Artists Celina Muldoon and Cliodhna Timoney will work with students and teachers in four secondary schools as part of the next phase of The Dock's Collective Producers Project. Collective Producers was developed in 2019 to help young people aged 14-19 years to develop skills that connect them to their place and community. It opened access to contemporary culture for young people and by extension, their families. The project is supported by the Creative Ireland Open Call Programme through Leitrim County Council.
The Collective Producers Project began in 2019 when The Dock, working with artists Vanya Lambrecht Ward, David Smith and Anna Leask created a unique programme of bespoke workshops and master class events for teenagers. The project culminated in the production of an E-zine which was an online showcase of the many and various creative processes that the participants and artists had worked through. You can view a copy of that publication at this link:- https://issuu.com/thedock/docs...
In 2020, a year when school, work and holidays were all put on hold we recognised how vital it was that we devise a new way of working to maintain a creative connection with the young people involved in the project and to give them a creative outlet during lock-down. The new project that emerged was 2km 3 locations The group continued to work with artists David Smith, Wayne O'Connor, and Anna Leask and were encouraged to use their immediate area as inspiration for their creative work. The results were published in another online E-zine that can be viewed here:- https://view.joomag.com/2km-bo...
Collective Producers 2021
In 2021 the third stage of the project is designed to support engagement with young people and secondary schools during school hours. This project is exciting as it offers a unique opportunity for a core group of young people at secondary school to connect with The Dock's educational and visual arts programme. The project will see the students work with artists Celina Muldoon and Cliodhna Timoney.
Four secondary schools will each nominate students with an interest in the arts to form the cohort membership of a Collective Producers hub for their school ,working with a teacher in each location. The four schools are:
Carrick-on -Shannon Community School and teacher Maeve Cormican
Ballymahon Vocational School and teacher Anne O'Reilly
Boyle Community College and teacher Aengus Martin
Drumshambo Vocational School and teacher Eugene Rooney
Each school will deliver six workshops. The workshops are intended to be developmental and process-based. The workshops will be online, arranged to suit the secondary schools needs during Covid 19 restrictions. A Collective Producers sub-committee will be elected to represent individual schools and form a body that will give a voice to young people at a local level, as well as forming new relationships with organisations and other schools. The sub-committee will act as advisers to The Dock education programme and co-ordinate the next stage of the Collective Producers, as well as recruit new members.
The Dock has an existing relationship with many of the schools but this project facilitates us to develop this to a much deeper level and work with participants in school hours, at their own pace, and to connect creative students across the community. We are looking forward to another year of creativity and fun!