University College Cork’s education programme Ireland’s Fossil Heritage is launching a new children’s art exhibition on the 9th of June in the Glucksman Gallery. The exhibition will be on display for Cruinniú na nÓg on 11th June. It will celebrate the artwork of Irish schoolchildren – and fossils – in two exciting new collections, FOSSIL FREAKS and IRISH FOSSILS ALIVE.
FOSSIL FREAKS features art pieces created by students from St. Mary’s on the Hill National School in Knocknaheeny and Cork Educate Together National School in Cork city. The artworks are inspired by strange and unusual fossils from around the world and were created during a series of school workshops integrating art and palaeontology. The workshops were developed by Cork-based artists Susie Walsh and Leah Murphy (who co-deliver the Tools of the Trade schools art programme) in collaboration with palaeontologists from Ireland’s Fossil Heritage at the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences UCC with funding from Science Foundation Ireland.
IRISH FOSSILS ALIVE features the winning art pieces from the 2022 National Fossil Art Contest across four age categories: under 8 years, 9 – 12 years, 13 – 15 years and 16 – 18 years. The winning entries are inspired by Irish fossils and were submitted by school students from all over Ireland.
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