Summer Camps 2022 Announced

Drama, Drumming, Eco Art and More! Come explore your creative side in these fun workshops for Children...

The Linenhall Arts Centre has announced its summer camp schedule catering for all ages across multiple disciplines, keeping your young creatives entertained while on school holidays! This year, the Linenhall’s offering has been expanded into a trio of three day summer camps:

‘Get The Beat’ Visual Art & Drumming Camp, special guest Anthony McNamee Ages 8 - 12 years.

‘Eco Art’ Visual Art Camp, special guest Lexie Mac Ages 7 -12 years

‘Drama & Arts’ Camp, special guest Mary Lou McCarthy Ages 7 -14 years.

Get The Beat’  Tuesday July 19th – Thursday  July 21st, is appropriate for children aged 8 to 12 years, this camp focuses on cultivating new art skills combined with the masterful, musical art of drumming. Facilitated by Linenhall visual artists Daniel Gibbs, Stephanie Lawlor, Isaac Hardesty and special guest Anthony McNamee, the fledgling drummers will learn how to play on their own, as well as in tandem with the other participants. Following some expert led practice, the group will perform a dynamic piece of drumming together.

Anthony McNamee, a freelance drummer and music educator is experienced in a wide range of musical styles and settings. Having worked with dance companies, bands, arts festivals, schools, community groups and disability groups, this is an opportunity for young people to learn from one of the best percussionists in Ireland.

From August 2nd to August 4th, the Linenhall proudly brings their second offering, an ‘Eco Art Camp’ to local children. Suitable for those aged from 7 to 12 years, this summer camp centres around art and a very important aspect of our lives - the environment! Facilitated by the Linenhall’s community artist team plus special guest Lexie Mac, participants will learn to recycle, upcycle and develop wondrous new ways of creating art, all in the most environmentally friendly way possible, with objects found around the house that would otherwise go to waste.

Alexandra MacNaughton aka Lexie Mac is a professional children’s books illustrator, specialising in the creation of whimsical animal characters. Incredibly passionate about protecting our environment, she is also the co-owner of The Habit Store, Castlebar’s first minimal waste grocery store.

Young thespians will be thrilled to learn our special guest for Drama & Art Camp is Mary-Lou McCarthy. She has toured nationally and internationally with her stage & screen work and also writes for stage and radio. As a voice-over artist Mary-Lou narrates audio-books, video games and commercials. Screen credits include Wolf (Feline Films), Fair City (RTÉ), An Klondike (Seasons 1 and 2, TG4) and Aifric (TG4).As a writer Mary-Lou is a regular contributor to the comedy sketch show Funny Friday on RTE Radio One.

She is passionate about creating work for young audiences and stage credits include BigKidLittleKid (Anna Newell/The Civic), Bees! A Musical (The Ark/Willfredd) The Foolhardy Three (Curious State/Spraoi) and Me, Mollser (Abbey Theatre).

Amongst her many awards is one close our hearts. She was Artist-In-Residence For Young People 2020 at the Linenhall Arts Centre. Mary-Lou is a committee member of Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland, and an advocate for the making and performing of innovative work for young people across Ireland. We are thankful that she has taken time out of her busy schedule to come to Castlebar and share her considerable knowledge with our budding young creatives!

For further information on these arts based workshops please visit or Box Office on 094 9023733. 
Booking in advance is essential.
Please be advised that loose, comfortable clothing is recommended for all attendees. Get ready to get messy!

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