Jane Hayes is a visual artist, developing and delivering rich artistic projects with and for young people for almost 20 years. While working with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, between 2016-2020, her eyes were opened to arts for early years and she has dedicated her practice to this audience ever since.
Through her socially engaged practice, Jane has partnered with those who share her passion for art for early years and her dedication to the inclusion of the voice of the child in creative decision-making. Commissions and collaborations of note include those with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, the Hunt Museum Limerick, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and Cork Midsummer Festival.
Over the past two years, while raising her 3 young boys, Jane has deepened her engagement with her studio practice, seeking new and exciting ways to bring visual art to 0-to-6-year-olds in the gallery context. This work tests and challenges the limits and possibilities of non-participatory visual art for this unique audience, and has been supported by Sample Studios, Cork and the Arts Council of Ireland.