‘Windows On Our Lives’ Striking a Chord with the Youth of Kerry

A sample of the lockdown and how children saw it. In this case, Lara Johnston didn’t need to look out the window for inspiration.

Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership has announced that ‘Windows On Our Lives’ is now live on the link at the end of this article.

The video slideshow features youth creativity in sound, song, words and images and offers up an emotional roller coaster reflecting the lives of young people during and after lockdown.

Emotional Observations and Dreams

“The slideshow is an insight into the emotional observations and dreams of young people.

An overarching theme of isolation comes through, especially in the words and use of song in the piece, but there is also a sense of hope, and solace found in nature,” said Ann O’Dwyer, director of schools, youth and music at Kerry ETB.

Diverse Range of Creativity

The slideshow features the work of thirty young people who submitted a diverse range of creative work across a seven-day period to artist Zoë Uí Fhaoláin Green, artist lead on the initiative.

The emotional challenge of the last few months is presented in the artwork, and much reflection about the type of lives young people want, but there is also great joy, colour and life in the pieces presented.

A feeling of Solidarity

“It has been a privilege and really inspiring. I hope that the young people who have contributed enjoy seeing their artwork on this platform, and feel a sense of solidarity with each other,” said Zoë.

The slideshow can also be seen on our streetscapes for the next week, featuring on the windows of Culloty’s Music Shop in Tralee, in Jeffrey’s Pharmacy in Cahirciveen, in Grá Health Foods in Dingle and in McKenna’s in Listowel.

The Collective Voice of Youth

“We are very grateful to the shops that came on board with us for this project, ensuring that as many people as possible might get to see the slideshow is very important to us. It is the beginning of a project that will grow in the months ahead. The theme is universal and a rare chance for young people’s collective voices to be heard and seen. It’s a show not to be missed for sure,” said Deirdre Enright, creative youth co-ordinator with Kerry ETB.

You can see the Windows On Our Lives slideshow with a click on the link here: