Gillian’s ambitious gallery plan for Daingean

EFFORTS are being made by a Daingean grandmother to secure a space for artists and craft works to display and sell their work with hopes that the project could become a tourist attraction in the area.

EFFORTS are being made by a Daingean grandmother to secure a space for artists and craft works to display and sell their work with hopes that the project could become a tourist attraction in the area.

‘Project Daingean Wet Paint Gallery’ is the brain child of Gillian Batty and having vast experience and involvement in arts and crafts and music, she now wants to create an artistic space for all the arts, for anyone who wants to participate.

“My hope is to create the artistic space for all of the arts, for anyone who wants to participate. To encourage people to show others what they’re creating and share their wisdom and knowledge,” Gillian explained. The intention of the project is that there will be something for everyone, all ages from child to pensioners and will mean that people will be able to display and sell their work while being encouraged to paint and do their craft work in the sales area of the space.

Gillian also would like to host art, craft, poetry, photography, and music classes if people are interested as well as encouraging writers to use the space by perhaps hosting writing groups and have an opportunity to read their poetry and stories together.

When a suitable space is secured, the mother of four has many ideas including hosting art, craft, poetry, photography, and music classes if people are interested as well as encouraging writers to use the space by perhaps hosting writing groups and have an opportunity to read their poetry and stories together.

Having works as an arts and craft officer for youth services, she was involved in setting up art and craft facilities for clubs, teaching the youth club staff and members how to use various tools and techniques. She has also been involved in poetry for many years and recently joined the Tullamore Rhymers and has had some work published.

“I hope it would be a nice place to have a crafters coffee morning. People, who would normally be isolated could come and work and chat, exchange ideas, people how to knit and sew would fall into this category, the more experienced could pass on their wisdom, of course they would be welcome to work in the gallery at any time.

“I believe that art and craft is a way to breakdown barriers between different age groups and types of people. We all have something we do well whether it’s a skill or making a cup of tea and being able to listen, listening is as much of a gift as being able to speak. Older people have skills that young people will probably not be able to learn on the interest. I believe that art music and poetry are good building blocks for building bridges.”

According to Gillian, she hopes that when a suitable space is secured it will become a long term project. ”My hope is that this project would encourage people to visit Daingean and that it might become both a community and tourist attraction giving life and additional character to the town,” she added.

If you can help with a building or would be interested in helping create the gallery once a building as been secured, please contact Gillian on 057 93 53977 or email bunsallaghbat@gmail.com