Virtually There is an exhibition of artwork created by artists, children and teachers through online residencies. The work of five artists and schools demonstrates the use of virtual technology to connect studio and classroom in a ‘third space’ where exciting collaborative arts practice can evolve.
What are the possibilities for the kind of work that can be created when an artist in their studio collaborates online with children in the classroom? How can technology be more than just a tool for communication and become a creative form in its own right? For the past 7 years, Kids’ Own has been nurturing a new form of engagement between artists and school children, which has given rise to some of these questions. The Virtually There residency is currently active in six schools in Northern Ireland with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and has recently piloted in the South at primary schools in Tralee and Leitrim. Project journals from these residencies can be viewed here.
Virtually There will feature work from the residencies of artists Ann Donnelly, Julie Forrester, Ann Henderson, Andrew Livingstone, and Sharon Kelly.
Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
9 – 27 August 2014
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
8 September – 16 October 2014
The Education Centre, Tralee
24 October – 21 November 2014
The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon
5 December 2014 – 23 January 2015
Void Art Centre, Derry
31 January – 21 February 2015
FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
7 March – 11 April 2015