Art Club Juniors

Opportunities for children to access and engage with a range of cross artform arts activities and artist encounters in visual art, dance, music, literature, and theatre. Our programmes for children provide space for curiosity, experimentation and support individual thinking and investigation. Artists who deliver the programme place emphasis on the creative process, valuing artistic expression and celebrating difference.

We also run many events throughout the year, including workshops with our Artists in Residence, Cruinniú na nÓg, host children’s theatre, puppet and dance performances. 

Look out on our social media platforms, events page and our home page for upcoming opportunities for children to participate.

ART CLUB ‘Takeover’ -  a once off workshop
with Elinor O’Donovan
For children aged 8 to 12 years
Wednesday 14 September 3.30 to 4.45
Fee: €10
9 places

‘Meme Art’ is a drawing workshop for children, based on the card game ‘What Do You Meme’ where participants match funny captions with image cards. In this workshop, the participants will write funny relatable captions for images, and then draw new images based on their captions. Afterwards, all the cards will be gathered up and the participants can have a go at playing the game. 

To play the game, all the caption cards are divided out evenly, and each player takes it in turns to be The Judge each round. The Judge chooses a picture card to be displayed and everyone else chooses a funny caption for the picture from the cards in their hand and hands it face down to The Judge. The Judge reads out all of the funny captions for the image and then chooses the one they think works the best. The person who gave that card to The Judge wins the picture card, and that is one point. The game continues until we run out of time or cards. The person with the most picture cards at the end is the winner.

ART CLUB 6 to 9 years
with Siobhan McGibbon (Term 1) & Sarah Long (Term 2)
Thursdays 3.30 to 4.30
22 September to 27 October 2022 and 10 November to 15 December 2022
Fee: €50 for 6 sessions
8 places
Pre booking and payment in advance essential

ART CLUB 9 to 12 years
with Siobhan McGibbon (Term 1) & Sarah Long (Term 2)
Thursdays 4.45 to 6.00
22 September to 27 October and 10 November to 15 December 2022
Fee: €60 for 6 sessions
9 Places
Pre booking and payment in advance essential.

Art Club is a series of adventurous and experimental workshops for children with a sense of wonder and an interest in exploring visual art. Children are encouraged to experiment, discover self expression, build their skill base and use their imaginations. Each block of six weeks focuses on a theme to explore and investigate.

The workshops are facilitated by professional practicing artists with expertise in work with children.

Term 1 - Wunderkammer: A Universe of Curiosities

Using college, drawing, model making, found objects, and oddities from the animal, vegetal and mineral world, the participants will imaginatively interpret the traditional cabinet of curiosities. These diverse collections will activate stories, memories and surreal universes. 

Siobhan McGibbon
is an Irish visual artist interested in trans disciplinary practice, particularly the intersections between art and medical science. She works conceptually with sculpture, installation, drawing, animation and biomaterials.Dr Siobhan McGibbon is a Visual Artist & world-builder based in West-Cork. Her expression mutates, merging sculpture, animation, drawing & participatory installations. McGibbon has spent 5 years developing the world of Xenophon to query the possibilities of a good Anthropocene, as part of her practice-based, research- led PhD.   McGibbon originally trained in sculpture in the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology where she completed her degree, receiving a first class honors and Sculpture Student of the Year. In 2014 McGibbon was awarded a Limerick Capital of Culture scholarship to undertake a practice based research masters in the ACADEMY research center at Limerick School of Art and Design.

Sarah Long is a practicing visual artist in Co. Cork. She is a recent BA Honours Fine Arts Degree graduate from the Crawford College of Art and Design.

Elinor O’Donovan is an emerging multidisciplinary artist from Cork City whose work responds to internet culture, meme humour, cartoons and comedy. She makes playful digital collages, sculptures, drawings, and installations which investigate various forms of popular culture, referencing tv tropes, internet memes and dad jokes. In 2021, she presented her first solo exhibition in Cork City titled Brain Worms following her Graduate Studio Residency at Sample-Studios, Cork. In 2021, she received the Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary Award, the Arts Council Agility Award, Cork City Council Individual Artist Bursary Award and the inaugural Cork International Film Festival Commission Award.

Listen to the Art Club podcast below, created by Gavin Buckley, who interviewed the children and artists who take part in art club. 

Tuesday 13 September to 6 December (excluding 1 November) 2022
Fee: €60 for 12 Sessions
For children aged 8 to 12 (1st to 6th class). No previous experience is required. 
This will operate an application process with limited numbers. 

These lively drama workshops focus on improvisation, promoting creative thinking, enhancing self-esteem and building confidence. Drama Club is a great way to meet new friends.

Rusty Frog Juniors share their drama experiences with family and friends at the end of each term. Intended to be fun and inclusive these exclusive events take place in the studio at Uillinn.


Facilitator Maxine Acton is a graduate of UCC’s Drama and Theatre Studies degree programme and currently undertaking a research masters in adapting contemporary writing for Irish theatre. She has worked with UCC Youth Theatre and with Youth Theatre Ireland. She is also an actress and singer and has performed in many venues from the CAT Club to The National Concert Hall. 

See this short video created by Alison Glennie, drama club facilitator (1999 to 2019), which shows just some of the activities enjoyed by Rusty Frog Junior participants.

ALAN FOLEY ACADEMY OF DANCE (AFAD) promotes dance as a vibrant and enjoyable art form through classes, workshops and performances in ballet, jazz and modern dance for 3 to 18 year olds. 

Annual performances, featuring professional dancers in The Everyman in Cork are an integral part of the programme. This term we welcome Alan Foley back to deliver the programme at Uillinn, bringing his high level of expertise choreography and musicality to engage the children and explore ways of learning the discipline of Ballet and Modern dance. 

AFAD is part of Cork City Ballet (CCB) which embraces a policy of engaging dancers from international companies as well as Ireland's finest classical and contemporary dancers, to perform to audiences all over Ireland. The Company has worked in partnership with West Cork Arts Centre for over 31 years, developing programmes for children which offer continuous academic development and engagement with professional dancers. 

TERM 1 - 7 September 2022 to 18 January 2023 (ex. 2 Nov, 14, 21 & 28 Dec 2022 & 4 Jan 2023) - 15 Sessions

TERM 2 – 25 January 2023 to 24 May 2023 (ex. 15 Feb, 5 & 12 April) – 15 Sessions

Dance Offering 2023 on Sunday 28 May at 5pm The Everyman Theatre Cork (rehearsal in Clonakilty Saturday 27 May 2 to 5pm)

3.30 – 4.15 Primary Ballet (age 4 to 6) €180
4.15 – 5.15 Junior Ballet (Age 7 to 10) €210
5.15 – 6.30 Senior Ballet (age 11+) €240
6.30 - 7.30 Senior Jazz/Modern (age 11+) €210
€360 euro for Senior Ballet & Senior Jazz

Founded in 1991, the Alan Foley Academy of Dance has branches in Skibbereen, Bantry, Clonakilty and Carrigaline. Under the direction of Alan Foley, the School offers a complete range of classes for young children and teens who wish to pursue recreational dance instruction in a supportive and encouraging setting. More info HERE



Images above: Art Club photograph by Sharon Dipity. Art Club video by Siobhan McGibbon,  Alan Foley Academy of Dance, photograph by Emma Jervis Photographer. 



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