New Bealtaine Art Commission Announced in Mid West

New Bealtaine Art Commission Announced in Mid West

Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, in association with the Arts Offices of Clare County Council, Galway County Council, Roscommon County Council and IMMA’s Residency Programme are pleased to announce an exciting new arts initiative in the mid-West.

This partnership is a first where all parties have come together to commission a new work by a visual artist aged 50 and over to create a new work in response to the 2019/2020 Bealtaine theme of Hospitality and relating festival slogan: Be Our Guest. The commission will involve a public art engagement in the mid-West, as well as a development and research residency in IMMA. The commission will also culminate in a significant public sharing of work for the Bealtaine Festival 2020.

Announcing the commissioned artists – Ground Up Artists’ Collective

The selected artists; Maeve Collins, Julie Griffiths and Monica de Bath are long-time members of Ground Up Artist’s Collective which supports, promotes and advocates for rural based art projects and events which engage with local communities of place or communities of interest.

Their project, ‘Tar Isteach | Come In’, will draw on the artisanal skills and cultural perspectives of participants, combining these with the experience and knowledge that each of the artists bring. The project focuses on themes of hospitality, identity and culture, considering the idea that it is only in the encounter with ‘others’ that we can truly see and recognise ourselves. Using bread making as a universal activity, the artists will develop a collaborative project with diverse communities and with support from other GUAC members. Artworks will be created by participants, in a sharing of art practices and cultural traditions, through an exchange of knowledge, skills and experience. Somalian bracelet making, Syrian basket weaving, Georgian knitting, German salt dough sculptures all may feature in the project, as well as walking, drawing and bread-making workshops.

Speaking about the commission Age & Opportunity’s Arts Programme Manager and Bealtaine Festival Director, Tara Byrne said:

“This project is a central part of Bealtaine’s national remit and intention to work with every local authority in Ireland. Through it we want to celebrate the work of older artists working in every corner of Ireland and offer them the chance to develop a new work with communities in those localities over a two-year period. We are thrilled to be working with Clare, Galway and Roscommon Arts Offices, as well as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and to have commissioned the Ground Up Arts Collective for this exciting project”.