Young at Art delivered a series of visual art sessions as part of the (Y)Our Home programme, funded by Belfast City Council.

HOME exhibition

Artists Jane Butler and Duncan Ross worked with eight primary schools across North, West and East Belfast to deliver a visual arts based project that centred on what 'HOME' means to each child. 

From October 2018 through to January 2019, 240 children, ranging from P3 - P5, took part in a series of workshops in the classroom, and visited The MAC International Exhibition for inspiration.

The work they created throughout the (Y)Our Home project was brought together in an exhibition in The MAC as part of the Belfast Children's Festival from Fri 8 - Wed 13 March 2019. The young artists were invited to see their exhibition.



The participating schools:

  • Ballysillan Primary
  • Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagain
  • Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain
  • Cliftonville Integrated Primary
  • Gaelscoil na bhFál
  • Our Lady’s Girls Primary
  • Nettlefield Primary
  • Seaview Primary

In thinking about how to present the art in an exhibition setting, the artists’ considered how to keep the vibrancy of the children’s work while also adding some changes to surprise and encourage the children to view their works in a new light, and to highlight the links with artworks in the other galleries. Alongside a video projection of scanned canvases, the room contained over two hundred unique sculptures made by the children. Together with the projection, the installation hinted at an imagined futuristic landscape while also showcasing the diversity and energy of the children’s work. Over the festival weekend, the public could chat to Jane and Duncan about the project and the artwork. We also designed an exhibition leaflet to help families explore and talk about the different artwork and ideas with each other.

Part of Belfast City Council's '(Y)Our Home' programme, which allows young citizens to explore what it means to feel at home in Belfast through a variety of creative engagements. The (Y)Our Home programme takes the temperature of how we feel about the city and our place in it and encourages young people to embrace their role as creative place-makers.