Artists at the Mill

Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich’s Ballaí Bana gallery, is delighted to host Artists At The Mill, an ever evolving group of creatives from Conway Mill from 05/08/21 to 30/09/21. Conway Mill is situated a mile or so away from Cultúrlann on the Falls Road.  Rich in history this successful example of preservation now houses multi use business and community development.  The top floor is dedicated to artists and makers of mixed disciplines, including painting, printmaking, glass, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles.

During the Covid pandemic the Artists At The Mill endeavoured to adapt to the sudden changes.

‘We had to work from home, as the mill was forced to close, and so we learned new technologies and explored new ways to present our work.’

We have needed to find ways to cope with the impact that this Covid-19 pandemic has had, events and concerns that were once resolved or experienced simply and with little disruption to our lives have become complicated, stressful, and frustrating.

A number of the artists gained the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This provided the means to continue their practice through exploring new ways to create and deliver exhibitions and outreach projects, ensuring their practice survived.

‘I gCroílár mo Chroí’- ‘In My Heart’s Core’ not being a direct quote but inspired by the last line of WB Yeats’s ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, is a version Artists At The Mill have chosen to use to further personalize, focusing on a celebration of what keeps us grounded through challenging times.

All of us are striving to get through these strange days and that which is embedded in our hearts core to keep us standing has been recognised, reinforced, and fully acknowledged. Being able to recognize that which keeps our feet on the ground, it has to be said, is in itself a blessing to be celebrated.

Dr Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented,

“It’s wonderful to this exhibition which supports local artists open at Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich.  After such a long period of galleries being closed due to restrictions, it’s heartening to see them re-open and enthusiastically welcome the public back to see art up close and personal.  There are so many terrific exhibitions going on in galleries across Northern Ireland and I would encourage everyone to go along and support your local gallery this summer.”


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