The Baboró festival features fantastic art exhibitions that are perfect for children of all ages to engage with and explore. Spend an afternoon following our visual arts trail to see it all!
If you’re starting in the Galway city centre, be sure to stop at the outdoor mural Our City Walls before making the short walk across the bridge to the Galway Arts Centre on Dominick Street. Widden Ar Geels by Leanne McDonagh and Oein DeBhairduin is an immersive celebration of the stories and traditions of the Irish Traveller that will be installed at Galway Arts Centre from 15 October until 29 October.
From Dominick Street, you can move on to Engage Art Studio in Lower Salthill where Lucy Hill’s FOLD will captivate very young audiences ages 2-8.
Entry to Baboró visual arts exhibitions is free.When planning your visit, please note that Engage Art Studio will be closed on Monday 17 October and Wednesday 19 October.
By Emmelene Blake
All Ages | Outdoors | Quay Lane, Galway City | Free
Inspired by the insights and drawings of Galway children, street artist Emmalene Blake created a large mural at Quay Lane, in the heart of Galway city for Festival 2021, shining a light on the right of EVERY child to enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life.
School children were invited by Creative Associate Phillida Eves, to share how they feel about their rights, what they like to do in their free time and to try to imagine what life would be like without art and culture. Emmalene responded to their reflections as she designed the mural for Galway city.
By Oein DeBhairduin and Leanne McDonagh
All Ages | Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street | Free
Sat 15 Oct - Sat 29 Oct
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun 11.00 - 17.00
Immerse yourself in Traveller stories of vixens, owls and horses who live alongside humans as guides, protectors, friends and foes, while spirits, giants and fairies blur the lines between this world and the otherworld.Artist Leanne McDonagh and poet Oein DeBhairduin invite us to celebrate the stories and oral traditions of the Irish Traveller community, creating an inclusive space for all to enjoy the magic and wisdom imbued in the craft and stories of the Mincéirí.Curated by the Galway Arts Centre.
By Lucy Hill
2 to 8 Years | Engage Art Studios, Salthill | Free
Sat 15 - Sun 16 Oct, Tue 18 Oct, Thu 20 - Sun 23 Oct
Opening Hours: Sat - Sun 11.00 - 17.00, Tue & Thu - Fri 13.00 - 17.00
FOLD explores ideas of openness, relationships, colour, form and line, language development, movement, feeling, and seeing, toward ever more expansive yet inclusive forms of possibility.
Inspired and informed by Early Childhood Education and Care philosophies, this visual art exhibition explores the relationship between art and early childhood learning elements including colour, shape, form, line and texture. FOLD works with these art elements to present a plethora of paintings that offer playful, imaginative possibilities, which can endlessly adapt to unique perspectives and experiences.