Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is a collaboration between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ, and is part of the Government’s #InThisTogether campaign which is supporting everyone to stay connected, stay active and look after our physical and mental wellbeing. In light of the public health restrictions currently in force, the Creative Ireland Programme and its partners have developed a number of creative, cultural and engaging “calls to action” which children, young people – indeed entire families – can create in their own homes and gardens on Saturday 13 June. https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/
Art + Artists
Uillinn invited twelve primary school students to take part in a five week project with Artist in Residence and Public Engagement Assistant Kate McElroy. Using Uillinn’s Exhibition and Gallery Archive as a reference, Kate selected ten artists (one for each child) who have exhibited at Uillinn from the archives. Each participating child received a package by post, that included paints, a small sketchbook, a canvas, an object relating to their selected artist's work and some questions to help them think about their artwork. Kate also facilitated two online workshops (Zoom) where the children and their parents could develop their ideas and inspiration together. The final work was shared as an online exhibition for Cruinniú na nÓg on 13 June.
The Quarantíní Choir
Uillinn invited 12 young people between 8 and 17 years to participate in a virtual choir with musical director Liz Clark for Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 13 June at 11:30am. With 12 young people signed up, they had been sent the lyrics to 3 songs which they sang together virutally using Zoom and recorded. This will then be shared when it is mastered and edited.
A group of seven young artists aged 13 to 15 years are working with Tomasz Madajcak, an artist whose work explores the outer reaches of drawing and digital photography on a project called ‘Inside-Out’. Together they will use drawing and digital photography to explore the outdoor environment, meeting both online and in a distanced outdoor session to research and make new work from their experiences. Their progress was shared online as part of Uillinn’s programme for Cruinniu na nÓg, Saturday 13 June. You can see their progress here:
Other activities for Cruinniú na nÓg include a release of the archive Uillinn Connect programme by Stella Gilfert and Kate McElroy, and an online Film Screening of PreCognition, a short animated film on climate change made last year by Transition Years students at Skibbereen Community School working with artist Siobhán McGibbon.
You can watch PreCognition here: