As we all know County Leitrim is steeped in a tradition of arts and culture, and is one of the most un-spoilt beautiful counties in Ireland. In March The Dock sent out an open call to young people in Leitrim and the surrounding region (Roscommon, Sligo, Longford and Cavan) to encourage them to celebrate and think about the beauty of their local areas. Inviting them to participate in a virtual exhibition titled, NATURE NURTURE.
You can see the exhibition on Saturday, June 13th by visiting The Dock exhibition website page link here
The exhibition NATURE NURTURE will be launched on The Dock website from Saturday 13th June to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg 2020. Recent times and events have highlighted the universal need for us to protect and celebrate the natural environment. The exhibition NATURE NURTURE is young peoples response to the importance of the natural world in all its forms and describes their relationship to it.
There were three age categories of 7-9, 10- 14 and 15-18 years, The exhibition was curated by artist David Smith and Laura Mahon Visual Arts & Education Manager at The Dock. This new project creates an exhibition space both, virtual and real for young artists to show their artwork in a highly regarded public gallery. At a later date, a select number of young people (Young Exhibitors) will showcase the original works at The Dock.
These selected Young Exhibitors will have the chance to participate in virtual critiques/workshops with our curators using social media/Zoom and other platforms. Works were selected and judged based on artistic merit and responds to the theme.. Participants from the Collective
Producers project also had a curator/technician role in organizing the virtual and real exhibition.
There is no doubt that the beauty of the natural environment was a source of inspiration and of quiet celebration and we hope that it will remain so in the weeks and months to come. All of the beautiful work created for Nature Nurture will be on display on The Dock's Virtual Gallery space from Saturday 13th June to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg 2020.
This project is part of Cruinniú na nÓg a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. The inaugural Cruinniú na nÓg took place on 23rd June 2018 with over 500 events taking place in cities, towns and villages across the country. This initiative funded by Creative Ireland Programme through Leitrim County Council was to encourage young people to explore their localities and to develop and use their creative ideas to reflect what they found