'Tools of the Trade' 2021: A Maritime Journey with 'Tools of the Trade'

A multidisciplinary Art Project designed and coordinated by Artists Leah Murphy and Susan Walsh.

This years Project the Pupils from 5th Class at St. Mary’s on the Hill N.S, Harbour View Road, have embarked on a Maritime journey with 'Tools of the Trade' 2021, through contemporary Nautical Education at NMCI, National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy. A look to the past at the Maritime Museum, Passage West, and explored captivating historic views of Cork Harbour from the ‘Statio Bene’ Exhibition at the Crawford Gallery.

Beginning with a studio based introductory workshop the children were introduced to the tools in everyday use by these places of Places of interest. Followed by a bespoke behind the scenes virtual tour of the three project partners. We developed series of creative workshops inspired by the cross-circular themes that the places presented.

Tools of the Trade Exhibition 2021 Crawford Art Gallery

‘Statio Bene’ Exhibition at the Crawford Gallery, Emmet Place

The school was particularly chosen for its location on Harbour view road. In this years series of creative workshops the children experienced a wide range of materials and artistic techniques including observational drawing, intaglio prints which represent the common nautical themes of our three project partners.

Map making using a combination of studies of old Cork Harbour maritime maps and sea charts some reimagined with islands, ships and sea creatures.

Tools of the Trade Exhibition 2021 NMCI

NMCI - National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy

Model Boats are key displays in both the Maritime Museum and NMCI. The model boats the children have made are from driftwood collected along the south coast, each piece shows signs of time spent at sea and gives character and movement to each unique vessel.

Paintings which were inspired by the wonderful maritime works in the 'Statio Bene' exhibition. The stormy sea backdrop is a visual representation of the narrative from the journal of Captain Richard Roberts of Passage West.

Tools of the Trade Exhibition 2021 Passage West

Maritime Museum, Passage West

In this log he describes the voyage of 'The Sirius' which was the first steam ship to cross the Atlantic. The log gives particulars of the voyage and weather conditions from the 4th of April to 22nd of April 1838. This also links to the idea of the environmental pool at NMCI where weather conditions are simulated for training purposes.






A series of creative workshops

All the childrens work was then carefully and professionaly presented at two new exhibition venues, Nano Nagle center and Hollihil library where the full exhibition ran till September in the main windows.

The Childrens Artworks are then returned to the school and for permanant display.


Passage West Maritime Museum exhibition

Photography by Jed: www.jedniezgoda.com

Participating project partners and schools

Thank you to our project partners and schools for collaborating with the 'Tools of the Trade' art project in 2021.

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Tools of the trade Expo 2021: A Maritime Journey

Exhibition 2021: A Maritime Journey

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Tools of the trade Expo 2018: Art, Architecture and Archaeology

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Tools of the trade Expo 2017

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