The creation of a “Creative Woodland Project” - a forest arts programme at Slieve Gullion forest. This “Creative Woodland project” is established as a social economy enterprise and required the creation of a permanent arts / training / learning facility at Slieve Gullion forest.
Sticky Fingers (with Grainne Powell) is a leading arts organisation for young children in Ireland, specializing in creating quality professional arts projects for children from birth to 8 years in theatre, music dance and visual arts. Sticky Fingers also provides training to a range of agencies wishing to create community based experiences and opportunities for the social inclusion of children and their parents. Its vision is to establish Newry and Mourne as a centre of excellence for children through informed and progressive partnerships with local government, education, and community and business partners.
The proposed project is the establishment of a social economy enterprise through the creation of a permanent arts / training / learning facility at Slieve Gullion forest for young children. The project will create innovative and original structures using the forest natural resources ( wood, stone and willow) that will be built into the natural land formation to make areas within the forest that are weather proof but which become part of the woodland natural foliage.
By providing children with a natural play space of the woodland, they are encouraged to try new things and solve problems in a natural environment freely, without the restrictions of a classroom or a man made outdoor environment such as playground or back garden. The woodland provides unique and valuable opportunities for the children to experiment and learn in a different way.