In Spring, 2015, Dublin City Council and Dublin Port invited children to go on a journey. 

Fourth and sixth classes from St Lawrence’s Girls National School, St Lawrence’s Boys National School (Sheriff Street), St Joseph’s National School (East Wall) and St Patrick’s Girls National School (Ringsend), questioned, explored and responded to Dublin Port as a fascinating area of Dublin City and to how Cliona Harmey developed the public artwork Dublin Ships. 

Here you will get a flavour of some of the research - the thinking, feeling, questioning, exploring, and making - that the children did over the course of the project. 

The children, as active researchers, were mentored by a team of professional creative practitioners. Cliona Harmey, visual artist and author of Dublin Ships, Katy Fitzpatrick, art educator, Dr Aislinn O’Donnell, philosopher, and Martina Galvin, visual artist.  Each shared their unique practice and some creative strategies with the children. This supported new questions and new understandings to emerge about contemporary art and its close connection to children and their everyday lives. 

The documentation has been drawn together by Cliona Harmey from the field trips to Dublin Port and discussion and making sessions in the classroom. 

A special thanks to Charlie Murphy from Dublin Port, the four participating schools, especially the teachers – Mary Sutherland, Paul Ryan, Roisín Ní Bhriain, and Michelle McNaMee - for their enthusiasm, expertise and spirit of adventure!