Inspired Biodiversity Learning Programme

Sweet Home Sweet

Jane Hayes Junior Years Exhibition
22nd Mar – 20th Apr 2024

Sweet Home Sweet

by Artist Jane Hayes

Entry is free.

Jane Hayes’ Sweet Home Sweet is a body of visual art developed with and for early years audiences (0 to 6 year olds), and commissioned by Sample Studios, Cork.

The work, which includes three ‘toddler-sized’ instillations, offers an intimate and playful peek into the domestic place spaces and worlds of young children and is an outcome of the artist’s research-based practice, which tested and challenged the limits & possibilities of visual art for very young children in the gallery context. currently facing.

The work has been created through an ongoing dialogue with toddlers, ensuring that the work connects with young children in a meaningful way. Jane delivers work that honors young children’s right to quality artistic experiences while allowing for early years audiences’ unique responses & ways of engaging, which is often with their bodies!

Using carefully considered materials and approaches Jane aims to create comfortable & welcoming art-viewing experiences for young children & their adults.

About the Artist:

Jane Hayes is a Cork-based, visual artist, with over 10 years’ experience developing work with & for children. Through her socially engaged practice, she has partnered with those sharing her passion for early years audiences & the inclusion of the voice of the child in creative decision-making.

Commissions & collaborations include Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Hunt Museum Limerick, National Council for Curriculum & Assessment,  & Arts Council Creative Schools programme.

Through her studio practice, Jane seeks new and exciting ways to bring visual art to 0-to-6-year-olds in the gallery context. Using digital image & installation Jane tests & challenges the limits & possibilities of non-participatory visual art for early years.

The work is developed in consultation with children & has been supported by Sample Studios, Cork, and the Arts Council.  Jane is also mum to 3 boys under 5, who play a critical role in her work. 

FREE Workshops for Primary Schools

During the exhibition run, Jane will host a limited number of exciting, hands-on sessions for Junior and Senior infants. These workshops provide children with the opportunity to visually explore the concept of home, play, and their secret worlds in a fun, interactive and age-appropriate way.

  • Dates/Times: Thurs 11th & 18th April 2024 @10:30am
  • Duration: 50mins
  • Tickets: FREE! Spaces are limited and booking is essential, contact box office to book your group.
  • Suitability: Junior and senior class infants.