The Classroom Museum
Creative learning in rural schools with the University College Cork art collection
The Classroom Museum enables schoolchildren in rural Ireland to participate in an imaginative programme of creative learning based around contemporary artworks from the UCC art collection.
Through the short-term loan of artworks and collaborative activities, the children and their teachers have the opportunity to interact with art in their own surroundings and to develop the skills and confidence to express themselves in educational and public contexts.
The Classroom Museum is built around the value of providing children with an opportunity to engage with works of art in a personal and continuous way. The initiative facilitates the loan of artworks into the classroom space, and develops the presence of this original work through a structured programme of activities with the schoolchildren overseen by the Glucksman’s Senior Curator of Education + Community. The programme includes a visit by the artist to the school, a collaborative art project by the children and an exhibition of this work in the Glucksman.
The selected schools are located in rural areas where there is limited access to contemporary art museums and galleries. By providing the younger members of these schools with an opportunity to learn, delight and respond to original artworks, we believe that The Classroom Museum will have a positive influence on the wider community and encourage more people to engage with contemporary art.