PEACE IV Cavan Youth Arts Lab

Cavan Youth Arts lab



In 2017 Cavan County Council Arts Office was awarded €160,000 from Peace IV to establish the Youth Arts Lab. The purpose of the project is to enhance the capacity of children and young people to develop awareness and respect for self and others and to form positive relationships through the arts. Over 230 young people have engaged in this programme so far through the facilitation of 17 artists across various art forms. The project so far:


Spring 2018





Printmaker Eileen Ferguson worked with Transition Year Students from St. Clare’s College drawing inspiration from the collection and their own ideas. They produced monoprints and used the printing press to make art work for a special Culture Night exhibition.



Calantha Forde delivered workshops on physical theatre, drama and circus skills with young people from the Bounceback programme.






Chris O’ Brien explored home and identity through a series of workshops using drama and incorporating elements of visual art with Big Steps afterschool.



Heather Brett and young women from Cavan Traveller Movement considered traveller culture and traditions. They visited the PEACE walls in Belfast and toured the Troubles exhibition.  Through their research and reflection they created a series of visual imagery on banners to represent their experience.



Joanne Behan worked with the Youth Advocacy Programme (YAP) creating life size clay portraits of themselves and their advocates. The clay heads were exhibited for Cruinniú and Culture Night at Cavan County Museum.




Marilyn Pepper, visual artist worked with children afterschool from St. Felim’s N.S. Cavan and Cavan No1 School. The workshops explored the notion of “self” through personalisation using materials and explored wider issues of culture and diversity.




Mary Farrelly and Trina McCann delivered dance and drama workshops with young people from Cootehill. Due to popular demand they provided an additional summer project. They also delivered this programme in Billis.





Young people from Kingscourt depicted the Cavan landscape through a textile piece with the support of the visual artist Anna West. They completed an origami installation for permanent display at their school, Coláiste Dún an Rí.


Young people from Coláiste Dán an Rí show Cathaoirleach Madeline Argue, Board of Managment Clifford Kelly, their teachers and Cavan County Council Arts Office Staff their textile piece inspired by the Cavan Drumlins made through PEACE IV Cavan Youth Arts Lab with Artist Anna West before they install it at their school along with their origami installation.






Young people from Shercock worked with film maker Colm Mullen in film and digital art. They explored their town, painting with light and made legacy pieces in the form of large banners which enhance the environs of Shercock N.S.





Young women from Templeport Foroige weaved the Cavan Burren into their felt and visual art pieces as well as producing poetry specifically Rengas and Haikus.


Their art works were guided and inspired by their facilitators, poet and wordsmith Bee Smith and visual artist Morag Donald. Their field trip to the Geopark is evident in their creations.



Summer 2018




The landscape, heritage and folklore of West Cavan were explored by the young artists of Dowra with the support of poet and artist Heather Brett.

Children aged 10 to 12 years illustrated their surroundings through poetry and visual art and produced permanent art work on panels to enhance their village environs.  The group are working on a postcard and calendar project.




Street Art Programmes



Graffiti Artist Alexandre Beretta and young people from Cavan Town produced a marine and Lakeland based scene for their mural. It also held symbols of PEACE throughout it’s landscape.



Young people from Swanlinbar transformed buildings in their town with the guidance of Graffiti Artist Jonathon Lynn with a street art project. Based at Trivia House they produced exciting results with facades based on swans, faces and local lore.




Dj Skills Kilnaleck 


Kilnaleck Youth Drama Society produced two radio productions and adapted their play “Cyber Gossip” produced originally by the group and their tutor Alice Lynch, for radio with the music production facilitator Alan D’Arcy.




Autumn/Winter 2018




Robbie Perry delivers a multimedia project as young people from Ballyjamesduff experiment with music, visual art and technology gaining an awareness of the science of sound.





Colm Mullen and young digital artists of the area complete their programme with an exhibition of prints based on the local area in Belturbet Library.




Alan D’Arcy will deliver an intensive music production programme including D.J. Skills and Radio Production to music enthusiasts over midterm at St. Bricin’s College Belturbet.





Kate Garry is sharing her D.J. skills with Youthreach Cavan as the young people use mixing desk, turntables and play vinyl records sampling new and old technology and exploring sound.


Robbie Perry brings his skill set to The Royal School Cavan as he and Transition Years develop an interactive piece incorporating sound, water and technology. This will be a bespoke piece for the Well Being area. 


Steering committee : Patricia Acheson, Sean Corcoran, Luke Cunningham, Sandy Holland, Julie McAvinney, Paddy Sexton, Patricia Smith, Rhiannon Smith, Lavinia Tilson, Maura Williamson.


Kim Doherty, Project Facilitator, Catriona O’Reilly, Arts Officer. 




Date and time:

15 Oct 2018 - 29 Sep 2019



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