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Youth Arts News April 2017

Update from the Youth Arts Programme

Networking Seminar for Youth workers/volunteers and youth arts practitioners in the Dublin Region: Save the date!

NYCI Youth Arts Programme is delighted to announce a networking seminar for youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in the Dublin region the morning of Tuesday, 4th July 2017.  We are really excited to announce that our partner for the seminar is the Education Dept of the National Gallery of Ireland who will also host the seminar.  Participants will be among the first visitors to tour the newly reopened gallery and hear about the programmes and offers the Education Dept has that could be of interest to your groups,  there will be a practical funding support session from NYCI Youth Arts Programme as well as the opportunity to network with your peers over a light lunch in one of Dublin's most beautiful spaces! This seminar is free but expected to fill up quickly so register your interest now with


Networking Seminar for Youth workers/volunteers and youth arts practitioners in the NorthWest Region: Save the date!


NYCI Youth Arts Programme is delighted to announce a networking seminar for youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in the NorthWest on Friday, 9th June 2017 in partnership with Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB.  The seminar will include a practical input from NYCI Youth Arts Programme, a workshop with Maeve Clancy visual artist on using visual arts with groups of young people, as well as the opportunity to network. More details to follow.



NYCI Youth Arts Summer School Programme for 2017 Announced! Early Bird Booking Closing Soon!

NYCI Summer School 2017– Conquer Your Fear: Creative Digital Technology and Youth Work!

We are delighted to be teaming up with Techspace and Young Irish Filmmakers to bring you the NYCI Youth Arts Programme Summer School 2017 Conquer Your Fear: Creative Digital Technology and Youth Work!

This year we're bringing together youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in the beautiful surrounds of Kippure, County Wicklow, to look at new skills for delivering creative activities using new technologies – and the confidence to use them. No previous experience necessary!

If you think you need to know more about all things digital, and would like to bring technology-enhanced activities spanning electronics, robotics and digital filmmaking into your youth work then book your place now!

There are early bird rates available, and those booking the 'Making' and Digital Technology workshops get a 'maker-kit' to bring back to their organisations worth €250. Find out more here.

When: Tuesday, 30th May 2017-Thursday 1st June 2017
Where: Kippure Adventure Centre, Wicklow
Book now or find out more!

We look forward to seeing you at the end of May for what promises to be one of our most exciting summer schools to date!

Youth Arts Advocacy Project Launched

Our 3 groups in this year’s youth arts advocacy and leadership group met on a rainy weekend in Wicklow in March and undertook training with a number of NYCI staff,  Jillian Van Turnout (previous Taoiseach’s nominee to Seanad, Director of Children’s Rights Alliance and Chief Commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides) and Simon Devilly (previous producer of the Pat Kenny Show and media consultant). The groups are now finalising the projects to raise the profile of young people participating in the arts in their local areas. We are all looking forward to seeing the results!

NYCI Youth Arts Online Resources

Earlier in the year we convened a Youth Arts Online Resources Editorial Advisory Panel which has been helping us to identify ways of making our online resources more available to youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners and to help us make sure we continue to generate content that is useful, practical and relevant.  We have started implementing their feedback on with a view to making a toolkit of resources (inspiration, workshops and case studies) more easily available to you so stay tuned!


News from the Youth Arts Sector

Dublin City Cultural Map

The Dublin City Cultural Map project - currently underway as part of the Dublin’s Culture Connects initiative - is a project to identify, map and promote Dublin’s extensive culture infrastructure, spanning arts, heritage, sport, recreation, science, the environment and more. 
This information will be used in two ways:
- By Dublin City Council and other policy makers to plan how they will support culture in Dublin;
- To create a free website where Dublin’s residents and visitors can find out about things to do and places to go in the city.
We want organisations, groups and individuals involved in arts and culture activity to be included in this comprehensive knowledge base - and on the map - of Dublin’s culture.  If you want to be part of this important project – and simultaneously promote your cultural work - we just need you to complete a brief survey.

Take the Survey

For more information you can drop them an Email


Symposium! 'New Frontiers: Arts Participation Amongst Young Refugees & Asylum Seekers'

This symposium seeks to explore the new realities of arts participation amongst refugee and asylum seeker children and young people. The symposium is an opportunity for academics, students, practitioners, community workers and policymakers to challenge our understandings of how these children and young people engage with the arts in our society.

Book Your Place Today

Date : 31st of May 2017

Speakers :

  • Laura Hassler (Musicians Without Borders),
  • Prof Helen Phelan (UL),
  • Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUI Galway),
  • Seán Love (Fighting Words), Dr Rachel Hoare (TCD),
  • Tadhg Crowley (The Glucksman Gallery)
  • Dr Ailbhe Kenny (MIC)

Registration fee:20 Payable at registration

Date : 31st of May 2017

Location : TARA, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick,

Time : 10am - 4pm

For further information contact


The Arts Council Tender Call

            The Arts Council wishes to procure the services of a number of Arts Advisers to meet the needs of the organisation both from a quality and service delivery perspective. The artform and practice areas to which this relates are: Dance, Festivals and Events, Music, Visual Arts and Young People Children and Education (YPCE). Each contract will be offered separately.

Successful tenderers will be experienced practitioners in the relevant areas, with the expertise and experience required to work with the Arts Council's staff by assisting in the appraisal and assessment of funding applications, providing critical advice on artistic work and providing advice in relation to artform policy as required.

Application for each of these contracts is exclusively by a public tender process offered via the eTenders procurement website on 13 April 2017 on All proposals should be submitted by 12 noon, 4 May 2017. Any questions regarding any of these contracts should be directed as set out in the tender notices and should not be directed to the Arts Council. 

Platform4 Professional Development - Navigating the music industry with Rob MacLeod

As part of Kildare County Council’s commitment to supporting and developing musicians in Kildare, the Platform4 Audio studio welcomes Rob MacLeod, a music professional with over 25 years in the industry, to give insight, advice and support for young and emerging artists.


The day will be broken into 4 modules and will cover:

  • Module 1 - Artist development / Establishing your identity
  • Module 2 - Producing your music / product
  • Module 3 - Networking
  • Module 4 - Marketing 

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 Rob is a highly experienced music professional with over 25 years in the industry and for the new artists this talk will be invaluable .


About Rob:

Rob Macleod is an experience lecturer and speaker on  all aspects of the music industry . 

He has over 25 years experience in writing / producing / engineering / marketing / presentation and lecturing in the music industry . 

Rob has had his work on major tv adverts and radio as well and charted a number of successful records and achieve both recognition nationally and internationally he has extensive contacts abroad and has worked with the likes of Chris Potter ( produced the verve and Keane ), Ben Durling  ( signed the killers ) and Keith Harris ( Stevie wonders ) to name only a tiny few . 


Dates and Booking information:

Date: Saturday 29th April 2017.

Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm (tea /coffee will be available but lunch will not be provided)

Cost: €10 (Payable at time of booking)

To book: All bookings to be made via eventbrite at the link below


Book Your Place Today


For further information please contact:

Eoghan Doyle, Assistant County Arts Officer


Phone: 045448328

Special Comic and Portfolio Event for Young People at the National Gallery!

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Darkness. Violence. Drama. Light. These words are used to describe Beyond Caravaggio, but could also define most comic books. Many artists started their careers sketching from masters such as Caravaggio in the NGI collection, and so, we have invited four leading lights from the Irish comic scene to speak about their work, influence, inspiration and motivation in this unique, one-off event. Following the illustrated talks, there will be opportunity for attendees to speak to their comic heroes, share some of their own work and get tips and advice in our special portfolio clinic.  Big Bang Comics from Dundrum will join us on the day along with our stellar speakers:  

Declan Shalvey is best known from his work on the recent Moon Knight relaunch with writer Warren Ellis for Marvel Comics. He is the co-creator/artist of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series Injection (re-teaming with Ellis and Jordie Bellaire) for Image Comics. Other projects include writing/drawing a Nick Fury serial as part of Marvel Comic’s Civil War II event and the ‘Cursed Wheel’ storyline for All Star Batman with writer Scott Snyder.

Stephen Mooney is a New York Times best-selling artist most widely known for his award winning hit series Half Past Danger from IDW Publishing. More recently he has been working as an artist for DC Comics on popular series such as Grayson, Midnighter and Bombshells. Stephen is currently hard at work on the sequel to Half Past Danger.

Nick Roche is a writer/artist best known for bringing IDW Publishing’s Transformers comics to widespread critical acclaim, most notably with the Wreckers Saga. When not in deep space with giant robots, Nick has also worked with Marvel Comics on Death’s Head and New Warriors, co-created horror comedy comic Monster Motors with ‘Minions’ screenwriter Brian Lynch, and provided music video artwork and album cover design for rock band, The Darkness.

Eoin Marron is a Kildare-born comic artist, currently working on Sons Of Anarchy: Redwood Original for BOOM! Studios with Ollie Masters - a prequel to the hit FX TV series. He previously apprenticed with Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire at Red Cube Studio, and contributed several short stories to various anthologies including If - Superheroes and Past The Last Mountain.


  • This event is free but you should book your place in advance by emailing
  • For young people aged 16+.
  • Lecture Theatre, Saturday 13 May, 10am - 1pm.


The Hive Youth Hub Seeks Manager

The Hive is a Youth Hub centrally located in the Old Post Office in Kildare Town. It is a newly refurbished premises that aims to provide a broad range of youth development opportunities for young people aged 10-24 years. The Hive was established by a range of agencies, local community and youth interests in a highly collaborative way. The board of The Hive, are employing a part time Manager. This post will increase the range of opportunities and numbers of young people using the Hive on a daily basis.

Suitable Candidates must have:

  • A recognised 3rd level qualification in a relevant field e.g. youth work, community development, education, training, management, social studies
  • A minimum of three years’ experience at management level in a similar setting is desirable
  • Experience of collaborative working with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of developing positive working relationships with young people and communities
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and management skills
  • An awareness and knowledge of relevant national and regional policies, including a working knowledge of Children First, the Children Act 2001 (revised March 2013)
  • A strong track record of developing and implementing needs based plans
  • A clear understanding of youth work
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Excellent presentation and reporting skills
  • Financial management and the ability to implement and supervise financial systems.
  • Office Administration and IT skills
  • A willingness to work unsocial hours (evenings, weekends) as required
  • The capacity to contribute to and work well as part of a team
  • A full driving license and own transport

The successful candidate will be employed by the Hive on a part-time basis 3 days per week on a twelve month fixed term contract. A three month probationary period applies. The salary for the post will be commensurate with experience.

To request a full job description and application form please email

Applications by electronic application form only to

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 5th May 2017. No canvasing or late applications will be accepted.

Interviews will take place on Thursday May 18th 2017. Shortlisting will apply.

Children & Family Events at the National Library of Ireland this July

Drop in Tuesdays   4, 11, 18, 25 July  2.15pm – 3.30pm

A fun afternoon of trails with stories and drawings that brings the National library to life for all ages. All welcome! Free and no booking is required.

Thursday afternoon workshops

Thursday 6 July, 2.30 – 4pm

Design a Book Cover workshop – Bilingual workshop

Imagine that you could design the book cover of your favourite book?

Join us as we look at book covers through the years ……. and then design you own futuristic book cover!

Ceardlann Dátheangach Leagan Amach Clúdach Leabhar

Samhlaigh go raibh tú in ann clúdach a leagadh amach le haghaidh an leabhar is fearr leat! Bígí linn agus muid ag féachaint ar clúdach leabhair agus conas go bhfuil siad athraithe tríd na blianta… agus ansin, leag amach do chlúdach leabhar féin!


Thursday 13 July, 2.30 – 4pm

The Bigger Picture: Old Maps in the National Library

Maps are everywhere: on our phones, in our cars, on walls, and adverts. But how much do we really know about them? Explore our world through maps in this fun workshop, asking questions about how maps are made and how we understand them.

Thursday 20 July, 2.30 – 4pm

Catchy Captions: Capturing Newspapers at the National Library

Discover the lost world of Newspapers at the NLI and become an illustrator to create your own catchy caption and cartoon!

Thursday 27 July, 2.30 – 4pm

Miss Battersby’s Birds - Flapping good fun!

Miss Battersby’s sketchbooks in the library are full of beautiful watercolours of exotic birds. Be inspired by Miss Battersby and create your own bird picture….or flock of birds!

Wednesday 19 July 10am – 4pm

Hands on History

Discover the National Library, find out what’s inside and what we do at this one day history ‘camp’ for post-primary students. Just bring a sense of curiosity about the past….as we attempt to take the mystery out of history research!

Places limited. Booking required: or 01 3030259/346

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