Published 23.06.2014
by Kids’ Own

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 venues in the Republic and North of Ireland in 2014 and 2015.

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. Project journals from these residencies can be viewed here.

Saturday 9 August
Virtually There: Tour of Work, Conversation, Exploration
12 -2 pm / Free
The launch will include a special introductory session led by Orla Kenny and exhibiting artists, Sharon Kelly, Ann Donnelly and Julie Forrester. We invite you to explore the role of technology and how it can support meaningful collaborations between artists, children and teachers, and enrich children’s creativity and learning experiences within the school environment. This event is free but places must be booked in advance. To attend this session please RSVP to [email protected]


Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda  
9 – 25 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
Opens 9 March 2015

Virtually There features the work of the following artists and schools:

blottingpaperleaves by Ann Donnelly


Artist: Ann Donnelly

School: Donaghey PS, Tyrone

Teacher: Marcella Wilson




Instructed drawing: Luca. Artist Julie Forrester.


Artist: Julie Forrester

School: Our Lady of Lourdes PS

Teacher: Tony Boyle

VT artist spotlight:



layers-drawing-whiteboard. Artist Ann Henderson.



Artist: Ann Henderson

School: Ballydown PS, Co. Down

Teacher: Julie Orr



Self portraits. Andrew Livingstone


Artist: Andrew Livingstone

School: Strandtown PS

Teacher: Vanessa Patton

VT Artist Spotlight:

Project link:




Digital and hand drawing. Sharon Kelly.
Artist: Sharon Kelly

School: St Patrick’s PS

Teacher: Dearbhla Bennett

VT Artist Spotlight:

Project link:


The Virtually There exhibition tour is produced by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and funded through the Arts Council of Ireland Touring and Dissemination of Work Award 2014. The Virtually There artist-in-residence programme is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.