The following are examples of the excellent work created by students of primary and secondary schools in Clare working with the support of Artists in Schools facilitators participating on the Artists in Schools Programme 2022-23

St Anne’s Special School –  Ali and Artist/Musician John Lillis worked together in a one to one capacity focusing on supporting Ali to develop his musical abilities and his interest in composing his own spoken word songs. Ali composed an excellent song called Bussin’ Bussin and recorded a version which can be listened to here.

Broadford NS and Artist/Musician John Lillis–  composed Plant More Tree’s – a newly composed song tackling the topic of climate change. It’s brilliant. Click here to hear!

Clohanbeg NS and Visual Artist Tara Keegan explored the student’s local environment of Cree each week through different processes such as mind mapping, mark making, print, collage, mixed media processes and assemblage and combines. Click here to view.

Scoil Chríost Rí, Ennis with Composer Fiona Linnane Kayak le Chéile is an innovative project spear-headed by teacher Joe Garry at Scoil Chríost Rí, Ennis funded by Clare Sports Partnership. In 2022 the school was awarded an Artist in Schools Residency by Clare Arts Office, to work with composer Fiona Linnane on a music project celebrating the initiative. During the residency, sixth class explored music associated with boating traditions from around the world including Scottish sea shanties, songs of the Inuit and Ghanaian chant. They created percussion patterns using the Kayaks as their instruments, choreographed movement to music using paddles and composed their own chant “Oró, let’s go!”. With additional support from Creative Schools and Clare Arts Office they commissioned a documentary to showcase some of this work and celebrate this remarkable project – Kayak le Ceol! Click here to view 

Killaloe National School, Ennis engaged with the puppeteer and visual artist Sarah Fuller. Click here to listen to a podcast called It’s Time To Talk!

Bansha NS engaged with visual artist Ruth Wood on a project that explored Weather ad Forecasts of feelings.  Children developed a comprehensive understanding of the qualities and application of watercolor materials by creating a watercolor image depicting aspects of the weather. They playfully connected images with emotions and feelings.

Moculla NS students engaged with visual artist Shona MacGillivray to explore the theme of food production and biodiversity through mural making!

Colaiste Mhuire students worked with ceramist Ann McBride where they learnt how to design decals for contemporary ceramic panels which will be installed in their school.




Scoil Mhicil engaged with the visual artist Nicola Henley to explore textures, patterns and form through the exploration of nature and natural objects and using a range of art medias.