Bealtaine At Home October: Tar Isteach

Bealtaine At Home October: Tar Isteach



The Bealtaine, Age & Opportunity Commission 2020 in partnership with Galway City Council, Clare County Council and Roscommon County Council.

Tar Isteach is informed by a series of meetings, workshops and interactions with ‘New Irish’ residents and citizens in Salthill, Galway City, Lisdoonvarna Co. Clare and Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. It draws on the experience and knowledge that each artist brings, folding these over with the artisanal skills and the cultural perspectives of a diverse range of participant groups both native and New Irish. Embracing the Bealtaine theme of ‘Hospitality’, it interrogates the principle that it is only in our encounter with ‘others’ that we can truly see and recognise ourselves.

A ‘travelling table’ creates the poetic space and forum for hostings and gatherings, which unfold through the exhibition run in Galway, along with presentations in Clare and Roscommon. The Tar Isteach exhibition and presentations include: artefacts, notebooks, photos and video.

The collaborative processes explored, by artists and participants, over the duration of the commission have encompassed vernacular skills, shared practices and rituals such as: bread making, gardening and nurturing; weaving, painting and drawing, to generate dialogue and exchange. By their nature these exchanges have often been transient and interrupted, reflecting the vicariousness of the context in which participants abide and the human desire to connect even when the future is uncertain.

Artists Maeve Collins, Monica de Bath and Julie Griffiths are members of Ground Up Artists’ Collective, a support and resource organisation for a range of individual artistic practices, some of which operate autonomously while others engage in collaborative productions.  Some of the most important issues of our time are being played out in rural areas. The artists of the Ground Up Artists’ Collective recognise this and address some of these complex matters through their visual art practices.

Between May 2019 and May 2020, Ground Up were supported in developing Tar Isteach through a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in partnership Age & Opportunity and the associated Arts Offices: Clare, Galway and Roscommon County Councils.

EVENT: Exhibition Opening
VENUE: Galway Arts Centre
DATE: Thu 29 Oct
TIME: 6pm 
TICKETS: FREE. For information contact:

EVENT: A conversation: folding culture and rising bread as a way to think about Hospitality
VENUE: Galway Arts Centre
DATE: Thu 29 Oct TBC
TIME: 4:00 - 5:30pm TBC
TICKETS: FREE. For information contact:

EVENT: Family Gathering and Walk and Draw Event
VENUE: The environs of Salthill
DATE: Sat 31 Oct TBC 
TIME: 10:30 - 12:00 TBC
TICKETS: FREE. For information contact:


For more information visit the Galway Arts Centre website