Early Years Artist Residency: High Expectations

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May 2023 - September 2024


We are delighted to be working with the North East Inner City (NEIC) on High Expectations, an early years artist-residency with artist Helen Barry and Ozanam House Early Learning Centre on Mountjoy Square.

This year-long initiative, which began in May 2023, sees artist Helen Barry working with three groups of children at the centre on a weekly basis and includes monthly visits to the Hugh Lane Gallery where children and their parents creatively engage with and respond to artworks and the gallery space.

This year-long investment has used a child led approach and has offered us an insight into the curious and enquiring mind of a child.  We have witnessed  how the impact of creativity offers the child a new way in which they can make their mark, find their voice and stamp their feet to a rhythm we have co-created with them and for them.

An interactive exhibition capturing the children’s experience and some of the work created together with early years artist Helen Barry will be on at the gallery from 7 June – 6 September. This space is specifically curated to invite early years to be themselves in the space.


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This image is from the amazing day when Poet Paula Meehan paid a visit to the gallery and spoke to the children in front of her portrait by Mick O’Dea. The children had seen the portrait previously on display.

Film documenting the earlier stages of the residency at Ozanam House, featuring the children, artist Helen Barry and Ozanam House Early Learning Centre Manager Debbie Keegan.

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Mrs Lavery Sketching Sir John Lavery 1910