The aim of this programme is to give students in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects to be planned and developed between the artist, the teacher and the school under the co-ordination of the Education Support Centres Ireland ESCI network of 21 full-time education centres. This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.

The Education Centre

Schools will apply for a BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency to Wexford Education Support Centre based on the Online Register of Approved Artists. The Register of Approved Artists in each Education Centre will be arranged by artist and discipline. It will also include approved training experience, examples of previous work and examples of relevant or related experience in an educational and community context.

In excess of 300 artists are currently trained and registered on the Online Register of Approved Artists, managed by the education centre network nationally. All artists will have submitted their Child Safeguarding Best Practice Policy (to include Child Safeguarding Statement) and their Certificate of completion of the Children First Training module to the education centre.

Garda vetting

Garda vetting for artists for successful school applications will be organised with the individual artist by Wexford Education Support Centre prior to being employed.  Subject to receiving a satifactory evetting return the artist will be invited to collect a copy of their evetting document from the Centre to present to the school they are paired with. Schools may separately request the artist to apply for Garda vetting specifically to work in their school.

The artists

Artists from any artistic discipline who have been trained in partnership working with schools will be registered with each of the 21 full-time ESCI centres. Artistic disciplines include visual arts, crafts, music, dance, drama, literature and film. Creative disciplines will be expanded as the residency programme develops over the next number of years.

The artists on the Register of Approved Artists will have been previously trained and have engaged in school residencies under the Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD and Residency initiative or the Arts in Junior Cycle Programme which are both approved and led by the Department of Education.

The school

The schools must be in the catchment of Wexford Education Support Centre. Schools may submit only one application. Schools should make their own selection of artists from the Approved Register and select 3 possible artists based on examples of recent work, training and recommendations. Inclusion of artists on the Approved Register is based on training in the education centre (TAP) in addition to suitability/artistic qualification and satisfactory evetting return etc. which has taken place in advance to ensure the selected artist satisfies school policies in relation to engagement of external personnel.

Once a school is approved for the scheme, the Wexford Education Support Centre will decide to which artist is assigned to a school.  This decision will be based on availability of the artist and their available timeframe. The school has a commitment to the artist, who will have earmarked that time for the project and could potentially turn down other work at the times scheduled to work with the school.

This initiative encourages

Schools, primary and post-primary, that have not recently had an opportunity to participate in such creative initiatives to apply.

Schools supporting inclusion and enhanced arts-in-education engagement with students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students with special educational needs to apply. Schools that have a track record in teacher-artist partnership working in the classroom and school to apply. A whole-school commitment to the project, but it is not a requirement that all classes work with the artist. Projects should have regard to the relevant school curricula where appropriate and have a focus on process.

Successful applications:

Successful schools will be required to sign a short contract with Wexford Education Support Centre accepting the terms of the BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme prior to the commencement of the residency. Successful residencies should not be started until official written notification to proceed has been received from the Education Centre and once clear Garda vetting has been completed and this has been communicated to the school.

It is a specific condition of this residency programme that a teacher works closely and collaborates with the artist to plan the learning experience and is present at all times with the artist while working with students in the school and to enhance further teacher-artist partnership. Schools will be responsible for ensuring the residency complies with Public Health advice relevant at the time of the project.


Wexford Education Support Centre will put in place the necessary evaluation for Arts-in-Education residencies. It will include a school visit, completion and return of the Teacher/School Feedback Form and the Artist Feedback Form. The second instalment of the artist fee will be paid following the submission of the final reports.

Any images submitted by the school either in reports or on completing the project may be used to promote the programme through print and other media including social media. It is therefore important that the schools have permission for the use of such images, noting in the consent forms that they will be used for this purpose, and only send images to the Wexford Education Support Centre once parental consent has been obtained.

Please note the Closing Date for Applications for the academic year 2022/2023 was September 30th 2022.        We received 41 applications.  All 41 applications were successful.


Art Form
Please view artists work/website
Colum Kavanagh  Comic Book Creator  www.timespear.com 
Anita Mahon  Music www.anitamahon.com
Sonya Weston Film  https://bit.ly/3HS7H8f
Helen Flanagan Film, Broadcasting https://www.helenflanaganfilm.com/
John Busher Visual Arts https://artsineducation.ie/en/project/cave-
Oonagh Latchford Painter https://bit.ly/3hoA1E6
Sheila Forsey Novelist, Playwright, Creative writer https://sheilaforsey.com/ 
Nonie Stafford Visual Art, Wall Murials, Calligraphy Workshop http://www.blossominkstudio.ie/
Sarah Bowie Author, illustrator and arts educator https://sarahbowie.com/workshops-tutorials
Nadia Corridan  Visual Arts www.nadiacorridan.ie
Heather Hadrill Teaching Drama in Schools https://bit.ly/3PshyTF
Caroline Busher Author  www.carolinebusher.wordpress.com 
Deirdre Meehan - Buttimer  Print Making




Please see the list of schools and artists taking part in 2022/2023 blast project

Name of School
Lead Teacher
Artist Name
Art Form
St Annes NS,Rathangan John Ormonde Lisa Barry Joe Brennan Storytelling/Literature
St Michael's NS Laura Lanigan Laura Lanigan Colm Kavanagh Paper Juice Creative
Wexford Educate Together Tasha Williams Sinead Piper Oonagh Latchford Painter
Our Lady of Lourdes Tomas Moriarty Tomas Moriarty Anita Mahon Singer, musican , choir 
St Iberius NS Sarah Meyler Sarah Meyler Sheila Forsey Novelist, Playwright, 
Ballycullane NS Margaret Furlong Margaret Furlong Nadia Corridan Online classes, Art, 

St Patrick's NS, 

Helen Molloy Chris Townsend Sonya Weston Film
Scoil Ghormain Naofa Emer Russell Niall Breen Nadia Corridan Online classes, Art, 
St. Garvan's, Taghmon Keelin Egan  Keelin Egan  Nonie Stafford Visual Art, Wall Murials, 
Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhoir Cian O Cuanachain Caroline Ui Charthaigh Sheila Forsey Novelist, Playwright, 
St Aidan's PS Frank Murphy Deirdre Colclough Sonya Weston Film
Cushinstown NS Colm Gallagher Colm Gallagher Nonie Stafford Visual Art, Wall Murials, 
St Catherine's NS, Eva Murphy Deirdre Doyle Anita Mahon Singer, musican , choir 
Galbally NS Brigid Sinnott Brigid Sinnott John Busher Visual Arts
Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts Mags Jordan Liz Cullen Oonagh Latchford Painter
Monageer NS Niamh Jordan Ruth Doran Nadia Corridan Online classes, Art, 
St Patrick's NS,  Yvette Walsh Fiona O' Connor Joe Brennan Storytelling/Literature
Kildavin NS Gillian Murphy Gillian Murphy John Busher Visual Arts
Piercestown NS Laura Walsh Laura Walsh Colm Kavanagh Paper Juice Creative
Ballyoughter NS Padraig O Connor Padraig O Connor Sheila Forsey Novelist, Playwright, 
All Saint's NS Andrea McAssey Andrea McAssey Helen Flanagan Film, Broadcasting
Ballaghkeene NS Darren Nolan Laura Sinnott John Busher Visual Arts
Ballon NS Mary Carroll Una Murphy Helen Flanagan Film, Broadcasting
Bunscoil Loreto Aileen Kennedy Paula Quinn Oonagh Latchford Painter
Bunscoil Ris Gerry Moran Emma Kavanagh Caroline Busher Author
Carnew NS Kevin O Donnell Lorna Doran McEvoy Heather Hadrill Teaching drama 
Scoil Naomh Brid Carmel Gavin Jessica Adamson Sheila Forsey Novelist, Playwright, Creative 
Scoil Naisiunta Phadraig  Mary Cahill Kathy VanEsbeck Helen Flanagan Film, Broadcasting
Scoil Naomh Abbain 18824W Maryann Sheehan John Busher Visual Arts
Star of the Sea Eleanor Kehoe Helen McLoughlin Heather Hadrill Teaching drama 
St. Laserian's NS Rachel Dolan Fiona Burguss Anita Mahon Singer, musican, choir 
Kilmananagh  NS Brona Kenneally Brona Kenneally Colm Kavanagh Paper Juice Creative
St Mary's CBS John Ryan Rhian Foley Sarah Bowie Cartoonist, Writer, 
Kennedy College Sarah Roche Jamie Ellen Doyle Sarah Bowie Cartoonist, Writer, 
Meanscoil Gharman Norah Harpour Danielle Dempsey Nonie Stafford Visual Art, Wall Murials, 
St Mary's S.S. John Michael  Porter Sinead Leacy Sonya Weston Film
Ramsgrange Community  Rachel O Connor Sandra Power Nonie Stafford Visual Art, Wall Murials, 
Bunclody Vocational College James Murphy Paul Cahill Sarah Bowie Cartoonist, Writer, 
Colaiste Abbain John Nolan Fiona Quirke Anita Mahon Singer, musican , choir 
Colaiste Eamonn Ris Michael McMahon Erin Whelan Sarah Bowie Cartoonist, Writer, 
Gorey Educate T S S  Conor Berry Liz Whelan Heather Hadrill Teaching drama 

Please see the list of schools and artists taking part in 2021/2022 blast project

Scoil Naomh Abbáin, Claire Kickham Claire Kickham Oonagh Latchford Painter 
Scoil Chroí Ró Naofa,  Emer O Gorman Aoife Morrisey John Busher Visual Arts
Bunscoil Loreto Aileen Kennedy Paula Quinn Colum Kavanagh Paper Juice Creative
Sacred Heart NS Grid Kennedy  Emily Casey Joe Brennan Storytelling/Literature
Scoil Phadraig Naofa Helen Molloy Chris Townsend Sarah Bowie Cartoonist, Writer, 
Ballon NS Mary Carroll Una Murphy Colum Kavanagh Paper Juice Creative
St Fintans NS Geraldine Doyle Paula Gondard Caroline Busher Author
Tara Hill NS Patricia Sadler Eadaoin Ni Liondain Lani O' Hanlon Drama
Bunscoil Ris Gerry Moran Ann Brazil Lani O' Hanlon Drama
Star of the Sea NS Martina Prendergast Helen McLoughlin John Busher Visual Arts
Scoil Moling Glynn Caitriona Kelly Caitriona Kelly Joe Brennan Storytelling/Literature
East Glendalough School Craig Petrie Frances Cody Colum Kavanagh  Paper Juice Creative
Gorey Educate TSS Conor Berry Liz Whelan Sarah Bowie Cartoonist, Writer
Colaiste Eamonn Ris,  Michael McMahon Erin Whelan Sarah Bowie Cartoonist, Writer
Colaiste Eoin Alan Costello LIz Farrell and . Joe Brennan Storytelling/Literature
Bunclody Vocational James Murphy Orla Doyle John Busher Visual Arts
Colaiste Abbain John Nolan Rosaline Power Colum Kavanagh Paper Juice Creative

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