Climate Action schools exhibition

A stunning display of creativity from schools across Cork will be on view in Gallery 1 from 14-17 March 2024.

800 young people from schools across Cork were asked to respond using their creative talents to the current exhibition Radical Archaeologies: Unearthing Landscape in Contemporary Irish Art.

The young people worked with art facilitators to explore ideas of history, heritage, archaeology, climate change, biodiversity and how we can learn from the past to help shape a better future. The result has been the Beneath Our Feet exhibition which is a series of sculptures, printmaking and drawings that will be on public display in gallery 1 of The Glucksman for the St. Patrick’s Festival weekend. 

These workshops were developed in partnership with colleagues from UCC’s Dept. of Archaeology involved in the Irish Research Council (IRC) funded IPeAAT project. This project aims to collate all available information on the archaeology recovered from industrially-extracted Bord na Móna peat bogs in order to better understand and communicate how these landscapes were used in the past.

The Beneath Our Feet exhibition features artwork by students from -  St. Catherine's NS; Scoil na nÓg Glanmire; St Joseph’s NS; Glasheen BNS; St Finbarre's NS; Scoil Mhuire JS; Scoil Réalt na Mara NS; Gaelscoil na Dúglaise; St Lachteen's NS; Kilmagner N.S; St Columbas GNS; Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil; St Marys Special School; Togher Girls School; St Columbas GNS; Beaumont GNS; Scoil Phádraig Naofa; St. Maries of the Isle; Togher BNS; Scoil Éanna; Fermoy Adair NS; Grange National School.

Glucksman Director, Professor Fiona Kearney said: “Peatlands are a cultural as well as environmental resource and so in partnership with our UCC archaeology colleagues, we have been thrilled to enable hundreds of young people to explore the rich worlds that exist beneath our feet. The exhibition is a fantastic testament to the many ways in which the next generation want to learn about the past to shape a better future.”

Dr Ben Gearey, Principal investigator of the IPeAAT project, and lecturer in environmental archaeology at University College Cork said: "The students have produced some truly exceptional and inspirational works of art in response to the wonderful contemporary pieces that have been on show at The Glucksman. This again reminds us of the crucial role of the arts in education and communication in a time of environmental crisis."