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Travellers' Journey Children's Book and Artworks

Children's creative response to the Exhibition


National School children from Ballina are creating a book in response to Travellers’ Journey, a temporary  exhibition that continues at the Museum until May 2019.  

The artists and authors are pupils at Scoil Iosa, and participants at Involve, Ballina. The young people visited Travellers' Journey exhibition at the Museum in September 2018.  Each week from October to December they took time to explore identity & culture through discussions, art and story telling in their class room. Their work was facilitated by Mary Bramley, writer, and Cass McCarthy, artist, along with their teachers. Their book is being launched in Spring 2019 at the Museum, Turlough Park.  

This is a collaborative partnership project between the National Museum of Ireland, Kids Own Publishing Partnership, Involve Ballina Youth Project and Scoil Iosa, Ballina.

The Key Project aims include

  • Support the voices of young people to be heard and made visible.
  • Enable considered responses to the Exhibition through creative processes 
  • Develop meaningful dialogues about Traveller culture
  • Create a book that meaningfully and truthfully represents the children’s authentic responses, voices and experiences.
  • Distribute the book to enable enjoyment of the book and further exploration of identity and culture in school classrooms. 

Key project activities include

Creative sessions in the Museum with follow-up sessions in the classroom. 

Participants develop responses through dialogue and artwork facilitated by the professional artist and writer.

Each session offers a space for creative exploration, dialogue and development of artwork in a relaxed and safe environment.

Financial Support. 

This Project is financially supported by the National Museum of Ireland, Department of Justice and Equaltiy and by Mayo North East under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022, funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.