21/06/13

21/06/2013 – Minister Deenihan Launches Primary School Access Project – 1913 Tapestry Project at the NCAD, Thomas Street

Friday 21st June, 2013 – Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will launch the Primary School Access Projoect – 1913 Tapestry Project in the NCAD, Thomas Street, Dublin.

The aim of the project is to introduce young children from the local community to the possibilities of studying art and design as options at 3rd level.  The primary school access project has been developed as a module within the BA (Hons) Art and Design Education Degree.   The NCAD links with 15 primary schools located in Dublin 8 and Dublin 12.This particular project has worked with 7 schools  located in the Dublin 8 area.

The 1913 Tapestry Project is collaboration between NCAD and SIPTU and it is an ambitious large-scale, visual arts project to commemorate the Dublin Lockout.  An estimated 100,000 people , one third of the capitals inhabitants faced starvation for a 5 month period in a struggle for worker’s rights.

Opening the exhibition this morning Minister Deenihan said ” I am very happy to open this showcase of children’s artwork on the 1913 Lockout. The Lockout has been the inspiration for many works of art, from painting to prose, poetry and song, from performance art through James Plunkett’s Strumpet City – the Dublin One city One Book for 2013 and on to Robert Ballagh and Cathy Henderson’s magnificent vision for a collaborative tapestry, which has been brought forward in conjunction with the NCAD. I am proud to have supported that project, and which I am very much looking forward to seeing completed this autumn.”

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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