CÚRAM’s STEAM Fashion project was awarded the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Youth Arts Explorer Grant. STEAM Fashion was one of 16 successfully funded Youth Arts projects from 11 counties across Ireland and began in September.

Andrea Fitzpatrick is the artist in residence and has been working with Foróige youth workers, John Rooney and Colette Green, and a group of young people from Ballybane in Galway. The STEAM Fashion project has introduced the young people to medical devices and the young people are creating fashion works which are influenced by research being carried out the CÚRAM, SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices, such as the work being carried out by researchers, Jack Schofield, Chris Lally, Maura Tilbury, and Delphine Antoine.  Since further restrictions have been introduced, Andrea has video called the group which still gather at Foróige Ballybane. 


About the Award

The NYCI manages the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme on behalf of the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and organisations. A residency takes the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting and/or a youth group in residence in an arts setting. The NYCI is the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. The NYCI Youth Arts Programme is a strategic partnership of The National Youth Council of Ireland, The Arts Council and The Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The Programme aims specifically to realise the potential of young people through good quality youth arts practise within youth work organisations and the non-formal educational sector and to develop appropriate policies and activities at the local, regional and national level. Its Vision is an Ireland where all young people can take part in excellent youth arts practice which is life-enhancing. And its mission is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts which supports young people living in Ireland to realise their potential through participation in high-quality youth-centred arts practice within youth work organisations and the non-formal education sector.


About Fóroige

Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland and has been working with young people since 1952.  Our purpose is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society.

We work with over 50,000 young people aged 10-18 each year through volunteer-led Clubs and staff-led Youth Projects. Foróige currently operates in 26 counties in Ireland, with more than 600 Foróige Clubs, 150 Youth Projects, the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring programme, the Foróige Youth Entrepreneurship programme, our Youth Citizenship and Youth Leadership programmes.






Foroige Ballybane


1 month