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Tubber Hill Public Art Project: Community Engagement

Visual Artist Cathal Mc Carthy will be running a Public Art Project from September 2021 for Tubber Hill residents young and old. Cathal will be working in collaboration with local poet Mary C Reilly and residents of the Tubber on this visual arts and poetry project starting in autumn 2021 and continuing into 2022.There will be lots of opportunity to get involved, participate and collaborate. Members of the local community are invited to be directly involved in the creative process. The project will be unique to Tubber Hill and will represent the people living there.

A series of creative engagement workshops are planned for residents to attend which will include  creative writing, spoken word, visual, circus skills and other art forms. If you are interested in taking part in the project contact Aoife O’Toole, Acting Public Arts Co-ordinator, Mayo Arts Service at 094-9064376 or 

Check out the Tubberhill Broad Sheet March 2023 which gives residents an update on the project so far: Tubberhill Broadsheet Project Update March 2023 

Upcoming Events:

Life on the Hill: Tubberhill Art Project. Saturday 24th June 2023


For residents and friends. All ages welcome. Family friendly. Drop in workshops. 

1.30pm - 3pm Rap and Rhyme: a fusion of rhythm and rhyme using the theme of living on the hill with Mary C Reilly- Poet.

3pm - 5pm Collage Art Workshop: - art workshop to help design an artwork for the Tubberhill housing development with Cathal Mc Carthy - Artist.

From these participative workshops Cathal has gathered ideas that will help him design a physical artwork that will be installed in Tubber Hill. This artwork will be unique to Tubber Hill and will forge connections to people and place. The artwork will be installed during the summer months and launched in August 2023.

Past Events:

Workshop: Creative writing and spray painting 8th October- Poetry workshop with Mary C Reilly, talk on local history with Paddy Guthrie and spray painting with Cathal Mc Carthy. 

Poetry Workshop 2nd November - Writing workshop with Mary C Reilly and Paddy Guthrie at Westport Townhall 

Spray Painting Workshop 5th November - a spray painting workshop with Cathal in the housing development.

10th September, Open Day on the Green, Tubber Hill                                                                                        

The open day included Creative Writing with Mary C Reilly Poet, Willow Sculpture Making with Lindsay Mc Connell, Circus Skills and Performing with Little Top Stars and Wood Sculpture Making with Cathal Mc Carthy.

Creative Writing Workshop February 2022

Workshop with Mary C Reilly in the Town Hall in Westport.

Project Launch September 2021

Saturday 4th September 2021 for the launch of the Tubber Hill Public Art Project outdoors in the recreational area in the estate.

The outdoor launch event included poetry readings by Mary C Reilly and Brendan McKeown, spoken word by Eigir Beaver, jazz with Ain’t Misbehavin, and refreshments. Circus artist Bruna Bea also entertained younger residents with her circus skills. As part of the event Tom Brawn provided flowers, Liz Edwards looked after refreshments and cupcake were made by Rose McConnell.

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