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The History of Play Exhibition

Saturday 5th September, 2015 - Saturday 3rd October, 2015


Artist Eamon O’Kane will transform the entire Mc Kenna Gallery into an interactive installation inspired by the educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of Kindergarten Friedrich Fröbel. For the artist, parenthood sparked this interest in merging real life with his art practice, looking at the interplay of art, architecture, design and education. The installation comprises educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts –colorful spheres, cylinders, and tubes. These “gifts” are used for unlocking creativity at an early age by teaching children about three-dimensional shapes and colours, and their relationship to the environment and nature.

Join us for a fun-filled opening with artist Eamon O’Kane on September 5th at 3pm.

Come, stay and play!
Whether you are a parent, a grandparent or someone who works with young children, we invite you to come and enjoy this space anytime over the month of September. Are you part of a parent and toddler group or Montessori school? Why not plan a visit and hang out in this wonderful play space that will fascinate and delight your little ones.

Drop in anytime during box office hours:
Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm


Saturday 5th September, 2015
Saturday 3rd October, 2015
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McKenna Gallery
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Riverbank Arts Centre
Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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045 448327
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