Your Gallery at School

Two teens drawing together at the Creative Schools event in the Gallery
Photographer: Liam KidneyCredit

Announcement!

We are delighted to announce the names of the six schools that will be participating in Round 1 of Your Gallery at School this year! This holistic outreach programme, supported by SMBC Aviation Capital, brings the National Gallery of Ireland directly to schools.

Following an open application process, the following schools have been selected for Round 1:

  • 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 will take 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.

There will be further opportunities for schools to apply for Your Gallery at School in August 2022 and in 2023.

Meet the schools, below!

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St Paul’s Special School, CorkCredit

St Paul’s Special School, Cork

“We are so honoured to be chosen by the National Gallery for this programme. Here in St Paul's we love nothing more than having the corridors filled with our artistic efforts. The prospect of having an artist come work with us and help us learn more about the sensory possibilities of art couldn't come at a better time. After two long years of bubbles and pods, we are bursting with excitement to welcome a visitor to our school. We're looking forward to fresh ideas to take us on fresh sensory adventures, we really can't wait to get stuck in!”

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Scoil Náisiúnta Leitir Mealláin, Co. GalwayCredit

Scoil Náisiúnta Leitir Mealláin, Co. Galway

“Tá muid thar a bheith sásta anseo i SN Leitir Mealláin a bheith roghnaithe ag Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann, a bheith mar chuid den togra Your Gallery at School  agus tá muid ag súil go mór leis. Míle buíochas ó ghasúir agus foireann na scoile.”

"We are delighted here in Lettermullen to have been chosen by the National Gallery of Ireland for the project Your Gallery At School and we are very looking forward to it. The pupils and staff here at the school are very grateful."

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St Brigid's & St Patrick's National School, Drogheda, Co. LouthCredit

St Brigid's & St Patrick's National School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

"Here, in St Brigid's & St Patrick's School, we are thrilled to be given the opportunity to take part in Your Gallery at School. Our children will be learning through art and about art. We know it will benefit their well-being and their education, and we hope it may inspire them to consider a career in art."

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St Colmcille's Primary School, Templemore, Co. TipperaryCredit

St Colmcille's Primary School, Templemore, Co. Tipperary

"Everybody at St Colmcille's are thrilled to welcome the National Gallery of Ireland into our school. This programme will present an opportunity to our students to engage with, access and learn through art and open their eyes to real life artists and the National Gallery which may not have been possible for them before now."

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Mount Sion CBS Secondary School, WaterfordCredit

Mount Sion CBS Secondary School, Waterford

"We are delighted to be chosen by the  National Gallery to be part of the Your Gallery at School programme. Being part of the programme means that our students with additional learning needs can easily access artworks from the Gallery. As a DEIS school, taking part in the programme helps us to deliver equality of opportunity to our students. We are excited to meet our assigned artist."

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Enniscorthy Community College, Co. WexfordCredit

Enniscorthy Community College, Co. Wexford

“We at Enniscorthy Community College are over the moon to participate in the Your Gallery at School programme. Our T.Y.s are super excited and feel very lucky to have this opportunity."

Key project dates in 2022

We will initially work with six schools in Round 1, with workshops taking place March–October 2022. There will be further opportunities to apply in August and in 2023 (date TBC).

  • 7–12 March: Successful schools paired with lead facilitators to plan tailored programme of workshops
  • March–October: Workshops delivered (NB: dates will be based on school and artist availability. Schools may opt to spread workshops over a few weeks/months, or have them all in the same week) 
  • 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 2021–June 2022: Workshops delivered 

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.

Workshops

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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Your Gallery at School is supported by SMBC Aviation Capital.

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