A great way for all the family to get creative together

The Glucksman Gallery's Education Facilitator Ellen Byrne talks about their family workshops, sipping mochas and hot chocolate from Easter eggs and dreams of a weekend in Rome
A great way for all the family to get creative together
EE FEATURES (for elaine duggan) 06/03/2018 ... Ellen Byrne, education facilitator, Glucksman Gallery, UCC. Picture: Denis Minihane.

What is your ideal way to spend a Friday night?

Feet up, watching a good Netflix series with plenty of snacks!

Lie ins or up with the lark.. which is it for you?

Lie-ins... I have always wanted to be an early riser though!

Does work creep into your weekend at all?

Yes, I work at the Glucksman most weekends! There is a great family workshop on Sundays called Family Sunday which I sometimes lead. This is a free hour of art and craft geared toward the whole family, catering for children of all ages.

We usually take some inspiration from the artists in our current exhibition, or if there has been anything exciting happening during the week we use that for our inspiration on the day, such as the Winter Olympics or World Book Day. It’s a great way for the whole family to get creative together!

Weekends are also a good chance for me to plan any school workshops I have coming up the following week. At the moment we have children coming to the Glucksman through school and community groups to take part in making artworks for the upcoming exhibition Monsters in the Museum. Almost 1,000 children will have made collaborative works inspired by the monsters from their favourite books for this exhibition! It promises to be a great and exciting weekend and I can’t wait to see all the artworks hanging together. The Monsters in the Museum exhibition will run from March 15 to 18.

If money was no object where would you head to on a weekend city break? And who would you bring with you?

If time were also no object there are many places all around the world that I would like to visit! But seeing as a weekend is not lot of time to travel too far, I think I would go to Rome to soak up some of the history and to eat pizza, pasta and drink some wine! My boyfriend Martin is an appreciator of very good pizza so I would bring him along.

Closer to home, is there some place you like to head to recharge the batteries?

I usually take a drive to Kinsale and do the short walk around James Fort and dip my feet in the sea whenever I need to clear the cobwebs.

Do you like to catch up with family/friends at the weekend?

Yea I like to meet friends for a coffee or a drink at some point over the weekend. I’m not originally from Cork so if I have the whole weekend off I travel home to Clonmel to visit my family and spend a few days there.

Do you get to indulge in any hobbies? Even as a spectator?

My hobbies are all pretty low key. I enjoy reading and sketching when I have a little downtime. I try to run whenever I can too but in this cold weather the couch and a good book have been winning that battle!

Entertain or be entertained? If it’s the latter do you have a signature dish?

Be entertained! Though if I am cooking for someone I make a pretty good veggie lasagna.

Ellen Byrne, education facilitator, Glucksman Gallery, UCC. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Ellen Byrne, education facilitator, Glucksman Gallery, UCC. Picture: Denis Minihane.

We have so many places to eat out in Cork — where are your go to spots for coffee/ lunch/ special meal?

For a coffee I love Union Grind (who are making amazing mochas and hot chocolates inside Easter eggs at the moment so well worth a visit!), Soma or the Bookshelf. All great coffee and friendly welcoming staff!

Sunday night comes around too fast.. how do you normally spend it?

Well the Glucksman is closed on Mondays, so for me Sunday night is usually spent relaxing, with friends or maybe at the cinema!

What time does your alarm clock go off on Monday morning?

On Mondays I get to sleep in!


The Glucksman is open from 2pm to 5pm every Sunday, with family Sunday running from 3pm to 4pm in the River Room. There is no charge to participate, and also no need to book in advance. They do suggest that people arrive five minutes ahead of time to avoid disappointment as sometimes they can fill up fast! They are always led by one of the Glucksman’s facilitators and have a different theme with different activities each week! All of the materials are supplied by the Glucksman so all that you will need to bring along is your imagination! This season’s last Family Sunday is March 11, when we will be taking a short break for our exhibition changeover.

The Glucksman is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm to 5pm Sunday and closed on Monday.

See www.glucksman.org/ for more

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