As part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2021, the national day of free creativity for children and young people on Saturday, June 12, the Linenhall Arts Centre are showcasing a series of three short videos designed to encourage and inspire young children and their families to get creative through dance, music and visual art.
Visual artist Mary Noonan presents ‘Ealaín le Bréagáin’/‘Art with Toys’, exploring ways to create visual art inspired by and using your toys. ‘Nature Moves’ will be hosted by dancer Catherine Donnelly, encouraging creative exploration of nature and the garden through movement and dance. Last but certainly not least, musician Anthony McNamee presents ‘Funky House’, encouraging children to get creative making soundscapes with their family, using found sounds from around the house.
These videos are designed as inspirational jumping off points, rather than how-to tutorials, motivating children and their families to be creative in their own way - freestyle! They will be released via the Linenhall Arts Centre’s social media channels and webpage from today, Tuesday, May 25.
Parents and siblings are encouraged to watch these videos together with their youngest family members, and then get creative together at home and in nature surroundings using the videos as inspiration. Participants are invited to submit photos, audio recordings, or short video clips of their resulting creations for display on the Linenhall Arts Centre website and social media pages on Saturday, June 12, marking Cruinniú na nÓg. The deadline for submitting children’s creations for sharing online is Wednesday, June 9 at 5pm and the ‘Guidelines for Submitting’ can be found at www.thelinenhall.com.
Orla Henihan, Arts Access Officer at the Linenhall Arts Centre explains: “Our Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 programme is inspired by the voices of young children, and a selection of their likes and wishes, as outlined in First Five, Report on the National Consultation with Young Children from 2016. Children aged 3-5 reported to researchers that one of the main things they like is their home, and that their garden and nature is also important to them. They also love doing activities with parents, siblings, grandparents and pets; engaging in creative activities such as drawing/colouring; and having toys, and toys they care for. We’re delighted to work with three Mayo based artists to present these videos, which we hope young children will find inspiring.”
The Linenhall Arts Centre programme is part of the nationwide Cruinniú na nÓg 2021. Full details of the Linenhall Arts Centre’s events are available on the Linenhall Arts Centre website.