The Dock, new youth artist in residence Jackie Maguire will be leading a series of workshops and events focused on young children under six years old. Her work will involve researching and exploring fundamental ecosystems as part of a theatre production. This residency is a great opportunity for Maguire to raise awareness of important environmental issues facing these ecosystems, and to engage young children in these topics through the arts. It will also provide a space for children to develop their creative voice in art, decision-making, and creativity.
Jackie has over 20 years experience of performing Brazilian music and is a founding member of Morro 16 samba band. In 2012 she was awarded the Arts Council’s Travel & Training grant and gained the Colourstrings Kindergarten Certificate. She then embarked on a musical journey of exploration with babies and young children aged 0-6 years which has remained a core part of her practice. Although Jackie works predominantly through music, her practice is influenced by the visual arts through her H Dip in Community Arts Education from NCAD and her formal Theatre Degree from Liverpool Hope University, which she incorporates as a performative element in her working methodologies. During her residency at The Dock, Maguire wishes to return to her educational roots in Theatre Studies and Environmental Science (BA Hons) and explore the theatrical and environmental worlds with young children.
In recent years Jackie has worked with The Ark, the National Gallery of Ireland, Fingal Arts Office, Trinity College Dublin’s Arts Education Research Group and Grasshoppers Festival on a number of early year’s arts projects.
Jackie has presented at a number of national and international conferences on her work as an early years artist and researcher. In her role as Research Associate at Trinity College Dublin's School of Education she has co-authored a number of peer reviewed journal articles on the arts in early childhood education.
Most recent publication:
Hayes Nóirín, Maguire, J., & O’Sullivan Carmel. (2021). Professional development in arts education for early childhood education: A creative exchange model. International Journal of Early Childhood, 53(2), 159-174. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s13158-021-00290-y