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.