CHILDREN in 14 schools from the Skibbereen area are currently working hard behind the scenes for a ‘city project’ for exhibition at the Skibbereen Arts Festival.
They are learning about buildings, old and modern, and then learning the basics of architectural models and building their own small buildings from cardboard.
All the buildings will come together for the Skibbereen Arts Festival in the summer and the second part of the construction phase will take place just before the festival.
The workshops will be facilitated by local artist Sonia Caldwell and a visiting artist Maeve Clancy from Achill, Co Mayo, who is also rooted in rural life and is enthusiastic about creating this city with children.
Maeve specialises in paper cutting and has worked on many fascinating projects, including a great fun video with singer Lisa Hannigan.
This project is funded by Cork County Council and is happening with the support of the local arts office and the county arts officer Ian McDonagh.
‘It will be a great way of having an input from all the surrounding areas of Skibbereen town and bringing it all together for locals and visitors to see at the festival,’ said Sonia.