RHA Learning Event

Open Call 2021 Teen Directives: Make Your Place
7 Jun 2021 - 12 Jul 2021

Teen Directives: Make Your Place, Curated and facilitated by Leah Corbett

This programme will be run online via Zoom

RHA Gallery seeks applications for this year’s Teen Directives: Make Your Place programme, facilitated by artist and curator Leah Corbett. The 2021 programme is open to anyone aged 14 – 17 and interested in exploring themes of neighbourhood, public space and art.

Teen Directives 2021 takes place across 6 weeks, from Monday 7 of June to Monday 12 of July, meeting online for weekly group workshops (Mondays, 1.5 hours, time to be confirmed) and additional artist talks (1 hour, dates to be confirmed). Between meetings, you will be invited to carry out creative tasks to be shared with the group.

Teen Directives: Make Your Place will explore the potential of public art through a series of online workshops, talks and weekly activities. We’ve all been getting to know our local areas well during lockdown but have you noticed any interesting art on your walks: graffiti, murals, sculptures, posters, chalk drawings? Over the course of the six weeks we will get curious about our surroundings and explore our neighbourhoods as sites for art-making. Through our online meetings, together we will ask questions like: what role does art play in our neighbourhoods, streets, villages and cities? Why do artists make work outside of the gallery? Who is this for? We will also hear from some leading contemporary artists working in the public realm, and learn from their experiences. With an emphasis on learning from each other, each participant will work towards a self-directed project and aim to present an artwork in public space.

As an interested participant, you will seek to explore and interact with your area of residence, through group art activities and self-led learning, making your mark on your community. Successful applicants to the programme will become active participants and co-producers in Teen Directives 2021.

Participants will receive an art and materials pack by post, which will be used during the programme.

How to apply:

To apply please download and complete the application form HERE and return (along with any necessary attachments) to engagement@rhagallery.ie, referencing ‘Teen Directives 2021’ in the email subject.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 5 May 2021.


  • Applicants to this programme must be between the ages of 14 and 17
  • No previous experience with art or the RHA Gallery is necessary, just a keen interest in the Teen Directives 2021 programme!
  • You can apply from anywhere in Ireland
  • It is desirable that all applicants can commit to the full 6 weeks

If you have access needs in relation to your application or participation, please contact Róisín at engagement@rhagallery.ie and we will arrange a format that works best for you.

Facilitator info

Leah Corbett is an artist and curator from Co. Tipperary. Her practice includes realising exhibitions, facilitating workshops and initiating community-led projects. She works together with groups and individuals to produce shared experiences and outcomes. She worked collaboratively on socially engaged projects including Public! (2017) and Common Ground (2018/19). She often works in site-specific community contexts including recent projects Futuretown (2019) and Catalyst at School (2019/2020).

She is interested in alternative forms of education, DIY approaches and self-organised models. She recently completed a 2-year term as Co-Director of artist-led organisation Catalyst Arts where she collectively ran the organisation, curated exhibitions, and delivered projects in a variety of contexts. She is Co-founder of new experimental arts programme Muine Bheag Arts, Carlow which works together with artists and the local community to deliver projects in the public realm.

As an independent curator she has delivered projects in Catalyst Arts, Belfast, The Library Project, Dublin, Kilkenny Arts Office Gallery and James Barry Exhibition Centre, Cork. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Kilkenny Arts Office Emerging Curator in Residence and Black Church Print Studio Emerging Curator Award. She has previously worked with arts organisations including CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and TACTIC Cork.


Image: Image from Bin Collection, courtesy of Leah Corbett.




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