€5,000 Awarded to Thriving Owenabue Arts Collective
Writes Ciaran Dineen
The ever-growing presence of the Owenabue Arts Collective in Carrigaline has been one positive result as a consequence of the Project Act initiative from Cork County Council last summer.
The Owenabue Arts Collective have recently secured a new lease agreement to continue residing in Bridge House, where they moved to in the Autumn last year following a brief occupancy in the former O’Crualaoi building. With a home now secured for the foreseeable future, the Arts Collective are preparing for a busy period ahead, packed with plenty of activity and events within the community.
With so much planned, the Carrigaline MD have awarded the group €5,000 from the TDF, and Artistic Director of the Owenabue Arts Collective, Mary Murphy, can’t wait to get going. “The Owenabue Arts Collective are just delighted with the continued support from Cork County Council and hardworking local councillors”, Murphy told The Carrigdhoun Newspaper upon the announcement.
“Their belief in our Collective at a crucial developmental stage is so very much appreciated and makes a huge difference to us keeping our doors open. We recently signed a three-year lease which is extremely exciting but quite daunting at the same time. This backing is very heartening and strengthens our resolve to continue our efforts to add positivity to Main Street.”
“We have very exciting plans for the rest of the year once restrictions ease including a schedule of drop in workshops, artist talks and outreach programs. Business owner Michael Kidney has also kindly given us permission to display our art in the windows of his premises, opposite AIB bank which will provide an uplifting dose of colour to everyone passing by. We just can't wait to reopen the Gallery doors and welcome back the Carrigaline community who have been so supportive of this new initiative”.