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Mundy inspires artists of the future at the launch of student ‘arts-in-education’ exhibition

Mundy inspires Future Artists
  • Exhibition of second level students’ arts-in-education projects, entitled Creative Engagement, takes place in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, this Saturday
  • Artists who worked with the students on the programme include musician Mundy and fashion designer Sorcha O'Raghallaigh

An exhibition of second level students’ arts-in-education projects, entitled Creative Engagement, being held in the National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin, this Saturday, 5 October, was launched today by musician and songwriter, Mundy.

The arts-in-education exhibition is a partnership between the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the National Museum of Ireland. This year among the artists who worked with students’ projects is singer songwriter, Mundy and Lady Gaga costume designer, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh. Other projects were inspired by The National Museum’s collections and they include: The Viking House project by Coolmine Community - inspired by the Viking Ireland exhibition; and the online Heritage trail by Larkin Community College was initially inspired by the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition.

Through the Creative Engagement programme, local artists visit schools and work with students to share their knowledge and inspire students’ own creations. This year, projects produced by students include dance, film, sculpture, music and visual art in 65 schools around Ireland.

Creative Engagement is supported by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, both of which help to fund the programme. The programme is seen as an example of what is envisaged in the Arts in Education charter which was jointly launched this year by both Government departments.

Speaking about the concept behind the programme, Dermot Carney, NAPD Arts Officer and Administrator of Creative Engagement said:

‘Creative Engagement was set up to promote arts-in-education in schools. Creative engagement happens when a local artist or arts group comes into the school and shares their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm with the students. This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and the students.’

Mundy, who was involved in a workshop in his own school, St Brendan’s Community School in Birr, Co. Offaly, explained the benefits of the programme to students.

‘I was delighted to share my musical skills with the students involved, and to encourage creativity, initiative and expression among them. Together, we wrote a song that the students will perform during the exhibition on Saturday. By giving the students an insight into my work, I hope that I have left an impression on them and that they will in turn explore their own creativity be it in music or elsewhere’.

The Minister of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, will open the exhibition on Saturday, 5 October.

The exhibition is open to the public between 11am and 5pm. Entrance to the museum and to the exhibition is free. There is free parking in the Museum on the day.

Further information please contact:

Dermot Carney, Chief Arts Officer, NAPD, 086 2779924

Lorraine Comer, Head of Education at the National Museum of Ireland, 087 6835612

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Danielle Scully, pr360, 087 7517338  

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