ARCHITECT Peter Carroll’s passion for the environment and the arts were obvious to all when he explained the local inspiration for the winning design from his company A2 Architects in Dublin.
Nobody was left in doubt that this young team of architects had delved deep into the history and culture of Tullamore and Offaly to find their inspiration for the centre’s design.
From the lines of furrowed bog, to the Book of Durrow and from Croghan Man to the King Oak in Charleville, the design of Tullamore’s new community arts centre is certainly for and about the people of Tullamore and surrounding areas.
The design had been chosen out of 119 entries and the Competition Jury, (comprising of Pat Gallagher, Offaly County Manager, Cllr Molly Buckley, Cllr Declan Harvey, Brian Gunning (Tullamore Musical Society), Sinead O’Reilly (Offaly Arts Officer), Eddie Conroy (Architect, South Dublin Co Co) Marguerite Murphy (Architect, Fingal Co Co), Bernadette Solon, (Architect, Westmeath Co Co) were confident that A2 Architects had responded to the brief in a way that was inspired, universally accessible, sustainable and value for money.
Caomhan Murphy of A2 paid tribute to the Board, the local authorities, the arts and business sector and wider community of Tullamore for having the confidence and commitment to run with this project, to be looking towards the future despite current economic difficulties. “We very much look forward to building your arts centre,” he said,
The building, while impressive in its design and accommodation, will be nothing without the people of Tullamore providing the heart of it. But more than providing a spotlight and home for the arts in Tullamore, this centre, with its outdoor theatre, will also attract a high calibre of arts performances and exhibitions, which will in turn help to make Offaly into a real destination for the arts.
For those who missed the launch, the design of the centre can be seen on www.tullamorecommunityartscentre.ie and the model and drawing are on display in Aras an Chontae for the next two weeks before moving down to the Bridge Centre.
See this week’s Offaly Express for four pages of full colour coverage of the launch the Tullamore Arts Centre.