The Minister for Rural and Community Development Mr. Michael Ring TD, will officially open The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art in Ballycastle on Friday, 20th September 2019. This is to coincide with ‘Culture Night’ the annual celebration of Irish art and culture.
The Ballinglen Arts Foundation is located on lower Main Street Ballycastle. The Arts Foundation was founded by American artists Margo Dolan and the late Peter Maxwell in 1992. The artists fell in love with Ballycastle and North Mayo when they visited in the eighties. Dolan and Maxwell believed an arts foundation would not only be of benefit to artists but the local economy and community. They were right. Throughout the year you’ll find artists’ wandering Ballycastle and visiting the local shops, bars, restaurant and their children enrolled in the local primary school.
The Ballinglen Arts Foundation residency programme has attracted prestigious international artists to work and stay in this idyll location, as well as a series of specialist workshops for international artists interested in lifelong learning. As part of of an artists’ residency, each artist gifts one piece of art to The Ballinglen archive. In their twenty-seven years, The Ballinglen collection now has amassed 650+ pieces of contemporary art – the largest collection of contemporary art in Ireland.
The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art (located adjacent to The Ballinglen Arts Foundation) will now house The Ballinglen Collection.
Minister Ring will officially launch The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art at 7pm. The building will be open to the public from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. All are welcome to attend.
For your guide to all the events taking place in North Mayo for ‘Culture Night’ please click here.