The Mothership Project at Roscommon Arts Centre: A History of Play

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To coincide with the exhibition “A History of Play” by artist Eamon O’Kane, The Mothership Project hosted this event and meeting:

Artist Parents Addressing What Artist Parents Need 
Wednesday 29 October 2014,
Roscommon Arts Centre
11 – 4 pm

This event, hosted by The Mothership Project, is an opportunity for the group as artist parents to tackle, discuss and respond collectively to issues that you feel have arisen since becoming parents. The meeting will look at ways to take action around your concerns. Artist Áine Ivers will facilitate the day through ‘Open Space Technology’, a self-organizational facilitation technique.

If there is something that you feel passionate about in relation to being an artist parent, this is your chance to tackle it!  Come along and you will garner the mutual support and direction you need to harness our collective energies towards projects that matter to you.

The Mothership Project is a network of Irish parenting visual artists and art workers that was established in 2013.

A creche facility will be available. Please contact the mothershipproject@gmail.com to book a place for your child.

A bus from Dublin will be provided if necessary, so please indicate if you would be interested in traveling from Dublin with a group. Alternatively we can see if car pooling is an option. Do send requests by the 17th of October to allow time to book transport if necessary.

About the Exhibition
Artist Eamon O’Kane has transformed the entire gallery at Roscommon Arts Centre into an interactive installation making direct visual and conceptual reference to educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of Kindergarten Friedrich Fröbel. For the artist, parenthood acted as the catalyst for this enquiry into methods of merging real life with his art practice where his ongoing concerns are the interplay of art, architecture design and education. Fröbel Studio makes direct visual and conceptual reference to the educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts – the colorful spheres, cylinders, and tubes that were developed in the early 1800s by Friedrich Fröbel, the inventor of Kindergarten. These tools are still instrumental the world over in unlocking creativity at an early age by teaching children about three-dimensional shapes and colours, and their relationship to the environment and nature.

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