Children and Climate Action Project & Report

Read our collaborative report with Sligo Environmental Network here!

Hear Our Stories: New Wexford book project

We are very excited to start a new book project with children and young people from the Syrian community in Co. Wexford.

Our new writing mentor Mary Branley!

She will be supporting our new panel of writers and artists as they work on new projects this year.

TADA! children’s exhibition opens in Linenhall Arts Centre

We are delighted to invite you to TADA! which opens 3:30pm, Friday 22 Oct 2021 in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo.

Welcoming Dr Bernadette Ní Áingléis as our new Education Advisor

Bernadette will develop new links and partnerships with schools, universities, and a diverse range of educational stakeholders

New project with Sligo Traveller Support Group’s Homework Club

This project raises awareness about the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Kids’ Own wins £10,000 Movement for Good award!

We are one of 30 charities chosen by a panel of judges to receive £10,000 as part of the Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards

Artist – writer training day in The Model

At the end of September, we met with all our new artists and writers for 2 days creative training

Kids’ Own seeks experienced Project Manager (maternity cover)

We are looking for somebody to lead on the delivery of collaborative projects with children from late November 2021 to mid–June 2022.

New book project with children and young people living in care

We recently worked in partnership with Sligo/Leitrim Home Youth Liaison Service with a series of creative workshops.

TADA! exhibition as part of Baboró International Festival for Children

This special exhibition runs from Monday 4 Oct to Sunday 17 Oct from 10.00 – 17.00 in the Galway Arts Centre.

Kids’ Own Seeks Researcher for New Publishing Project with Traveller and Roma Children and Young People

Deadline for applications: Midnight on Friday 15th October, 2021

Introducing our new artist and writer panel!

These 9 creatives will be working on collaborative book projects with young people and children all across Ireland.

Updates on our 2021 Young Writers Project!

Our Young Writers project is about to kick off again for autumn 2021 with more creative writing sessions, facilitated by Kids’ Own Associate Writer Mary Branley.

Join our A-Z project for young children in Sligo, Wednesday 25th August

Children aged 3-6 and their parent/guardian are invited to come and meet our Associate Artist Naomi Draper, to explore, play, and take part in some creative activities.

Education Advisor sought for an exciting fixed-term role with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership

We are recruiting an Education Advisor to develop and expand our links with teachers, schools, and academics starting in October 2021.

Introducing our Digital and Cultural Access for Children researcher: Dr Amy Hanna

We are excited to have Dr Amy Hanna as our new Independent Researcher into Digital and Cultural Access for Children in the Northwest.

LGBTQIA+ Book Project with Young People in Sligo and Leitrim

We were delighted to work with the SMILY LGBTQIA+ project on a special creative project for young people.

Teenagers in Sligo work on our Reinventions project!

See the upcycled artworks and toys created by Sligo teenagers for our Reinventions project

Highlights from Cruinniú na nÓg creative workshops

Creative workshops for young people facilitated by poets FeliSpeaks, Anthony Anaxagorou, Ella Frears and filmmaker Paul Mahon

New Climate Action Project with Children from Carns NS, Moneygold, Sligo

Kids’ Own was delighted to receive funds from Creative Ireland, Sligo, to embark on a new local initiative, exploring themes of climate action with 2nd–6th Class children at Carns NS, Moneygold, Co. Sligo. Creative Director Jo Holmwood, and visual artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward have been working with 21 children through dialogue and creative activity, with a particular focus on water, as a central element representing the interconnectedness of global and climate change issues.

Over two sessions, the group engaged in lots of discussion about water and identified questions that they would like to investigate through individual research. They also took a walk to nearby Milk Harbour, and created beautiful artworks using inks with ice; and inks with salt and water.

This small-scale initiative was an exploration into ways of supporting children to engage with climate change and have their voices heard on this important issue. Kids’ Own will develop a poster or manifesto to present some of the ideas and thinking that the children developed through this process.

We hope to build on this in the future, so that more children can take part in similar processes that support them to engage with climate action through research and dialogue, observation, localised actions and creative activity, to build a bigger body of work that can share their voices, ideas and artwork with a wider audience on this topic.

Through the project, we also engaged Dr. Connie Nell from Sligo Environmental Network to develop some research into children’s role as climate activists, the impact of supporting children’s voices to be heard on this issue, and the value of creative approaches in supporting children’s engagement with climate change and climate action.

A-Z and Back Again Project Callout: Exciting training opportunity for artists and writers interested in working with children and young people. Kids’ Own working on Teacher-Artist Partnership Special Initiative Kids’ Own announces next phase of Young Writers’ 2021 Kids’ Own hosts Cruinniu na nÓg Events in partnership with Creative Donegal, Sligo County Library, and Leitrim Libraries Kids’ Own launches Can’t Lose Cant! Kids’ Own invites you to the launch of Can’t Lose Cant

Join us for the launch of Can’t Lose Cant with Senator Eileen Flynn, Oein De Bhairduin and more

Welcome to the Board Naomi!

Naomi Feely is an experienced social researcher and policy analyst with over 15 years experience working in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors in Ireland.

Kids’ Own launches On the Brink!

A new publication of short stories and poems by young writers from Derry/Londonderry and Letterkenny

CALL OUT: Independent Researcher for Scoping Study

Researcher needed to study how our child-led, child-centred model of engagement with professional artists can be brought to children and young people.

Welcome to the team Róisín!

Róisín is a third year English and Media student and will be with us for the next 4 months.

Letter writing workshops for Human Rights Day!

Read some of the letters our participants wrote!

Our Big Book of Sligo!

Read about our new project gathering children’s stories about their experience of 2020.

Take Action: Write a Letter!

Check out our letter template which folds into an origami-style envelope!

UN Eradication of Poverty project

Read about our creative sessions with young people from Foróige CRIB project and Sligo Comhairle na nÓg.

Our childrens’ book panel reviews are in!

We have set up a team of book reviewers with children from all over Ireland.

A to Z and back again reprint

We are delighted to announce that we will be reprinting our much-loved classic!

LGBTQI+ callout for participants

We are looking for participants for a new creative writing and art project – no experience needed!

Foróige Leitrim’s health & wellbeing project

This project allows young people to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them, as well as having a positive creative experience that they lead and develop.  

Visual Thinking Team progress!

Over 6 weeks this summer, 9 children from all over Ireland participated in a special online project – our Visual Thinking Team initiative.

Kids’ Own Library of Ideas!

Look through reinventions that other children have made from recycled old materials. Get inspiration to make your own!

First art session with Foróige Sligo

We were delighted to have our first practical session with Foróige Sligo delivered by artist Andy Parsons

Can’t lose Cant reprint

We are delighted to announce that we will be reprinting an old favourite of ours: ‘Can’t lose Cant!’, a beautifully illustrated dictionary of Cant words from the Traveller language.

Extract in Folens Explorer Series

We are delighted to have an extract from ‘I hope you grow‘ in one of Folens Explorer books. The book is for 6th class students learning about geography and science. ‘I hope you grow‘ is created by children about their lives and their experiences of homelessness in greater Dublin. This book contains a blend of poetry, stories, artwork and photography generated during a series of workshops in 2018, delivered by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in partnership with Focus Ireland.


News from the Schools Exhibition Project with Mayo Arts Service!

This week 4th class from St Angela’s will be getting some important post! Our artist Kiera has put together a guide for our young artists in 4th class that we hope will inspire them to create more of their own artwork. The guide focuses on testing all kinds of materials as an artist and discovering how they work, making our own natural art materials and inks, and drawing ON the landscape! Kiera’s guide gives insight into how she works as an artist, and invites the children to create their own work with her.

Reinventions: Making standing figures

Guide to to make self-standing cardboard cut-out figures and a range of tailor made paper outfits with artist Anna Spearman.

Reinventions: Building, binding and weaving an arch

Guide to building, binding and weaving an arch with artist Martha van der Muelen.

Reinventions: Making cardboard things move

Guide to making cardboard move with artist Vanya Lambrecht-Ward.

New health and wellbeing project with Foróige

Kids’ Own is delighted to be starting a new project with Foróige, Sligo, exploring youth wellbeing and mental health. Two members of the Kids’ Own team, Jo Holmwood and Ciara Gallagher, connected with members of Sligo’s Comhairle na nÓg group for an initial consultation around this theme and to explore how they would like to address it through a community-focused artistic process.

The young people articulated some of the societal pressures and mental strains that young people face, as well as exploring positive messages to counter these, which could support other young people to achieve ‘self-acceptance’ and a greater sense of wellbeing. In the next phase of the project, a Kids’ Own associate artist will work with the group to develop artwork that shares these positive messages and can reach audiences within the wider local and regional community.

This project is funded by Sligo Leitrim Children & Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) with special help from Elaine Granaghan from Foróige. Watch this space for more information as the project evolves!

Reinventors: Busy in the lab!

Our Reinventors have been busy experimenting over the last fortnight: making things move and creating new toys from old things. We meet on Wednesdays online and participants work on their inventions over the week. So far, we have completed 2 sessions: the first was led by artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward and focused on ‘Making Cardboard Things Move’. It was a fascinating session where we made hinges from cardboard bits creating movable sculptures!

Kids Own Reinventors working at home

The second session was led by artist Martha van der Meulen who suggested methods of how to make some interesting things from old stuff. The participants created lots of interesting sculptures!

‘Reinventions’ is a new Kids’ Own project supported by the Community Foundation of Ireland, which seeks to cultivate an ethos of sustainability and creative reuse. Soon we will be asking children all over Ireland to make their own new things out of old stuff and to send on their photos for the Library of Ideas.

(Image credit: Cardboard scissor hands by Vanya Lambrecht Ward)

Kids Own Reinventors sculptures

Young Writers busy at work!

Though we haven’t been able to meet any of the writers in our Young Writers groups in Letterkenny and Derry/Londonderry since March, we are happy to say that the writing continues to flow! 

When the public health restrictions came in in mid-March, our two Young Writers groups had just come together for their first joint meeting. Writer Mary Branley and project manager Ciara Gallagher brought the writers from Derry/Londonderry to meet their peers in Letterkenny Library for the first time. The groups had been exchanging recorded messages via their writing mentor Mary, and so already knew a bit about each other. When the groups first met in person, it was as if they’d known each other for a long time. Everyone in the group spoke about their writing practice, the influences on their writing, their preferred genres for reading and in terms of their own writing. It was clear it was a meeting of minds! The group also worked on their writing individually during the meeting. After this, everyone read some of their work for the group or spoke a bit about something they were working on at the momentIt was a great way to end what was a fantastic meeting. A big thanks to the Letterkenny group, who were such wonderful hosts to the writers from Derry/Londonderry, and to everyone at Letterkenny Library.  

Young Writers Group - Kids Own Publishing

Since our joint meeting at the end of February, both groups have been connecting in our Young Writers online forum. It definitely does not feel like both groups of writers have only met each other once in personEveryone has continued writing and sharing their work with the group. Our writer Mary continues to work with the writers as a group and on an individual basis. She is delighted to be one of the first to read their work.  

The Kids’ Own team continues to work with the writers virtually for the moment, and we hope to be able to meet again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, our writers are working toward their publication. We can’t wait to see how it progresses!   


Kids’ Own Visual Thinking Team: Call for Participants!

Kids’ Own has a special opportunity for young people, aged 10–13, to participate in an online visual thinking initiative.

Working alongside artist/curator Vanya Lambrecht Ward, young participants will have a special role in supporting and shaping the development of a new exhibition featuring artwork and writing from Kids’ Own’s extensive 23-year archive. Over a series of 6 online sessions, the team will explore aspects of the Kids’ Own archive – our books, our way of working, and visual art processes before selecting artwork and writing for the exhibition, as well as thinking about physical spaces of the exhibition and ways of presenting work for young audiences.

The work of the Visual Thinking Team will be instrumental in developing the exhibition, which will premiere at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon in late 2020, before moving to other venues in 2021/22. It is also important to Kids’ Own that the young participants have a physical presence in the exhibition, be that through inclusion of their voices and artwork in the exhibition brochure, or video presence in the exhibition itself.

The project will take place over six weeks in June and early July 2020.

As places are very limited, children are asked to fill in the application form attached and return to Kids’ Own at [email protected] by: Friday 22nd May 2020. Due to popular demand, the deadline has been extended from the 14th May until the 22nd.

We welcome applications from children of all backgrounds and abilities and from anywhere in Ireland. Click here for the application form!

Some essential requirements:

There is a participation fee of €35 As part of this, participants will receive a pack, including Kids’ Own books to keep. Kids’ Own has a strong ethos of equal access and inclusion. Please contact us if the participation fee is prohibitive for you.

Kids' Own Visual Thinking Team Call Out for Participants!

A beak like a banana – free book to celebrate Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, we are sharing this a beautiful, simple-to-follow guide on how to explore your neighbourhood environment. With Covid-19, we are all getting to know our immediate environments more intimately. This child-centred book will guide you through imaginatively inspecting your environment using sight, sound, smell and touch to help us appreciate the world around us – whilst having lots of fun!

At the back of the book there is a handy field trip planner to help you plan your outdoor adventure. This book was made by children in St Patrick’s National School, Maugherow, Co Sligo with the help of teacher Laura McNulty and Seonag Macpherson in 2016. The project was facilitated by artist Orla Kenny, environmental scientist Declan Feeney and writer Jo Holmwood.

Happy Earth Day!

Read new Kids’ Own publication Open Space online!

We are delighted to announce that Open Space, the action research report on the Virtually There project by Dr Bryonie Reid, is now available to read online!

Open Space was launched last month by Dr Ali FitzGibbon, Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries Management, Queen’s University Belfast, at the opening of our Virtually There exhibition at Ulster University, Belfast.

This publication is the result of two years of independent action research conducted by Dr Bryonie Reid, commissioned by Kids’ Own, and made possible by funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The aim of the research was to explore the impact of the Virtually There on all its participants: artists, teachers, and children. One of the wonderful things about this research is that it tells the story of the project, of those involved in the project, and in the relationships and collaborations that were so central to the project’s success. As Bryonie notes in her introduction: “These stories give a much fuller, more comprehensive picture of how the project worked and what the project has meant than could statistics”. Jo Holmwood, Creative Director of Kids’ Own, commended Bryonie’s approach to the project, saying “Kids’ Own’s work is about recognising all children as individuals with their own uniqueness of experience, and as such, a homogenised statistical analysis of the project would make no sense. This offered space for real richness of detail and allows the reader to come — in my view — to a closer understanding of how the project was experienced by those involved.”

We think this a really important document for the arts in education sector, as it is rare to have such an in-depth study from a longitudinal project. The publication of this study speaks to the value and potential of meaningful and long-term arts in education projects.

You can read the full publication below!



Here in Ourselves project in partnership with Mid-West School for the Deaf continues with a new publication coming later this year! Announcing Éilís Murphy as Kids’ Own Administrator and Publishing Assistant!

Kids’ Own is delighted to welcome Éilís Murphy as the newest member of the team! We are looking forward to our first team meeting in person at the Kids’ Own office, whenever that might be.

Éilís is a bookbinder, visual artist and educator who graduated from NCAD in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art Print. Éilís is passionate about books and loves creating and helping others to create books as an accessible art form. In 2012, she studied Arts Development and Participation with Cork Institute of Technology and Mayfield Art Centre which opened up new ways of using participatory art to explore social issues. Since then she has designed and facilitated art projects with children and adults, both independently and with institutions such as the Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Helium Arts, National Print Museum and the National Museums of Ireland. Her work in the arts administration sector includes Graphic Studio Dublin (2015/16), Berlin Biennale (2010) and Breaking Ground Per Cent For Art Scheme, Ballymun (2007/08). As a bookbinder she has collaborated with other visual artists and writers to create artist’s books.


Kids’ Own teams up with Down Syndrome Sligo!

Last month, Kids’ Own teamed up with Down Syndrome Sligo for the first time! As part of their preparations for celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on the 21st March, Down Syndrome Sligo invited Kids’ Own to work with them on a special creative session.

Kids’ Own Associate Artist Naomi Draper worked with the group of children and young people and together they explored a range of different natural and traditional materials used in craft-making. Naomi arranged the creative space into different stations, such as rushwork, clay, textile, woodwork, glasswork, and of course bookmaking and binding!

Naomi talks and plays with some of the children at the start of our creative session.
Naomi talks and plays with some of the children at the start of our creative session.

All of these stations were little circles connected to the main circle where everyone gathered at the beginning. Each station or circle allowed the children and young people to try something new, to work with a new material or a material that might be familiar to them from everyday life but used in a different way. As each circle was linked to a particular craft, we all had a chance to imagine taking on different roles, from working with wood or clay to making our own mini books.

A parent works with two children in the main circle at Kids' Own workshop

There was great excitement and energy as everyone immediately started to play and get stuck into the materials!

There were so many different materials to explore!

There was also a lot of focus as everyone tried out working with different materials.

Photographer Anna Leask was there to document the workshop and captured these lovely moments from the creative session. Anna also had some new apprentice photographers, as some of the young people took some beautiful photos with Anna’s guidance.

Parents of the children and young people also joined the workshop and we all worked and played together. There was a really lovely group spirit between all the different families at the session and it was great getting to know everyone in the group a little more.

Down Syndrome Sligo’s World Down Syndrome Day celebrations on the 21st of March have been postponed, but we hope everyone can support them at a celebration in the near future. Please click here for more information on Down Syndrome Sligo or find them on Facebook by clicking here.

Virtually There Exhibition opens at Ulster University, Belfast!

It’s hard to believe our Virtually There exhibition opened one week ago at Ulster University, Belfast! Now that we’ve had time to reflect on a wonderful weekend, we bring you a little rundown of the opening days of the exhibition. 

The exhibition showcases work developed by children, artists, and teachers in eight schools in Northern Ireland over the last three years who participated in Virtually There, a collaborative, virtual arts-in-education project. Though the exhibition focuses on the last three years, the project has been running for thirteen years. 

The exhibition gives real sense of the depth and richness of the project, along with an insight into the meaningful creative processes that children, teachers, and artists underwent together. The exhibition pieces from the eight collaborative partnerships present moments from creative journeys, from experimentation, questioning, looking closely and with new perspective, slowing down, from conversations and communication. The result is a really beautiful, immersive, and thought-provoking exhibition. 

On Saturday 7th of March, we held a special opening event to celebrate the exhibition, and to launch Open Space, the action research report on the Virtually There project by Dr Bryonie Reid. This event also featured a fascinating panel discussion between some of the project participants.

Dr Ali FitzGibbon, Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries Management, Queen’s University Belfast, officially launched Open Space. Commenting on the research report Open Space, Ali commented: “One of the most fascinating things raised by this project was the idea of the expert. Who was the expert in this process? Who was allowed to have an opinion that shaped this process? And it’s very clear that this was a project in which the children were guiding and intuiting an awful lot of things but in a collaborative relationship between teacher and artist.” Open Space captures so much of the complexity of the Virtually There project and the careful attentiveness of each of the collaborative partnerships. We think it is a really valuable publication and one which speaks to the potential of meaningful arts in education. 

We concluded our special opening event with a panel discussion entitled “What does collaboration really mean?” This discussion was chaired by Mark O’Brien, director of axis Ballymun, in conversation with some of the artists and teachers from the Virtually There project. The discussion amongst the panel and the wider audience brought important perspectives from those involved in these very particular forms of collaborative partnerships and in which children have a central role. 

This exhibition is a really important one for Kids’ Own, and for the children, artists, teachers, and schools involved.  Sincere thanks to all the children, artists, teachers, and schools involved, to exhibition curator Vanya Lambrecht Ward, and exhibition co-ordinator Bryonie Reid. 

The exhibition opened to coincide with the beginning of Young at Art’s Belfast Children’s Festival, and will run until the 28th of March. 

Strandtown Primary School – Virtually There exhibition St Patrick’s Primary School – Virtually There exhibition St James’s Primary School – Virtually There exhibition St Colman’s Primary School – Virtually There exhibition Killard House School – Virtually There exhibition Donaghey Primary School – Virtually There exhibition Ballydown Primary School – Virtually There exhibition Aughnacloy Primary School – Virtually There exhibition Virtually There exhibition and event at Belfast Children’s Festival

Kids’ Own is really proud to be celebrating thirteen years of our virtual arts in education project, Virtually There, with a large-scale exhibition and special launch event at Belfast Children’s Festival.

On Saturday 7th March 2020, a new exhibition will open in Belfast to showcase work developed by children, artists and teachers over the past three years. Funded for eleven years by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation since 2016, Virtually There was developed by Kids’ Own with a pioneering approach whereby artists connected virtually from their studios with children in the classroom.

Kids’ Own has partnered with Belfast Children’s Festival, Young at Art and University of Ulster to develop this exciting exhibition for public audiences, which runs from 6th-28th March.

A special exhibition opening event takes place at the Ulster University Belfast Campus on Saturday 7th March, 1pm-3.30pm. This event will include the launch of Open Space: An action research report from the Virtually There project by Dr Bryonie Reid. It will be launched by Dr Ali FitzGibbon, Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries Management, Queen’s University Belfast.

There will also be a panel discussion entitled What does collaboration really mean? This discussion will be chaired by Mark O’Brien, director of axis, Ballymun, in conversation with artists and teachers who participated in the project.

Schools Exhibition Project with Mayo County Council and St Angela’s N.S., Castlebar

Kids’ Own has recently started a brand-new project in partnership with Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council and St Angela’s National School Castlebar! Fourth class students from St Angela’s are working alongside Kids’ Own associate artist Kiera O’Toole to develop Mayo County Council’s Schools Exhibition programme.

Mayo County Council has a wide and varied collection of artworks, and a part of this collection forms the Schools Exhibition programme. This programme allows schools across County Mayo to borrow original artworks, created by Mayo-based artists, and keep these in their school for a term. These schools also receive a resource to guide students and teachers through thinking about the artworks in the Schools Exhibition programme. 

Children from St Angela's N.S., Castlebar  working on the Schools Exhibition Project

Over eight weeks, this group of children will be selecting new artworks for the Schools Exhibition programme, and through a creative process facilitated by Kids’ Own, they will respond to and explore the selected artworks. The children’s creative explorations and questions will form the basis of a new, child-led resource for other schools in County Mayo to use! 

So far, the children have been having fun with artist Kiera O’Toole, exploring different media, colour, and texture, and having lots of interesting discussions about the artworks in the collection. 

Kids’ Own Young Writers Project is back!

Building on the successes of the Young Writers project in 2018, we have started a new phase of the project in 2020!

The young writers from Letterkenny are back! The writing group which formed in 2018 has come together again, with Kids’ Own associate writer Mary Branley, to develop their writing practice. Meanwhile, in County Derry a new group of young writers has been formed. We are delighted to be working with our partners in Donegal County Council Library Service and Libraries NI again on this important project.

The young writers meet in their local groups – Letterkenny and Derry/Londonderry – each week and both groups are mentored by writer Mary Branley. These young writers are exploring and developing their individual creative voices, reading and listening to each other’s work and first drafts.

As well as meeting in their own local young writers groups, both groups will have opportunities to come together for joint workshops and to connect virtually to share their writing. These two groups will join creative forces to produce a brand new publication later in 2020! The Young Writers broadsheet, published in 2018, reflected the interests, values, and lived experiences of the young people involved from both sides of the border, in counties Derry and Donegal. This new publication hopes to echo the success of this broadsheet, and further develop the cross-community peer writing partnerships, amplifying the voices of this vibrant and enthusiastic new generation shaping our island’s future.

Job Opportunity: Kids’ Own Administrator/Publishing Assistant (now closed)

Kids’ Own has an exciting opportunity for a qualified individual to work with us as Administrator/Publishing Assistant (part time).

Kids’ Own is a national children’s arts organisation and publishing house, whose mission is to “develop, publish and promote artwork and writing created by children for children and their communities, through meaningful engagement with professional artists.”

The Administrator/Publishing Assistant will be based at our office in Sligo town. Within this role, the successful candidate will provide essential administrative support to the office team in the delivery of publishing and residency projects, as well as with our internal company administration.

This is a part-time post, based on an initial six-month contract.

Kids’ Own is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Deadline for applications is: 5pm on Friday 7th February 2020.

Please refer to the full job description below.

Job description

The Administrator/Publishing Assistant will report to the CEO, and will work closely with our small team. The role is a part-time post (2 days p/week), based on an initial sixth-month contract. Salary will be pro-rata, based on annual remuneration of €28,000.

The Administrator/Publishing Assistant will be responsible on an ongoing basis for:

Essential Requirements

Applicants must have:

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 7th February 2020.

Applicants are required to send a cover letter and detailed CV by post or email to:

Jo Holmwood
Creative Director
Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership
40 Wolfe Tone Street
Co. Sligo
F91 R231
+353 7191–70759

[email protected]

An Island Away (i.m. Orla Kenny)

In October 2019, a group of Kids’ Own associate artists and members of the Kids’ Own team gathered on the small island of Inishcoo, off the coast of Donegal. Over three days, artists and writers who had worked closely with Orla Kenny, former Creative Director of Kids’ Own, came together to reflect on and celebrate Orla’s influence on their practice and lives.

This time together also provided a vital opportunity for members of the Kids’ Own community to reconnect, and to spend time together, considering and reflecting on Kids’ Own’s way of working. The group explored various elements that are central to Kids’ Own’s work, including what constitutes meaningful engagement, what is most important when collaborating with children, and the value of having confidence in the creative process.

The group returned from the island with a renewed sense of connection and vision for the future.

This artist residential was part of Kids’ Own’s Visibility and Dissemination plan in 2019, funded by the Arts Council. We look forward to offering a variety of events and opportunities to support and connect artists in 2020. Here are some selected images from An Island Away below.

“Here in Ourselves”: A Kids’ Own Project, working in collaboration with children at Mid-West School for the Deaf. Video on gender equality project celebrated at St. Louise’s College, Belfast Exhibition at the Model, Sligo, to mark the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


Kids’ Own wins award at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019! Kids’ Own gets ready for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards!




New Kids’ Own project in response to the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


Kids’ Own presents at Arts in Society Conference in Lisbon Orla Kenny Orla Kenny Remembering Orla Kenny
Kids’ Own has a new look! Announcing our brand new video! Dún Laoghaire Children Create Handmade Book as part of Cruinniú na nÓg




Kids’ Own Workshops at Wild Words Festival! Kids’ Own are finalists in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019! Libraries around Ireland to receive Kids’ Own books! Kids’ Own launch new book at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life



New Kids’ Own Project Exploring Gender Equality at St Louise’s College, Belfast Upcoming Launch of New Kids’ Own Book at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life



Kids’ Own presents at the Arts in Education Portal Regional Day in Leitrim

Kids’ Own was delighted to present our work at the Arts in Education Portal Spring Regional Day, which took place in the beautiful Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, last month. Teachers, artists, and other interested members of the arts and education sectors gathered at this event to share experiences, meet colleagues and hear about some of the arts in education projects that have been happening in the north-west.

Jo Holmwood, Creative Director of Kids’ Own, and Mary Branley, Associate Writer at Kids’ Own, shared insights into Kids’ Own’s practice. Aideen McCole, Education Curator at the Irish Architecture Foundation spoke about their school programme and artist Kate Wilson contributed her experiences from working as part of a Teacher-Artist Partnership. This was a great opportunity for some very interesting discussion about working in the arts in education sector.

In the afternoon, Kids’ Own Associate Artist Vanya Lambrecht led a fascinating workshop on folding, using folded paper to create shapes, which opened up endless possibilities for use in classrooms and other settings.


New Website!

Kids’ Own is delighted to announce our brand new website! Our new online space includes a Look at this! section, an exhibition of artwork from our 22-year archive which will be curated by Kids’ Own on a regular basis. We also have a new Projects section, featuring news and updates on our latest and upcoming projects. Check out our lovely new bookshop too!

We would like to sincerely thank Sligo LEADER Partnership for their generous funding of this work.


Kids’ Own Appoints New Chief Executive

The Board of Directors of Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership is delighted to announce the appointment of Jo Holmwood to the post of Chief Executive (Creative Director) following an open and competitive recruitment process. Jo has been working with Kids’ Own since 2009 and has served as its Acting Chief Executive since late 2016. Over the past ten years, Jo has been integral to all aspects of the organisation’s work and to its many successes. Jo has a background in dance and theatre and is a published writer. The Board extends its congratulations to Jo on her appointment and looks forward to working with her to develop, publish and promote artwork and writing created by children through meaningful engagement with professional artists. 

Young Writers Project Broadsheet Launch and Performance

From September to November 2018, writer Mary Branley worked with two groups of young writers in Letterkenny and Strathfoyle on our Young Writers project.

New Kids’ Own publication I Hope You Grow receives excellent public reception

Kids’ Own has published a brand new book, I Hope You Grow, in partnership with Focus Ireland.

Job Vacancy: Bookkeeper (part-time) (closed)

Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership is seeking to employ a bookkeeper to support the Chief Executive to manage the organisation’s finance functions.

Job Opportunity: Chief Executive Officer (Creative Director) (closed)

Kids’ Own is recruiting a Chief Executive (Creative Director).

Travellers’ Journey Project Following a trip to the museum to visit the Traveller’s Journey exhibition, the participants are exploring multiple identities through art, discussion and writing.
Announcing Ciara Gallagher as Kids’ Own Office Administrator

Kids’ Own is delighted to welcome Ciara Gallagher to our team as Office Administrator.

Ciara has  worked as researcher on children’s books projects including the National Collection of Children’s Books at Trinity College Dublin, and “Gender Identity: Child Readers and Library Collections” at the Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture, Dublin City University. She is the co-editor of the volume Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period 1910-1940 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Ciara has worked with the Museum of Childhood project, and helps to run a small charity, Providence Education, which supports Providence school in north-east India. She has also taught in a number of universities in Ireland and has worked in various administrative positions in the non-profit and public sector.