VIRTUALLY THERE, a national exhibition and event tour of work made by artists, children and teachers through online residencies.
What happens when an artist in their studio collaborates online with children in the classroom? VIRTUALLY THERE explores a unique model of arts in education, based on a project by national arts organisation Kids’ Own which has been running in Northern Irish schools since 2007 and is now piloting at Marist Girls National School ( They are called Scoil Mhuire now- check this with school) in Leitrim and primary schools in Tralee. Demonstrating the use of virtual technology to connect studio and classroom, the exhibition showcases work created by children and teachers in collaboration with artists Ann Donnelly, Julie Forrester, Ann Henderson, Sharon Kelly and Andrew Livingstone.
Learn about the 50 ways to dismantle a cherry tomato, contemplate the effects of change and duration as a clay head dissolves in water, follow children’s drawing recipes to create your own artwork; the world of VIRTUALLY THERE will defy your expectations of what can be achieved when children and artists work virtually together. The work of five artists and schools demonstrates the use of virtual technology to connect studio and classroom in a ‘third space’ where exciting collaborative arts practice can evolve.
The Virtually There residency is currently active in six schools in Northern Ireland with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Project journals from these residencies can be viewed here.