Arts Centre has plenty to offer schools

Schools across Limavady will have plenty of cultural opportunities to take advantage of at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre/ Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró from September to December.

The Centre has a range of great activities for local primary and secondary schools including creative writing, visual arts, heritage and performance.

The stunning ‘Once Upon a Time’ exhibition continues until 30 September. Featuring the work of five illustrators of children’s books, the exhibition has received wonderful attention and is unique in that it is curated specifically to welcome young children to the gallery. From 2-30 September, the Centre is also featuring Photographs from the Second World War, focusing on the important role animals played during the war. Museums/Heritage Officer, Victoria Newberry, is also providing tours of the exhibition. Another fascinating exhibition is School Days from 1-29 October, looking at the classroom and how it has changed over the years through the display of local archive objects and memorabilia from Limavady’s museum collection.

Local Primary Schools can avail of a wonderful event on Tuesday 27 September. Enhancing the Once Upon a Time exhibition, Young at Art are providing three Once Upon a Time workshops for pupils aged 5-10 years featuring The Very Trusted and Nearly Excellent Guardians of Tall Tales and Small Stories.

These Guardians look after every story in the world and keep them in the Most Extraordinary Wonderful and Magical Library, but some have escaped! Through team work, creative writing and storytelling, pupils must help the Guardians find the missing tales! Places cost £2 each and sessions are offered on a first come, first served basis, last 45 mins each and are available at 10.30am, 12noon and 1.30pm.

Secondary schools have the opportunity of working with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company in workshops designed for pupils aged 14-18 years, exploring contemporary dance, performance and choreography. Places cost £2 each and sessions are available in November and early December.

Echo Echo also perform the beautiful Undercurrent at the Centre on 16 November, 11am, suitable for ages 5+ years.

As part of a Steinbeck Celebration, the Centre has also teamed up with the Roe Valley Community Film Society to screen the award-winning Of Mice and Men starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise on Tuesday 8 November, 8pm. Admission is £4. Not forgetting, of course, a host of heritage talks, participatory workshops and lots of other events suitable for children and young people!

For further information on any of the above, contact the team on tel: 028 7776 0650 or visit