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Funding from Creative Ireland!

Great News!! Thanks to funding from Creative Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, we are currently developing three exciting new projects; Creative Art of Arch-Building, Creative Art and Craft of Wattling and Sit and Sketch.  These hands-on interactive activities will help young visitors explore the realms of creativity, arts, engineering and maths.


Creative Art of Arch-Building

This hands-on activity will teach children and young people how to build a stone arch using stone-effect foam blocks and provided wall template.

The archway will include two columns and visitors will be asked to think creatively to arrange the wedges of varying sizes in a semi-circle and hold them together with a keystone.  There will be additional interpretation giving all visitors an overview of this old art and craft including the tools, templates and techniques used by the skilled masons of Medieval Ireland.

Once the new creative Ireland STEAM project Creative Art of Arch-Building activity has been introduced, young people will have the opportunity to explore and learn how to be creative with ancient engineering techniques.

Image: Shapelined Unsplash


Creative Art and Craft of Wattling


Image: University College Dublin

This is a hands-on creative art wattling activity for children and young people.  Although simple in design, the structure is a strong, giant ‘double-walled’ basket, with insulation in the space between the walls and roofed with heather thatch.

In this activity children and young people can use willow to create and build the outer wall of the dwelling by weaving the provided sticks around the stakes surrounding it.  Once created, participants can ‘show-off’ their creative art work by pressing a button which lights-up the inside of the dwelling, revealing its contents and the fire at its centre.

Additional interpretation highlights the art, craft, creative techniques and materials – consisting of specially grown hazel rods – as well as the furnishings and life of the people who lived in them.


Sit and Sketch


Photo: Marta Barcikowska

This new development encourages visitors of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to visit the museum and get creative.  The museum will provide materials for sketching and a lightweight folding artist’s stool which can be collected at the front desk.

Mobile sketching stations will be located on each floor of the museum with a fixed Sketching Station and bench located on the top floor, overlooking the Claddagh and Galway Bay.

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