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Youth Arts Toolkit

  • 18 October, 2017

    The NUI Certificate in Youth Arts course gave me a lot of practical tools which I have brought into my own youth work practice. I have reused or taken aspects of modules and integrated them into my own youth work programs. The variety of tutors, guest speakers and site visits kept me interested, focused and inspired. Put simply, they joined up a lot of scattered dots and developed a new language for understanding and articulating just what Youth Arts means to me and what it means to our culture and society and its place in youth work.

  • Over the summer I worked with a group on the Stepping up Project. The group of young people were involved with Youth Work Ireland Tipperary in Tipp Town.  

  • 18 October, 2017

    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.

  • 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.

  • Red Bird Youth Collective was fortunate to receive funding over two phases in 2015 for NYCI’s Artist in Youth Work Residency. NYCI had been on Galway Arts Centre’s radar for a number of years, and in 2015 we finally had project proposal that suited NYCI’s criteria. Red Bird Youth Collective is as youth led resource for young people aged 15 - 23 in Galway Arts Centre. Its members are from both Galway City and County. From its beginning in 2011, Red Bird has had over 50 members come and go, and completed 8 large scale and ambitious projects in Visual Art and Architecture.

  • By Mark Connolly & Michael Bruce Weston

    First Timers...

    It was our first time experience for both of us in getting involved in an Art Project with young people, here is a brief resume as to how we went about it.

  • If you look up 100 Francis Street on Google maps, you'll see Liz O'Connor sitting outside. Liz is the heart and soul of the Liberties Breakfast & After School Club. This is a place with a face, although its places and faces are shifting, as it had to move here from its previous premises down the street and, each school year, different kids come and go.

  • In the last blog we looked at choosing the right project to apply for, now onto the application form. Here are just some general tips for writing a successful application, it is not an exhaustive list but these tips generally apply across a range of grant application forms not just to an Arts Office grant scheme.

    Read through and fill out all parts of the form

  • Every local authority has an Arts Office and they all run a yearly grant scheme. The details of all of these schemes vary from Arts Office to Arts Office. To find out the type of grants, the amounts available and the application window you should contact your local Arts Office.


    In this blog series we will look at two key areas you should focus on when applying for a grant.

    1: Choosing the right project.

    2: Writing a good application.


  • Eoghan Connolly a member of Talk About Youth Project at St Andrew’s Resource Centre speaks about his experience on the 1916 project with the National Print Museum.