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EVA International announces “Better Words” book: an introduction to contemporary art through the eyes of children 

Better Words book: ‘Better Words’ visiting writer, Sue Rainsford with students from Limerick participating in the Better Words school project.

EVA International announces “Better Words” book: an introduction to contemporary art through the eyes of children 

EVA International is delighted to announce the release of Better Words – a new book for general readers that offers an introduction to contemporary art and culture through the eyes of 8 – 12-year-olds, featuring new artistic terms invented by Limerick children in a series of school workshops. 

Organised into thematic sections such as ‘Society & Politics’, ‘Practice’, and ‘Technology’, Better Words offers an introduction to key themes in contemporary art practice today, while also reflecting the cultural curiosity, creative energy and humorous irreverence of the participating school children. 

Director of EVA International, Matt Packer said, ”I am very proud to launch the Better Words book, which culminates a collaborative process of workshops with schools, leading artists, and arts writers. The book gives voice to the imaginations of the participating school-children and demonstrates their open and inquisitive approach to contemporary art”. 

The students of the five participating schools: Corpus Christi Primary School (Limerick City), Knockainey National School (Hospital), Limerick School Project (Limerick City), Our Lady Queen of Peace (Limerick City), and St. Senan’s National School (Foynes), also contributed illustrations and designs to the book alongside Piquant Media who were the leading designers and illustrators on the project. 

Better Words book

The “Better Words” book comes from the ‘Better Words’ initiative which ran in 5 schools in Limerick having children invent new artistic terms.

Better Words also features a foreword by acclaimed author Kevin Barry and notes on the workshop process by curator Maeve Mulrennan 

EVA International is a Limerick based arts organisation that produces ‘Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art’, creating programmes of exhibitions and events that engage with the people and city of Limerick and beyond. Since being founded in 1977, EVA International has worked with 2,104 artists and 41 curators from across the world, bringing outstanding exhibitions, events, and educational programmes to audiences to local, national, and international audiences. 

Copies of the book will be distributed in Ireland via the schools and public library network, as well as available to purchase via EVA International and associated retailers. 

Director of EVA International, Matt Packer said, “By empowering children to develop their own artistic terms, it creatively overturns one of the common barriers to broader public engagement with the critical ambitions and complexities that are intrinsic to contemporary art as a reflection of today’s world”. 

For more information on EVA International click here. 

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.