The Mothership Project Spring Gathering 2017, 11 am – 1pm 11th April Visual, Carlow

THe LozziwurmThe Lozziwurm, Yvan Pestalozzi, VISUAL Carlow 2017. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

To coincide with the exhibition The Playground Project at Visual, Carlow, The Mothership Project will host a gathering of parenting artists and arts workers living in the Kilkenny/Carlow region. The Mothership Project is a network of parenting artists and arts workers that addresses the particular needs of those with children working in the visual arts. The Spring Gathering will create the space for people to come together to discuss the current situation for parents working in the visual arts and to identify ways to move forward with The Mothership Project network.

The Mothership would specifically like to invite those working in the Kilkenny/Carlow/Wexford/Waterford region to discuss the experience for those in the region (however those from around the country are encouraged to attend too). We will discuss how parenting artists and arts workers might foster greater support and facilities for those with children within the region. If you are a parenting artist or arts worker YOU ARE the Mothership Project. Join in the conversation to see how the established institutions and existing art structures and facilities might better serve your needs!

The meeting will take place on the 11th of April between 11 am and 1pm. As always children are welcome and it is a great opportunity for them to engage with the exhibition. A 1 hour workshop will be facilitate for children of preschool age (4+). All are welcome and feel free to invite others who have not previously been part of Mothership events. Please RSVP to with your name, and the age of your child/children so we can prepare for the number who will attend.

The Mothership Project is a network of parenting artists and arts workers, founded in 2013. For more about The Mothership Project go to our about page


The Mothership Project @The Workers Cafe, Temple Bar Galleries and Studios


The Mothership Project will run the next meeting at Temple Bar Galleries and Studios as part of The Workers Cafe. 

11am Tuesday 22 October

Artist parents are invited to a discussion that will be facilitated by Lynda Devenney and Seoidín O’Sullivan of The Mothership Project. This discussion will focus on the issue of balancing an art practice and childcare as an artist parent. We will look at possible alternative co-operative models of childcare that artists and art institutions/studios could adopt. Bring your ideas. Children welcome. Play and art materials will be provided.

The Workers Café transforms the Gallery at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios into a pop up cafe and social space for discussion, learning, sharing skills and food from October 11th until November 2nd 2013. Inquiries into Labour, in both historical and contemporary contexts will be collectively addressed. The Workers Café will be an event-based exhibition that will deal with these ideas, but with a particular emphasis on real-world issues facing artists in Ireland today through an investigation of time as a unit of economy, acts of community, generosity and goodwill within a micro-economy.The environment will be at once an artwork, a café, information centre and an events space. The café will become a hub in Temple Bar in which members of the public alongside artists can come to drink coffee, discuss, socialise, read and talk, as well as taking part in a series of daily curated events.

Model for a qualitative society

‘The playing is the exhibit. It is only an exhibition because the children play in an art museum. It is only an exhibition for those who don’t play. Maybe it will become the model of a society that children want. Maybe children can tell us so much about their world that it also becomes a model for us.’ Nielsen

Trade School Dublin


Trade School Dublin is a non-traditional learning community that runs on barter. Anyone can teach something they are skilled at, or passionate about in exchange for things they need. To attend a class, bring one of the barter items that your teacher requests.

Forest School

Forest School Level 3 Training, Co. Wicklow
18th – 22nd November 2013 and 1st – 4th April 2014
(With assessments, training will be completed by June 2014)
Book before September 30th, 2013

“Nature has unlimited potential to educate and nurture” – participant 2011
“I would highly recommend undertaking this training. It will thoroughly equip you to take groups of children to the woods, the forest, the duck pond, the beach or the meadow” – teacher 2012

What is Forest School?
“Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.” Forest School Association

Forest School level 3 certification is for environmental educators, school teachers, group leaders, outdoor education centres and those interested in a qualification in delivering forest school experiences in Ireland.

Forest Schools are based on outdoor schools in Scandinavia, where children play and learn in nature. When children learn outdoors they develop in lots of ways simultaneously and the learning they do is very secure and beneficial. There is so much evidence to show how minds, bodies and hearts are all exercised at once. See this video about Forest School level 3 qualification from Circle of Life Rediscovery, one of the providers of this training.
You can see a feature about place-based nature education in Ireland on RTE’s Nationwide earlier this year and an Irish Times article about an existing Forest School in Ireland.

This training is:
· Level 3 certified through the Open College Network.
· an internationally recognised qualification and quality standard.
· underpinned by our philosophy and nature connection values.
· set in the wider context of ecological education, bush-craft and nature connection.
· combines personal, environmental and cultural understanding within a dynamic of holistic development.
· suitable for working with all ages.
· run by highly trained and experienced staff.

This qualification is being taught by Forest School training providers in the UK, Circle of Life Rediscovery and Huathe, hence the fees are paid in British Pound’s. If you prefer you can pay in instalments, which are:
· £200 deposit by 30th Sept
· £300 more by Oct 18th
· £500 by December 18th

Please note: To complete the certification you must have up-to-date Wilderness First Aid training and be Garda/CRB vetted by April 2014. We can get a group discount for First Aid training for those who need it. If you require accommodation during the training, Knockree Hostel is perfect and where some of the training will take place.

Next steps if you would like take part in this training:
· Contact Ciara Hinksman 086 3199515 / for a booking form.
· Hold your place by paying a £200 deposit by Sept 30th,an invoice will be sent once we have assessed the booking form.
· Please share this email.

This is the first Southern Irish FS training and we can have maximum twenty people in this first cohort, with a minimum of eighteen people to run it, so please share with those you know who would benefit from this qualification