Come and see our Gifts to Cork for Cruinniú na nÓg and be part of the art

May 5, 2021

Play it your way and be part of the art with the help of our Activate Youth Theatre and Notes to Cork, thanks to Creative Ireland, Cork City Council and Sláintecare/Healthy Ireland.

Find the specially created artwork designed by our Junior Activate Youth Theatre members in collaboration with our pals at @Notes To Cork and become part of the art. 

Launching this Saturday 12th June to mark Cruinniú na nÓg, the national day of free creativity for children and young people, we want you to head out into the best city in the world and find our #GiftsToCork. 

Activate Director, Julie O’Leary had this to say about this exciting project: “Our Junior YT group have been so brilliant to work this year; adapting to all of the challenges of working online and embracing new projects with huge enthusiasm. This new project with Notes To Cork gives the youth theatre a brilliant opportunity to be creative, learn new skills and meet new artists in the city. It also gives them a chance to showcase and celebrate their work, something we have definitely missed this year”

Our Junior Activate Youth Theatre members Ben, Ava, Tadhg, Luke, Ava, Tilly, Liam and Aoife, have designed their own individual artwork for you to interact with. They took inspiration from a variety of themes including ‘’one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and the things which brought them joy and got them through the recent restrictions.

Working with Activate, Notes to Cork’s Al d’Alton said:

“Working with the Junior AYT has brought back many happy memories of my time as a member of the senior YT many moons ago. The Graffiti facilitators are incredibly supportive, encouraging and create such a fun and safe environment for each member to stretch their creative muscles and most importantly to be themselves. Each of the posters designed oozes with personality, creativity and passion and is a true gift from the members of AYT to the City”. 

You’ll be able to find our #GiftsToCork until June 25th so get outdoors and get creative. We can’t wait to see you play it your way.

All you need to do is:

  • Download the map to find the locations at Summerhill North and Southern Road
  • Head out into the community and bring your family, friends, your pets or your favourite toy, and have fun finding our posters
  • Stand in front of the billboards and do your own thing to become part of the art
  • Share it online if you like (and have your guardian’s permission) and tag #GiftsToCork so we can see and share you playing it your way.

The #Gifts to Cork Interactive Poster Project is supported by the @Cork City Council @Cork City Arts, and free to all thanks to the Healthy Ireland Fund/Sláintecare Community Resilience Fund and @Creative Ireland. Creative Ireland is an all-of-government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from

With enormous thanks to the creative team behind Activate’s #GiftsToCork:

Notes To Cork team: Al Dalton – creative director. Annie Forrester – artist & illustrator Aaron Ross – graphic designer

Graffiti’s Activate facilitators: Donna O’Keeney, Colette Forde & Sloane Quirke

Photography and Filming: Clare Keogh

PR and Comms: Eventi

#GraffitiXNotesToCork #CruinniuNaNog #GiftsToCork #KeepWell