Young People

Our programmes provide a unique space for young people to develop a critical attitude towards society and to question and celebrate through making and participating. They provide artform choice in visual arts, dance, theatre and access for young people to engage with artists on residence and cross platform exploration.

We have been working to expand our access to the arts for Young People influenced and steered by our Young Peoples Committee, ‘Guerrilluinn’s’. The group gives voice to ideas in relation to building and participating in our programmes at Uillinn and is facilitated by staff and artists working on the programme. 

In a brainstorming session back in the spring of 2022, the ‘Guerrilluinn’s’ devised a project with the aim of increasing access to the arts for more young people in west cork and voicing their thoughts and ideas through an exciting and ambitious multimedia public art project that challenges perceptions of what art can be.

Beginning in September 2022 Uillinn's young peoples programme took a multi-disciplinary approach to build artform bridges, increase access, upskill and explore industry links to create a joint temporary public artwork in Skibbereen. The project called FREEDOM was lead by Guerrilluinn’s who were in studio residency from 7 November 2022 to 28 January 2023..

All spaces will be inclusive, welcome young people from diverse backgrounds and be LGBTQ+ and ally default. Additional opportunities will take place throughout the autumn including LCYP training and inclusion of SPICE project at IMMA, Guerrilluinn’s sessions, Artist in Residence talks and YTI Creative Youth Facilitation Training.

8 places, €20 Membership
8 Sessions (6 facilitated sessions and 2 peer to peer sharing sessions)
30 January to 24 April (ex. 6 & 13 Feb and 3 & 10 April)
Danae Wollen - 30 January & 27 February
Imna Pavon - 20 February 
Tara Brandel - 6 March
Elaine McClauge (Loosysmokes) - Dates TBC
Circus Factory - Dates TBC

For young people with some movement or dance experience to attend both facilitated and peer to peer sharing sessions and experiment with Choreography in contemporary dance.


With facilitator Maxine Acton
Tuesday 17 January to 28 March (ex. 14 February)
Tuesdays 6:00pm to 7:30pm with a view to running until 8pm later in the term
Age 13 to 18 (Second level students)
Membership Fee €60 per term (first session is free) for 10 Sessions
14 places

Rusty Frog is WCAC's Youth Theatre for teenagers which produces original, high-quality and exciting theatre. The programme includes: weekly training workshops in acting, improvisation, stagecraft, voice, script work, street theatre, puppetry, physical theatre, clowning, dance, percussion, devising, writing, directing and technical skills. It also includes an annual theatre production, theatre trips and participation in the national Youth Theatre Festival. Youth Theatre is a unique blend of youth work with a professional theatre approach - it builds confidence, creativity and communication skills. The YT programme focuses on the development and empowerment of its members as well as developing their theatre skills. 

No experience is necessary, just commitment.

Maxine 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. She believes youth theatre is a hugely important amenity for young people, especially in the more rural areas and is very excited to be joining Rusty Frog Youth Theatre and Rusty Frog Juniors.
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Here is what some of our members have to say: 
"Personally I love youth theatre. It offers me a chance to make new friends and I know I can express myself without getting judged" 
 "I really really enjoyed it, Its a safe space for acting and just expression in general" 
"Its very fun and rewarding. I can be myself" 
"I loved Youth Theatre. I felt it was a really great space to be in."

Image: Animal Farm Rehearsals Rusty Frog Youth Theatre, photo by Zenda Williams

Rusty Frog Youth Theatre is supported by the Arts Council and Cork County Council.

with Tomasz Madajczak & Guest Artists
Fridays 20 January to 3 March 2023 (ex. 17 February)
4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Ages 14 to 18 years
Fee: €20 membership

Draw Mind Matters is an innovative art project which invites young people to express their experience of life in Ireland today through drawing, painting, photography, and street art working towards a multidisciplinary collective project with artist Tomasz Madajczak and guest artists. 



Artist Tomasz Madajczak has worked with art and education for 15 years, facilitating art workshops for children, teenagers and adults. The combination of art and education plays a crucial role in developing deep interest and curiosity in young people, to enable them to explore and widen their life perspectives. Recent projects for children are:  Art in Action and Inside Out, both at Uillinn: West Cork Art Centre, 2020; Sztuka Stuka, MOOS Municipal Art Gallery, Gorzów, Wlkp. Poland, 2019; and artists collaboration Mapping The Divideperformance at Uillinn, 2019. Tomasz studied Photography at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznań 1998-2003 completing an MAFA in the Intermedia Department. Tomasz emigrated to Ireland in 2003 where he has been a practicing artist since.


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. 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.

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 details here on booking, times and fees. Alan Foley Academy of Dance (Ballet, Modern and Jazz)




Images: Rusty Frog Youth Theatre, photograph by Zenda Williams. Alan Foley Academy of Dance, Dance Performance Class students preparing for Ballet Gala 2022 at Uillinn. Draw Mind Matters Image by Tomasz Madajczak. Video created by Draw Mind Matters participants in 2022 with artist Tomasz Madajczak



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