‘Three Muses: exploring art and identity’, a joint programme from three Limerick museums to inspire primary school pupils to explore visual art

  • The Three Muses (Pic Deirdre Power)
Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick.

An innovative arts programme for primary schools is launching this month, bringing together three Limerick cultural institutions: The Hunt Museum, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Limerick Museum. Pupils from schools across Limerick will discover the three collections through workshops and activities, developing their confidence and understanding in visual art, while exploring the theme of identity across the collections.

The programme also includes one-off events such as children-led tours of the collections, training sessions for teachers and a summer showcase.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Sheahan, who will open the launch, said: “I’m delighted that these three Limerick cultural institutions are collaborating to make the Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art more accessible to our young citizens. It is extremely important that young people feel welcomed into these institutions and learn to appreciate the wonderful art and displays within their walls.”

“By collaborating the Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art can capture the imagination and creativity of these young people, which can only be for the betterment of cultural life in Limerick.”

Adam Stoneman, who is coordinating the project, said: “Rather than museums and galleries constantly competing against each other for ‘audience share’ and ‘brand recognition’ this signals a more collaborative approach where schoolchildren can encounter collections side by side, fostering a sense of understanding and ownership of our shared cultural heritage.”

There will be a small fee per pupil to cover delivery costs. Primary schools can book for spring and summer terms 2020 from 21 November by contacting The Hunt Museum on 061 490081 or bookings@huntmuseum.com.

This programme is supported by The Friends of the Hunt Museum and Limerick City and County Council.

The launch of the Three Muses schools programme will take place on Thursday 21 November at 12pm at the Hunt Museum with speeches by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Sheahan, and Donncha O Treasaigh, Director of Schools, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Hunt Museum Board member.

There will be a short performance by the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s ground-breaking ensemble Sing Out With Strings.

Refreshments provided. All welcome. RSVP adam@huntmuseum.com or 061 490081.

For more information about the programme available to schools across Limerick, click here.

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