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Climate Creativity: Using stories and art to explore Climate Justice with young people

May 24 @ 10:30 am - May 26 @ 4:00 pm IST

€100.00 – €120.00


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NYCI Summer School 2024

Climate Creativity: Using stories and art to explore climate justice with young people

Are you interested in the role creativity can play in exploring climate justice with young people?

The Summer School will support you to use youth arts as a methodology to engage young people in a creative and meaningful way with climate justice. This 3-day residential event will support you to develop skills in visual storytelling (pop-up storybooks) and eco arts, while delving into the intersection between Climate Change and Social Justice Issues. We’ll work together to explore the systemic and human rights issues related to the climate crisis, grounding our discussions in the principles of social justice and equity. Activities will focus on building a sense of community, solidarity and purpose to help mitigate the anxiety that can be experienced with increased knowledge of climate change and to empower youth workers, practitioners and young people to advocate for action on climate justice through a youth arts process.


I’ve heard of Climate Change but what is Climate Justice? Follow the link to find out more: Climate Justice


What to expect?

The immersive summer school experience provides space for participants to benefit from a supportive environment where they can reflect critically on climate justice, explore their own creativity, share experiences with peers and integrate their learning into their own work with young people.

Expect lots of practical activities; eco-arts and pop-up storybook workshops led by artists; interactive exercises exploring climate justice; group experiences and discussions! Participants will experience content and access resources that can be shaped into a summer artivism project exploring Climate Justice with young people in their own projects.

Join NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme and Global Youth Work Programme (Youth 2030) and artists Kathy Kirwan and Maeve Clancy for an exciting summer school to develop your Climate Justice toolkit and enhance your work with young people!

The NYCI Summer School 2024 is funded by Irish Aid, The Arts Council and The Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.



Friday May 24th       10.30am – 5:30pm
Saturday May 25th 10.00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, May 26th    9.30am – 4.00pm



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


NYCI is offering two bursary places for the Summer School 2024 to support the participation of youth workers/practitioners  who are already working with young people and who are from minority backgrounds or who are finding the fees to be a significant barrier to participation. If this is of interest to you, please contact  rhona@nyci.ie



20 participants

Who is this suitable for?

The Summer School will be of interest to:

  • Youth workers, volunteers, young leaders (20+), youth arts practitioners and artists working directly with young people and looking to develop their understanding of the Climate Justice; youth arts, eco-art and pop-up storybooks; and creative approaches to engaging young people in creative action around climate justice themes.


  • Develop an understanding of Climate Change, Climate Justice and how both issues relate to youth work in practice.
  • Build your confidence in being able to hold meaningful conversations on Climate Justice with young people and in your own relationship with our global world.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to explore Climate Justice through a youth arts process, experiencing and building skills in eco-arts and visual storytelling (pop-up storybooks)
  • Experience group approaches and eco-arts activities that build a sense of community and address climate anxiety.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to empower young people to advocate for action on climate justice through creative activities
  • Experience content and gain additional resources on Climate Justice games and activities, eco-arts and pop-up storybooks that you can shape into a creative Climate Justice project 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 artists Kathy Kirwan and Maeve Clancy.

Kathy Kirwan

Kathy Kirwan

Kathy Kirwan was born in the bog, in the middle of Ireland. Her deep connection with nature has influenced her winding life path from the highs and lows of land and ocean topography. From Phys. Ed. And Geography teaching on the wild coast of West Cork to sailing around the world, her deeply connected nature-based experiences have come to rest in the world of Eco Art and Sustainability Education.

As a student of Art Textiles, and Creativity and Change (Crawford College of Art & Design), PGD Creativity, Innovation and Leadership (UCD Innovation Academy), Eco-literacy and Earth Charter courses (Haumea Ecoversity), and an MA in Reflective Practice (University College Cork), her eco-art practice embodies an interconnection with the community of nature.

With a focus on growing connection and community, her work is rooted in Myross Wood, CECAS www.cecas.ie. Growing a natural dye garden of plants and vegetables, her work focuses on engaging intergenerational groups in developing an intimacy with nature by getting down and dirty in the walled garden and woods at Myross Wood. Hosting a variety of Eco Art workshops, Kathy engages people in growing, dyeing, making ink, watercolours, and Eco printing techniques. A related ecological project ‘Flax Lin(n) on an intergenerational meitheal of flax and linen enthusiasts, engaged in growing flax, gathering related social history, creating fibres, natural dyeing fibres, and eating cake!

Maeve Clancy

Maeve Clancy

Multi-disciplinary artist Maeve Clancy creates work using cut paper, pop up, story, and drawings. Aside from creating mounted solo exhibitions, she has worked as a set designer for film & TV, taught workshops at the 24 Hour Comics Day in Dublin, and worked on music videos for Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan. Clancy also writes fictional, documentary, and historical comics.

Past commissions include a large-scale installation at a National Trust property in Somerset, UK;  a solo exhibition at Corte Eremo, Mantova, Italy; artwork for Tall Ships Dublin; and more. Recent commissions include a graphic novel about Michael Davitt, a series of animations for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 shown on RTÉ and a cut paper installation for An Táin Arts Centre. She has also started Dooagh Press, the home of original graphic novels made and printed in Ireland: https://dooaghpress.com/.

Extra information


Accommodation is provided for participants as part of the summer school fee at Maynooth Campus Accommodation on Friday May 24th and Saturday, May 25th. 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 rhona@nyci.ie



NYCI will provide breakfast (Sat 25th, Sun 26th), lunches (Fri 24th, Sat 25th, Sun 26th) and 1 dinner (Sat 25th) for all participants. Please note that dinner is not provided on the first night (Friday 24th). 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 24 @ 10:30 am IST
May 26 @ 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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