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….
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
Our ‘Summer Showcase was officially opened by John Paul Feeley, Cathaoirleach of Cavan at 1.30pm Sunday 24th July as part of the Bailieborough Midsummer Festival Family Fun Day. Daire O’Reilly Harper Lane Studios Cavan of entertained us with smooth saxophone sounds to get the event off to a summery start.
Our call out for artists to exhibit in our first ‘Summer Showcase’ at the Bailieborough Mid Summer Festival & Town Events. has been fantastic. We had more than 30 talented artists from all over Ireland apply with a wide range of styles. We whittled down the applications to ensure we had a balance of both local artists and the rest of Ireland plus a selection of professionals and those taking their first tentative steps in to the art world. We hope all the artists will benefit from increased exposure and for the public to experience rich arts offerings. Bailieborough Creative Hub is delighted and proud to be supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. The funding has enabled us to curate the exhibition, provide a free ‘Creation Station’ for the festival with creative activities for all ages and a free mini ‘Summer School’ for adults and children to try out different art techniques such as pottery, acrylic painting, textile art with further workshops over the coming weeks. Connecting through art and creative experiences helps people unleash their imagination and participating actively as well as passively in cultural activities is great for well-being too.
Bailieborough Creative Hub is a voluntary community arts group where we encourage everyone to get creative whatever their level, experience or genre is. With support from Cavan County Council and Cavan Arts we have been offering opportunities for the public to access the arts and arts events since 2019. We created Poetry Town, A Halloween show, art in shop windows, craft markets, a Cruinniu na nOg children’s art programme, and have celebrated local artists in exhibitions for Culture Nights and Heritage weeks and much more check out our Facebook for images of all these events.
We hope that our ‘Summer Showcase’ & Mini Summer School will become an annual arts event for Bailieborough.
Since February 2020 being a very different and challenging year, we have changed how we develop as a group while still following the appropriate pandemic advice. Hubsters have continued to be inspired by each other and the local area. Our exhibition ‘Under Cavan Skies’ is a selection of work created through the lockdowns. Our wildly diverse talented Hubsters throughout the darkness of the last year flourished and found a beacon of light through their creativity.
View the exhibition at Bailieborough Library, Co Cavan throughout November, pick up our FREE accompanying book and postcards.
Think it! Create it! Share it!
‘In times of uncertainty we turn to art for two reasons: guidance and solace. This book (Time) offers both, to any degree you want to accept. It will guide you to greater depths of undersatnding, while giving solace in the challenges being faced. There is poetry in all things’ Brooke Shaden – Conceptual fine art photographer
‘Time’ is a collaboration of evocative poetry by Fidel Hogan Walsh and stunning conceptual photography by Julie Corcoran.
The book launches for Culture Night 2020 on the 18th September. The book is available to purchase in several shops in Cavan, Monaghan and Dublin or on-line using this link BUY NOW
We would like to wish everyone a happy St Patrick’s Day. Due to the Corona Virus the Bailieborough parade has been cancelled but we will be back next year.
We do however have lots of other projects in the planning so watch this space. New members are always welcome check out our social media for updates and information on dates, times and venues.