Superprojects is an initiative for young audiences that generates possibilities for creative encounters with contemporary art and artists. Superprojects' work includes school-based workshop and artist-residency programmes, Per Cent for Art commissions, festival events and child-centred exhibition programmes that have opened up the richness of national and international contemporary art practice to child participants; whilst actively fostering their development as meaning-makers and artists.
Current work includes a national exhibition and engagement programme (2018-2020), in partnership with Galway Arts Centre, Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Carlow VISUAL, that facilitates children to explore ideas of consciousness and the body; through viewing, discussing and responding to contemporary art creatively. The programme includes a major commission of work by artist Caoimhe Kilfeather, and the commissioning of artist Siobhan McGibbon to make work collaboratively with groups in local schools. Sculptural work by artist Karl Burke will also feature, as will a temporary response room - ‘The Make Space’ - designed by trained artist and practising primary school teacher Anne Bradley. The ‘Art & Philosophy’ initiative, with education curator Katy Fitzpatrick and professor of education Aislinn O’Donnell, will engage school groups in discursive and creative sessions that involve a series of questions, tasks and exercises; designed to enhance participating students’ experience of responding to the works on exhibition. The first iteration of this national programme is the exhibition Human Being and Human Becoming, opening on the 15th October 2018 at Galway Arts Centre, as part of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. The exhibition will feature work by Siobhan McGibbon and third class children from Scoil Chroí Íosa, who together have created their own science fiction, speculating on what transhuman possibilities the future may hold for the human body.
Recent Superprojects projects include Everything is in Everything (2017) - a collaborative commission with artists Clodagh Emoe and Jenny Brady, Hartstown Community School and Fingal Arts Office; and The studio that has no roof (2016-17) - a Per Cent for Art commission for Bracken Educate Together National School, Balbriggan with garden designed by collaborators zero-degree machine, permanent artwork by artist Atsushi Kaga and workshops by artists Dragana Jurisic, Stephen Brandes, Beth O'Halloran, Elaine Leader, Aideen Barry, Amanda Coogan, Eamon O'Kane, composer Slavek Kwi and designers Superfolk.
Superprojects is proud to be funded by The Arts Council.