• Early Years Arts Festival & Seminar (Space Invaders) – 9 & 10 May in Farmleigh

    Posted on May 1, 2015 by in News Updates

    This is a FREE EVENT and the Space Invaders festival programme includes FREE experiential arts workshops for Early Years Educators in Music, Visual Arts and Dance and is taking place on Saturday 9 May as part of the seminar in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park. In addition there are free live performances on Sunday 10 May for children aged 0-5 years and their families.

    We welcome artists, educators and policy makers to our Early Years Arts Seminar on May 9th in Farmleigh. The seminar will focus on Artful Dodgers, a unique music and visual arts programme located in two crèche services in Fingal, Ros Eó in Rush and Little Learners in Dublin 15. In partnership with artist Jackie Maguire, Fingal Arts Office bring you a dynamic seminar schedule which includes presentations that demonstrate the rich potential in early years arts education, and research conducted in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin Arts Education Research Group (AERG). We will be joined by Rhona Matheson, CE of Starcatchers, to share examples of best practice in Scotland. Our panel discussion will include contributions from Dr. Margaret Rogers of Better Start, Lisa Kavanagh of Early Childhood Ireland, and Seóna Ní Bhriain Head of Young People, Children and Education with The Arts Council of Ireland. Artful Dodgers has been funded by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office and Fingal County Childcare Committee.

    Artful Dodgers is an early years music and visual arts programme that commenced in September 2013. The programme is located in two community crèche services in Fingal and is pioneered by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office, artists Jackie Maguire and Naomi Draper, Fingal County Childcare Committee and Ros Eó and Little Learners community crèche services. Artful Dodgers was delivered in three phases:

    • ‘artist in residence programme’ (Phase 1: 2013)
    • ‘creative exchange programme’ (Phase 2: 2014 to 2015), and
    • ‘parental involvement programme’ (Phase 3: 2015).

    Given the unique nature of Artful Dodgers, it has been monitored and evaluated by Trinity College Dublin Arts Education Research Group since 2013. The research team have been particularly interested in exploring the programme’s capacity to enhance the children’s early literacy and numeracy development; and if Artful Dodgers as a model can build the capacity of the early years educators to embed music and the visual arts in their setting. The Artful Dodgers partnership now wish to share their experiences of delivering a multi-phased early years arts programme with a wider audience in order to disseminate the research findings and discuss any implications on policy, practice and continual professional development in the realm of early years arts and education. The inclusion of a space for critical reflection across disciplines between staff and artists was adopted and nurtured throughout the programme. We wish to highlight the key changes in practice that occurred as a direct result of the artists being located in the two childcare settings, the cross-profession collaboration, and the initiation of a parental involvement phase within the programme.

    The Children’s programme on May 10th is exclusively for those aged 0-5 years and their guardians who will be treated to artistic performances from around the world. In partnership with Cliodhna Noonan of Acting Up!, we bring you performances from Belgium, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria and Ireland. ReCreate will join us with their ‘Warehouse of Wonders’ full of playful material with lots of potential. There is something for everyone, so do come along and join in the celebration.

    Please click Seminar Schedule and Brochure for more information.

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