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Children’s Art in Libraries Programme & Creative Hubs

The Children’s Art in Libraries Programme (CAL)  seeks to provide innovative high quality arts experiences for children of all ages. Since 2010 the CAL Programme - an initiative of the Dublin City Arts Office -  has worked in partnership with Dublin City Public Libraries to deliver innovative programming for children across a broad range of art forms.

In more recent years the CAL Programme began to develop its Creative Hub initiative:  Creative Hubs seek to sustain high quality arts experiences for children, schools and families to access in their Library and locality, through the development of enhanced educational, community and cultural partnership.

High Strangeness


Dublin City Council has commissioned High Strangeness, an exhibition by artist Lucy McKenna curated by IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) for children, schools, and families  as part of the Creative Hubs experience in Cabra Library.  The exhibition runs until 15 June 2024.

Lucy McKenna’s exhibition explores High Strangeness, ideas and stories at the edge of our understanding of the universe. For this show, Lucy was particularly interested in the phenomenon of magical lights appearing in the Irish landscape, documented through generations of storytelling in the National Folklore Collection in UCD. These folklore stories were documented by children from 1937 to 1939 in the School’s Collection segment of the National Collection. Their accounts relate to many subjects. The artist’s focus in this exhibition is specifically on stories of mysterious lights that were reported in the Irish landscape, across every county in the country, and behave in autonomous, patterned ways, at particular times or dates. The stories were collected by children from adults in their locality; some are first-hand witness accounts while others are stories passed along from others, spanning many generations.  Read more

The Poet Enda Wyley was commissioned to respond to the exhibition – click here to hear Enda read the poem In a Fairy Fort or see the text here

 

Summer Programme 2023 (PDF 2MB)
Free Summer Fun for Children and Families

 

Summer Programme 2022 (PDF 2.2MB)
Arts and Libraries Free Summer Fun for Children and Families

 

Summer Programme 2021 (PDF 8MB)
Inside Out - Arts and Libraries Free Summer Fun for Children and Families


 

Summer 2020 (PDF 2MB)

 

Spring 2020 (PDF 8MB)

 

Autumn 2014 (PDF 5MB)


 Summer 2015 (PDF 3MB)


 Summer 2016 (PDF 876KB)


 

 

 

 

Sample Commissions included:

A dance commission in 2014 Journey, an adaptation of the story of Orpheus and Euridice

 

A visual arts commission Ludo in 2015

 

A bi-lingual theatre commission and tour  Stór, reflecting on 1916 commemoration
Stor teacher pack (english version PDF 727KB) 

In more recent years the CAL Programme began to develop its Creative Hub initiative:

Creative Hubs seek to sustain high quality arts experiences for children, schools and families to access in their Library and locality, through the development of enhanced educational, community and cultural partnership. Creative Hubs take a more embedded approach to developing programming areas , informed by local need and consultation, while linking to the  cultural resources of the locality and the wider city.

In 2017 CAL began to develop its first Creative Hub in Ballyfermot Library this has been followed by a second Hub in Cabra Library in 2019.

Early Years Programming

Over the past ten years CAL has supported the development and programming of a broad range of Early Years initiatives.

This has included:

Programming for very young children and their families.
Commissioning Early Years Work that can be delivered in non-formal Arts Settings, particularly Libraries.   See An early years dance and music commission The Lost Sound, in 2015

Supporting the delivery of Early Years residencies and Providing CPD for Early Years Practitioners and Artists where appropriate. Early Years Arts Residencies in Local Settings