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E O'Kane Froebel Studio Institute for Creativity at Crawford photo by Eamon O'Kane

28 June–28 October 2019


Will Sliney Superheroes takeover 
Open Daily Until 28 October 2019*

Will has transformed one of our galleries into a world of legends and superheroes, bound to inspire comic book fans of all ages, budding illustrators, and anyone who dares to dream big!

The parade of characters includes Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cú Chulainn, Spider-man, Black Widow and Thor among others from Marvel comics. Come and witness supernatural feats of strength, ferocious battles, and tragic destinies as Will transform our Seen and Heard play-space with a cast of larger-than-life heroes.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be opportunities of chance encounters with the artist whilst he is creating a mural over the month.

During October, Will Sliney and 5 selected apprentice illustrators will be working on a comic based on "The Hound"- a new Cork superhero - seen for the very first time in the exhibition. The course will detail how comics are made and put the apprentices through their paces from the layouts to final stage of drawing a comic book. 

Award-winning comic book artist Will Sliney takes over the Playspace with legends and superheroes. Enjoy chance encounters with the artist as he creates a mural in the Gallery!

The school programme of visits for primary secondary and third-level schools with the artist is fully subscribed but fans and the curious can meet Will on Saturday 26 October. (details below)

Saturday 26 October

From 11 am to 1 pm the last chance to watch Will at work on his mural and from 2 pm to 4 pm: a presentation and Q+A, a unique opportunity to ask him all the questions you have. The afternoon event is free but places are limited and booking through Eventbrite is essential.

11 am–1 pm
Watch Will work on the mural Drop-in Session, no booking required

2 pm–4 pm
Presentation and Q & A. Booking essential. 

*Closed Thursday 17 October from 5 pm. 18 October all day. Opens 11 am Saturday Morning 19 October.

September / October

Cork Film Festival Family Films in Crawford Art Gallery   
September / October 2019

As Crawford Art Gallery celebrates childhood in its major survey exhibition SEEN, NOT HEARD, Cork Film Festival is delighted to partner by inviting children to SEE and HEAR the best of world cinema. This autumn, we welcome budding film fans to a fun-packed programme of Irish and international animations and short films which have been specially selected by our Festival programming team for families to experience and enjoy.

22 September, 2 - 3.10pm
Family-Friendly Shorts: Following sold-out screenings of these specially curated family programmes at Cork Film Festival each year, we are delighted to offer you and your little ones a second chance to see this special selection of our popular Family Friendly Shorts from recent years. From musical tales to exciting adventures, this programme presents a variety of colourful short films for children (aged
6+) to enjoy the best of storytelling on film.

29 September, 2 - 3.20pm
The Secret of Kells 10th anniversary Screening (PG): To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Cork Film Festival is delighted to present Academy Award-nominated animated film The Secret of Kells, an enchanting tale inspired by Irish mythology. The story follows young Brendan who lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. A new adventure beckons when a master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. 

6 October, 2 - 3.10pm
The Overcoat and Mirette: A delightful double bill of two enchanting films which bring classic books to life for children aged 6+. The Overcoat is an animated adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's classic short story about an office worker (Cillian Murphy) who saves all his money to buy a new coat, only to have fate take a ghostly hand. Mirette brings the award-winning children’s book Mirette on the High Wire to life, featuring BAFTA award-winner Miriam Margolyes, OSCAR® nominee and TONY winner Tom Conti.

Tickets: €25 Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) per screening
€7.50 for additional adult tickets. €6 for additional child tickets
Limited tickets are available on the door. Booking in advance online is advised. Children must be accompanied by an adult

The 64th Cork Film Festival will take place from the 7th - 17th November. The Family Programme will present the latest and best family films from the international film festival circuit, for young audiences to enjoy, including lots of fun pre-screening workshops, treasure hunts and opportunities to meet filmmakers. Cork Film Festival’s Family Programme is the perfect way to let your children explore the world through film. Programme announced October 15th: watch this space!


Eamon O’Kane Froebel Studio: Institute for Creativity    
31 August–23 September 2019

An interactive space where art, architecture, design, education & play intersect.

Froebel Studio: Institute for Creativity is an interactive installation, making direct visual and conceptual reference to educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of kindergarten, Friedrich Fröebel (1782-1852). Fröebel was one of the pioneers of pedagogy, who placed play at the centre of his teachings as a typical childhood activity that is of great educational value. His “play-gifts” and teaching material continue to be acknowledged to this day, including the basic pedagogic forms he developed of the sphere, cylinder and cube, which are still employed. Fröebel’s construction blocks and movement games were also a source of inspiration for abstract artists and the Bauhaus movement.

Parenthood acted as the catalyst for this inquiry into methods of merging real life with O'Kane's art practice—where his ongoing concerns are the synergetic interplay of art, architecture, design, and education. Despite the art historical references, Fröebel Studio: The Institute for Creativity is designed as a platform for developing creativity, to be experienced by adults and children alike, as well as teachers and schools.

Seen, and HEARD PLAYSPACE in partnership with BEAG, Graffiti Theatre Cork Enchanting performances for very young children and their adults.

BEAG artists use sound, colour, movement and tactile materials to create playful encounters. In partnership with Graffiti Theatre, Cork.

Thursday 12 September
10–11am & 12 midday–1pm

What Colour is the Rain? (Suitable for children aged from 0-1 years)

What Colour is the Rain? created for BEAG by visual artist Rachel Doolin soothingly explores sound, rhythm, colour and play in a creative way for the very young. Initially performative, children are then invited to experiment and explore the materials around them encouraging thinking and communication and self-expression.

Saturday 14 September
23pm & 45pm
Sticky Pic (Suitable for children aged 18 months-3 years)

Sticky Pic, created for BEAG by actor/artist Rosie O'Regan, is a gentle interactive arts experience using cardboard easels with sticky back paper. Children will explore materials such as paper, plastics, wool and a variety of shapes to create their own illustrations while investigating pattern, colour, shape and design.

Thursday 19 September
11am12 midday & 34pm
Paper-Pond Play (Suitable for children aged 1-3 years)

Paper Pond, created for BEAG by visual artist Regina Carbayo and dancer Maria Svensson, is a playful physical performance focusing on language and communication (both verbal and non-verbal) using crayons and paper to tell a story. Children will be invited to play and explore the crayon world that has been created, to add their own ideas and to have their own experience. NB crayons can mark clothing, so old clothes are advised for the full experience.

These sessions are free to attend but booking via Eventbrite is essential: 

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7–11 August 2019

10am–1pm & 2pm–4.30pm

We need you to create a cardboard box town!
There is no right or wrong way to play with a cardboard box and our PLAYSPACE will be filled with boxes for drawing, ripping, taping, constructing, crawling, hiding and more!

Free / just drop in!
Suitable for all ages but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Animation Play Space         
12–17 August 2019 

10am–1pm & 2pm–4.30pm
Come play with stop-motion animation, invent a world, create characters, add sounds. Bring your ideas, your imagination and any special props. Animate on your own phone or use our equipment. 

All materials provided.
Stay for an hour or two or come play with family and friends every day for a week!

Free / just drop in!
Suitable for all ages but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

FORMative in partnership with Cork Printmakers   
19-25 August 2019

An invitation to invent, construct and collaborate. Print your ideas and designs onto geometric cardboard shapes. Experiment with 3-D structures on the floor and walls of a gallery…see an artwork evolve daily!

Monday 19–Friday 23 August        
10 am–12 pm
Workshops for 8 to 12 years old

€25 for the 5 sessions, limited number (12),
booking essential via Eventbrite

Monday 19–Friday 23 August       
1 pm–2 pm 
Free, drop-in session, open to all ages

Monday 19–Friday 23 August       
Workshops for 14 to 18 years old

€25 for the 5 sessions; limited number (12), booking essential via Eventbrite

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 August
11am–1pm & 2pm–4pm
Free, drop-in session, open to all ages

June / July

in partnership with Dowtcha Puppets
June–July 2019

A Visit to the Moon with Dowtcha Puppets
Friday 28 June – Monday 5 August

Dowtcha are passionate about puppet making, play and skill sharing. To collaborate with Dowtcha Puppets we will literally fly to the moon, creating costumes, creatures, alien landscapes, props and a parade!

Make Celestial Sculpture
Wednesday 3 July 
(11 am -1 pm) Free but booking is essential
& Saturday 20 July
 (2 – 4 pm) Free / just drop in!
Make a planet, comet using a variety of papercraft techniques, or put your name on a star.
Suitable for 8 years up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Build your own Extra-terrestrial
Saturday 6 July 
(2–4 pm) Free / just drop in!
& Wednesday 10 July (11 am – 1 pm) Free but booking is essential
Using simple hand and rod puppets made from paper, tape and mixed materials, we’ll imagine what kind of fantastic creatures might live in and on the moon. Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Astronauts & Space Stations
Saturday 13 July 
(2–4 pm) Free / just drop in!
& Wednesday 17 July(11 am – 1 pm) Free but booking is essential
We will explore how we can live on the moon with marionette making, using a combination of recycled and new materials.
Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 20 July   11 – 1 pm
A workshop towards the Young Persons’ Constitution for Lunar Settlement with Annalea Beattie. How will you survive on the Moon? When the outside environment is poisonous and harsh when it promises instant death when you are confined inside your spaceship under constant surveillance in limited physical space with the same people every day, what do you need to make sure you are mentally and physically well and happy? This two-hour drawing /writing workshop asks you to bring to the gallery one or two objects (or ideas) that you think might be important to your own survival on the Moon.

Finger puppets explore the moon
Wednesday 24 July
 (11 am–1 pm) Free but booking is essential
& Saturday 27 July (2 – 4 pm) Free / just drop in!
This workshop uses stories about the moon as inspiration
for puppet making. Set design and character building will develop in a puppet show.
Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Parade & Costume Making
Wednesday 31 July 
(11am–1pm) Free but booking is essential
& Saturday 3 August
 (2 – 4pm) Free / just drop in!
Make a space themed costume out of lightweight materials. Create simple designs of Space-ships, Moon Landers and Rockets.  
 Suitable for all ages.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
To make a booking contact: Emma / Anne 021 4907862

To make a booking contact: Emma / Anne 021 4907862

Cork Puppetry Festival: from Thursday 1 August
(See and for more details)

About Dowtcha Puppets
Dowtcha Puppets is a theatre company based in Cork. Formed in 2002 by the current Artistic Director Cliff Dolliver and Mick Lynch (RIP), Dowtcha has been producing puppetry performances, co-ordinating parades and community projects and undertaking commissions ever since. Dowtcha also produces the Cork Puppetry Festival and operates the Dowtcha Youth Ensemble. 

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Tel: 021 480 5042

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N.B. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm*
Thursday until 8.00pm

Sundays and Bank Holidays
11.00 am4.00pm

*Second floor closes 15 minutes before closing
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