A Space to Create

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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. These artists led workshops resumed in person on November 2021 and are continuing in 2022.

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 can be viewed here.