A virtual exhibition developed in May and June and launched for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020.
At the beginning of March this year The Dock sent out an open call to all young people in Leitrim and the surrounding areas (Roscommon, Sligo, Longford and Cavan) to participate in a virtual exhibition entitled, NATURE NURTURE. 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.
The Virtual Gallery for the exhibition NATURE NURTURE was launched on The Dock website 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 NURTUREasked young people to consider the importance of the natural world in all its forms and our relationship to it.
Young People in three age categories of 7 - 9, 10 -14 and 15 -18 years, responded to the theme NATURE NURTURE, thinking about the beauty of our natural world, what we can do to appreciate and look after it more, what in the natural world makes you happy or amazes you, what nature offers you and your family that you think others should notice more.
This new project created an exhibition space both virtual and real for young artists to show their artwork in a highly regarded public gallery. Works were selected and judged based on artistic merit and response to the theme. The exhibition was curated by artist David Smith and Laura Mahon Visual Arts & Education Manager at The Dock. Participants from the Collective Producers project also had a curator/technician role in organising the virtual and real exhibition.
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.
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.