Artwork created by children using homeless services to be unveiled

by Rachel Darcy

A new publication created by children using homeless services is to be unveiled in the Hugh Lane Gallery tomorrow.

‘A Space to Create’ is an illustrated publication celebrating the creativity of children who participated in artist-led workshops in a collaborative project between the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Foundations Project, an initiative for people using homeless services. 

The publication will be launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Tuesday May 21 at 3.15pm.

A series of twenty-six art workshops for children aged between 4 and 12 was curated by the Gallery, where children experimented with different art forms from printing to painting and more.

Speaking about the launch the Lord Mayor said: “‘A Space to Create’ is a beautiful, fully illustrated publication documenting the creativity of children participating in the Hugh Lane – Foundations Project collaboration. 

“As the City Gallery for the people of Dublin, we are delighted with the collaboration between the Hugh Lane Gallery’s education department and the children from the Foundations Project.

“The Hugh Lane Gallery is very fortunate to have a light-filled dedicated education studio space to enable this freedom of creativity and we wish to congratulate the participating children for the commitment, enthusiasm and creativity they demonstrated throughout this project and reflected by their work in this publication.”

The Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery, Barbara Dawson, said: “The Hugh Lane Gallery is delighted to have worked with the Foundations Project on A Space to Create as it is committed to its connectivity with Dublin’s communities. We look forward to welcoming these children and their families on repeat visits to the gallery and to working further with Foundations Project communities.”

Clare Schofield, CDETB Foundations Project “Both the children and our staff really enjoyed exploring the gallery and the time spent in the Hugh Lane Gallery. The space in the Hugh Lane was inviting and bright, the children really enjoyed attending each week, the art gallery was a new experience for many of the children.”

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