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Cork Printmakers are participating in Cruinniú na nÓg, a day of free creativity for children and young people on Saturday 13 June 2020.

Cork Printmakers, in collaboration with Cork Migrant Centre at Nano Nagle Place are delighted to present an online exhibition of artwork by participants of their Creative Teens workshops led by Cork Printmakers artist Shane O’ Driscoll.

At the onset of Covid-19, the Cork Migrant Centre community came together to establish The Sanctuary Masks Initiative to produce face masks for residents of direct provision centres.

The Creative Teens were tasked with designing branding for the Sanctuary Masks Initiative and the winning logo was selected through a competition, judged by Cork Printmakers artist Shane O’Driscoll, Emma Otten, Sanctuary Mask Initiative, Danielle O’Donovan, Programme Manager at Nano Nagle Place and Siobhán Clancy Community Arts Coordinator from Cork City Council. The submissions received showed such a range of talent and inspiration, we wanted to give these young artists their own exhibition. Because of lockdown, the exhibition went online, but we hope that means even more people see the artwork created by these talented artists and are inspired to make their own drawings.

Many of the teenagers documented their creative process which can be seen in the videos below.

"To have taken on the brief of a live job, designing logos and illustrations for facemasks packaging showed a great confidence in their artwork for such young artists."
- Shane O’Driscoll, Project Artist.

“Our work at Cork Migrant Centre with young people is focussed on enhancing self-esteem and self confidence among other capacities. It has given me great joy to see these capacities grow progressively as they engage with creative activities with Shane. It's really about channelling their energy, their emotions and imagination into something beautiful.”
- Naomi Masheti, Coordinator, Cork Migrant Center

Exhibiting Artists:

Aaliyah Onog
Athobe Harmans
Colman Frank
Elton Sibanda
Emmanuel Akinbote
Rach-Elle Allen
Rem-Reem Alsahli
Rayaa Onog
Ugonna Duru

Gallery of Sanctuary Mask Designs:

Artists Colman Frank, Ugonna Duru and Elton Sibanda discuss their individual creative processes for making their designs:

"In a few short weeks, we went from a classroom to remote contact and it was inspirational to hear these teens speak so passionately about their artwork and see their dedication to it. It shows the true strength in creativity despite these challenging times."
- Shane O’Driscoll, Project Artist

Cork Printmakers have been working with Cork Migrant Centre at Nano Nagle Place to provide creative workshops to teenagers and mothers in 2020 with the support of the Creative Ireland Programme. These workshops had just started up when lockdown restrictions begun. The project artists Shane O’Driscoll and Lynn Marie Dennehy are continuing activity with participants where possible online, through the support of Dr Naomi Masheti at Cork Migrant Centre. We are looking forward to getting back to the face-to-face workshops in Autumn!

This online exhibition and video was produced for Cruinniú na nÓg, an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and presented in partnership with RTÉ and Cork City Council.

Cork Printmakers and Cork Migrant Centre’s ongoing Creative Ireland Project is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from

Cork Printmakers is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council.

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