Exhibition Universal 🎵

Éist le ceol / listen to music. For Creative Ireland’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, we are launching a digital exhibition for children during this stage of the global pandemic, centering around the exploration of universal themes with the aid of music. Each theme will be introduced with an accompanying music playlist supported by open-ended questions to which children can respond creatively. Responses can be expressed through any creative medium whether it be with poems, short stories, essays, films, animation, voice recordings, cross-stitch, artwork, compositions, or performances: anything really! Submissions can be abstract; they can also be non-fiction, recounting real experiences. The exhibition aims to help children explore their emotions and to offer insights into childhood experiences and thoughts, especially at this time.


Submissions are welcomed from young people up to the age of 18. Works should be directly submitted from carers and parents to:


A confirmation email will be sent to signify submissions have been received and reviewed. Please do not include personal identifying information and details of the submitter or related parties. Personal identifying information encompass, but are not limited to, the following: full names, birthdays, addresses, faces, email addresses, and phone numbers. 

While we strive to include all submissions within the exhibition, the final decision is made by the curator. Please make sure the submissions are appropriate and do not include any personal identifying information. We will work with parents and carers to make adjustments to works that are deemed unsuitable so they can be included. 


Although every effort has gone into curating child-friendly playlists with regards to lyrics and the content of the songs, the Museum of Childhood Ireland Project and its affiliates do not take responsibility for the possibility that some songs or lyrics may be considered inappropriate and/or offensive for children and their guardians. The organizations involved assume parents and carers have properly reviewed the songs before sharing them with children. Each playlist comes with a .pdf containing lyrics of the songs included. Please email tsin@museumofchildhood.ie with concerns and suggestions.

About: Than Sin

Originally from Yangon, Myanmar, Than Sin is currently pursuing BA Music and Drama at University College Dublin. She has engaged as a participant and a facilitator in numerous community engagement projects in the past, using music as a medium to promote social inclusivity and awareness. Projects she has been involved in include Orchestra for Myanmar’s New Children’s Choir, andProud LGBTQ+ Choir, Myanmar Music Festival, and Bossyxx. In collaboration with the Museum of Childhood Ireland Project, she has initiated Exhibition Universal under the guidance of Majella McAllister. She is interested in careers and projects within the arts and culture sector.

She welcomes conversations at tsin@museumofchildhood.ie


Exhibition Universal 1: Friendship