Your Gallery at School

An artist drawing with three school students in a Your Gallery at School workshop

Call for participants

Applications accepted 29 August–15 September 2022

We are delighted to bring art to classrooms across the country again this year with Your Gallery at School, an innovative education initiative supported by SMBC Aviation Capital.

We invite primary and post-primary schools to apply for Round 2 of Your Gallery at School.

  • The deadline to apply is 5pm on 15 September 2022
  • Workshops will take place November 2022–June 2023

Apply now

  • Only schools who have not visited the National Gallery of Ireland in the past three years are eligible to apply.
  • If you need the form or this information in any other format, or have any questions, please contact Catherine O’Donnell on 0876436310 / [email protected]
  • The deadline to apply is 5pm on Thursday 15 September 2022. We will let you know if you have been successful by Monday 3 October 2022.

Online application form

Please click on this link to complete the online application form for Your Gallery at School.

Preview of application-form questions

Here's a preview of the questions we ask on the online application form. Read through the questions before completing the online application form.

  • School name    
  • School address    
  • County
  • Lead contact name    
  • Phone number    
  • Email address    
  • Has your school visited the National Gallery of Ireland in the past 3 years for a tour or workshop?
  • Is your school Primary / Post-Primary / Special School / Youthreach / Other?
  • Is your school a DEIS school?
  • Is your school a boys school?
  • Is your school located over 2 hours away from Dublin?    
  • If you are successful in your application, please indicate when you would like the workshops to take place: November–December 2022; January–February 2023; March–April 2023; May–June 2023?
  • Tell us about your school. Why would your school like to participate in the programme? (max. 200 words)
  • Tell us about your students. How would the programme benefit your students? (max. 200 words)
  • Is your school involved in any other arts initiatives or programmes (eg Creative Schools)? (max. 100 words)
  • Is there any other relevant information or comments you wish to add to your application? (max. 100 words)

Personal data  

By submitting your application, you confirm that you understand that any personal data that you have supplied to us as part of this application will be processed by us in accordance with our Privacy Notice. It is necessary for us to process this information in order to: administer your application; and, if successful, send you relevant information about the programme. Any personal data will be stored securely by the Gallery for 1 year after your application or participation (as relevant) and then will be deleted, unless we are legally obliged to hold onto it for longer.

    Key project dates in 2022

    • 29 August: Round 2 applications open (for workshops taking place November 2022–June 2023)
    • 15 September: Deadline for Round 2 applications
    • 19–30 September: Applications assessed
    • 3 October: Schools informed of outcome 
    • 3–20 October: Successful schools paired with lead facilitators to plan tailored programme of workshops
    • November 2022–June 2023: Workshops delivered 


    School students sit on floor in front of a large oil painting as a woman wearing a face mask speaks to them
    Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2021Credit

    Round 1 participants in 2022

    Round 1 applications were accepted 24 January–18 February 2022, and the following schools were selected:

    • St Paul’s Special School, Cork
    • Scoil Náisiúnta Leitir Mealláin, Co. Galway
    • St Brigid's & St Patrick's National School, Drogheda, Co. Louth
    • St Colmcille's Primary School, Templemore, Co. Tipperary
    • Mount Sion CBS Secondary School, Waterford
    • Enniscorthy Community College, Co. Wexford

    These schools have been taking part in workshops (March–October 2022) appropriate for the students’ ages and school levels, covering the following areas:

    • Learning through and about art: a practical workshop inspired by the national collection.
    • Wellbeing: a sensory session focusing on slow looking and mindfulness.
    • Creative Careers: a talk and Q&A with Gallery staff and an established artist, enabling students to learn about a variety of arts careers.

    About the initiative

    Supported by SMBC Aviation Capital, Your Gallery at School aims to break down the barriers that prevent engagement with the arts through holistic programming that ensures children transition to adulthood equipped with the life-changing benefits of art. We also aim to build in students a sense of ownership of their National Gallery so they have a positive place to turn to in adulthood. Engagement occurs in three key strands: learning through and about art, wellbeing, and creative careers.

    As children transition through school and on to adulthood in their personal and professional lives, creativity and innovation are transferrable and valuable skills. Art education also offers hope, the confidence and belief that children can create a life of curiosity and engagement with the world. Art can help to give young people all of these skills and attitudes. However, many children in Ireland today experience barriers to engaging with the arts. If a child does not engage with art in their childhood, studies show they are unlikely to do so as adults.

    Partner schools

    Over the course of 2022–23, we will work with schools who would not usually be able to visit the Gallery. Participating schools will be selected via an open application process.

    Selected schools will not have visited the Gallery in the past three years and will be from one or more of three key groups:

    1. DEIS schools to address socio-economic barriers to accessing culture.
    2. Boys' schools to address the gender barrier to accessing culture.
    3. Schools geographically far away (over 2 hours away from Dublin) to address the geographic barrier to accessing culture.


    The Gallery will collaborate with each school to identify a class or group of students to work with, who need most support with successful transitions. Each school will be paired with an artist who will develop a package of three workshops appropriate for the students’ age and school level, covering the following areas:

    1. Learning through and about art: a practical workshop inspired by the national collection.
    2. Wellbeing: a sensory session focusing on slow looking and mindfulness.
    3. Creative Careers: a talk and Q&A with Gallery staff, and an established artist, enabling students to learn about a variety of arts careers.

    Due to the global pandemic, in order to ensure project continuity and successful, safe completion, these workshops will be configured in a flexible ‘future proof’ manner, mindful of all government guidelines and in dialogue with both schools and facilitators. Workshops may take place physically or digitally.

    By participating in the project you agree to assist them with their research and for your school to feature in publicity.

    Meet the 2021 participants!

    Post-primary participants

    In this short video, post-primary students, teachers and artists share their experiences of Your Gallery at School workshops which took place in autumn/winter 2021. The post-primary participants were: Coláiste Mhichíl, Co. Limerick; Ennistymon Vocational School, Co. Clare; and Youthreach Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

    Primary schools

    In this short video, we talk to the three primary schools, selected following an open application process, who participated in workshops in spring/summer 2021. The participating schools were Scoil Chiaráin CBS, Dublin 5; Cliffoney National School, Sligo; and Donagh National School, Donegal.

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