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Little Bird Babble is an award winning multidisciplinary arts participation project conceived by visual artist Rachel Doolin and designed alongside collaborators George Hanover (actor) and Fiona Kelleher (musician).  The project was conceptualised in response to the Covid 19 crisis while working on an Early Years Arts project with the children and staff at Wallaroo Child and Family Project located at Ashbourne House Direct Provision Centre.  The project was part of an Early Years Arts Pilot Scheme managed by Graffiti Theatre Company and supported by Creative Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

During lockdown the three artists collaborated through digital means to design and deliver Little Bird Babble, a meaningful and inspiring project intended to nurture connections and wellbeing among children and families living in Ashbourne house during lockdown. The artists began the project with a primary goal to identify and utilise innovative methods of creative communication that could encourage interchange and collaboration between the artists and the children/families living at the DP centre. Their hard work, ingenuity and dedication resulted in the production and facilitation of a bountiful project full of heart, wonder and integrity.

Origins and Context


Community Participation


Little Bird Babble was awarded: 
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