BALLYCASTLE is set to create its own contemporary art museum with 630 works of art from Irish and internationally recognised artists.
The works have been created by artists who have come to Ballinglen on a residency award and the artworks will be housed at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, on Main Street in the town.
Each artist was given the use of a house and studio to work in for a period of six weeks and the award is application based, so the artists and their work are of the highest standard.
Family and friends of the artists are encouraged to come visit and the award now accounts for almost 4,000 visitors to this area each year. This has a huge economic impact on the North Mayo region.
The museum will also house a library which will include some art books which were donated by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland. Many of these art books have dedicated inscriptions to Mary, presented to her to mark a particular event during her presidency.
Ballinglen has received a grant of €200,000 under the Town and Village Rural Rejuvenation Scheme. Work is commencing next month and it is hoped that the public will help with match funding. A fundraising draw for nine paintings all donated by leading Irish artists, all members of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin who have stayed in north Mayo, will go to lucky members of the public.
Tickets are €100 and can be purchased online on www.ballinglenmuseumfundraiser.weebly.com