primary and post-primary schools.
Leaving Cert Art History Study Day
Every year Galway Arts Centre hosts a study day refresher course for Leaving Cert Art History & Appreciation students. The course takes the form of two lectures which cover Art in Ireland and European Art (1000AD – present). These lectures function as intensive revision sessions focusing on key points – they are not intended as introductions to the topics. Hand-outs for each theme, designed in conjunction with the National Gallery of Ireland, are provided. This is followed by a visit to the Galway Arts Centre where students cover question three the ‘Visit to an Art Gallery’ question in Section III.
Galway Arts Centre runs gallery visits for secondary school groups. These visits are designed around each individual group, taking into account what stage of the curriculum the students are at and what they are interested in learning more about. The visits can be specifically geared towards specific learning objectives prioritised by the teacher or can simply be a way to encourage students to engage with, discuss and appreciate art.
Galway Arts Centre welcomes primary school groups to visit the gallery, particularly if an exhibition is especially suited to children. Exhibition visits generally incorporate a guided interactive tour followed by a workshop designed specifically for the group. The visits are planned prior to the event in conjunction with the teacher, in order to give a high quality, tailor-made experience to the group. Specific once-off projects with primary schools, involving all pupils, have also been designed with teachers.
!!!! Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
Solstice is committed to developing arts in education opportunities for schools and teachers. We currently run a large arts in education programme, providing access for both Primary and Secondary Schools to the arts through tours, talks, workshops and events. We focus on creating connections for schools and teachers to practicing artists, facilitating understanding and enjoyment of our exhibitions and events and also engaging students practically with art making in the centre. We are currently developing our Schools programme to include educational resources for teachers in Meath. This will allow us to further interpret our exhibitions for schools and to engage relevant elements of the Primary and Secondary School Curriculums in more detail, a specific focus of this is Leaving Certificate, Art Appreciation. We hope to also develop creative CPD opportunities for Primary & Secondary teachers within Solstice to encourage and support engagement with the arts in the classroom. We welcome any feedback or engagement from teachers, schools and other cultural organisations to assist us in developing our programme to meet their needs.
!!!! Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Fingal, Co. Dublin
Dedicated to the memory of master uilleann piper and folklore archivist Séamus Ennis, The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre (SEAC) is a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a year-round programme which includes music, cinema, comedy, theatre, family events, workshops, art exhibitions and educational talks.
Arts in education is reflected in many of SEAC’s activities. Our school of music runs throughout term-time and provides tuition for both children and adults in tin whistle, flute, uilleann pipes, fiddle, banjo and guitar. The end of year concert provides an opportunity for young musicians to showcase their talent to an appreciative audience of family and friends. SEAC also hosts weekly classes in Irish Dancing in addition to children’s summer camps which incorporate dance, singing and drama.
A wide range of art and craft workshops for both children and adults take place throughout the year with many seasonally themed workshops taking place around Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Children’s camps also run during summer holidays. These fun, engaging, hands-on classes provide attendees with an opportunity to gain a variety of new skills in a safe and supportive environment.
SEAC is supported by Fingal Arts Office and The Arts Council.
!!!! Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth
Droichead Arts Centre is a major cultural hub in the North East, welcoming an audience of over 30,000 in 2018. The multi-disciplinary arts venue and gallery in Drogheda hosts live music, international cinema, award-winning theatre & contemporary art exhibitions.
It is the also the home of the Droichead Youth Theatre, one of the most active and successful youth theatres in Ireland. The centre provides an ambitious Outreach Programme for Young People & Children, including free workshops in schools during Leanbh Children’s Festival and in the gallery for secondary schools. The Centre also hosts a wide range of free interactive events, tours and workshops throughout the year, ensuring that access to arts and cultural work is freely available and accessible to all children.
Droichead Arts Centre is committed to supporting artists in the North East region. As well as actively programming local artists into its calendar of events throughout the year, the centre also supports work through a number of residencies and “in association” programmes. The centre is a registered charity and a much loved and used resource for the people of Drogheda and its surrounding areas.
!!!! Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo
The Linenhall Arts Centre’s overall mission can be summed up as Arts for All at the Linenhall. We consider our work with schools hugely important.
Our programme for schools includes:
- Year-round Visual Art Programme for Schools in conjunction with our visual art exhibition programme which comprises gallery visits and related hands-on workshops
- Theatre and music performance programme for schools
- Film programme for secondary schools in conjunction with the Irish Film Institute
- A range of once off projects with schools as opportunities arise
- We are keen to support schools in their engagement with the arts and welcome any queries schools may have in relation to our arts service provision.
!!!! The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim
The Dock is part of the fabric of the wider arts and enterprise community of Carrick on Shannon and the North West region supporting local arts initiatives and local enterprise including the many superb festival events taking place in the area.
A key element of The Dock’s overall artistic programming policy is to ensure that we provide opportunities for people of all ages and in particular, young people, to engage meaningfully with the artistic programme we provide.
The Dock offers a broad, year round programme of high quality visual arts, theatre, literature, performances, music and dance, talks, classes, youth arts, family and child-orientated days and arts leisure/learning activities from the very best of local and visiting artists and we endeavour to ensure that an educational strand is woven into the overall fabric of what we offer. To this end the centre develops classes, masterclasses, workshops and courses many of which are designed specifically with younger audiences in mind. To deliver these programmes we employ professional artists and practitioners who bring knowledge, expertise and a genuine aspiration to make the arts accessible to all through their work. In addition to bespoke educational projects The Dock hosts senior, intermediate and junior youth theatre.
The Dock works both as a receiving and development venue, offering audiences diversity and quality of arts experiences.
!!!! Mullingar Arts Centre
Mullingar Arts Centre’s principle mission is to promote the performing arts through participation, education, engagement and experience of professional performances. In particular to foster an awareness of the arts in young people as participants, students and audience members. There are several different programmes which enable young people engage with the performing arts.
Our regular annual programme for young people includes the following;
Tuition in music, drama and dance to schools via an Education Outreach Programme to primary schools.
The School Show project allows all primary schools stage a large scale production of a popular musical at the centre. All costumes, props, sets, lighting, choreography, music and direction are provided by the centre.
The centre works in collaboration with secondary schools to stage drama and musical productions.
Music in the Classroom gives schoolchildren knowledge of the mechanics of a concert band, and in association with the army band an experience of a concert band performance.
In addition to Stage Schools in Mullingar, the centre operates Stage Schools throughout the Midlands thus allowing equal access to the arts for children in rural villages. All participants take part in stage productions annually.
Access to all dance forms through the three Dance schools are within the centre.
The Youth Group and Mullingar Student Players stage a drama and a large scale musical every year.
!!!! Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo
Ballina Arts Centre is access-driven and participatory in ethos. Since its inception, it has developed and maintained strong links with a number of local community groups, schools and educational organisations.
Ballina Arts Centre is a partner in two highly successful youth arts projects – The Core Youth Music Hub (in partnership with Music Generation Mayo) and Mayo Youth Theatre (in partnership with Mayo County Council).
The Core is a creative space for young musicians, under the auspices of Music Generation Mayo and housed within the centre. At The Core, young musicians can express themselves and work on their music. The building has a dedicated rehearsal space with lots of instruments (including electric guitars, drums, piano and synths, as well as a range of amplification, PA, and studio recording equipment). Members of The Core have access to a range of performance opportunities and industry workshops.
Mayo Youth Theatre was established in 1999, and is based in Ballina Arts Centre. Through the promotion and support of quality youth theatre, emphasising personal and social development, Mayo Youth Theatre provides access to drama for those aged 14 – 20 years old. Opportunities for learning are maximised by linking with other youth theatres, through travel and annual productions. These productions are developed and presented at the centre.
!!!! The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim
The Glens Centre works very closely with local primary and secondary schools. It provides space for weekly theatre workshops for transition year students and also free masterclasses with professional theatre practitioners. We operate two youth theatres, one senior and one junior, from September to April.
Annually, we programme two on-site residencies for primary schools in literature & music. Schools are facilitated with a number of shows in-house whereby they can avail of our auditorium with full technical back-up.
!!!! Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Donegal
Based at Balor Arts Centre, Balor Developmental Community Arts Group (DCA) runs a number of arts in education projects. With the kind support of local, national and international funding bodies, the Balor DCA has a celebrated history in running educational projects across the North West of Ireland.
Music in Action
The Balor DCA provides expert educational music schemes. All of these lesson plans are based on the ‘Primary Schools Curriculum’ arts education text. We believe that learning through the arts enlivens instruction, increases student involvement, and deepens both the meaning and memory of the learning at hand. Our educational music worker is Seamus Curran, who has been involved with Balor in a number of different guises, from musical director to actor. He has worked in primary schools for the last three years on various musical projects. The Balor DCA is delighted to have the opportunity to expand its arts-in-schools programme with Music in Action schemes of work. The Music in Action programme is a blend of music and education that is child-centered and suitable for all ages. The programme takes place over eight weeks with classes of one hour in duration per week. Areas covered include the introduction to musical instruments, song-writing, practice and performance as well as a focus on life skills such as concentration, observation, speaking and listening, co-operation, team building and – most importantly – creative thinking.
Drama in Action
The Drama in Action programme is a blend of drama and education that is child-centered and suitable for all age groups. This programme takes place over eight weeks with classes of one hour in duration each week. Like Music in Action, there is also a focus on life skills, including co-operation and team building and sequencing of ideas. Educational drama can also be used as an effective educational tool to explore issue-based themes, linking with other curriculum subjects such as those covered in the Social, Personal & Heath Education curriculum.
The students who have participated on this programme have shown definite improvements in concentration skills, creative thinking, listening skills, class participation, problem solving and teamwork. The programme allows teachers to experience first-hand the implementation of drama methodologies in their own classrooms.
!!!! The Ark: A Cultural Centre for Children, Dublin
The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children that creates opportunities for children, along with their families and friends or with their school, to discover and love art. Through their work with leading Irish and international artists, children can enjoy performances in their unique child-sized theatre, view engaging exhibitions or participate in creative workshops.
Welcoming audiences from the ages of 2-12, The Ark runs on a programme to programme basis so every visit is different. Activities span across all areas of The Arts including but not limited to, Theatre, Music, Visual Art and Film. While the majority of programming comes directly from The Ark, partnerships with many of the major cultural festivals contributes to the diversity of events offered. Throughout the year you are bound to find a programme to match the tastes and interests of the young people in your lives. For the very young, The Ark offers monthly Seedlings workshops for children from ages 2-4. These are led by an Artist in Residence whose expertise lies in arts and culture for early year’s audience. The art form explored changes with each Artist in Residence.
With dedicated schools events incorporated into much of the main programme, The Ark aims to provide access to the arts to as many children as possible. They aim to facilitate in-the-classroom learning through the provision of resource packs for as many of The Ark’s events as possible and support teachers in their delivery of the curriculum through arts experiences and activities with their class.
The Ark is also dedicated to Continuing Professional Development for both teachers and arts practitioners. They host a wide range and of one day and week long CPD courses throughout the year as well continuing to create new opportunities for artist development.
For up to date information on the current Ark programme, visit their website or give their lovely Visitor Services Team a call on the number below.
!!!! Mermaid Arts Centre
Mermaid Arts Centre opened in 2002. It is a leading space where ideas, creativity, imagination and artistic expression find a natural home. We make and present excellent cultural experiences which delight, engage and inspire.
Mermaid exists as a place of interaction between artists and the public. Artists and audiences are at our heart and we are a space for fun, entertainment and for making and enjoying art. The Centre exists to enrich the communities of County Wicklow, by providing and encouraging participation in quality artistic experiences as a leading centre for the arts in Ireland.
Underlying and informing our vision and our remit are three core pillars of activity:
• CREATE a hub for creative entrepreneurs in Wicklow
• PRESENT wide ranging programme across disciplines
• ENGAGE communities and build networks
This season (and onwards!), Mermaid aims to focus our attention on programmes of activities where we provide opportunities for young people to develop their creative potential with projects like Fighting Words – Youth Playwrights Programme, Spokenword Project and Youth Film Making Project.
Throughout the academic year we partner with the Irish Film Institute to screen films for junior and senior cycle students which include French, Spanish and German films.
!!!! Civic Theatre Tallaght
We at The Civic accept our responsibility as a nationally funded and locally placed arts facility to provide for the citizens in our community. In so doing, we fulfill stated objectives in The Arts Council’s Making Great Art Work, The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Culture 2025 and the government’s legacy programme for 2016, Creative Ireland.
The arts in education charter identifies two strands to arts in education practice: one involving interventions by the arts world into the domain of formal education, and the other involving students engaging with the arts in the public domain, usually in publicly- funded arts venues, both local or national.
The Civic Theatre’s arts in education programme, Tenderfoot is an example of the latter. Tenderfoot is unique in providing a space where young people can make art without restriction. This sacred space is made possible by the collaboration between the arts and education sectors. Tenderfoot, utilising a model of apprenticeship, provides a rare space where the professional artist engages meaningfully with members of the public, in this case young people, resulting in the development of new artistic voices.
Unique in its scale, Tenderfoot works on the model of work experience that underpins most transition year programmes. We provide a three week, full time work experience module for our students in January each year. During that time our young people behave as a youth theatre ensemble, rehearsing, designing and performing a number of the plays that they have written. Plays that reflect their experiences, their lives and how they see the world. These plays perform to two distinct audiences; an audience made up of the young people’s peers and a general theatre audience.
It is estimated that, to date, Tenderfoot has directly and indirectly impacted in excess of 11,000 young people in the South Dublin County Council region.