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About our Associate Artists

A core strength of our work is the artists that work with us. Since 1997, Kids’ Own has developed a strong core team of artists that have shaped and continue to shape our way of working with children and young people. We believe in building and nurturing long-term meaningful relationships with the artists we work with. These artists work across a range of contexts, have their own professional practice and are committ
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Mary Branley

Mary Branley has been a writer and facilitator with Kids’ Own since 2001. Recent book projects include the 100-year history project (2015), The Transition Project (2014), supporting young children in the transition to primary school and Through the Eyes of Traveller Children (2014) with Traveller children from Dungarvan.. In 2013, Rebellion in the Village, a collaboration between Mary and 11 and 12 year old Sligo sch
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Vanya Lambrecht Ward

Artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward has worked on a number of projects with Kids’ Own since 2008, including the “I have, I am, I can…” children’s mental health book project funded by the HSE (2014/15); The Book Press at The Model, Sligo (2014); and the Travelling Library cross-border tour (2010). Vanya is currently artist in residence on the Virtually There project at Ardfert Central School in Co. Kerry. Va
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Julie Forrester

Julie Forrester is artist in residence on the Virtually There project at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Belfast. She is currently an exhibiting artist on the Virtually There exhibition and event tour (2014/15). Julie holds a BA (hon) degree in Fine Art from The Slade School, UCL, London and a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Art and Process from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. Julie has been w
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Andrew Livingstone

Andrew Livingstone has been artist in residence on the Virtually There project at Strandtown Primary School, Belfast, since 2012. He is currently an exhibiting artist on the Virtually There exhibition and event tour (2014/15). Andrew holds a BA (hons), MA and a PhD. He is an academic at the University of Sutherland where he leads both MA Ceramics and CARCuos the Ceramic Arts Research Centre. His exhibitions include T
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Sharon Kelly

Artist Sharon Kelly has collaborated with Kids’ Own on a number of bookmaking and residency projects, most recently Too Cold for Sharks, a book project and national ocean and coastal safety initiative with the Health and Safety Authority (2014/15); Smarter Travel, a book project exploring the way we travel and how we might do it differently (2014/15); and Only a Giant Can Lift a Bull, a book project and nationa
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Ann Henderson

Ann Henderson is an artist based on Rathlin Island, off the north coast of Ireland. In 2007, Ann had a pioneering idea, to connect with children in Ballydown Primary School from her studio on Rathlin Island, using video conferencing technology. The pilot project that followed would give birth to the Virtually There residency programme and 8 years later, Ann continues her work in Ballydown P.S. with teachers Judith Wh
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Ann Donnelly

Ann Donnelly is a Northern Irish artist who has been artist in residence on the Virtually There project at Donaghey Primary School, Dungannon, since 2009. She recently  received an ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to support and develop her work with the Virtual Residency Programme. Ann is currently an exhibiting artist on the Virtually There exhibition and event tour (2014/15) and previously exhi
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Naomi Draper

Naomi Draper is currently artist in residence on the Virtually There project at Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Shannon and facilitates The Book Factory at the annual Sligo Children’s Book Festival. Naomi was one of the participating artists on Being & Belonging (2013/14), a cross-border early years initiative, and exhibited as part of the ‘Practice’ National Tour of work by artists and children in 201
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Maree Hensey

Maree Hensey has collaborated with Kids’ Own on the Virtually There project (artist in residence 2013-2015), the Lullaby Project Tour (2014) with Early Childhood Care & Education Centres in County Sligo, and Being & Belonging (2013/14), a border counties early years initiative. Maree’s ‘DrawSpace’ formed part of the ‘Practice’ national touring exhibition of work by artists and ch
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