Catherine Warn, St Edwards School, Poole

Thursday 01 September 2022 to Friday 31 March 2023
St. Louis Secondary School Dundalk

British Council Ireland and the British Embassy Dublin were proud to support this creative postcard exchange project which comprised artwork from approximately 36 secondary schools in Ireland and the UK who took as their inspiration Turner: The Sun is God exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland, which was on show from October 2022 to February 2023.

The schools network comprised approximately 760+ students (aged 12-18yrs) and in early November 2022 students began working with their teachers in the classroom to produce creative postcards on the theme of climate. They also engaged with the education department of the National Gallery of Ireland; visited the Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun (National Centre for Circular Economy) and Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun, to be inspired and also to learn about important issues such as sustainability, circular economy and climate justice with expert, Susan Adams

Inspired by these experiences, students creatively expressed their thoughts and responses in the form of postcards which were featured in an exhibition, a catalogue, and which they then exchanged with each other. 

The postcard exhibition was launched in the British Embassy in Dublin on the 23 January 2023, and will then shown in Leicester Grammar School in the UK on the 06 March 2023

This project built on a previous network and project led by Fergal Kilkenny, on the theme of War. This previous project consisted of 27 schools in Ireland, UK and Spain (studying the UK curriculum) and comprised of 492 students aged 16-18yrs. This project ran from February 2022-August 2022 and the project culminated in an exhibition in Dundalk Gaol, Co. Louth.