The Museum is located adjacent to The Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, County Mayo. Ballinglen Arts Foundation, is an Irish non-profit organisation founded by Margo Dolan and Peter Maxwell in 1992 that provides programmes designed to support serious artists making important work in ideal, inspiring conditions.

Excitingly, the Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art is the first museum devoted to contemporary art in the west of Ireland. The new museum will have much needed storage for an archive of almost 800 works of art, created over the past twenty eight years by Ballinglen Fellows who have visited the region and stayed for weeks at a time, becoming part of the very fabric of the community.

Inspired by the local landscape, each piece of work has a poignancy as it relates to presence and time, cyclical returns, old places, light and its absence and of course the sky. The work in the Ballinglen Permanent Collection has over the years become a record which marks the passing of time, presenting evidence of that which remains the same and that which has changed about this village. At the studios, a community of artists come and go, overlapping traces are laid down in their wake.

The Ballinglen Museum of Art will also include spaces for lectures, classes, workshops and meetings.


Opening Exhibition

The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art has two galleries. To mark their opening, an exhibition of work from the Ballinglen collection will be curated in Gallery I and Gallery II titled: “28 Years Rambling through the Landscape”.

The exhibition will include work by the following artists:

  • Eric Aho
  • Mary Armstrong
  • Alex Boyd
  • Julie Bradley
  • Rachel Brown
  • Linda Carey
  • Roger Chavez
  • Nuala Clarke
  • Gail Shaw Clemons
  • Gwen Davidson
  • Randall L Exon
  • Charles Field
  • Ruth Fine
  • Bill Freeland
  • David Gibson
  • Dan L Gualdoni
  • Patrick (Pat) Harris
  • Christobel Kelly
  • Edward ‘Eddie’ Kennedy
  • David Lilburn
  • Ed Miliano
  • Mick O’Dea
  • Barbara Rae
  • Jeffrey Reed
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Charles Ritchie
  • Thomas Roese
  • Ronald Rumford
  • Stuart Shils
  • John Smalley
  • Ken Smith
  • Christie Taylor
  • Keith Wilson

Each work has a poignancy as it relates to presence and time, cyclical returns, old places, light and its absence and of course the sky.

The work in the Ballinglen Permanent Collection has over the years become a record which marks the passing of time, presenting evidence of that which remains the same and that which has changed about this village. At the studios, a community of artists come and go, overlapping traces are laid down in their wake.

Stuart Shils,'View of Ballycastle from Bog Road', oil on paper, © The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art
Stuart Shils, ‘View of Ballycastle from Bog Road’, oil on paper, © The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art

Workshops

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation run Workshops and Classes led by internationally renowned artists who have been Ballinglen Fellows.

The artists have an intimate knowledge of the local area which greatly benefits participants of the Workshops and Classes when they take part in the included local field trips. Participants have access to the extensive library plus the support of the experienced, knowledgeable and supremely helpful staff – all of whom are from the local area.

Due to Covid-19 Worksshops and Classes have been rescheduled to a later date. Please see ballinglenworshops.com for more information.


Opening Hours

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

Admission: Free