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Galway City Museum’s programme of events caters for a variety of audiences and interests, comprising gallery tours, illustrated talks, art and craft workshops, art classes and lectures. Enjoy our current series of online workshops here!

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Maeve Clancy creates work for children and adults using cut paper, pop-up, story and drawings. Among her recent projects was the design of ‘Sruth na Teanga’, an immersive theatre experience as part of Galway 2020 City of Culture.

In this workshop Maeve takes an artistic view of the great stone fort of Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór, Co. Galway and demonstrates how to create a piece of paper pop-up art inspired by it.  This fort is central to the MONUMENT exhibition presented by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and Galway City Museum as part of the cultural programme for Galway.


How to make your own pop-up Dún Aonghasa

In this workshop Maeve Clancy teaches the basics of pop up and paper engineering. Once the basics have been mastered, she will fold, cut, draw and stick to show children how to create their own Dún Aonghasa inspired pop-up.

  • How to make a basic pop-up
  • Adding design (Dún Aonghasa)
  • Other Irish monument pop-ups

You can download the How to Make a Pop-Up worksheet  HERE

Materials Needed

  • 2 x A4 card paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Marker pens (black and coloured)

You can download the Drawing a Monument worksheet HERE

Recommended reading and resources

Claire Cotter (2014) Dún Aonghasa: The Guidebook

Duncan Birmingham is a brilliant instructor in pop up and paper engineering. He has written many books on the subject and has a fantastic pop up instruction channel HERE.

This Galway City Museum initiative is supported by Creative Ireland through Galway City Council.

Curriculum Links

Age: 3rd to 6th Classes
History:  Strand (unit): Early People and Ancient Societies (Bronze Age)
Visual Arts: Strand (unit): Drawing (making drawings)

Galway City Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday

Visitors will have access to both the ground floor and first floor galleries.  The second floor will remain closed until the new Sea Science exhibition works have been completed.  Admission remains FREE but TICKETS will be an essential requirement. By clicking BOOK TICKET on this page, visitors can choose from one of four daily time slots, 10am; 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm. Tickets will need to be presented as a printout OR on your mobile phone at the main entrance.  Visitors are asked to review the museum’s reopening guidelines on Eventbrite when making their booking.

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