A Space to Create
The Hugh Lane Gallery’s collaboration with the Foundations Project sought to oﬀer children caught up in the uncertainty of living in temporary accommodation opportunities for enjoying the creative space and immersion in the cultural life of their city, Dublin. Following initial conversations between the Foundations Project, a CDETB and HSE initiative for people using homeless services, and the Hugh Lane’s education department, a series of artist-led workshops for children took place at the Hugh Lane. These summer workshops explored the vibrant colours of paintings in Anne Madden’s exhibition Ariadne’s Thread, story-telling in Harry Clarke’s stained glass masterpiece The Eve of St Agnes and the atmospheric landscape of William Stott of Oldham’s October Morning. As well as looking at and discussing these artworks, the children experimented with diﬀerent art forms in the Hugh Lane’s dedicated education studio space. Following on from these summer workshops, a series of after-school artist-led workshops for children participating in the Foundations Project took place from September 2017 to June 2018. During their visits to the Hugh Lane, the children explored sculptural forms, construction, printmaking, drawing, painting and meditative walking having looked at the work of artists such as Nathaniel Hone, Walter Osborne, Sean Scully, Yinka Shonibare, Niki de Saint Phalle and Francis Bacon among others. In autumn and winter, these twice weekly workshops were aimed at 4-7 year olds and 7-10 year olds. In February and March, the artist-led workshops for the younger children moved to the Foundation Project’s community space at Tilly’s on Cathal Brugha Street. There, reflecting the original purpose of the building, the playful idea of a shop and market place was explored. Having returned to the gallery’s education space from April to June the concept of Spring and its varied connotations from a season and nature, to a water source, as well as movement and vitality inspired the visits.
As the gallery for the city of Dublin, the Hugh Lane’s connectivity with Dublin’s communities is one of its main priorities. In our learning programmes, children are oﬀered opportunities for understanding and contributing to the artistic life that surrounds them by engaging with artworks in the collection as well as exploring their own creative potential. There is also the opportunity for enjoying a beautiful civic space that is open and free. Looking at and making art contributes to all aspects of learning. Involvement in our community’s cultural life is an important element in enhancing children’s sense of belonging. By making the gallery more permeable, community engagement projects can enrich the lives of children, contribute towards mutual understanding and broaden horizons for all.
The beautifully illustrated publication A Space to Create celebrating the artwork made by the children during artist-led workshops at the Hugh Lane Gallery was launched by The Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring at the Hugh Lane Gallery on 21 May 2019. A Space to Create can be viewed here.
For further information please contact Jessica O'Donnell, Head of Education and Community Outreach, Hugh Lane Gallery. E. JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING