Exploring & Thinking Public Event

The four Dublin Local Authorities in association with the NCH present:
Exploring & Thinking
Presentations on Early Childhood Arts Commissions
National Concert Hall, 24th of January 2019.

Exploring and Thinking is a collaborative framework for early childhood arts in the Dublin region. It came about in 2016 when the four Dublin Local Authorities partnered for the first time to collectively consider early childhood arts provision in the Dublin region. The project partners made a successful application for Arts Council funding under the Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2016. The joint proposal focused on commissioning and touring new artwork to the four Local Authority areas with local engagement programmes, in arts and non-traditional arts venues.

The Exploring and Thinking framework culminated in the commissioning of two unique projects:
Anna Newell, I Am Baba - A new immersive theatre piece for babies aged 0-12 months. A full commission for the development, creation and tour of I Am Baba to the four Local Authority areas.
Helen Barry and Eamon Sweeney, Sculptunes - A modular interactive music-producing sculpture. A research and development commission, which supported the artists to develop one piece of the original six-piece proposal and test this musical sculpture with children and early childcare practitioners.

The Local Authority partnership in association with the NCH now wish to share the commissioned work and invite you to hear from the commissioned artists. A publication capturing a review of the commissioning process, outputs and impacts of the collaborative framework, alongside additional research conducted among the artists and key personnel will be presented on the day. Please see the attached programme for more information on the event.