That’s Pure Ballina! Exciting new street art project to hit the streets of Ballina

Posted in Connect on October 18, 2019.


The wave of contemporary street art crossing the country is about to arrive in Ballina as a leading event in this year’s Ballina Fringe Festival programme.  Taking place 4-20 October this year, the festival programme is bigger and bolder, showcasing high quality and ambitious arts content with a North Mayo slant.

Pure Ballina, a new street art project, will leave a permanent legacy, using existing buildings and spaces as canvases for new street art works, as in the award winning Waterford Walls festival and Limerick’s street art projects.

Thanks to funding from the National Youth Council of Ireland and Creative Ireland, one of Ireland’s leading street artists Friz will embark on a residency with the North Mayo Youth Project, Involve Youth Project and Ballina Men’s Shed to develop the concept for their artworks, using content from the Jackie Clarke Collection archive for inspiration. Friz will then develop the flagship artwork, to be delivered on a prominent site, with the project groups delivering artworks on secondary sites with the assistance and advice of Ballina Tidy Towns.  The works will explore the themes of ‘people and place’ in Ballina.

Speaking on behalf of Involve Ballina, Alice Dixon welcomed the initiative, saying ‘This is a great project for Involve Ballina, to encourage positive engagement and to create a sense of empowerment, pride, confidence and inclusion for these young people in their local area. The young people will work with a professional artist, experiencing and being exposed to the magic of the artistic process, an opportunity that this group of young people might not usually have made available to them.’

Sean Walsh, Director of Ballina Fringe Festival said ‘The festival committee was excited with the calibre of response received in a national call for artistic submissions. Friz was selected following an evaluation process, and the project organisers are excited to work with one of Ireland’s best street artists, who brings vast expertise in working with community groups on such projects.’

The project is also being supported by Topline Archers and Dulux Ireland.

Work is due to commence on all three artworks in the coming days, so watch out for them on a wall near you! In the meantime, Ballina Fringe Festival is inviting any local businesses who might like to contribute to the project to get in touch at info@ballinafringefestival.ie.

Visit www.ballinafringefestival.ie for more information and a full festival programme.

To check out some of Friz’s earlier works, visit www.thisisfriz.com.

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