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Artist-led workshops for primary schools, encouraging engagement with the exhibitions
Primary & Secondary Schools

School Gallery Tours

  • 23 September - 01 February
  • Tickets: €2 per child

Workshops typically last 90 minutes and include movement, conversation and making in the gallery.

This season at VISUAL we will host a programme of workshops for primary schools responding to the exhibitions. These have been developed by Artist in Residence Clare Breen and are tailored to the visual arts curriculum for all classes at primary level.
Workshops will respond to Elemental, an exhibition of work made especially for children and Close Encounters, an exhibition of exceptional architecture from around the world.
Workshops for junior infants to 1st class will explore Elemental, an interactive exhibition for children, and will include the exploration of texture, colour, light and form.
Workshops for 2nd to 6th class will explore the 3D strands of the visual arts curriculum, interacting with the Close Encounters and Elemental exhibitions, exploring architecture through the body and building temporary structures.
Workshops are available throughout term time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. They take place from 11am and typically last for 90minutes.

In partnership with Carlow Museum we are also happy to offer a day-long visit for schools from outside Carlow town. During this programme two class groups can visit the exhibitions at VISUAL, participate in an art workshop and take a tour of Carlow Museum with an archaeologist. We will also provide space at VISUAL for classes to eat their packed lunch.
This day-long workshop lasts from 10:30 – 14:30 and is available for 2nd – 6th class groups and costs €2 per child.
Clare has also developed a resource for teachers to respond to the exhibitions, teachers are welcome to use this resource for a self-guided visit.

Clare is happy to work flexibly with groups with additional needs. If you would like to book a workshop, please contact

Clare’s residency has been made possible by the kind support of Carlow County Council Arts Office.
Image Credit: Clare Breen, Children from Ballinkillen National School during a workshop in the gallery, 2018