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:

  • Outline why you think your 4th class should receive one of the residencies, include evidence of consultation with students i.e. testimonials from students. 
  • How would your school extend the programme outside of the artists’ workshop visits? 
  • Outline how your school could continue with the programme after March to make it part of the weekly class plan?

What your school will receive if you are successful:

  • An artist residency from two professional artists.
  • The artists will work with 4th class children and their teacher.
  • A gallery tour lead by the artists.
  • The tour is followed up by three school visits from the two artists.
  • Each week of the residency the artists will spend two hours with the children in the school.
  • Each school will receive a residency of two years or more.


  • 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