PUPILS from Scoil,Eoin in Balloonagh enjoyed a real treat at Siamsa Tíre last week when they were invited to the launch of a new art exhibition – one aimed specifically at children – and story telling session.
The exhibition was organised by Killarney-based children’s writer Olivia Hope who has collaborated with 20 leading Irish illustrators who have brought her new book ‘A Way Home – An Slí Abhaile’ to colourful life through their drawings and paintings.
The exhibition based on the book – which is a modern retelling of the Samhain myth – will run at Siamsa Tíre until November 21 as part of the National Folk Theatre’s Samhain Festival which it is running in conjunction with its neighbours in Kerry County Museum.
While the theme of the show – which features 46 individual works – will obviously appeal to children the exhibition itself has been specifically designed to help them get the most out of the art on display.
The pictures and paintings - each accompanied by a snippet of the story – are hung at a variety of heights with some placed close to the ground, to suit a baby’s eyeline, and the height gradually of the images gradually increasing to ‘adult’ level as the story progresses.
The exhibition opened last Thursday and pupils from Scoil Eoin were among the first to enjoy the spectacle having been invited along specially to attend the opening.
As well as enjoying all the stunning art on display the children were also treated to a personal reading of ‘An SLí Abhaile by the author who quickly had her audience enthralled with the classic Irish tale.