Primary Colours Programme


Primary Colours

Primary Colours is an exciting arts in education programme delivered by Catherine Fanning and a panel of practising artists for Sligo Arts Service, in partnership with Sligo Education Centre.  Building on a previous 6-year programme with Sligo Art Gallery, Primary Colours enriches the primary school visual art curriculum through workshops, exhibitions and a newly developed teachers pack and website

All County Sligo Primary schools are eligible to apply.

How to apply:

  • Application forms are circulated to schools in September annually.
  • There is no cost to the school to take part in the Primary Colours programme (except for transport to the exhibition if required). The project is funded by Sligo County Council Arts Service and the Arts Council of Ireland.

What your school will receive if you are successful:

  • An artist residency from two professional artists.
  • The artists will work with 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th class children and their teacher.
  • A gallery tour led by the artists.
  • The tour is followed up by two classroom based workshops with the two artists.
  • Each week of the residency the artists will spend two hours with the children in the school.


  • The students will work with professional artists.
  • The artists will develop a programme around the school curriculum.
  • The teacher will receive invaluable expertise from the artists by developing different ways of looking and thinking together.

Go to for further information and contact details

The images below are a selection of artwork completed during the Primary Colours Programme 2012 with the following schools in County Sligo:  Leaffoney National School, Calry National School, Ballinlig National School, Carn National School Gurteen, Killavil National School, St Pauls National School Collooney, St Josephs National School Templeboy, St Aiden’s National School Monasteraden, Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré Ballydoogan and Scoil Ursula National School Sligo.

© Sligo County Council Arts Department, City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland tel: +353 (0) 71 911 4465