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New bookmaking project with Syrian children in County Mayo

Writer Mary Branley and artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward are working with 16 children from the Syrian community in County Mayo to develop a brand new book about their dreams and visions for the future. Kids’ Own are delighted to be working in partnership with Southwest Mayo Development Company on this project, which is also generously supported by the St Stephen’s Green Trust. The project got underway earlier this A
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Bringing the Kids’ Own archive to life!

Kids’ Own is delighted to be working with artist-curator Louisa Sloan on the development of a digital archive spanning 20 years of book-making and residency projects across Ireland and Northern Ireland. This is a fantastic opportunity to give visibility to an extensive body of artwork and writing developed with and by children, alongside professional artists. This is the first phase in a two-phase process that will c
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Kids’ Own seeks Office Administrator

Since its inception in 1997 Kids’ Own has emerged as a key organisation that supports the provision of exemplary arts practice with children and young people in Ireland. Kids’ Own is primarily focused on supporting the engagement that occurs between artists and children through a way of working that develops children’s individual creative expression through publishing and the arts. Our ethos is about supporting child
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Virtually There: summer events at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

The Virtually There exhibition tour launches on 9 August 2014 at Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda. Virtually There showcases artwork created by artists, children and teachers through online residencies. In conjunction with this exhibition, there will be a number of events at Highlanes for children, parents, teachers and artists. Wednesday 6 August Clay Figures: Here today – gone tomorrow? 1.30 – 4.00 pm /6 –
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Virtually There artist spotlight: Julie Forrester

Each month, we’re turning the spotlight on one of the six artists currently working on our Virtually There artist-in-residence programme.  Equipped with video conferencing software and an interactive whiteboard, the artists and children have been embracing technology as a platform for communication and creativity. Work from the project will be showcased on the Virtually There exhibition tour launching this August. Ou
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Announcing the Virtually There exhibition tour

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. The Virtually There Exhibition Tour opens at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda on 9 August 2014 and will tour to six ven
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Through the Eyes of Traveller Children

Through the Eyes of Traveller Children, a new book by Traveller children from Dungarvan, County Waterford, launches 24 June 2014 at The Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, to celebrate Travellers Pride Week. Providing a snapshot of Traveller children, their lives and traditions, the book took shape through a series of creative workshops with Traveller children and their parents. The children worked with Kids’ Ow
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On the Ocean: a book project exploring coastal and ocean safety

Kids’ Own is partnering with the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA), Kilkenny Education Centre and the Association of Teachers’ Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) on a book project raising awareness of coastal and ocean safety. Children from primary schools throughout Ireland took part in an ‘On the Ocean’ competition organised by the HSA, submitting artwork, short stories and poem
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Book of the Month: Fishing for Food and Mushrooms

To celebrate the upcoming launch of our new book with Traveller children during Traveller Pride Week in June 2014, our Book of the Month is another title that looks at Traveller life through young people in the community. Fishing for Food and Mushrooms is a collection of stories, poems and pen pictures written and illustrated by Traveller Children in Belfast. ‘My Granny and Granda used to shovel the snow for pe
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Summer Competition: WIN Kids’ Own book packs!

This competition is now closed. The winners are Roisin McDonnell and Joanna Beachy.  It’s summertime and we’re giving away gift packs of Kids’ Own books! These unique books have been created by children in Ireland for children everywhere. Two lucky winners will have a choice between an early learning book pack – ideal for parents and toddlers who love reading, singing and playing together R
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