Community Projects

We present creative engagement opportunities that increase arts participation and make accessible, critical cultural experiences for our rural community.

We work with many local partner agencies across the county to reach the wide geographical span and diversity of our community. We aim to be both inclusive and accessible and working with our partners on ensuring inclusivity is integral to our programming.

Each year we work with commissioned artists, Skibbereen Chamber of Commerce and a local business to create an entry to the Skibbereen St. Patrick's Day parade. In 2019 we worked with artist Ana Ospina and fashion designer Alice Halliday along with local business Spearline to create The Great Uillinn Circus Project. In 2020 2021 we continued with Ana Ospina, Alice Halliday and Micheal Stephens, our partners were Field's SuperValu Skibbereen for the creation of Fairy-tale and Folklore. Find out more about the project here. Ana, Alice and Michael are continuing work with the community for Skibbereen's St. Patrick's Day Festival 2021.

 

In 2022, artist Seiko Hayes took the brief and brought together irish and japanese cultures in the building of a spectacular outdoor installation called ' Present '. A giant snake cascaded from the

 windows of Uillinn over the river to an avenue of cherry blossoms. The creation of the work involved many people from the community and was all about togetherness and celebration of our society, as we took the brave steps of opening up after two years of lockdown.

If you are an artist interested in leading this project in future years, please send your expression of interest to be considered for the commission to info@westcorkartscentre.com for the attention of Programme Manager, Justine Foster.
 

See also Skibbereen Community Choir for a weekly social, musical, choral experience.

 

 

 

 

Image top: The Great Uillinn Circus Project, 2019, project for St Patrick's Day Parade led by Ana Ospina and Alice Halliday. 
Image lower: Present, St Patrick's Day installation by artist Seiko Hayase 2022
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