Cruinniú na nÓg is the flagship youth initiative of Creative Ireland. On Saturday, June 12, this national day of FREE creativity for children and young people under the age of 18, the only day of its kind in the world, will take place.
The first Cruinniú na nÓg took place in June 2018 and for the past three years in Laois, young people and families have participated in a wide range of creative workshops, events and activities.
But ahead of the national day, organisers have lined up a workshop with a very special guest.
James MacInerney, who came to prominence in the BBC/Netflix global series “Glow Up”, will host a workshop on Monday June 7.
James is an Abbeyleix native and has a BSc in Multimedia Studies from Dublin City University.
He is a graduate of VanityX Makeup Academy Dublin and has been working as a professional artist In London for the past two years.
Previous work includes the recent Netflix film release of “Rebecca” and popular CBBC series ‘Horrible Histories’ an encyclopaedic for outlandish character makeup, SFX & body art.
James has a flair for the creative end of makeup artistry and loves to think outside the box with perspectives that are often inspired by nature.
This workshop is called ‘Be Inspired by Laois with JMac Makeup – ‘A Sense of Place’ Masterclass’.
James will give a masterclass in creative makeup as he showcases professional makeup artistry tips and techniques, combining nature and beauty.
James creates a fantasy character inspired by his ‘sense of place’, using safe-to-use on face natural resources – tree bark, flower arrangement, alongside makeup techniques.
Find out how you too can be imaginatively inspired to create your own ‘sense of place’ at this interactive Zoom masterclass, Monday June 7, 1pm-2pm, ages 12-18. Booking essential at dunamaise.ie or 057 8663355 or email@example.com.
Get Creative in Laois with the launch of a new Cruinniú na nÓg Art Competition
For 2021 Laois Arts Office on behalf of the Culture & Creativity team launch the Cruinniú na nÓg Art Competition – Laois Series: A Sense of Place and invite children and young people up to 18 (living in Laois) to create a piece of art inspired by their ‘sense of place’.
The artwork can be in any visual art medium such as, drawing, painting, lego, sculpture, print, collage, digital photography, mixed media, graffiti, etc. The age categories for submissions are under 6, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 & 15-18.
One winner from each age category will be selected. Their artworks will be professionally photographed and exhibited at Dunamaise Arts Centre.
The five artworks selected will also become part of a series of postcards reflecting the many facets of Laois and our ‘sense of place’ and will be available to the public for free. The Competition is open for submissions until Wed 23rd June. For all entry details go to dunamaise.ie.
Celebrating creativity in Laois
With current restrictions again this year, the programme has been predominately curated for online access and participation. The day is still about giving children and young people the opportunity to express themselves, explore their creative sides, be inspired, try something new and have lots of fun.
Thanks to all involved in creating and delivering this year’s programme including Laois Arts Office, Heritage Office, Laois County Library Service, Music Generation Laois, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Abbeyleix Heritage House, Mountrath Youth Theatre, StrongWomen Science, Reconnect with Nature, Birdwatch Ireland, the Heritage Officer Programme and the Heritage Council.