We recognise the importance of life-long learning and the positive impact that early intervention has to address education equality. With support from the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Childcare Committee we have developed commissions that allow artists, early years children and educators time and space to research, develop and perform brand-new artistic and  interactive experiences for pre-school children.

In 2017 the Caterpillar Commissions have been awarded to Thomas Johnson and Helen Barry.

Watch this space for updates!

In 2016 these two commissions were completed by the selected artists; Helen Barry and Irma Grothuis.

Spine by Helen Barry

‘Spine’ is made up of a number of interactive art works that invite very small children to move, to get into and out of, to fit together in different ways and to play with on their own or with their parents. The idea for ‘Spine’ came from observing how early years children learn, how and when they respond and how they express themselves through movement from the tops of their heads to the tips of their toes. ‘Spine’ was created by visual artist Helen Barry and the children from Casa Rosa Montessori in Dún Laoghaire. Every week over 5 months Helen led the children through a series of challenging and exciting workshops that explored movement, sound and construction through play and the visual arts

The Tail of Herman by Irma Grothuis

Irma created a performance suitable for 3-4 year olds.

"Herman the mouse lives and plays in a beautiful garden with all his friends. But one day the animals meet a little bird who's lonely and has travelled far from home and they decide to help her."

The performance was written by Irma Grothuis and presented by Irma and Thomas Johnson. The Tail of Herman was strongly influenced by the children attending the Early Years’ Service facilitated by Ballyogan's Family Resource Centre.