Preparations for Cruinniú na nÓg in full flight at the Linenhall Arts Centre

Events in preparation for Cruinniú na nÓg have kicked off at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

Events in preparation for Cruinniú na nÓg have kicked off at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

Two groups of children and young people aged from 11 to 18 years old joined writer Dani Gill on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May in online workshops entitled Poems of Resilience. The workshops were the Linenhall Arts Centre’s first offerings using the Zoom video conferencing app which enabled shared reading, discussion and reflection on poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye, Toon Tellegan, Jacob Sam La Rose, and Brendan Kennelly . Over the coming weeks participants will create their own poems which will be shared via the Linenhall website and social media platforms on June 13th. Watch this space!

On Tuesday 2nd June at 10am the Linenhall Arts Centre will release the first in a series of four short videos designed to support visual creativity through loose parts play. Working with artist and educator Paula Henihan the Linenhall is encouraging young children to use the visual potential of objects around them at home and in their gardens to create their own art piece based on the broad theme “Wild and Wonderful Things”. The videos are designed to inspire young children to get making; from gathering and sorting objects for use, to arranging them in different ways considering elements such as contrast, colour, and background. There will also be suggestions around how to photograph the final creations. 

The videos will be released at 10am on the 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th of June. The Linenhall is inviting all those who create a “Wild and Wonderful” art piece to submit photographs of their creation by email to by  12pm on Friday 12 June for display on the Linenhall Arts Centre website and social media pages as part of the centre’s Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations on Saturday June 13th.

Artist Paula Henihan explains “the gathering and sorting of items aims to inspire children. This idea comes from the early years education method called provocation , which is often used in Reggio Emilia education settings. Loose parts play stems from the work of architect Simon Nicholson in the 1970’s and is widely used by play experts the world over to support invention, divergent thinking, and problem solving in a way that blurs the line between play and learning.”

Cruinniú na nÓg is a day of free creativity for children and young people which happens throughout Ireland on Saturday 13th June. Support from Creative Ireland Mayo for the events at the Linenhall Arts Centre is gratefully acknowleged.

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