A Space to Create
The Hugh Lane Gallery’s collaboration with the Foundations Project seeks to oﬀer children caught up in the uncertainty of living in temporary accommodation opportunities for enjoying the creative space and immersion in the cultural life of their city, Dublin. Following initial conversations in 2017 between the Foundations Project, a CDETB and HSE initiative for people using homeless services, and the Hugh Lane’s education department, artist-led workshops for children have taken place at the Hugh Lane Gallery.
From November 2021 to June 2022, after school artist-led workshops for children have been taking place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Participating artists have been Janine Davidson, Kim Jenkinson, Michelle Hall, Helena Gouveia Monteiro, Ashleigh Downey, Megan Scott, Aoife Convery, Kimberly Griffith Walsh and Liliane Puthod. The work of Walter Osborne, Hiwa K, Niki de Saint Phalle, Henri Fantin Latour, Sean Keating and Joseph Beuys are among some of the artists explored through looking, discussion and making. The children's collaborative work made in recent art workshop will be on display in our education display area and keep an eye out here for more details.
As the gallery for the city of Dublin, the Hugh Lane’s connectivity with Dublin’s communities is one of its main priorities. In our learning programmes, children are oﬀered opportunities for understanding and contributing to the artistic life that surrounds them by engaging with artworks in the collection as well as exploring their own creative potential. There is also the opportunity for enjoying a beautiful civic space that is open and free. Looking at and making art contributes to all aspects of learning. Involvement in our community’s cultural life is an important element in enhancing children’s sense of belonging. By making the gallery more permeable, community engagement projects can enrich the lives of children, contribute towards mutual understanding and broaden horizons for all. The beautifully illustrated publication A Space to Create celebrating the artwork made by the children during artist-led workshops at the Hugh Lane Gallery during earlier phases of this collaboration can be viewed here.