Published 22.01.2014
by Kids’ Own

Virtually There – Inspiring new projects from our Artist in Residence programme

Virtually There, now in its seventh year, started up again in November 2013. Artists in their studios link with children in classrooms using video conferencing software to engage in collaborative arts projects. This year, six artists are working with primary school children in six schools across Northern Ireland, with continued funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Work from each project is documented through online journals and galleries from the artist, teacher and class, which can be viewed here.  Already, some very interesting projects are beginning to emerge.

Ballydown P.S.

New project around the word repeat, Ann Henderson, Virtually There

Artist Ann Henderson is working with children from Ballydown P.S., County Down, and their teacher Julie Orr on a project looking at repeat patterns.

Donaghey P.S.

Ann Donnelly works remotely with children from Donaghey PS

The children from Donaghey P.S., County Tyrone, are exploring the art of the camera with artist Ann Donnelly and their teacher Marcella Wilson, from composition and framing to digital uploading.

DWELL, work undertaken by Ann Donnelly and Mrs Wilson’s P4-P5 class of 2012-13, is currently on display at the Burnavon in Cookstown, and will continue there until 31 January.

St. Patrick’s P.S.

St. Patrick's PS - drawing made in response to Sharon Kelly's work

‘Interpret’ is the theme for artist Sharon Kelly’s work with children from St. Patrick’s P.S. and their teacher Una Carolan. During one session, the students created their own responses to Sharon’s drawings, as seen in the example above.

Bocombra P.S.

Bocombra P.S. week 2 - making animal home sculptures

Artist Joe Coveney has been working on the theme of home with pupils from Bocombra P.S. and their teacher Alison Brown. During one session, the pupils collected materials for animal home sculptures, as seen above.

Our Lady of Lourdes P.S. 

Beginnings, Our Lady Of Lourdes, artist Julie Forrester

Julie Forrester is working with pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes P.S. and their teacher Tony on a project called Cave Hill Diamonds, inspired by the Belfast beauty spot, C.S. Lewis and … diamonds.