About the project
The Collective Producers Project is designed to encourage young people aged 14-19 years to use arts practices to develop skills that help them to form deeper connections within their communities. The project is supported under Creative Ireland Open Call Programme through Leitrim County Council.
Collective Producers is an initiative to support engagement with young people and schools. This exciting project proposes to provide a deeper, more structured opportunity for a core group of young people at secondary level to connect with The Dock's education and visual arts programme.
The intention is to develop a wider understanding of visual culture through a variety of skills, such as design, photography, graphic design, print, drawing, and 3D modelling. The aim is to empower young people to develop skills and gain experience in visual arts, culture, and new creative ideas. This project involves guidance and hands-on practical experience for young people from regional schools.
The project is led by The Dock staff, artists, and other professionals all highly skilled in education and their area of expertise. The group stands to gain skills in the curatorial and technical aspects needed for exhibition-making and hosting events and will offer them the opportunity to create their own portfolios of work and, through their work, become ambassadors for the arts in their school. It opens access to contemporary culture for young people and, by extension, their families.
The project has been led by artists, David Smith, Anna Leask, Vanya Lambrecht Ward, and coordinator Laura Mahon Visual Arts & Education Manager here in The Dock.
Schools that have previously nominated young people to be part of Collective Producers are Carrick on Shannon Community School, Ballinamore Community School, Abbey Community College, and Ballymahon Vocational school.
Want to get involved?
If you or your school is interested in learning more, contact Laura Mahon, Visual Arts & Education Manager, email: firstname.lastname@example.org