Engage with Architecture is an initiative of the Arts, Heritage and Architecture Sections of Offaly County Council, the program which is in the third and final year, is funded through the Arts Council and Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with matching funding from Offaly County Council.
The aim of the program is to actively engage the public in architecture thus creating an awareness and appreciation of our built heritage. It has been very successful and well attended over the last couple of years.
This year’s primary school project ‘ Building Our Towns’ featured a workshop which introduced primary schools to the practical problem solving of spaces and places in their towns, creating a reality to their ideas and potential for them to see how they can be realised. The workshop was facilitated by Jennifer Dillon (Design hub). Eleven schools participated in the workshop, they looked at the vacant areas in their towns/villages and examined how these could be utilised in a better way. The works shown in the Aras are a result of those workshops.
For more details go to the website, www.offaly.ie/engage