People stuck at home in Cork urged to get creative and make art

People stuck at home in Cork urged to get creative and make art
Exterior view of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in the grounds of University College Cork, Ireland.- Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger

WHILE it may be closed to the public, Cork’s Glucksman gallery has started a new initiative that aims to provide people at home with a creative outlet during the coronavirus outbreak.

The 'Creativity at Home' initiative will provide daily art activities for people online during gallery hours.

Each day, the team at the Glucksman will share new art activities on their website, and through their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts using the #CreativityAtHome hashtag. Video tutorials will be provided through the gallery’s dedicated YouTube channel.

Participants are also encouraged to share their own artworks, with online galleries being created to "celebrate the imagination and creativity" of those who get involved.

“We want to help people to get creative at home and each day we will have different activities to do with easy to access art materials, or items that you would have around the house,” said Glucksman Director Fiona Kearney.

UCC President Prof Patrick O'Shea said the initiative plays a role in transferring the UCC experience from campus into homes. 

"We have endeavoured to move work and study off-campus and online since the introduction of measures to battle the spread of Covid-19. However, UCC has always prided itself on the extracurricular experience it delivers to its community.

"As UCC President and a member of the Glucksman board, I'm delighted to see ingenuity like this in the face of a global challenge,” he said.

The initiative has also been welcomed by the Arts Council. 

“This is a fantastic initiative and it’s a really positive example of resilient adaptation in the face of the difficult circumstances that we currently find ourselves in,” said Ben Mulligan, the Arts Councils’ Head of Visual Arts.

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