Primary Schools

Sensing Place

Sensing Place was Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre’s 2020 Primary Schools programme, taking the point of inspiration from three Uillinn resident Artists; Mary Sullivan, Pascal Ungerer and Kate McElroy the selected primary schools explored a variety of different ways that place can be explored through Art.The three artists display how a theme such as place can be viewed in different ways and approached through a variety of different media. Pascal uses paint to capture places on the edge of rural and urban. Kate uses photography and found objects to capture a sense of a place in flux. Mary uses performance to respond to specific places often in her home place of Bere Island.

Sensing Place offered 3 primary school, with pupils from 3rd – 6th class an opportunity to encounter artworks of varying media and explore their meaning, developing pupils looking and responding skills under the guidance of Public Engagement Assistant and Artist Kate

 McElroy. Unable to do gallery or studio visits, Kate shared videos of the artists from their studios for students to get a sense of the work and where possible bring items of artwork to the classroom.

 As part of Sensing Place, Kate delivered a Zoom teachers meetup, a zoom brainstorming workshop with the class,  an outdoors workshop/Zoom workshop with postal package for the class and worked with teachers and students to curate an exhibition of their work viewable at Uillinn Galeries from 30 January - 14 March, 2021 and as a rolling exhibition on our social media channels.

Pascal Ungerer, 'Foreshadows', Oil on board
Mary Sullivan, 'Breathe', Image Credit: Jed Niezgoda








Primary School Tours

Guided tours of the exhibitions are available for Primary School groups at all times of year. Tours cost €2 per student or €3 if you want to include a practical activity and booking is essential.

For more information on any of our Primary School Programmes contact Kate McElroy by email at




Top Image: Kate McElroy gives tour with Primary School students, installation The Past is a Foreign Country by Anita Groener.
Middle from right: Students working Uillinn workshop, Our Lady of Mercy, Bantry NS, 2nd class artwork, Urhans NS artwork. 
Below: Kate McElroy shows Primary school students Discovery Box by Artist Sarah Ruttle created in response to The Past is a Foreign Country
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