Cork children invited to share their experience of the pandemic through a new art initative

Cork children invited to share their experience of the pandemic through a new art initative
The Lord Mayor of Cork making a collage with Alice and Jack Crowley. Picture: Clare Keogh

Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor John Sheehan is calling on the children of Cork City to use their broad range of artistic talents to create a work of art that represents their view and experience of Covid-19.

The initiative, led by the Lord Mayor in conjunction with Consultant Psychologist Dr Gillian Moore-Groarke, 'Arts for All' Cork and Cork City Council, invites children of all ages and abilities to submit a creative work that expresses their personal experience of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"This is a challenging time for all of us and we can’t underestimate how challenging this time is for our children who are missing playing with their friends, being challenged at school, and more," the Lord Mayor said.

"While we are all staying safe and ensuring we stay within our 5kms we can unleash our imagination and let our creativity flourish. 

"I would like to encourage the children of Cork City to use their many creative talents - draw pictures, illustrate comics, write poems, letters, speeches, songs or stories – whatever it may be. 

"Your creativity has no bounds," he continued. 

Dr Gillian Moore–Groarke, whose idea the Creative Call was said, it is vital that children's experience of the pandemic is documented. 

"Through the 'Arts for All' network of community-based arts organisations, we will ensure that our call out for artistic work is representative and inclusive of the many voices of children in our city. 

"The creative work that the youngest across our communities will share will live on as an exhibition for future audiences, giving us an imaginative insight into their 'new normal' lives," she said.

All of the artistic creations submitted will be officially launched online as a digital exhibition on and will coincide with Cruinniú na nÓg on June 13, 2020, as part of Cork City’s Cruinniú na nÓg programme.

Submissions for the Creative Call initiative will be accepted via from Friday, May 8 to Friday, May 29 2020.

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