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ReCreate Revolution

February 25, 2015

Last week, ReCreate Ireland launched ‘ReCreate Revolution’, an exciting new Arts and Creative Reuse Project which is being rolled-out nationwide. Promoting ‘Make Art not Waste’, ReCreate is reaching out to Creches, Primary & Secondary Schools, special needs and  community groups nationwide to inspire creativity, curiosity, self-development and encourage the people of Ireland to join forces and get making!

Having received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Local Agenda 21, the project will promote Creative Reuse across Ireland. Our artists plan to help nurture creativity in the next generation by supporting Early years educators, teachers and carers through these unique workshops. The ReCreate team is hoping to reach 10,000 people across Ireland throughout the duration of the ReCreate Revolution, both through workshops and the delivery of Creative Reuse Toolkits.

Speaking at the launch, Dara Connolly, Executive Director, ReCreate Ireland, said, “The ReCreate Revolution seeks to facilitate over 100 free arts and crafts workshops around Ireland to spread the message that all kinds of everyday products can be used as fantastic art materials. ReCreate will also be sending over 500 large sample boxes known as Creative ReUse Toolkits to schools, community groups and early years’ providers to every county in Ireland.  The simplicity and effectiveness of this creative reuse concept has to be seen to be believed.

“The workshops will be facilitated by professional artists using items that are a delight to the senses and are all salvaged from industry, such as wool, paper, plastics, fabric, tubing and foam. They are tactile and ‘hands-on’, enforcing visual learning, decision making, inventiveness, problem solving, communication and motor skills which are all integral developments of the learning process.”

The Creative Reuse Toolkits have been specially designed and will be filled with a selection of the materials that ReCreate has gathered from businesses across Ireland. The free toolkits will be delivered to over 500 groups around the country to be explored creatively, inspiring curiosity and lateral thinking while also considering the positive impact reuse has on the environment.

ReCreate currently collects excess and unwanted materials from over 80 businesses across Ireland; including Avoca, Bewleys, TileStyle, Ikea, Print Solutions, Smurfit Kappa, Ricoh Ireland and many more. In turn these materials are made available for creative reuse to its members in Early Childhood Education, Schools, Colleges, Community or Special Needs Groups as well as individuals for art, craft, theatre and creative projects of all kinds. The ReCreate Storehouse, where all of the materials are available, will remain at the centre of everything throughout this Reuse Revolution. With over 600 members, this ‘Warehouse of Wonders’ is continuing to grow and mature each week.

Deirdre Rogers, visual artist and mother of two, said at the launch, ‘’This Revolution project is just brilliant. Free art workshops and boxes full of fantastic, unusual materials donated by companies. Everybody is a winner!.”

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About ReCreate Ireland:

ReCreate is a national social enterprise that takes end of line and surplus stock from businesses and reuses them as arts materials. Its warehouse is full to the brim with all types of arts materials such as paper, wool, plastics, fabric, tubing, foam and many other unusual and unexpected surprises.

Distribution of the materials is on a membership basis which will be at a nominal cost as Recreate are looking to drastically reduce the expenditure on arts materials of schools, community groups, preschools, crèches and representative organisations. Members can come as often as they like and take away as much as they want. Additionally tonnes of materials are diverted annually from landfill as well as saving businesses on their disposal costs, everybody wins. www.recreate.ie

Contact: Dara Connolly
Tel:  01 456 8798
Mob: 086-8209844
Email: dconnolly@recreate.ie

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