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Artist seeks people involved in arts from 1970s to ’90s for Bealtaine archive


VALUING VANGUARDS Breda Burns is creating an archive of on-the-ground arts activism in Mayo and Sligo. Pic: Dragana Jurisi

Artist Breda Burns has been commissioned by Bealtaine Festival 2017 in partnership with Sligo Arts Office and Mayo Arts Office to develop a project entitled ‘Archiving Activism’ in response to the Bealtaine 2017 theme ‘The Collective’.
A society only progresses when citizens care enough to contribute to its fabric and its future. The arts are the mortar that holds society together, and Counties Mayo and Sligo are particularly blessed with the contribution that its citizens have made in the field. These people are often the unsung architects of a thriving society where people can access music, visual arts, literature in so many different ways.
Westport-based Burns will collate an archive of these vanguards of the arts community. This archive will constitute a series of radio interviews to be broadcast locally, an archive of ephemera relating the artist-led movement in the Sligo/Mayo region and the publication of an ‘Archiving Activism Manifesto’, with a commissioned text by author Brian Leyden.
Exhibitions are planned for May 5 to May 10 in The Model, Sligo, and May 24 to June 25 in Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet.

Drop-in Days
Were you involved in establishing or running art projects, festivals or exhibitions in either Mayo or Sligo from the 1970s through to the 1990s? If so, artist Breda Burns would like to meet you. If anyone has memories, stories or printed material they would like to share with the project or is interested in finding out more about it, Breda will hold drop-in days on Wednesday, March 22, in the Custom House Studios and Gallery, Westport (11am - 4pm), and on March 25 in the Model Arts Centre Sligo (11am - 4pm). All are welcome.

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