Guerilla art in Callan

INNOVATIve and ecletic eyes are popping up in the most peculiar places in Callan in the past two days as part of Flash FX, a colloration between Street FX and Flashlight.

INNOVATIve and ecletic eyes are popping up in the most peculiar places in Callan in the past two days as part of Flash FX, a colloration between Street FX and Flashlight.

“The two courses for young people have been running simultaneously for he past two day and will colloborate today and hopefully create something fun and wonderful,” said Ronan Mac Raois who is involved in the project.

“We are creating material which will be used in the Abhainn Ri Festival which opens on Friday. We will be using paint and water bombs to create art and see how the paint splatters literally. There is a lot of fun involved.

“We are also creating art on the street qucikly so there is a shock, entertain and surprise element. We want to surprise people and then get away as soon as possible,” he said.

Ethan Dooley explained how Flash Light, a youth cultural collective based in the town was formed. “At the end of the Abhainn Ri Festival last year a few of us got tired of the fact that festivals only take place in Callan in the summer and wanted to create something that would be there all year round. It is about building up networks. There are young people in Callan who wouldn’t have an interest in arts exclusively. We are an all round collective and we are looking to colloborate and offer as wide a selection of possibilities to people as we can.

“Before there could be ten or 15 people hanging around at the Cross in Callan and there was not a lot of oppoertuniy for people with an interest in film and music. The collective has received help from a number of organisations including the Abhainn Ri Festival, the Commonage, Callan Street Arts and the Kilkenny Leader Partnership. We have got funding from Callan Street Arts and Ossory Youth and have received support from the Droichead Family Resource Centre ,” he said.

Flash FX will run in Callan until Friday and includes five days of master classes in stopmotion, animation and sound effects. Special guest facilitators include: Fabian Erlinghauser (Animation Supervisor at Cartoon Saloon), visual artist Siobhan Clancy and musician Kate Delaney.