25 May 2022

‘Better Words’ to  bring modern art to the classroom at Limerick schools

‘Better Words’ to  bring modern art to the classroom at Limerick schools

Isabel Del Valle pictured with ‘The Cloud’ an installation at EVA International 2016 | Picture: Sean Curtin

FIVE primary schools are to begin a new project with EVA International, which will see the students produce a children’s glossary of contemporary art terms.

Better Words a five week programme of creative workshops for school children, is aiming to improve children’s access to art. 

Better Words will include workshops at artists’ studios, museums and galleries, with a book of the new art terms developed by the students to be published in Autumn 2019. 

“Every child will have an opportunity to contribute to Better Words in their own unique way; and the entire process will be child-led,” Better Words coordinator Maeve Mulrennan said. 

In Limerick city, Corpus Christi primary school in Moyross, Limerick School Project on O’Connell Avenue and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Janesboro are to take part in Better Words. 

In County Limerick. Knockainey National School in Hospital, and St. Senan’s National School in Foynes will also take part in the creative initiative, which will run from March to May. 

“It's an honour to work with five great Limerick Schools on Better Words,” Ms Mulrennan said. 

“It's an innovative, interdisciplinary project that will engage young people in a new way.”

“I'm also really looking forward to working with the teachers and school staff in such an experimental and child-centred way; creativity, play and imagination are embedded in their curricula.” 

Access barriers can often limit wider engagement with the best contemporary art in Ireland, according to EVA International director Matt Packer. 

“We look forward to working with classes in each of the participating schools, drawing on their creativity, curiosity and insight, that will eventually lead to the publication of a unique glossary of contemporary art,” Mr Packer said. 

A publication of the new art terms developed by the students taking part in the workshops will be published by EVA International in Autumn 2019. 

The publication will be designed by Piquant, featuring a foreword by award winning author Kevin Barry. 

The Better Words programme is supported by Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund.

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