Learning to Listen
Talking TYA Research Network &
Young at Art
Fri 04 Mar - Sat 05 Mar 2022
Talking TYA Research Network teamed up with Young at Art to stage a series of presentations and panel discussions that explored how we can ensure we include the voices of children and young people in performance work for young audiences. The series examined the capacity and capability required for sustained engagement to listen to, learn from and act on children’s voices within what can be a precarious industry, with contributions from some leaders in the field including Professor Laura Lundy (Queens University Belfast), Rhona Matheson (Starcatchers, Scotland), Branar Téatar do Pháistí (Galway), The Limetree (Limerick) and Replay Theatre Company (NI).
Image below: Professor Laura Lundy (QUB) and Rhona Matheson (Starcatchers) with Professor Tom Maguire (Ulster University)
Talking TYA 2020
3-day virtual conference
In 2020 we held our inaugural Talking TYA Event- a 3-day virtual conference on Participation in TYA. The Event was a collaboration between staff from Ulster University, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and NUI Galway. It was held in partnership with Branar Téatar do Pháistí, O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. It was supported by Galway 2020, celebrating its status as European Capital of Culture.
Talking TYA Research Network LAUNCH
08 October 2021
In October 2021 we held the official launch of the network as part of Bualadh Bos children’s festival in Limerick. As part of our launch, Glasgow-based live artist, Ivor MacAskill discussed his project- Gendersaurus Rex, which explores gender, feminism, sexuality, queerness and difference, as they relate to the field of live performance for children. The event was hosted by Academic and Irish Times reviewer Dr Ciara L. Murphy, and was followed by Q & A session with the artist.