Erasmus+ KA2 Initiative 2020 – 2023: International Teacher-Artist Partnership (I-TAP-PD) PD


ABOUT International Teacher-Artist Partnership (I-TAP-PD) PD

International Teacher-Artist Partnership (I-TAP-PD) PD is an exciting project which focuses on enabling teachers and artists to jointly develop their understanding, expertise and creativity in ‘arts in education’ work with children and young people in education, community and arts settings.  It offers a unique opportunity for teachers and artists to explore the nature and educational value of partnerships in supporting arts education in early and Primary school education.  The ultimate aim of Erasmus+ I-TAP-PD is to create innovative professional development (PD) opportunities, innovative intellectual outputs and resources to enable both teachers and artists to challenge, develop and potentially transform their practices for the benefit of the children they teach and the school communities in which they work at a trans-European level and beyond.  The enhanced practices that will emerge as a result of this collaboration will be the subject of fresh international research and innovation.

Objectives are to develop an international model I-TAP-PD with a training programme and resource materials that are transferable across various jurisdictions, are adaptable to different contexts and incorporate the best practices from each of our participating countries. We will disseminate this practice across Europe and beyond by holding a number of Multiplier events.  All materials and resources developed will be free, FAIR and openly available.

The project will result in development of a final I-TAP-PD Programme with on-line Research and Evaluation Output & translated resources which will be accessible and down-loadable through the project's public Digital Resources Platform for disseminating all the project's outputs.  It will include presentations and analysis of best I-TAP-PD practice, to target groups and stakeholders in all European countries.  Target groups will be able to use all resource outputs on the DRP as a whole, or separate items from it independently of the final I-TAP-PD training programme and handbook or in association with them.

Project Partners


Project Partners

    • The Education Centre Tralee, Ireland (Co-ordinator)
    • Center for Drama in Education and Art CEDEUM, Serbia
    • Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr), Greece
    • Stichting Kopa, The Netherland

Erasmus+ 2020-1-IE01-KA201-066029

Intellectual Outputs -the Project has three Intellectual Outputs. 
IO 1:
I-TAP-PD Pilot 1 I-TAP-PD Training Programme
Output Description: A 5-day Pilot I-TAP-PD residential programme and resources will be developed as Intellectual Output 01 and will be delivered as the first LTT in August 2021. 

IO 2: I-TAP-PD Resources
Output Description: Intellectual Output I0 2 will consist of a number & range of outputs which will be freely available on what we will use as the I-TAP-PD Digital Resource Platform (I-TAP-PD DRP). The I-TAP-PD DRP will serve as a lively platform for dissemination & communication, exchange & debate about the topics of art education & TAP professional development. This output will consist of Resource pack: I-TAP-PD training, materials and handbook; Video tutorials; Exemplary case studies; The podcast; FB & Instagram connected to the DRP, announcing the newest activities in the project or the DRP; Blogographies; Other relevant sources including Instagram, FB & Twitter. 

IO 3: Final I-TAP-PD Programme, Research and Evaluation Output & Translated Resources. 
Output Description: A cumulative final I-TAP-PD Programme with on-line Research and Evaluation Output & Translated resources will be accessible and down-loadable through the project's public Digital Resources Platform (DRP) for disseminating all the project's outputs. 







Dublin, 23/6/2022, training session

Event date: 6/23/2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Export event


After a very successful training in Utrecht, Netherlands in April, the I-TAP-PD partners gathered for their final training at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin on the 23 rd of June 2022.

52 teachers and artists from Greece, Netherlands, Serbia and Ireland gathered together for our last training engagement to explore the possibilities of a partnership relationship between teachers and artists. Some participants had extended their partnerships to children and young people in creative residencies, others were just beginning their connective and our collective journey.

Over 5 days our participants and partners created a home for themselves and I-TAP-PD in the beautiful surroundings of IMMA. They committed to the experience, shared their knowledge and perspective, we even got to see daily examples of their partnerships with children and young people in schools and communities throughout Greece, Netherlands, Serbia and Ireland. Stories, videos, music and photos, to inspire and move us in our partnerships with others. The generous sharing participants’ understanding, and spirit carried us forward to new learning in partnership.

Day 1 dawned with bright sunshine and a warm welcome from the Minister for Education Norma Foley T.D., Mary Apied Board Member of IMMA representing Annie Fletcher the Director of IMMA, Katie Sweeny Director for the Integration of Arts and Creativity in Education, Department of Education, Helen O’Donoghue Senior Curator: Head of Engagement and Learning at IMMA and Noel Keenan representing Education Centre Tralee. Under the awning, our international partners and friends gathered from CEDEUM in Serbia, the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network in Greece and Stichting Kopa in Netherlands, we were ready to roll!

Names were honoured and shared through story, collage and digital crafts, giving participants time and space to play with technique and new tools whilst building relationships with one another. After coffee it was time to dance, move and weave our way through physical and personal histories of partnership. Creative Processes gave structure to the afternoon while photographing Little People brought their unique perspectives to participants reflections on Day 1.

Day 2 brought I-TAP-PD into the IMMA galleries and through Visual Thinking Strategies and applied drama techniques we were engaged with Ways of Seeing Here & Now – Protest & Conflict. In working collaboratively throughout the day from gallery to group the I-TAP participants made the learning collective, challenging, embodied and meaningful.

Day 3 saw our participants getting to grips with the curriculum, what it looks like and how it is supported in our partner countries. They looked for the gaps and fun where curriculum, and the words that are written about it, can provide fuel and fire for creative interpretation. In the afternoon the city was toured and linked through history, time and partnership.

Day 4 began with a World Café where our group explored The Why. Why do teachers and artists want to work in creative partnership with one another and with children? We drank coffee, chatted it out and rotated through rooms until our work was done! After break our group split where newcomer participants designed their partnership with a little help from an IKEA tutorial and I-TAP-PD veterans collaborated to discover what ingredients they would write into a Creative Process Model for the programme.

Day 5 brought Community and Education Manager with the Abbey Theatre, Phil Kingston to I-TAP-PD. Phil shared his work with the Abbey Theatre’s national projects, where applied drama workshops explore complex issues through embodied creative practice in projects such as the “Bereavement Project” & “Asking for It”. Phil’s sharing drew out stories and experienced within the group and the impact of the work on both actors and audience. During Day 5 we planned for future partnership, we delved into difficult questions like the absences our participants felt in the programme and how we would fill them, we dreamed of the future and planned together. At the end of the day, we circled, shared, committed to our collective vision and flew for home with expanded hearts, and maybe heads!


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