Art Projects

The sculpture takes its form from a Celtic spiral. LEETNS reflects ‘New Ireland’ in that it embraces and celebrates diversity. We have taken a form that is familiar and deeply rooted in Irish Culture but have given it a contemporary and unique look. The sculpture echoes and has reference to the water. Lucan lies at the confluence of the River Liffey and the River Griffeen, its tributary.
Each of the stainless steel elements is unique which reflects the Multi-Denominational aspect of the ethos of LEETNS. The 8 represent the number of years within the school.
Co-Educational is represented by the two-tone spirals.
Child Centred artists Maree Hensey and Mark Ryan worked with the children to make artworks based on the theme of the living heritage. The visual and literary information gathered from the above were used to make the surface texture of the sculpture. The artworks are placed in the base of the sculpture in a ‘time capsule’, which will act as a living record. Every child from junior infants to third class made an artwork/ which was placed in the ‘time capsule’.
Democratic The final colour of the sculpture was decided by the school community.
It was decided that the time capsules should be opened in the year 2036



Renowned artists Denis and Anne Cleary visited the school before christmas  to work with us on digital art. They brought the professional dancer Deirdre with them who showed the children how to move in front of the screen. Every child had an opportunity to have a go. A selction of pictures will be hung in the school during the month of February. Check back for photos soon.

Project Description

The Project: All of us here is a participatory art project, inviting children of Lucan East ETNS to play with and explore interactive video projections that we exhibited in the children’s gallery of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The sessions will take place under the guidance of a highly qualified choreographer. The stunning images created by the children themselves through their movements will be captured and immortalised throughout the school as a series of high resolution digital prints. The project is inclusive of all children in the school, and the final result will integrate easily into the architecture, existing and future, through the use of multiple photographs distributed throughout the circulation and social spaces.

The Theme: We will ask the children to work on the theme of growth: perhaps starting as tiny rolled up balls and growing and stretching until they reach the sky; or leaping and reaching for the stars, all ideas to symbolise their own futures and aspirations. The most minimal of movements is transformed into waves and streams of colour.

The Video Technique:Interactive video is a technique used commonly in children’s museums to bring fun to learning experiences for children. The projections we will use were intially created by ourselves for an exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art. This exhibition was in such popular demand from schools that it was extended for 6 weeks and was then chosen to represent Ireland at the Pomidou Centre in Paris.

The Choreographer:A qualified choreographer will demonstrate the possibilities of intervening in the projections and encourage each child to take part. She will demonstrate simple movements to the children and encourage the children to reinvent their own movements.


Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly