A testing ground for artistic expression of the natural sciences.

What is Litmus Arts?

Litmus Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts practice exploring the interplay between Art, Science and Nature. Delivering science outreach and arts engagement workshops and programmes for young people.

Science is all about testing ideas and finding new ways to do things. Litmus Arts aims to present captivating scientific ideas and encourage young people to think critically about challenges and be creative in designing solutions.

Litmus Arts is open to any art medium which acts as a vehicle to introduce young people to the ideas of creative science innovation and ecological and social sustainability.

Why the Natural Sciences?

The Natural Sciences cover a wide range of science disciplines that explore the physical world around us. Biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, ecology and zoology, along with so many others, are all Natural Sciences.

Taking care of our planet starts with understanding it, engaging with it and developing empathy and compassion towards it.

Litmus Arts introduces young people to the fun of spending time with nature and developing an understanding of it’s important role in our lives as well as how our actions can effect it.

Why is it important to engage with the Arts?

Exposure to the Arts is important in a young persons development and it is our responsibility as adults to create opportunities for children from all backgrounds to engage with multiple artforms!

The Arts can benefit us by keeping our bodies and minds active and healthy. Developing skills and talents can improve confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

Litmus Arts teaches young audiences about science and nature in a lively way while expressing themselves and their ideas through the Arts.

Why do we create work for young audiences?

Having worked with young people for many years in formal and informal contexts, we have found that they are inquisitive, accepting, delightful and willing in the face of experimental offerings.

A sponge for information, they are perfectly positioned to absorb ideas and concepts which will impact their adult lives.

The future is theirs and it is our duty to prepare them holistically for their role in it. Giving them the knowledge, materials and tools to create independent, sustainable and supportive people and communities.

What is kinaesthetic learning?

Kinaesthetic (or tactile) learning involves learning by touching, doing, experiencing or being physically active.

Encouraging learners to discover information for themselves, kinaesthetic learning activities can improve critical thinking and analytical skills as well as produce young people who are more confident in their ability to learn.

Litmus Arts is for everyone and aims to use inclusive methods of engagement and employ techniques which acknowledge the wide variety of learning styles.

Why now?

The pandemic has offered us a chance to rethink how we move forward as a society, to redefine our priorities and has exposed the precarity of our social systems in terms of health, production and technology.

It has also highlighted the value of the arts for our mental and emotional well-being. Teaching design thinking principles, problem-solving techniques, creative expression, ecological sensitivity and empathy develops a sense of confidence, independence and autonomy. This could lead to greater social resilience and healthier communities.

Selene Murphy

Artist, Designer and Facilitator behind Litmus Arts.

I run STEAM workshops and creative events to teach young people about the value of good design and give them opportunities to explore their creativity.

I have a degree in Architecture which supports my work creating educational programmes for young people. Ever present is the idea of sustainability and making meaningful connections with the natural and cultural environment.

Play is essential to my practice, as a means of discovering creative solutions and using an asset-based-approach teaches us to value what we have instead of focusing on our deficiencies.

Training & Awards

2021 Agility Award - Arts Council of Ireland
Children First Training - Tusla
2021 Diversity Awareness Certificate - Building Intercultural Communities Project
2021 Awesome Solutions Deep-Dive Training - MTU Creativity and Change
2021 Train the Trainer Professional Development - Peter Duncan Co-train
2019 Facilitation Masterclass - Dave Kelly, National Association of Youth Drama
2018 Bachelor of Architecture, B.Arch (Hons) - TU Dublin