Virtually There

Year 10 // Oct 2016 – April 2017

How can technology facilitate, influence, and become an integral part of, arts practice between children and professional artists? What does it add to the creative process? How can it be more than just a tool for communication and become a creative form in its own right? For the past 10 years, Kids’ Own has been nurturing a new form of engagement between artists and children, which has given rise to some of these questions.

In 2007, artist Ann Henderson had a new idea, which was to connect with children in Ballydown Primary School from her studio on Rathlin Island, using video conferencing software. Through the engagement that followed, the technology became not only a tool for communication, but a creative platform that lent a particular aesthetic to the enquiry-based practice that Ann and the children were engaging in together. The interactive whiteboard became a canvas in its own right; a visible manifestation of the process, which, in itself became part of the body of work that was being developed.

This year (2016 – 2017), Virtually There has extended to 10 schools in Northern Ireland and 4 schools in Ireland.

Now in its 10th year, the project engages 14 professional artists from Ireland and Northern Ireland.


We are delighted to announce a new four-year phase of the Northern Ireland project which will begin in September 2016 to be funded through a ‘More and Better’ Grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-based Learning Fund.






The current phase of the Northern Ireland project is funded through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Lottery Project Funding, and we have been grateful recipients of this funding on a yearly basis since 2007. This phase is also supported by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Arts Development Department.

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This years phase of the Ireland project is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland in partnership with The Education Centre, Tralee, Kilkenny Education Centre, Sligo Education Centre and Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre, and participating schools.

Client:Arts Council of Northern Ireland, South Dublin County Council Arts Office
Date: November 05, 2013