Children’s Voices Project outdoor exhibition is taking place at the People’s Museum until Paddy’s Day.
Children’s Voices Project outdoor exhibition at People’s Museum
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Dylan Frawley
Children’s Voices Project outdoor exhibition is taking place until this St. Patricks Day, Wednesday, March 17 at the People’s Museum on Pery Square. The Museum of Childhood Ireland is accepting contributions for the 2021 edition of this children’s voices during the pandemic project, and they would be delighted to hear from children/ youth in Limerick, up to 18 years of age, to have them add their voices to this historical, worldwide project.
Children are encouraged to participate in the exhibition and to submit stories, art, poetry, music, any form of expression regarding how they feel towards this pandemic, to allow children’s voices to be heard as “one story begets another”.
In 2020, the Children’s Voices Project by Myra Zepf launched as an online event for St Patrick’s Day, with bespoke frames for the children’s work designed by author/ illustrator Carol Ann Treacy.
The first-ever outdoor physical exhibition was at Killarney House and Gardens from December to January 2020, featuring works from children worldwide, showcasing how they have reacted to the pandemic. The museum hoped it might help them as they tried to make some sense of Covid-19 from their perspective. The project was showcased at the Udaaya Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal, as an outdoor physical exhibition/workshop from January to February this year and was also featured as an online festival exhibition in December with INACS, the Istituto Nazionale Arte Cultura Spettacolo, Italy, and will be online with ViMuseo from March 17, 2021.
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The online and physical exhibitions were so successful that the entire project was nominated in the final 6 of the Family Friendly Museum Awards 2020 alongside Glazer Children’s Museum, USA, Andy Warhol Museum, USA, National Gallery Singapore, Rijksmuseum, Netherlands, and the Glucksman in Cork in ‘Best International Digital Activity’ category.
Patricia Roberts, Chairperson of Limerick Civic, states, “We are delighted to showcase this exhibition and to host the Museum of Childhood Ireland at the People’s Museum of Limerick. Pery Square is slowly becoming an outdoor gallery/museum space, which has been a welcome distraction for many locals during these difficult times, and we are thrilled to add to that experience. As children go back to school, the museum is hoping to engage more with the local schools, offering information on Limerick’s heritage along with heritage activities starting with our scavenger hunt of People’s Park. We cannot wait to open our doors and to welcome people back into our building again. Still, until then, we are so proud to be able to offer opportunities to explore our heritage and culture safely and positively.”
“Anyone who is in the area is welcome to drop their work through the letterbox (personal details, other than first name and age on the back of artwork only please!) at the People’s Museum or if preferred, you can email them to [email protected],” added Majella McAllister, Chairperson, the Museum of Childhood Ireland.
About the Project:
The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project is an entirely voluntary body, with a working project board formed of members from diverse fields: Historical Research, Academic Research, Education, Children’s Rights, Children’s Voices, Museums, Art, Architecture, Poetry, Writing, Music, Publishing, Exhibitions and Events. They aim to establish an all-island of Ireland and diaspora social history museum dedicated to all children’s stories, past and present. The well-being and mental health of children is of paramount importance to the project.
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