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Launch of Exhibition: A History of Play, by Eamon O’Kane

Riverbank Arts Centre will launch A History of Play, By Eamon O’Kane on Saturday 5th September at 3pm.

Artist Eamon O’Kane will transform the entire McKenna 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. Spend time with the exhibition through one of our workshops for our younger audiences, where children will play, interact and collaborate on artworks and constructions together.

About the Artist
Eamon O’Kane is a professor of Visual Art at Bergen Academy of Art & Design, Norway.

The exhibition is curated by Linda Shevlin. A Kildare native, Linda is now curator in residence at Roscommon Arts Centre.

A History of Play, By Eamon O’Kane opens on Saturday 5th September at 3pm and will run until 3th October. Admission is free.