Grab a chair - Michelle Browne, Martin Rafter and Mary Butler
THE people of Goresbridge, Coon and Kells are being encouraged to head to a parish hub and share stories about where they live over the coming days for three special gatherings which celebrate what is unique about each individual area.
The final visits in the Bring Your Own Chair arts initiative take place in Goresbridge’s Cois Bearbha Park from 6pm on Wednesday August 1 and on Main Street outside the parish hall in Coon from 5pm on August 2.
The three county whistle-stop tour which began in Waterford at the end of April, ends in Kells on Sunday, August 5, when artist, Michelle Browne, and her team visit Mullins Mill from 11am onwards.
“We’re intent on going out on a high note and want as many people as possible from these three communities to join with us,” Michelle Browne said. “In Goresbridge, pupils from the local national school are invited to view and collect their town motif artwork from 6pm to 9pm. I’ll be in the Cois Bearbha Park afterwards from 7pm to chat to people about what it means to live in Goresbridge, where the best place is for a walk etc.
“The plan is similar for Coon where we will meet with pupils from St Brigid’s National School from 5pm to 7pm and then go on to the Parish Hall where our evening will involve a similar exercise with people from the area, followed by a forging walk and talk tour with Shem Caulfiend and Paul Devlin starting at 7pm.
“Our tours end in Kells on August 5 at the monthly food and craft fair. Pupils can pick up their art work at Mullins Mill from 11am to 4pm and will engage with the community through games and activities from 2pm to 3pm.”
Bring Your Own Chair is funded by the Arts Council Ireland Making Great Art Work - Open Call Award and with further support from Create Ireland/Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Waterford Council, Kilkenny Arts Office, County Wexford and Kilkenny LEADER Partnership and Waterford Úradás na Gaeltachta.