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‘Your creativity has no bounds’

Thursday, 14th May, 2020 11:44am

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr John Sheehan is calling on the children of Cork city to use their broad range of artistic talents to create a work of art that represents their view and experience of Covid-19 in a new project called Creative Call.

All of the artistic creations submitted will be officially launched online as a digital exhibition on and will coincide with Cruinniú na nÓg on 13 June as part of Cork City’s Cruinniú na nÓg programme.

The project is being run with the support of the Lord Mayor, Consultant Psychologist Dr Gillian Moore–Groarke, the Arts for All initiative in Cork and Cork City Council.

Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan said: “This is a challenging time for all of us and we can’t underestimate how challenging this time is for our children who are missing playing with their friends, being challenged at school, and more.

“While we are all staying safe and ensuring we stay within our 5km, we can unleash our imagination and let our creativity flourish. I would like to encourage the children of Cork city to use their many creative talents - draw pictures, illustrate comics, write poems, letters, speeches, songs or stories – whatever it may be. Your creativity has no bounds!”

Eoin Nash, a member of the Arts for All steering committee said: “Arts for All will support and amplify the call out to children, and work to ensure the creative work exhibited is representative of the diversity of children that call Cork city their home."

Dr Gillian Moore–Groarke, whose idea the Creative Call was, said: “I was inspired to start up this initiative with Arts for All as it is vital that we document the experience of our children during this strange time. Through the Arts for All network of community-based arts organisations, we will ensure that our call out for artistic work is representative and inclusive of the many voices of children in our city.

“The creative work that the youngest across our communities will share will live on as an exhibition for future audiences, giving us an imaginative insight into their ‘new normal’ lives,” she added.

Submissions for the ‘Creative Call’ initiative will be accepted via from 8-29 May. For further information and details visit or contact

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