Launched for Cruinniú na nÓg, June 13th 2020
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 and inviting them to participate in a virtual exhibition titled NATURE NURTURE.
The resulting exhibition NATURE NURTURE was 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, and the exhibition was curated by artist David Smith and Laura Mahon Visual our Arts & Education Manager here at The Dock.
This new project created 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 their original work 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.
Work was selected and judged based on artistic merit and how it responded to the suggested themes. Participants from another of our projects, the Collective Producers, also had a curator/technician role in organising the virtual and real exhibition.