Tools Of The Trade


Tools Of The Trade-Art Project and Exhibition


In 2018, Cork Public Museum was delighted to be one of the partners in this art project that has been running since 2017. The project explores childhood creativity and interesting places of work and is the brainchild of local artists Leah Murphy and Susie Walsh. This is a school-based programme, which connects schoolchildren with the workplace through art.


Over several months in 2018, 71 pupils from St. Marie’s of the Isle and Sundays Well Boys and Girls Primary schools worked with the artists. The children taking part had the chance to see behind closed doors in three varied and interesting places of work in Cork City. Apart from the museum, the children also visited the Ceramic Department in the Crawford College of Art on Sharman Crawford St, and the Cork Centre for Architectural Education on Copley St.

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Introductory workshops were given where the children were shown tools that are in everyday use in these workplaces as a starting point. On Monday 16th April, the school classes visited the museum where City Archaeologist, Ciara Brett and Museum Curator, Daniel Breen spoke to the school children about the work of archaeologists and how excavated artefacts can reveal about the people who made them. The children could handle and inspect original excavated objects from Garryduff I Ringfort including the iconic Garryduff Bird


In a series of fun, interactive and educational art workshops, the children then created artworks inspired by the specific activities encountered in each place of work. The artworks were then exhibited at the museum between June and September.


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