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'Your Gallery' at Carndonagh school 08.03.21

THE National Gallery of Ireland is delighted to announce that Donagh National School, Carndonagh is one of only three primary schools selected to participate in a new initiative, Your Gallery at School. Bringing art directly to schools across the country, this holistic outreach programme followed an open application process and from nearly 70 applications the Donagh NS was selected along with Scoil Chiaráin CBS, Dublin and Cliffoney NS, Sligo.
In spring and summer 2021, the National Gallery will work with these three primary schools to create a tailored programme of activities, appropriate for the students’ ages and school levels. With a focus on learning through and about art, wellbeing and creative careers, Your Gallery at School comprises individual practical workshops, sensory sessions, talks and Q&As for the selected schools.
Pupils from Donagh National School showing some art work they made.
Caroline Carey, Principal at Donagh NS, expressed her delight at the school been chosen for the programme: "Donagh N.S. are thrilled to have been selected for the Your Gallery at School programme. The series of workshops will underpin the key values of the primary school curriculum - to foster a love of learning, to build skills for life and to develop each child’s potential in the area of arts, culture and self-care. We have small pupil numbers and feel that this programme will really nurture and harness artistic interests and creativity in our pupils. It will provide a new focus for our school pupils (and the school community, at large) and give all concerned a holistic perspective and appreciation of the arts. We hope that it will fire up their artistic creativity and awaken their curiosity in the world of art and culture. In these challenging times, we are appreciative also of this opportunity to focus on the mindfulness aspect of art. We are excited to learn more about the work of the staff of the National Gallery and the variety of career opportunities in the world of art. Such a valuable learning opportunity for all our staff and pupils!"

In the second phase of Your Gallery at School, the National Gallery of Ireland will also work with three post-primary schools. The post-primary applications will open in August 2021. For details of how to apply, key dates and application forms, see www.nationalgallery.ie .
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