Published 24.09.2014
by Kids’ Own

Virtually There Symposium 16 October: Are we on the road to meaningful arts experiences with children in schools?

Kids’ Own and Visual Art Education in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, will host a national symposium for the education & arts sectors on Thursday 16 October 2014 on the theme “Virtually There? Are we on the road to meaningful arts experiences with children in schools?” 

As part of Kids’ Own’s national Virtually There Tour – funded through the Arts Council’s Touring & Dissemination of Work Award – we are delighted to host this special event for artists, teachers, practitioners and sector professionals with an interest in current arts in education practice. Through this symposium, we invite you to engage with the Virtually There touring exhibition and to question and interrogate how far we have come along the road towards meaningful arts experiences with children in schools.

The day will include presentations by artists and teachers involved in the Virtually There project, and a panel discussion with representatives from the arts and education sectors, including Helen O’Donoghue, Head of Education at IMMA, Artist Maree Hensey, Eamonn Mitchell, School Placement and Visual Art Education at Mary Immaculate College, Liz Coman, Arts Officer, Dublin City Council, and Mary Nunan, Dancer & Choreographer and former Chair of the Arts Council’s Special Committee on Arts & Education.

The symposium will close with a wine reception and the launch of our brand new ‘Virtually There’ book.

The Virtually There symposium will take place at Mary Immaculate College from 1-5.30pm. This event is free, but places are limited. To book now, go to:

For further information contact Kids’ Own: [email protected] or ph. 071-9124945.

The Virtually There exhibition and event tour (2014-15) is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Award in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

Featured Image: Clay heads made by artist Andrew Livingstone mirror collaborative work with children at Strandtown Primary School in Belfast.