The Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork launched an initiative yesterday designed to foster a critical love of art amongst primary school students across the province.
It has developed a new Art of Looking pack which will be distributed to every primary school in Munster over the coming weeks.
It is designed specifically to raise the levels of visual sensitivity, particularly among younger visitors.
The packs encourage students to actively look at contemporary art on display in the gallery.
It helps students to engage with all of these works by artists such as Basil Blackshaw, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley and Paul Seawright.
It also offers detailed information on the award-winning Glucksman itself and 12 works from UCC’s significant art collection, built up over the last 20 years.
The pack was funded by SuperValu Kids in Action and UCC’s Bridging the Gap project.
Noel Keeley, the human resources director of the Musgrave Group, launched the initiative.
“The art pack presents an innovative and imaginative approach to gallery education,” he said.
“It is a vibrant and exciting publication which can be enjoyed by young and old alike.”
Glucksman director, Fiona Kearney, described the pack as a very significant publication.
Since the Glucksman opened in October 2004, 7,500 children have participated in the gallery’s schools programme.
The art pack was conceived and written by Nora Hickey, curator of education and collections, in consultation with many of the contributing artists, museum and gallery professionals.