‘Where Past and Present Converge’

We are delighted to have got our latest project started despite the challenge of the weather. Funding for our mural project ‘Where Past and Present Converge’ was made possible via funding from Creative Cavan  through the Creative Ireland Programme, led by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, that is designed to promote creativity as a strategy for wellbeing, social cohesion, and economic success. Artist Steve O’Donnell from All Out was on the scene early on Sunday morning 24th September with Hub Creative Coordinators Caroline Clarke and Sally-Ann Duffy along with Dimitry from Jago Studio ( funded by Cavan Arts) who is to video and capture the process of creating a new and first of it’s kind mural in Bailieborough, Co Cavan. Steve was chosen for the project after a rigorous selection process by a group of stakeholders including Bailieborough Creative Hub, Bailieborough Heritage Society, Nomad Coffee and Waller Bros with guidance from Caroline Brady Town Regeneration Officer from Cavan County Council. The mural is expected to take 3 days to complete and will be a bright and positive addition to the town.

Steve mural 1

Open Call for A Mural Artist

‘Where Past and Present Converge’ will harness the cultural, business, history and community spirit in Bailieborough, Co Cavan.

Bailieborough Creative Hub are delighted to announce that we have secured funding through the Creative Cavan Grant Scheme 2023 towards the design and painting of a mural on a premises in Bailieborough. We are now inviting quotations from mural artists to work with our group to design and complete the mural.

This project aims to achieve public art that resonates with the natural environment and local heritage, encouraging linking of history, community and the physical space including elements that are unique to Bailieborough.

We are now inviting mural artists to apply and the full brief can be seen by following the  LINK TO BRIEF

If you wish to be considered for this project, can you please forward your expression of interest by email to bailieboroughcreativehub@gmail.com
on or before 5pm Monday 31st July

This project is funded by Creative Ireland and Cavan County Council through Creative Cavan

Think it! Create it! Share it! Chat!

Think it! Create it! Share it! Is the motto of Bailieborough Creative Hub and we always love a chat!

Our recent art and creative workshops provided an opportunity to connect with displaced Ukrainian people in 3 locations in Co Cavan-Ballinagh, Bailieborough and Virginia. The workshops ran for six weeks in each location and were supported by Cavan Volunteer Centre through funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development. We shared stories, and connected while creating in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.  Participants are given the opportunity to practice English while trying different creative techniques each session. We had lots of lovely volunteers who gave their time to chat, make the Ukrainians feel welcome and joined in the activities.

Activities included:

  • Painting
  • Mixed media collage
  • Mindful stitching
  • Paper arts
  • Watercolour doodles

We encouraged everyone to speak in English where they could and used Google translate on occasion which always caused laughter at the sometimes odd translations!

We hope that having more confidence in conversational English will help participants to gain employment, take up volunteering roles, move on to other courses and become involved in community activities.

A very small snapshot of the art produced


Crann a Chruthú- Creating a Tree-خلق شجرة

In this art project we worked with a vibrant group of Syrian women giving them the opportunity to try a variety of different art techniques which led them to create a an individual tree. Trees were used to represent people placing down new roots growing, developing, nurturing, and sharing the same space. Trees have many symbolic and metaphorical meanings. All trees are different and as individual as each person. The roots of trees take a long time to grow and become strong as does a new community, but with care and nurturing, strong new communities can be formed. Through the 8 workshops we introduced different materials, shared stories, individual journeys from Syria to Ireland, music, photos of families, laughter and of course food! Our final celebration session welcomed Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr John Paul Feely, and Cavan Arts Officer Catriona O’Reilly along with Community Volunteer Marion and Cavan arts office staff Annetta and Alysha who helped to drive the project forward. Just a few photos….

Page 10… Line 5…

Our Annual Exhibition is now open!

The inspiration for this year’s exhibition has been drawn from books and more specifically page 10, line 5 from the artists selected book. The artwork may reflect the theme of the book or just one word from the line, which has then been interpreted in the artist’s own creative and unique style.

Check out Bailieborough Library for the opening times