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I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working collaboratively with artist Siobhan Mc Gibbons and the group from CAHMS Day hospital. Our final Goal of the project was to create a collaborative exhibition that would bring together the different personalities and styles of each artist.

ln my opinion, we certainly achieved this,  despite the fact we had no means of communication with the other group. We couldn't meet or talk to each other - in order to preserve our own identities and to show how they relate to the external world and surroundings that we live in.

Many people would consider this a disadvantage, but for me, this added to the fun and mystery of the project. lt kept our focus on the artwork itself and our personalities shone through the artwork. This allowed ourselves to communicate freely with sculpture, animation and zine.

We did however need to communicate our thoughts and ideas to the other group, so we used this animated app and created a character along with a message. We learned many skills while doing this project, one of them was of course communication! We also learned leadership skills, as Red Bird directed the group from Merlin on how to go about the project but yet ensured that everybody had an equal say.

One of my many memories of the project was learning about casting and mould making techniques resulting in each artist making a mould of their mouth, then embellishing each one to represent our individual identities. Each of the mouths were mounted onto the wall (according to each artist’s height) and were used as a vessel to convey the different personal elements that each of us used in our animation. The centre of the mouth was being used to view the animation as if a window to the soul. I was quite apprehensive at the beginning and the mould tasted like rubber, but after seeing the final product mounted on the wall, l'm really thankful that I took part in this enlightening experience.

We all worked incredibly well together despite communication difficulties. Overall, I feel this project has given me a better understanding of working with sculpture, animation and zine as I had not much knowledge of it before the project.

lt has also given me a better understanding of what identity truly means. lt has given me the opportunity to express myself through art and I am grateful for that. I look forward to doing similar projects like this in the future.

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Youth Arts

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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.
 
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Artist Beverley Ashton – Discusses her experience of NYCI’s Certificate in Youth Arts

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Film - The value of international collaboration and exchange

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http://www.youtharts.ie/blog/international-collaboration

 

Circus – Exploring the art form.

http://www.youtharts.ie/blog/circus

 

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

http://www.youtharts.ie/blog/company-b-contemporary-dance-company-young-males

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Funding – A perspective from The Ireland Funds

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Funding  - A perspective form NYCI

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Finding your materials – A great new resource

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Certificate in Youth Arts – A Tutors Perspective

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