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The Heritage Council has partnered with Cartoon Saloon to create the Puffin Rock Habitats exhibition and has supported the development of the activity book and interactive workshops for children to compliment the exhibition experience.

Puffin Rock Habitats is an educational project between the Heritage Council and Cartoon Saloon to promote greater awareness and understanding of Ireland's nature and biodiversity amongst families with young children through a touring exhibition, workshops and activity book. The touring exhibition is also a recipient of funding through Creative Climate Action, an initiative from the Creative Ireland Programme funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

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Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is a five-time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA nominated and Emmy award-winning animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey. From award-winning shorts to feature films and TV series, Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international Animation industry. Puffin Rock is their much-loved Emmy nominated pre‐school animated TV show for 2–5‐year‐olds, set on a beautiful island off the coast of Ireland. The show is co-produced with Dog Ears Studio in Derry and broadcast worldwide in over 30 countries. Nature and wildlife are central to the stories and visual style of the show, giving it a unique look and feel. The feature film Puffin Rock and the New Friends was released in Spring 2023, celebrating Ireland's natural environment and exploring themes of climate change, belonging, courage, and friendship.

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The Heritage Council has partnered with Cartoon Saloon to create the Puffin Rock Habitats exhibition and has supported the development of the activity book and interactive workshops for children to complement the exhibition experience.

The Heritage Council is a public body whose mission is to develop a wide understanding of the vital contribution that our heritage makes to our social, environmental and economic well-being. The Heritage Council has a particular responsibility to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in national heritage. The Heritage Council also provides policy advice for government on heritage including issues impacting the built, natural and cultural heritage.

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Juanita Browne
Author of the Puffin Rock Activity Book

Juanita Browne, a Zoology graduate with an MA in Media Studies, has built a 25-year career in communications - editing magazines, writing books, articles, and producing natural history documentaries for radio and television. Juanita works as a freelance Communications Consultant on various biodiversity projects, including website management, editing reports, and online video production.

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Tasneem Khan

Tasneem Khan
Scientific and Educational direction

Tasneem is an educator, biologist, photographer, diver and sailor, and adventurer who is happiest underwater or knee-deep in mangroves. Over 17 years, she has crafted and taught field ecology through immersive, art-science experiential learning methods. Her work spans equatorial and arctic regions, exploring seas from the Andaman Sea to Ireland's coast. With a research on understanding people's connection to 'landscspe', tasneem facilitates interdisciplinary initiatives in ecology, conservation, education, and art. Co-founder of EARTH Colab in the Indian Ocean Region, she now spearheads SEA School from her base in Dunmore East.

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Ann Mulrooney

Ann Mulrooney
Cartoon Saloon Project Lead

Ann Mulrooney of Cartoon Saloon has worked in the cultural and creative industries for 25 years, devising, directing and curating exhibitions and engagement projects through collaborative partnerships and across multiple disciplines - including art, craft, design, architecture, engineering, civic participation and animation.

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Enora Le Luherne 

Enora Le Luherne is a Background Artist, illustrator and Art Director working for feature films and TV series in the animation industry. Over the past 10 years she has worked across a range of Cartoon Saloon projects including the feature films Puffin Rock and the New Friends, Song of the Sea and the Oscar-nominated Wolfwalkers and The Breadwinner; short films Somewhere Down the Line and the Oscar-nominated Late Afternoon; TV series Pete the Cat and the Emmy-nominated Puffin Rock.

Steven Mc Namara

Steven McNamara

Steven McNamara is the founder of award-winning studio ROJI. In 2012 he led a multi-disciplinary collective to represent and promote Irish design on behalf of PIVOT Dublin at World Design Capital Helsinki. Since then he has continued to showcase the best of Irish design by curating and designing exhibitions to critical acclaim from Wallpaper*Magazine, The New York Times and CNN Style. Steven was awarded Exhibition Design of the Year in 2017, 2016 and 2015, and Graduate Designer of the Year in 2014 by the Institute of Designers of Ireland.

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