The Museum is continually looking at ways in which it can be more open and responsive to people’s needs. We want to extend our audience reach and to make the Museum experience as meaningful as possible for as many people as possible.
A Museum visit for families can be many things, from an intergenerational adventure, to a march across Clarke Square at Collins Barracks. There are so many opportunities for families to be inspired, to reminisce and reflect, and to have fun. Our programme for families across the four Museum sites is packed with events, tours, workshops and activities. All designed to inspire creativity and learning, encourage conversations, stimulate imaginations and create a sense of play.
In line with the Artist in Residence 2018 programme, a series of family friendly workshops were devised. Including a workshop exploring glass, looking at art and skills of glass engraving. This special bilingual family workshop was also part Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018. The other family centered workshops focused on the use of glass via portraiture and installation art, all of which were held in the onsite Artist Studio.
Museum on the Move & Sunday Portraits: Family Workshops
Róisín facilitated family glass workshops titled Museum on the Move & Sunday Portraits. The two workshops encouraged intergenerational involvement from families and generated exciting collaboration from all participants. Both workshops resulted in small glass panels, which the families were free to take home or leave on display as a mini exhibition within the studio space.
Open Studio & Exhibition Visits
Throughout the duration of the residency Róisín provided many Open Studio visits to her studio located in the heart of the Museum within Collins Barracks. Róisín also delivered a number of tour of the exhibition to the general public. These two important element of the residency enabled the public to gain first had experience of a traditional artist studio but also as a means to connect with Róisín and the Museum environment. The Open Studio visit generates creativity and encourages experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, and freedom of expression. Likewise the exhibition visit enables positive exchange of ideas and provides an opportunity to engage with unique cultural resources.
Image Credit - Paul Sherwood Photography
Videography - Aisling Dunne