Springdale National School present ‘SpringCity’
In advance of the Velo City Conference 2019 in Dublin, fifth class students at Springdale National School, Raheny, Dublin had been working behind the scenes with Artist Rhona Byrne and Green-Schools Travel Officer Rebecca Flanagan. Over the past three months the team developed a model of ‘SpringCity’, which is a sustainable and liveable public space area envisioned by the students in which they can move freely. Artist Rhona Byrne, whose work looks at physical and social space, embodiment and interaction, worked with the Green-Schools programme to engage Springdale students, who are currently working on the Travel theme, to think and envisage about how they move and play within their city environment during a series of ‘Creative Thinking’ workshops. The workshop series is part of The Citizen Cycle project, curated by Michelle Browne, and includes three artists working with different communities to develop a series of public performances and visual artworks which were presented during the Velo-city Bike Parade on Wednesday the 26th of June.
Initially Travel Officer Rebecca, worked together with Rhona to develop a greater awareness of the Springdale student’s sense of place, or lack thereof, in the city. The students expressed that this was their first experience with public participation and being consulted for their opinions on the mobility of their city. Many of the children felt unsafe in the city, with one child noting “When I walk through the city centre I hold my mom’s hand, and it is my choice not hers to do this because I am too afraid to let go.”