On Friday 23rd September, TUS Access Service will host an event on our Thurles campus to celebrate Traveller culture. This event is in collaboration with the Family Learning Project of Tipperary Rural Traveller Project (TRTP). The Family Learning Project supports Traveller children of primary school age to flourish in their education with their identity intact. The project offers a stable, regular wraparound support which nourishes resilience and cultural confidence as well as educational outcomes.
Recent LSAD graduate Francesca Hutchinson facilitated a four-day art workshop for Traveller children in Tipperary, who are supported by TRTP. In this workshop the Traveller children made identity boxes in which they made items from clay which represent their identity. The children then decorated their identity boxes using fabrics, paints and pictures. The Culture Night event will showcase the identity boxes, while also showing a multimedia piece which caught snippets from the art workshop facilitated by Francesca.
The Access Service and TRTP share a vision to inspire, explore and support learning through art in a positive and inclusive space. We are extremely passionate about supporting Traveller children to develop a greater sense of belonging.”Register for this free event here