Tullamore’s Visual Arts Festival presents first of series of ‘happenings

Public is invited to dance performance in the Tullamore Town Park

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Tullamore’s Visual Arts Festival presents first of  series of  ‘happenings

An example of Choreosculpture by Fergus Byrne

Foundation Arts, Tullamore’s visual arts festival, presents the first of a series of four Foundation ‘happenings’. The public is invited to come and see Choreosculptures a dance performance in the Tullamore Town Park.  

Dublin based multidisciplinary artist Fergus Byrne has been working with professional dancers in Offaly to create a kinetic sculpture of people which will involve the use of wooden frames and the dancer’s surroundings. The performances will take place on Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3 in Tullamore Town Park at 8am, 1pm and 6pm on both days.

Choreosculptures is about the fountain situated near the riverside of the park. Fergus is working with dancers in creating a beautiful kinetic dance piece that will interact with the water feature of the park and adopt its cyclic nature as they dance with mobile wooden frameworks, in precarious states of balance.

The dance is a response to the stillness of Tullamore Town Park and the people who occupy and pass through it each day. For a brief time this temporary group will have established their presence as might a flock or migratory birds.

Foundation has more ‘happenings’ to come most will be based in the Tullamore Community Arts Centre (formerly Kilroys, High Street) and further projects will include spoken word, visual art and theatre. Check out www.facebook.com/ TullamoreCommArtsCentre or www.facebook.com/offalyarts  for further news on these events.

If you or a community group wish to get involved with this project or the spoken word, visual art or theatre projects please contact the Arts Office, Offaly County Council on 057 93 57400 or email arts@offalycoco.ie To find out more Offaly’s Arts programme please visit www.offaly.ie/arts