Children and Art
So many expressive communities in our society are frequently left without a voice: children; marginal or minority-speaker groups; disadvantaged communities; the disabled; victims of violence and a violent world. Tigh Filí has always been committed to making those groups heard.
Tigh Filí’s Eurochild project demonstrates a more global approach to language use, encouraging non-verbal forms alongside the written and spoken word. The most important objective of the project is to give children the confidence to express themselves and take their place among the speakers of the world. With this principle in mind, Eurochild invites artwork submissions for its annual Competition from children and young teens from anywhere in the world, on whatever subject they like.
Tigh Filí’s child and youth art programme comprises:
- On-line Eurochild Art Archive and Eurochild Facebook Page featuring a digital gallery of Eurochild artwork, monthly art editorials, guest messages from exhibiting artists in the main gallery, news, links and more
- Varied programme of workshops and activities
- Visits to local galleries, narrated by storytellers and facilitated by visual artists to help children understand how art is created
- Environmental Art programme of creative, media and didactic workshops: targeted especially at teenagers, with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of and connection to the natural world.
The aims of the child and youth art programme are:
- to develop children and young people’s innate creativity and intrinsic empathy, and encourage self-expression
- to increase and intensify children’s engagement with the arts
- to encourage integration through arts education and practice, facilitating young people to work side by side in a cross-cultural framework, without reference to prescribed expectations, hierarchies or prohibitions
- to use the universal language of art as a catalyst for young individuals to focus on their role in shaping and deciding the future
- to investigate creatively the ways in which we modify the environment in which we live, and rediscover our living relationship with the land and our ability to live in harmony with it and ourselves
- to reintroduce nature to the urban environment, and reflect on the merits and challenges involved.