SATURDAY 11TH JUNE + SUNDAY 12TH JUNE
This June, a wave of creativity, innocence and imagination will descend upon Killruddery with a series of events taking place at the 17th Century House and Gardens for this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg. In collaboration with the Historic Houses of Ireland, Killruddery is delighted to offer ‘I See You’ – a weekend of art, culture and heritage for children of various backgrounds as part of the Historic Houses of Ireland’s ‘Heritage Habitats’ programme.
With thanks to funding from the Historic Houses Ireland and the Wicklow Arts Office, Killruddery is delighted to host 19 free workshops over two days to get children and young people involved with arts and heritage in historic spaces. This series of workshops will be lead by Aduantas Aerial, Me & The Moon and three individual circus performers and tutors – Ben Carpenter, Bróna Howard and Stephen McGinley.
With Killruddery’s Artist in Residence Aduantas Aerial, young people can look forward to three 45 minute workshops per day where members of Aduantas Aerial will lead participating children through skills in rope, silks, trapeze, dance trapeze and hammock. Developing new skills in creative play, this immersive workshop is suitable for 14-18 year olds, and will take place in the Sylvan Theatre at Killruddery. To ensure each individual receives adequate attention, each workshop will be limited to 8 individuals. With workshops taking place at 10.00, 12.00 and 14.00 each day, booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
With Killruddery’s partner Me & The Moon, children of all ages can look forward to a two-day workshop of technical and creative drawings. This weekend workshop will capture play all around Killruddery’s 17th Century gardens, including aerial artists and circus skills taking place as part of the Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations, while children immerse themselves in the outdoors, enjoying the flora and fauna of one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic houses and gardens. Over the weekend, all pieces will be collaged together to form a giant wall of drawing that will be exhibited within the Orangery of Killruddery. This workshop is suitable for all ages, registration is essential.
Finally, children and young people can look forward to three one hour workshops per day with three exceptional circus performers and tutors – Ben Carpenter, Bróna Howard and Stephen McGinley. During these workshops, participating children will be lead through immersive workshops in circus skills such as juggling, hula hoops, objects manipulation and much more, with each workshop ending with a short show by their circus tutors! Developing new skills in circus skills and play, each circus skills workshop is suitable for those aged 1 – 14 years of age, and will take place on the lawns of Killruddery’s formal gardens. With workshops taking place at 11.00, 12.30 and 14.00, each workshop will be limited to 30 children per group with booking essential to avoid disappointment.
Over this weekend, all workshops will be taking place outdoors in the gardens, please ensure you’re dressed suitably for the activities on the day as well as the weather. Each child who is booked in and one guardian may enter the gardens for free for the workshop.
ABOUT CRUINNIÚ na nÓG:
A free weekend of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan, to enable the creative potential of children and young people. Since 2018, young people and families have come together to enjoy a wide range of creative activities including workshops and tutorials, to recitals and readings in every city, town and village across Ireland.
- All materials for these workshops are supplied
- Please wear comfortable clothing and dress for the weather and the day’s activities
- Please allow yourself plenty of time to get here, park in our main Car Park and follow signs to our Entrance Shop and follow signs to each individual workshop