This is a whole school initiative to promote and reward arts engagement within the school setting. Four schools will be chosen this school year 2019 to engage in the initiative which sees an artist in residence work with the students of the school for one full week. This programme is sponsored by Acorn Life Group.

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What is the Arts Flag?

The Arts Flag is intended to be a statement of achievement and intent with regard to the prominence and status of the arts in the school. It will be a visible beacon that indicates a commitment to the importance of participation in the arts for the students of the school, both within and outside their classrooms.

The Arts Flag programme aims to:

  • Reward existing excellence in arts activity in schools

  • Promote, foster and develop an appreciation of the place and role of the arts in schools, both within and beyond the curriculum

  • Generate and encourage mutually beneficial working relationships between schools and local artists

  • Help schools engage with arts organisations and venues in their locality

  • Expand and deepen the understanding of what arts activity might represent in schools

  • Enable the flag to be a motivational emblem that will encourage other schools and communities to participate in the flag scheme and in the arts in general

Download the application form and brochure

Acorn – Proud supporters of The Arts Flag

The Arts Flag Brochure

The Arts Flag Application Form


Steps to the arts flag

Step 1: Discuss arts flag proposal with teaching staff
Are your entire staff committed to partaking in the programme?
Do the dates work with your school calendar?

Step 2: Fill in Application
Take time to fill in the form. Don’t forget question 6 is a separate page!
Submissions can be send via post or email.
Deadline for receipt of submissions is 5th April 16:00.

Step 3: Results
All schools will be notified by Friday 12th April via email.
Successful schools will be given their start date.

Step 4: Artistic Residency
Your assigned artist will spend one week in your school.
The schedule of the week will be confirmed with the school in advance.

Step 5: School Responses 
Over 3 weeks the school will respond creatively to the work the artist has developed with your school.
In the past, students have responded by writing poetry in response to working with a visual artist. Others have developed a play through creative writing, following from themes explored through drama workshops.

Step 6: Exhibition and documentation of Responses
This could be an art exhibition, a short video…the possibilities are endless!

Step 7: The Presentation Day
Branar and Acorn representatives will visit your school to present you with an Arts Flag.
Students will discuss their projects and creative learning.

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Branar Téatar do Pháistí is one of the leading theatre companies making work for children in Ireland. We create beautiful, innovative, high quality productions that inspire children and their families.

We tour our work to venues and festivals locally, nationally and internationally.
We support artists to make work for young audiences through our tailored programmes of resource sharing and Tiny Show creation. We create opportunities for children to explore their own arts practice in school settings.


Branar Drámaíochta
15 Glenrock Business Park
Tel: +353 (0) 91 704718