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NYCI Artivism Summer School 2023

May 27, 2023 @ 11:00 am - May 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm IST

€100.00 – €120.00


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NYCI Artivism Summer School

Using Visual Arts And Spoken Word To Make Your Voice Heard On The SDGs! 

Are you interested in exploring art as a way to create social change and to amplify young people’s voices?  Do you see youth work and youth arts as a practice of empowerment? Join our NYCI Artivism Summer School 2023 to develop the skills to effectively challenge and disrupt inequality, and develop your SDG* action toolkit, through artivism!

This 3-day residential summer school will support you to develop skills in visual arts and spoken word, while delving into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We will show you how artivism can provoke curiosity and engage critical thinking skills, using a pathway that takes you from the personal to the local, the national, and the global.  This event will support participants to explore art as a means for social change and facilitate engagement in a form of creative expression that can inspire awareness, action and changemaking behaviour.

* Sustainable Development Goals

What to expect?

The immersive summer school experience provides space for participants to benefit from a supportive environment where they can explore their own creativity and artivism, reflect on global youth work as a critical youth work practice, and share experiences with peers. Expect lots of practical, creative activities; visual arts and spoken word workshops led by artists; group experiences and discussions!

  • Participants will experience content and access resources that can be shaped into a summer artivism project exploring the SDGs with young people in their own projects.
  • Participants will be offered opportunities to build on their Summer School experiences by engaging with One World Week 2023 November 18th – 25th

Join NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme and Global Youth Work Programme (Youth 2030) and a multi-disciplinary team of artists and artivists for an exciting summer school to enhance your work with young people! Unlock the SDG artivist in you!

The NYCI Youth Arts Summer School 2023 is funded by Irish Aid, The Arts Council and The Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.



RESIDENTIAL COURSE: Saturday May 27th 11am – 4pm; Sunday May 28th 9.30 – 5pm; Monday, May 29th 9.30am – 4pm



€100.00 for NYCI members / €120.00 for non-NYCI members

If finance is a barrier to your participation, please contact saoirse@nyci.ie for advice. A number of bursaries are available.



20 participants

Who is this suitable for?

The Summer School will be of interest to:

  • Youth workers, volunteers, young leaders (20+), youth arts practitioners working directly with young people and looking to develop their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, artivism and creative approaches to engaging young people in action around issues they care about.


  • Develop an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to incorporate personal, local, national, and global perspectives in your work with young people.
  • Explore artivism and the power of art to amplify young people’s voices on issues they care about.
  • Gain practical workshop experiences and develop your skills in visual arts and spoken word.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to empower young people to create their own artivist response to the SDGs.
  • Build your critical literacy confidence and enhance your understanding on what it means to be a global citizen.
  • Become more confident in your own relationship with our global world.
  • Experience content and resources that you can shape into a summer artivism project exploring the SDGs with your young people!
  • Benefit from a supportive space to explore your own creativity, reflect on your practice and share experiences with your peers.

Delivered by

Delivered by NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme and Global Youth Work Programme (Youth 2030) and a multi-disciplinary team of artists and artivists!

Conan Wynne

Conan Wynne is a Dublin born artist who studied sculpture in NCAD and advanced animation in the Digital Skills Academy, currently directing at Phase art centre in Rathgar . He has taught music production in IADT and spent 10 years working in graphic design and video editing. Conan then went on to found Ambisonics Ireland and Phase art space which he runs currently. During his career as an artist Conan has has had work procured by the OPW for the national Irish collection and has displayed work nationally and internationally creating installations for CCI Paris, Open Ear Festival, fringe Festival, Art Electronica, Coca Cola, Guinness and many others. Conan has released records with his electronic music duo Contour along with Anna Doran and has toured 3 releases so far with another album coming on The Path of Least Resistance record label the year.

As a visual artist Conan has forged a path integrating technology into his work utilising advances in 360 audio and 360 video, lasers, 3D animation, XY plotters and CNC machines. He is always on the lookout for new techniques which take advantage of cutting edge technology to utilise in immersive installations. Conan has a permanent 360 sound and visual installation that powers the main performance space in the gallery which allows himself and other artists to express digital art through a number of formats in a unique space in Ireland.

Kelvin Akpaloo

My name is Kelvin Akpaloo. A facilitator and spoken word artist, youth leader, creative director, choreographer, and artistic director. I am passionate about promoting human rights education, inclusion, integration of minorities, and community and youth development. I work at both the national and international levels, using the creative arts, especially spoken word poetry, and dance as methods to empower young people and youth workers in tackling inequality both locally and globally. Whiles at the same time serving as a space to get their voices heard. I am a strong advocate for minorities and believe in the voices and the power of the youth if we are to attain a positive change in the world. In 2019 and 2020 I was selected by the NYCI as one of Ireland´s European Youth Delegates to represent Ireland in Romania and Germany at the European Youth Conference. with 2020 being the first online European Youth Conference hosted in Berlin.

My goal is to inspire and make a change in this world by helping to attain an inclusive, diverse and integrative community at the local, national and international levels, especially for the minorities. And my dream is to be a sign of positive change, like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King J and people that embody positive change in this world. To attain my goal I have developed the Youth 2030 Spoken Word Workshops in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Ireland. Exploring the power of words through spoken word poetry and highlighting spoken word as a key tool for young people and youth workers in tackling inequality both locally and globally.

Extra information


Accommodation is provided for participants as part of the summer school fee at Maynooth Campus Accommodation on Saturday May 27th and Sunday, May 28th. Single, private bedrooms are provided with a wash-hand basin in each bedroom and cubicled shower and toilet facilities on each floor. Please note there is no obligation to stay on campus during the residential. If you would prefer to travel to the venue each day, you can advise of that on the booking form. If you have any queries in relation to this or have access requirements you wish to discuss, please contact saoirse@nyci.ie



Breakfast and lunches are provided for all participants. Please notes that dinner is not provided. We ask that you tell us about any special dietary requirements in your booking form.

Past Participants of NYCI’s Summer Schools have Stated:

  • 100% agreed that they had increased confidence
  • 100% agreed that they had new skills and knowledge
  • 100% agreed they had acquired a reasonable knowledge of best youth arts practice
  • 100% agreed they had the opportunity to network and share ideas
  • 100% agreed they had acquired a reasonable knowledge of best youth arts practice

“The most important thing for me to learn as a youth arts worker is how important it is to continue training and learning and to be a participant. This was somewhat unexpected, I knew this on one level but to have such a high-quality experience really brought home the importance of such training. I came into work feeling invigorated, like my batteries have been re-charged.”


“I couldn’t rate this course high enough. Every day was filled with fun, informative, relevant activities, far more than any of us expected.”


May 27, 2023 @ 11:00 am IST
May 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm IST
€100.00 – €120.00
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National University of Maynooth
Maynooth County Kildare 9CH3+WQ Ireland
(01) 708 6400
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National Youth Council of Ireland
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