Cruinniú na nÓg 2022: ‘Make Space’ for Art this June!

by Rose Barrett
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 Rose Barrett

Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 takes place this June 11 and to celebrate the importance of art in early childhood, Fingal County Council, Draíocht and Creative Ireland are collaborating to present ‘Make Space’ – a visually rich, sensory play space for children and families. 

Experienced art educators Anne Bradley and Anne Cradden unite to present this unique space for creative play!

Make Space is designed by Anne Bradley to enable the exploration of a variety of materials – wood, stone, sand, mirrors, modelling clay, fabric – and processes – weaving, plaiting, pouring, mark-making, pattern-making, arranging, observing, rearranging.

Ms Bradley is an educator with a background in art practice. Working as a primary teacher in the area of additional needs, she is interested in exploring and researching innovative and creative pedagogical approaches.

Make Space provides a contemplative, reflective place encouraging children and their adults to explore a variety of natural materials considering their physical qualities: weight, texture, colour, sound. Participants are invited to consider how these everyday materials make up the natural and built environment around us.

They are encouraged to manipulate and explore the characteristics of the materials through pouring, weaving, tracing, mark making, arranging.

Artist and educator Anne Cradden will be present to guide and encourage children in their exploration of the materials.

She is an experienced early years’ practitioner and has spent the last 6 years as artist in residence at Tyrrelstown ETNS as part of Fingal County Council’s innovative Room 13 Inquiry where she and the children collaborated in a shared studio practice.

The space also provides a place for relaxing, open-ended, shared play and the opportunity for quiet, reflective conversation. 

Workshop Times

Saturday, June 11

10.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 2.30pm

 Wednesday June 15

10.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 2.30pm

 Saturday,  June 18

10.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 2.30pm 

 The events will be hosted at Draíocht, Blanchardstown, catering for children aged three years and up, accompanied by their families

Draíocht accepts bookings in person, by phone and online. Box Office 01 885 2622; open hours Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm or online at The space will also be open to the public from Saturday June 11 to Friday 24 June during gallery hours.

See details of FCC’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 programme at:

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