report by Sue Mahon by HZPSpuY5


									Title:          Arts Projects Research Report

Submitted by:   Susan Mahon

Submitted to:   To: Mary McDonagh, Arts Service,

                Sligo County Council,

Date:           31 January 2011
                              Table of Contents

Introduction                                      2

Background                                        2

Findings                                          3

   MCR Mural Project                              4

   Cranmore Pride and Peace                       5

   Family Resource House Arts Project             6

   Graff Work upon Castle Street                  7

   Cranmore Media Project                         7

   The Caltragh Hoard                             8

   Globe House                                    9

   MCR Arts Based Human Rights                    9

Conclusion                                        10

   References/Biblography                         11

   Appendix 1: Common Visual Arts                 12

   Appendix 2: Resources Reviewed                 14


The objective of this report is to Research and Identify Art projects that

have been completed over the last three years with children and young

people (in particular from the ages 8-12 years) through Play and Recreation

in Urban Sligo.   The Sligo Arts Service/Public Art plan (2007-2012) in

conjunction with Community and Enterprise are embarking on a project to

encourage children and young people to utilise the current outdoor play

environments in Sligo City. These play environments includes playgrounds,

parks, streets, greens, fields, alleys and estates, and the project also aims

to encourage active citizenship in regard to valuing their recreational spaces.

The research was completed through local community centres, community

groups, youth organizations, agencies, schools, local theater companies,

organizations involved in delivering art projects and local artists.      This

report will outline a number of relevant projects which is applicable to the

aim of this research.


Play and Recreation does not just take place on designated areas. Children

often place more value on the non designated play areas such as their

streets, green spaces on their estates and fields around their living


According to the National Play Policy 2006, Ready Steady Play

   ‘States Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and

   leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities

   appropriate to the age of the child, and to participate freely
   in cultural life and the arts.’

Children and young people also need to be encouraged to take pride in their

community and their play spaces.     By providing children and young people

with opportunities to be involved in the development of their play spaces will

encourage them to become active citizens in the community.

Sligo has been designation as a ‘Gateway’ City, which will include vast

infrastructural development. According to the Sligo Art Plan,

This level of development and regeneration offers enormous potential for
collaboration between planners, developers, architects, urban designers and
artists. It also creates opportunities to animate the public realm and enrich
street life through book markets, outdoor exhibitions, festivals, carnivals,
outdoor screenings, public art and performances. In this way the public can
experience and enjoy the arts in streets, squares, parks, and other locations.
These arts practices play a central role in uplifting and empowering local
people; transforming how they feel, behave or interact with each other;
celebrating identity, reinforcing sense of place; and developing active
citizenship. In short improving ‘quality of life’. The arts plan will seek to
influence ‘Gateway’ developments in order to secure the distinctive
contribution of the arts in the design and planning of the public realm.

These two documents acted as a guide in identifying potential project that

have been completed and maybe built on in communities in Sligo City.

The methods of research for this report included

Email, phone calls, internet research, face to face communication, interviews

on site visits and meetings.

The Arts Council required some specific information regarding local arts

projects, this included:

      Project Description

      Number of participants

      Age Group

      Artists names

This information was incorporated into a simple questionnaire and was sent

(via email) to local community centres, community groups, young people

organizations,   agencies, schools, local theater companies, organizations

involved in delivering art projects     and local artists.   The emails were

followed up with phone calls, meeting and site visits.


The information collected has been analyzed. A number of common visual

arts have been identified (Appendix I) and eight relevant projects have been

selected and profiled for the purpose of this report.

   MCR Mural Project

   In November 2008 a Mural project commenced with

   37 children from the MCR area under Peace II Play

and Recreation Funding in conjunction with RAPID. Two workshops with

children from the community were held, one with children from the ages

of four to seven and one from the ages of eight to thirteen.

The objectives of the workshop were to identify a theme for the mural

and to consult with the children to include their ideas for the mural for

their playground.   The children were given a brief description of the

project and asked to draw designs of what they would like to see on the

Mural using colours. The artists Kevin and Paraic McLoughlin took the

children’s sketches and blended all the ideas together into a number of

montages. The artists then returned to the children and the children

voted on the montage they liked best. The artist completed the Mural.

Cranmore Pride and Peace Carnival

In 2007 children from Cranmore participated in a projet for their Street

Carnival ‘Pride and Peace’.   This was to help address some issues the

children and young people had which were identified during the

consultation process for the Cranmore Social Plan. Over half of the group

                                 surveyed reported that there was a

                                 general perception that Sligo residents

                                 do not like people from Cranmore.

                                 Furthermore, the majority of the older

                                 age group 13-18 stated that they ‘did

                                 nothing’ or ‘dossed’ after school with the

most popular place to hang out included the streets, town centre and the

racecourse. (OToole pg 58).

This envisaged that the Pride and Peace Carnival would help the children

to have pride in their community, confidence in themselves and to utilize

the areas they hung out.      Fifty children with a age range of 6 to 16

participated in workshops in learning how the costumes were made and

practising the routines for the street carnival with local artists Imelda

Peppard and Killian Rodgers. The children took ownership of the carnival

which took place in September 2007 their voices could be heard chanting

‘1 2 3 4 lets celebrate Cranmore’ thourgh City Centre Streets.

Family Resource House Project

In 2010 eight children from the Family

Resource House in Cranmore between

the ages of 5 and 8 participated in an

arts project with the Model. This was

a regeneration project called the Big

Projet   and   the    Model   worked   in

partnership    with     the    Cranmore

Regeneration Project. The work was based around the hoarding around

the perimeter of The Model re-development site. The aim of the project

was to give the children a sense of ownership, particularly at a time in

their lives, when their community is experiencing profound change and to

share their vision for the future of Sligo. The children worked with

Artists Naomi Draper and Margaret Moggins through a series of story-

telling and visual art workshops. The artists developed the workshop on

the children’s curiosity in what was behind the hoarding. The children’s

ideas were then developed into a creation of six tiny creatures and their

worlds.       The children walked from Cranmore to the Model where they

viewed 3D images of the creatures through keyholes (as if looking into

their homes).      A documentary by David Parle on the process of the

project was also developed.

   Graff work up on Castle Street

                          In 2009 approximately twelve young people from

                          Cranmore, Sligo Youth Reach, Easkey FRC and The

                          Young Model Youth Group worked with street

                          artists Paraic and Kevin McLoughlin on an arts

                          project for the YM exhibition signals in the Dark:

Art in the Shadow of War for inspiring young people . Workshops were

based in the Wolf on Arm studio on Wolfe Tone Street where the young

people made decisions on their images, using daily newspapers for

inspiration and quotes from world leaders that relate to contemporary

war. The group produced a number of street works that represent in

their eyes. Their work was displayed on hoarding in Castle Street.

Cranmore Media Project

In 2008 Cranmore Community Co-op

through       funding   from   Sligo    Leader

Partnership commenced a Youth Media

project as part of the New Media Youth

Collective.       Approximately    12       young

people took part from the ages of 12 to 16. The Youth Media project

documented some of the ideas through photography and film.               As

Cranmore is in the process of Regeneration and many changes were due to

take place in the physical environment the aim was to make them more

aware around this process and develop active citizenship. The young

people were allowed to shoot what they wanted.. When the photos were

developed they thought that Cranmore was very grey and had the idea

that the wanted lots of colour in their film showing a number of

colourful events they took part in. The young people decided to change

the format of their film to a documentary about Cranmore its people and

its     development        calling       it         “The     Big       Tree”

( .

The Caltragh Hoard

In 2007 a project commissioned by the Sligo Arts Service was completed

with a film by Johnny Gogan.     The project engaged with thirty seven

                            children from the ages of six plus. Lead

                            Artist Tracy Walsh and Liz Obrien, Sean

                            OhAnrachain       and    Peggy   McKenna   have

                            facilitated art workshops and events with

                            the local children and young people.        The

                            project was an unravelling experience for the

children learning history, myths and legends about Caltragh. They visited

local historical sites such as Carrowkeel. The children were involved in

numerous workshops which inspired them to participate in a Halloween

festival in their community which they have continued to do so to date.

The large green in the estate is the main play area for the children and

young people. Using all the information collected and the children ideas

from the workshops Tracy Walsh and Peggy McKenna developed ceramic

tiles with images from the children’s drawings which have been imbedded

into the green.     The project was educational and helped the children

develop their social skills with their peers as well as learn to appreciate

their play areas.

Globe House

Ten children from Globe house Direct Provision Centre for

Asylum Seekers participated in an Arts project in 2009.

The children’s ages ranged between the ages of six to

twelve. Working with Artist Pia Luck each child created a

individual hand puppet for a puppet play. They built a stage

and explored puppet play with the characters they had

created. They presented their work in a performance on the Park Fest

during Cairde.

MCR Arts Based Human Rights Workshop

Twenty children ranging from the ages seven to twelve from MCR Sligo

explored in 4 sessions themes of racism and other forms of

                    discrimination with Artist Pia Luck in 2009.       .The

                    project included drawing, and sculpturing pieces of art

                    which interoperated what children’s ideas around

                    diversity.   During these    sessions   they   explored

   different materials and artistic techniques such as mono-printing, making

   badges, working with papier-mâché and clay modelling.


It is evident that all the creative Art projects were beneficial to the

children and young people, the local community and brought a sense of pride

and awareness of the natural environment. The art projects were developed

by the artists and local groups collectively, acknowledging the National

Children’s Strategy guidelines by giving children a voice by involving the

children in the decision –making process. Children having their say and being

involved in local development that affects them and their community enable

them to be valued and appreciated. Acceptance of this kind of contribution

by the artist builds self-esteem and positive recognition of the community’s

own character and value. This level of development and regeneration offers

enormous     potential   for   collaboration   between   planners,      developers,

architects, urban designers and artists. These various creative art projects

build strong beneficial partnerships between local artists individuals,

organisations and associations that exist within the community. active

participation by children and young people by utilising play areas creates

vision and creativity involving all the community as active citizens.


Cranmore Regeneration Project, (2007) Cranmore Regeneration Social

Plan, Sligo: Cranmore Regeneration Project

McKnight et al (1993) A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing A

Community’s Assets, Ilinios: ACTA Publications
NCO (2004) Ready, Steady, Play! A National Play Policy. National

Chirlden’s Office. Dulin: The Stationery Office.

NCO (2000) Our Children Their Lives! The National Children’s Strategy

O’Toole. J. et al, (2006) Cranmore Young people Consultation, Sligo

Appendix I

The following common visual arts included

      Carnival events and workshops

      Art Exhibitions

      Media project

          o Film

          o Photography

      Graffiti and Mural Projects

      Puppet making

      Kite Making and Kite Flying

      Art outdoor projects using the natural environment

      Sand Sculpting

      Clay tiling

      Pottery

      Hip Hop dance

      Arts & Crafts

      Guitar

      Singing

      Sound beam

      Samba Drums

Appendix II

The following organisations and Artist provided information for this


      Abbeyquarter Community Centre

      Resource House

      Cranmore Community Cooperative Society Ltd

      Avalon Centre

      MCR Community Centre

      Merville Community Centre

      North Conought Young people

      Northside Community Centre

      Joyn

      The Factory

      The Model

      The Blue Raincoat Company

      RAPID

      Sligo County Council

      Sligo Borough Council Parks Department

A number of artist also provided information these included Pia Luck, Nike

Ogun, Karen Webster and Dave McLoughlin

Resources reviewed in the preparation of this report include:

Caltragh Hourd (Film Production)

Cranmore Newsletters

Cranmore Regeneration Social Plan(2007)

Joyn Annual Report (2009)

National Children’s Rights Alliance and Youth Council o Ireland (2005)

National Children’s Strategy ‘Our Children Their Lives’ (2000)

National Play Policy ‘Ready Steady Play (2004)

National Recreation Policy for Young Poeple ‘Teenspace’ (2007)

Northside Newsletters

RAPID Newsletters

Sligo’s Art’s Plan ‘Space for Art (2007-2012)

Sligo Champion Archives

Sligo Weekender Archives

The Big Tree (film Production)

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (2000)


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