Masterclass 2: Artivism - Creative Skills for Amplifying Action Back to events list

Date: June 30th, 2020 at 19:00 to July 14th, 2020 at 21:00
Price:Standard €40.0
Price:Mulit-buy Ticket €20.0
Venue: ZOOM Online Video Conferencing

For those of you who wish to purchase tickets for more than 1 programme, you will receive a 50% discount on all tickets subsequent to 1st purchase. To avail of this, you must purchase 1 ticket and email the order number to

You will then receive a code by return email which enables access to multi-buy tickets for subsequent events.


Creativity and change Masterclass Programme 2020

Online Summer School

Calling artists, activists, youth workers and educators:This summer, we are taking our Masterclass programme online with a package of meaningful engagements and training opportunities taking place over three weeks via Zoom from 27th June. This will include a seminar opening that explores the power of creativity to connect imagination and action for a more sustainable future with guest speaker Rob Hopkins; a technology lab, supporting you to use technology to engage with others in transformative learning practices in times of limited physical contact; a range of short evening experiential training courses exploring a variety of creative approaches and a closing festival to share our learning called Widening Circles.

Online Seminar: Via Zoom

Saturday June 27th 2020 2.00-4.00pm 

Participants of all the masterclasses

“The impossible is possible after all.” An afternoon of exploration of the power of creativity to connect imagination and action for a more sustainable future. 

Facilitators of all the masterclasses exploring the questions that will form the foundation for the training sessions.

Guest speaker: Vicky Donnelly:  Vicky is coordinator of the Galway One World Centre, and works on the design and delivery of the Global Teachers Award CPD programme, as well as development education and antiracism workshops for schools, community groups and universities. She has recently launched a new teaching resource called Beyond Borders, which supports educators in exploring the sensitive and complex issues around the refugee crisis. 

Keynote speaker: Rob Hopkins: Rob is an activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He has written four books on environmentalism and activism most recently the inspirational “From What Is to What If”. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he co-initiated in 2005.

Seminar will be hosted by Clare Mulvany. 

Questions we will explore:

-Is the impossible possible after all? Things that were impossible before the pandemic were implemented  overnight (e.g., universal health care, basic universal income, etc.), so what else that is impossible would we like to see happen in our communities and world?

-What does the current pandemic highlight and accentuate about interconnection in our world?

-What sort of leadership, values and attitudes are needed as we move to a fairer, more sustainable future?

-What is the role of creativity and imagination in transformative learning and learning for sustainability?

Technology Lab: IT training Date Saturday, 4th July, 2pm to 3pm

Participants of all the masterclasses

Exploring platforms, possibilities and challenges in engaging with others in creative transformative learning in times of limited physical contact. 

Trainings: Short series of online masterclasses in Creative facilitation in a range of media.

Each masterclass is separate and will need to be registered for individually if people are attending more than one. Since this year we cannot bring people together for the usual two day block, we have redesigned our trainings to run over three weeks, to avoid long hours of workshops in front of screens and to ensure participants have time between workshops to explore new resources and activities as it suits them and also to enable those who wish to attend more than one masterclass to do so.

The Story of Self - Clare Mulvany

Monday evenings, 29th June, 6th, 13th July from7.00-9.00pm 

Creative Activism - Claire Coughlan and Helen O’Keeffe 

Tuesday evenings, 30th June, 7th, 14th July from 7.00-9.00pm 

Visual Facilitation - Eimear McNally 

Wednesday evenings, 1st, 8th, 15th July from7.00-9.00pm 

Spoken Word Poetry - Chriszine Backhouse 

Thursday evenings, 2nd, 9th, 16th July from 7.00-9.00pm 

Festival: “Widening circles” : An event creatively connecting participating artists, activists, youth workers and educators to share the creativity and learning that took place in the evening courses.

Saturday the 18th July from 2.00-4.00pm

General enquiries can be made to

Here’s a link to where you can find the video series created at last year's masterclasses.


Creative skills for amplifying action.

Tuesday evenings via Zoom: 30th June, 7th, 14th July, 7.00-9.30pm 

Cost: €40 (The cost is subsidised by our partner Irish Aid Development Education Unit)

Trainers: Claire Coughlan and Helen O’Keeffe (Splattervan):

Claire and Helen are artists and facilitators, working with young people throughout Ireland and beyond. They established the youth arts enterprise Splattervan in 2013, where they utilise visual art as a tool for young people to access empowerment - particularly those who are marginalised within systems such as education, care, justice and direct provision. They have worked with organisations, arts and educational institutions, festivals and state agencies throughout the country, collaborating with incredible teenagers to make powerful artworks, street art and animations. The girls are also members of the Creativity & Change team, where they get to work with the best of people around the country exploring ways they can use art to bring about meaningful change. 

Workshop description:

During this workshop, participants will be introduced to urban art and creative activism and explore how visual art continues to grow in its power to contribute to global justice. Looking at examples of socially engaged art from around the world, you will be given the chance to examine your feelings around justice issues and use these to drive the creation of your own artivist pieces. You will be shown a number of processes for making activist art using digital tools and materials found at home and in the artivist resource pack we will send to you (included in your registration fee, early registration advised for access to this) and will be invited to create and share your own expressive art pieces each week.

In this workshop you will:

Receive an artivist resource pack with materials and digital downloads to use during the workshop and in your own practice


Explore urban art and creative activism and how it has contributed to social and global change throughout the world


Gain new perspectives on the potential of public and digital space for engagement with and expression of justice messages

Examine personal positions and emotions around justice topics and use these to shape the design of meaningful art pieces

Explore and express your voice and gain confidence in challenging inequality

Gain practical, adaptable creative skills for activism that are transferable to working with others

Create a number of original art pieces

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