What does Arts in Education practice look like? Read about the processes and partnerships behind current projects happening around Ireland.

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Finding the Common Thread

2022 Portal Documentation Award recipients, visual artist Vera McEvoy & teacher Breeda Kenny share with us their collaboration with the 6th class pupils of St Kilian’s National School, Mullagh, Co Cavan.

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The Inside Stories

"The Inside Stories" is a visual arts project led by artist Shona McGillivray and teacher Michelle O’Halloran in St Anne's School, Ennis. This project was an opportunity for children with ASD to express their interests and individuality through art.

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Mask On Mask Off, Sligo Grammar School photo installation

Mask On/Mask Off

“Mask On/Mask Off” is a photography project led by Teacher/Artist Máire Hynes in Sligo Grammar School. The project records the impact of Covid-19 on life in school from September 2020.

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Mozilla Hibs Exhibition

ABC of the Three Muses – Virtual Museum

Visual Artist Jo-Anne Hine collaborators with three schools in Limerick to creativity connect with museums and galleries virtually during 2020, creating a virtual museum using Mozilla Hubs as part of the ABC of The Three Muses project.

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Playing the music score

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) Project – The Lonely Traveller

2020 Portal Documentation Award recipients, composer Fiona Linnane & teacher Jacintha Mullins share with us their collaboration with the pupils of the Mid-West School for the Deaf Limerick.



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Performance Day - Songs for Our Times

Songs For Our Times – An Intergenerational Intercultural Music Project

Musician Ruti Lachs collaborated with Bandonbridge National School and Bandon Daycare Centre in this intergenerational project that explored music, culture and immigration.

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Weaving the Walk

Visual Artist Annabel Konig collaborates with teacher Brenda Binions and the pupils of St Patrick's N.S, Co. Carlow on an exploration into the natural environment, textures and weaving.

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The Wall of Happiness from A Day in the Life of Rathkeale exhibition, Limerick and Clare Local Creative Youth Partnership

A Day in the Life of Rathkeale

Photographic artist Stephen Lappin and Limerick Youth Service Coordinator Lisa Quirke share their collaboration with young people in Rathkeale Youth Space, supported by the Limerick and Clare Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP).

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Irish Myths & Legends

Visual Artist Annabel Konig collaborates with teacher Brenda Binions and the pupils of St Patrick's N.S, Co. Carlow on an exploration into the natural environment, textures and weaving, supported by CRAFTed and Wexford Education Centre.

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‘Asking For It’

The Abbey's Community and Education Manager Phil Kingston and Actor Aoibheann McCaul share with us their collaboration with students from six post-primary schools in Dublin and Wicklow on a series of workshops supporting the production of 'Asking For It' at The Abbey Theatre.

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Detail of finished artwork installed at Galway Arts Centre for Baboro International Children's Arts Festival, October 2018

Human Being and Human Becoming

A collaborative commission with artist Siobhan McGibbon and 3rd class children from Scoil Chroí Íosa, exploring imaginative future possibilities for the human body, in partnership with with Galway Arts Centre and Baboró International Arts.

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Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) Project – Cave Dweller

Printmaker John Busher and teacher Liselott Olofsson share their collaboration with the 1st Class pupils of Gaelscoil Osraí, Co. Kilkenny investigating local folklore and oral histories as part of the Teacher - Artist Partnership (TAP) initiative.

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Image copyright Teacher -Artist Partnership - Teacher Vera McGrath & Artist Claire Halpin - Scoil Náisiúnta Muire gan Smál, Cartown, Co.Louth

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) Project – Scoil Náisiúnta Muire gan Smál

Portal Documentation Award recipients, artist Claire Halpin & teacher Vera McGrath share with us their work with the pupils of Scoil Náisiúnta Muire gan Smálas on the Teacher - Artist (TAP) Project.

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Image copyright TAP - Teacher Jennifer Buggy collaborating with pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School, Portlaoise, Co. Laois as part of a TAP with artist Joanna Parkes

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) Project – Donal of Dunamase and the mighty boar of Ballyfriar

Portal Documentation Award recipients, Drama facilitator Joanna Parkes & teacher Jennifer Buggie share with us their work with the pupils of Sacred Heart School, Portlaoise as part of TAP.

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Creative Generations – O’Connell CBS P.S. with artist Maria McKinney

Artist Maria McKinney with the teachers and pupils of O'Connell CBS Primary School discuss their collaboration project as part of the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Creative Generations programme.

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Creative Generations – Synge Street CBS collaboration with Andreas Kindler

Artist Andreas Kindler von Knobloch & Arts Teacher Maria Wright Slattery discuss their collaborative project with the TY students at Synge Street CBS, Dublin City.

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Paddy Red Downey and the Voice in the Dream

Artists Annie Callaghan & Robbie Perry and primary school teachers Andrea Malone & Catherine Mc Guirk discuss their storytelling project which used music, art and drama.

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Myself and My Friends

Artist Helen Barry and teacher Mary Bennett share with us their work with the students of Scoil Mhuire Ógh 1, Dublin as part of the Teacher-Artist Partnership as a Model of CPD.





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‘What Big Eyes You’ve Got…’

An exciting programme for early years and their parents with the pupils that focuses on the creative exploration of the five senses: taste, smell, touch, sound, and sight.

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A Sensory Experience of Place

'A Sensory Experience of Place' included artist Lisa Cahill, teacher Leanne Kyle and the pupils of P2 & 3 Aughnacloy P.S. Co. Tyrone.The project is part of the Virtually There artist-in-residence project managed by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership.




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IAF National Architects in School Programme

Architect Emily Power and teacher Derek O’Brien discuss their architecture in the community project with Transition Year students in Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore, Waterford.

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Virtually There with St Patrick’s P.S. Co Armagh

Artist Sharon Kelly and teacher Fionnuala Hughes from at St Patrick’s PS, Co. Armagh, talk about their explorations for this phase of the Virtually There Project around the idea of balance.

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CREATIVE DANCE TALES – A Digital Resource for Teachers and Dance Artists

Artist Philippa Donnellan and lecturers Susan Marron, Dr Frances Murphy and Dr Maura Coulter about their project which nurtured storytelling through dance.


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A Space To Grow

Artist Helen Barry and teacher Sharon Smyth discuss their multi-art form project with St. Raphaela’s Primary School, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

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Build Your Own Unknown

"Build Your Own Unknown" is a collaboration between Artist Louise Manifold, Cregmore NS and TULCA partnering with The Marine Institute.

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A Journey with our Children

An early years documentation project with Artist Lucy Hill and Woodland Park Preschool, Westport.

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Our Place: An art project with children living in direct provision

Our Place was a project that sought to offer a marginalized section of our community a creative and positive experience within a museum environment.

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As part of the Fingal 2016 Centenary Programme, Fingal County Council’s Arts Office worked in partnership with Fingal Curator Cleo Fagan, founder of Superprojects*, to provide a unique arts-in-education initiative for two post-primary schools in Fingal titled Waves.

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‘Dublin Ships’ Public Art Engagement Programme

The project engaged withchildren in response to a public artwork. It explored questions about potential forms of art & public art as well as themes relevant to the work such as technology, infrastructure, philosophy, locality.

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The Easter Rising Dance Project

Dance artist Maria Svensson worked with teacher Marie O’Connell and 3rd class children from Ardfert National School, Tralee, Co. Kerry to explore the theme of the Easter Rising through a creative exploration of movement and dance.

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100 Year History Project – Children as researchers

A creative commemoration project, engaging children and teachers from 10 schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland with the Decade of Commemorations, through research and creative activity alongside a professional artist and writer.

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(c) Vanya Lambrecht Ward. Courtesy of Kids' Own

Virtually There

Artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward collaborates with children from Ardfert National School, Tralee, via video conferencing technology.

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Tenderfoot Project, courtesy of Civic Theatre


Theatre practitioner Veronica Coburn works with transition year students in Tallaght and Cavan/ Monaghan to develop theatre-making and performance skills.

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Room 13 (c) Fingal Arts Office

Room 13

Artists Órla Kelly and Anne Cradden work with Scoil Bhríde Cailíní and Tyrrelstown Education Together, supported by Fingal County Arts Office.

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(c) Danny Moynihan, courtesy Irish Architecture Foundation

National Architects in Schools Initiative

Architect Seán Antóin Ó Muirí works with Danny Moynihan and young people from Scoil Choilm, Ballincollig as part of the national Architects in Schools Initiative.

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Full concentration (c) Helen Barry

Learning About Learning

Artist Helen Barry works with Teacher Joanna McCallig and Junior Infant children from Dominican National School, Dun Laoghaire.

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(c) Ciara Harrison


Artist Ciara Harrison works with children from St Mary's Junior National School and teacher Judy Lawler.

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Big Bang. Image (c) Brian Farrell

The Big Bang

Brian Irvine works with young composers in County Sligo to develop new musical compositions, performed by Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta and Music Generation Sligo Choir.

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Image (c) Abbey Theatre

Theatre Making and Citizenship

Sarah Fitzgibbon works with Máire O'Higgins and students from Larkin Community College to develop civic, cultural and social connections through theatre-making.

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(c) Jennie Guy

Thinking Visual

Curator Jennie Guy and Artists John Beattie and Sven Anderson work with young people from Blessington Community College, supported by Wicklow County Arts Office

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'Materials' (c) Fingal County Council Arts Office

Artful Dodgers

A unique early years arts education programme taking place in two community crèche services in Fingal, north county Dublin.

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Cluas le hÉisteacht (c) Maree Hensey

Cluas le hÉisteacht

A year long process-led engagement and partnership between the second year students of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Dingle, their art teacher Brenda Ní Fhrighill and artist Maree Hensey.

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Graffiti Theatre Company's 'After Dark'

Doctor Darkness

Graffiti Theatre Company collaborated with six schools to deliver educational drama workshops in County Cork.

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Cubes and Compromise

Visual artist Helen Barry engaged in a 12week collaborative residency with 1st class children in the Muslim National School, Clonskeagh. Together they explored components of Islamic art and design using a cross-curricular approach.

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Outdoor painting

Úlla Beag: Print media project

An early-years collaboration exploring the integration of visual print media into Aistear and Siolta.

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Finding our way

A collaborative dance artist in residence programme, co-ordinated by the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education.

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