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The Condition of Others

The condition of others was a collaborative project between the Red Bird Youth Collective and two specially set up groups; Purple Lemon Oblivion and The Silent Maroon Rabbit Gang. These collaborative partners were day patients at CAMHS, Galway University Hospital: Merlin Park. The project explored identity through the medium of animation, installation and drawing.

In phase one of the project the group explored the role of the object as a vehicle to discuss identity. Objects reflect and represent us; they embody our tastes, values, hopes, and identities.The artists juxtaposed this notion with thefluidity of identityand from this they created a series of hybrid objects through the medium of animation. The project concluded with a collaborative installation in Galway Arts Centre.  Each member exhibited an individual installation from the objects explored during the project. The audience members had to peer through the artists cast mouths to view the work.

Phase two of the project explored the factors and conditions that make up ones identity. The groups comprised a series of questions that explored their beliefs, ambitions and fears and answered them through drawing. What do you think your last words will be? What do you live for? The project concluded with a collaborative ‘zine that was launched in Galway Arts Centre.

Like most youth led projects this project did not begin with a closed series of aims, rather it developed from a series of discussions and brain storming sessions and mutated as the weeks passed. The project was not without its challenges and flexibility was key to its success.

Due to patient confidentiality the Red Birds could never meet with Purple lemon Oblivion or The Silent Maroon Rabbit Gang. Thus, the logistics of creating a truly collaborative project was the biggest problem. However over the course of the two projects the groups developed a unique way of communicating through online avatars and questions with drawings passed between the groups.

We had many successes; small wins such as getting members involved who initially didn’t think they would enjoy the project led to big wins such as discussing issues such as sexuality and mental health.

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Youth Arts

  1. Participants
Dance - A young person explains what involvement in a youth dance group means to him.
Film - Young film makers discuss the benefits of their participation in a film project.
Circus - A young person explains what participation in Galway Community Circus has meant to her.
Voice: A Young person describes the impact that participating in Aspiro’s Health and well-being project Sing and Shine had for them.
  1. Youth workers
Visual Arts Residency in Bluebell Youth Project – The Highs and Lows
Why deliver Arts programmes with young people? -  Youth Workers give their  perspectives
From being a member of a choir to becoming a leader – A Volunteer discusses the process
  1. Artists
How do you define an artist?- Exploring good practice with young people
Mary Amond O’Brien founder of the Youth Choir Aspiro in Carlow discusses her work
Artist Jen Hesnan - discusses her work, her influences and the residency that she delivered at the Foroige Galway City Youth Cafe .
Artist Beverley Ashton – Discusses her experience of NYCI’s Certificate in Youth Arts

Art Forms

Film - The value of international collaboration and exchange


Circus – Exploring the art form.


Dance - Ciaran Gray founder of Company B discusses the development of this all male young persons’ Dance Company.


Youth Theatre -Artistic Director of DYT, David Kelly discusses the art form and what it has meant to him

Value of Creativity

Problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity – The OECD explores the value of the Arts


Promoting equality and protecting the planet   - Can the Arts contribute anything?

Role of the Arts in the Education of young people – Responding to Eisner’s 10 lessons the Arts Teach


Comic Strip 1: Important techniques to remember when working with young people.

Comic Strip 2: - How to facilitate an arts project with young people.

Comic Strip 3: - Working in the Arts means leading by example!

Funding – A perspective from The Ireland Funds

Funding – A perspective from The Arts Council

Funding  - A perspective form NYCI

Finding your materials – A great new resource

Certificate in Youth Arts – A Tutors Perspective