Sunday, September 13, 2020

The new Ballinglen Museum of Art has been attracting up to 60 visitors a day since its official opening last July despite the limitations that the Covid-19 pandemic has imposed on Ireland’s summer tourism season. Ballinglen museum

The state-of-the-art new museum was developed to house the 800-piece strong permanent art collection that has been amassed by the adjoining Ballinglen Arts Foundation on Main St in Ballycastle ever since it was established over 25 years ago.

Now fittingly exhibited for public appreciation these art works are enchanting all those that have visited since the museum opened last July.

And the magic is continuing next door in the Ballinglen Arts Foundation thanks to the presence of a novel group of Irish artists.

They call themselves Na Cailleacha (the Irish word for witches or divine hags) and members include artists, a curator/writer and a jazz musician.

They have been living locally and working in a socially distanced manner at the Foundation on an exploration of what it means to be female, older and hopefully wiser.

Collectively they boast over 500 years of experience of being women and in their respective professional fields.

Their work also seeks to devise strategies to overcome these negatives of growing old.

The view from the rear of the new gallery development at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

They will address these issues through the creation of artworks like paintings, performance, video, music, an artist’s book/installation/journal and an online blog.

Na Cailleacha’s presence and work is creating a real buzz in Ballycastle which would otherwise be sorely missing the international friends, artists and supporters that normally visit the village to spend time at Ballinglen Arts Foundation but are prevented from travelling there this year by the coronavirus.

They will be hosting a series of afternoon tea sessions later this month. For more information or to book visit: http://mayocountycouncil.newsweaver.com/mayoartsflyer/eshvg5zl1gy

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