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Cavan Townhall leased signed Cavan Arts and Culture Centre and Cavan County Council

The Town Hall will become an arts home in Cavan. It will be the forefront of creating provocative, alert and daring theatre, visual art, music, film, and dance. The Town Hall will reinvent the art ecology of Cavan and Ireland, telling stories that reflect contemporary life, as well as helping people to dream of a different future. It is a space for artists to blossom; a new cultural home for the community, developing a new generation of artists, as well as building on the traditions of what has gone on before. The new venue will inspire audiences, connect people, and foster creative collaboration in all art-forms. The space will be transformed... The Front Room will be an intimate performance space, presenting music, spoken word, comedy, play-readings and film, as well as a comfortable meeting and communal area for the community. The auditorium will be the stage of a new wave of Irish playwrights and theatre makers, live music gigs, club nights of performance and live art, as well as hosting talks and symposiums in contemporary arts practice. The old council offices upstairs will be transformed into artists studios. A gallery space will be a platform for avant-garde art practices in installation, performance, sound, drawing, print, video, painting, photography, graphic art and textiles. The back-garden will be become an outdoor performance venue in the summer. The Town Hall will invite talent locally, nationally and internationally to fill, play and flourish in these spaces. The Town Hall will be led by five artistic directors, playwright Philip Doherty, artist Siobhan Harton, curator Joe Keenan, youth drama facilitator Kevin O'Connor, and artist Sally O'Dowd. The collective, who have been producing work consistently over the last decade, approached the town council in 2013 with a proposal of a new artistic vision for the 106 year old building. After two years of negotiations with Cavan County Council, during which time the town council was abolished, the Cavan Town Arts and Cultural Centre company, (a company originally established in 1999 with charitable status), was brought under new directorship. Three of the original directors, Kevin O'Connor, Catriona O'Reilly and Denise Walshe, together with six new directors, Ronan O'Brien, Brian Hora and the four other artistic directors, are now on the board of the Town Hall. The company has entered into a 2 year lease with Cavan County Council. The Town Hall aims to become a leading force in Irish theatre. It will stage new, exciting, restless work from undiscovered, emerging and established writers and theatre-makers. The theatre will welcome touring companies and be a home for local groups to perform. The Gonzo Theatre, a company committed to the visual power of storytelling, combining original texts with a dynamic live score and design, will be the theatre company-in-residence. The Gonzo will become the only repertory theatre company outside Dublin, creating productions throughout the year, including cutting edge new writing, breathing new life into the classical canon of world theatre, Shakespeare for schools, and radical adaptations of fairy tales for primary schools. The Town Hall will be a springboard for touring shows, with Gonzo productions traveling to venues and festivals throughout Ireland and internationally. Cathaoirleach Shane P O Reilly said on the signing of the lease ‘I am absolutely delighted to be here for the signing of this lease, I am a great believer in taking on new challenges and I know that the Company will wholeheartedly embrace the challenge of bringing new artistic energy life into the Townhall, I wish them well in this exciting journey’. A thriving youth arts community will be at the centre of the Town Hall led by the Gonzo Youth Theatre and supported by our affiliated visual artists who will work with young people, ensuring they have the opportunity to participate in and engage with arts and cultural practice. Work-shops and classes will be provided which aim to realize the potential of our local young people through good quality arts practice. The Town Hall will become a safe and supportive environment that values imagination, originality, and experimentation. Following a record of accomplishment of successful exhibitions and events, trans-art curators will program and invite artists and curators to exhibit, work and experiment in the new Town Hall building. An artist-in-residence scheme will open a position for artists to explore and research new material in the building and host workshops and exhibitions in the centrally located venue. For the first time, purpose-fit Artist studios will be available to rent in Cavan Town centre. ‘The work of professional artists and the arts community is very important in our society. I realise that members of this committee have worked since 1997 on realising a new arts space in County Cavan. This is a proud day for all those who have supported this initiative from the beginning. Cavan Drama Festival and Cavan Musical Society among other have paved the way for this new initiative’, Sean Smith, Chair of the Municipal District. The Town Hall is an unprecedented arts venture in Cavan and indeed Ireland; an artist led space dedicated to artists for the creation of art for everyone. It will be the centre of a new arts scene in Ireland, a production house encouraging risk and adventure, a home for creators to express, question and celebrate life through art. It will take time for the Town Hall to fulfill its ambition, and after the signing of the lease, the collective will work towards an official opening in Autumn, where a new programme will be launched, and a new beginning for a grand, old hall will begin.

It is a space for artists to blossom; a new cultural home for the community, developing a new generation of artists, as well as building on the traditions of what has gone on before. The new venue will inspire audiences, connect people, and foster creative collaboration in all art-forms.

 


The space will be transformed... The Front Room will be an intimate performance space, presenting music, spoken word, comedy, play-readings and film, as well as a comfortable meeting and communal area for the community. The auditorium will be the stage of a new wave of Irish playwrights and theatre makers, live music gigs, club nights of performance and live art, as well as hosting talks and symposiums in contemporary arts practice. The old council offices upstairs will be transformed into artists studios. A gallery space will be a platform for avant-garde art practices in installation, performance, sound, drawing, print, video, painting, photography, graphic art and textiles. The back-garden will be become an outdoor performance venue in the summer. The Town Hall will invite talent locally, nationally and internationally to fill, play and flourish in these spaces.

 


The Town Hall will be led by five artistic directors, playwright Philip Doherty, artist Siobhan Harton, curator Joe Keenan, youth drama facilitator Kevin O'Connor, and artist Sally O'Dowd. The collective, who have been producing work consistently over the last decade, approached the town council in 2013 with a proposal of a new artistic vision for the 106 year old building. After two years of negotiations with Cavan County Council, during which time the town council was abolished, the Cavan Town Arts and Cultural Centre company, (a company originally established in 1999 with charitable status), was brought under new directorship. Three of the original directors, Kevin O'Connor, Catriona O'Reilly and Denise Walshe, together with six new directors, Ronan O'Brien, Brian Hora and the four other artistic directors, are now on the board of the Town Hall. The company has entered into a 2 year lease with Cavan County Council.
The Town Hall aims to become a leading force in Irish theatre. It will stage new, exciting, restless work from undiscovered, emerging and established writers and theatre-makers. The theatre will welcome touring companies and be a home for local groups to perform. The Gonzo Theatre, a company committed to the visual power of storytelling, combining original texts with a dynamic live score and design, will be the theatre company-in-residence. The Gonzo will become the only repertory theatre company outside Dublin, creating productions throughout the year, including cutting edge new writing, breathing new life into the classical canon of world theatre, Shakespeare for schools, and radical adaptations of fairy tales for primary schools. The Town Hall will be a springboard for touring shows, with Gonzo productions traveling to venues and festivals throughout Ireland and internationally.   Cathaoirleach Shane P O Reilly said on the signing of the lease ‘I am absolutely delighted to be here for the signing of this lease, I am a great believer in taking on new challenges and I know that the Company will wholeheartedly embrace the challenge of bringing new artistic energy life into the Townhall, I wish them well in this exciting journey’.  
 

 

A thriving youth arts community will be at the centre of the Town Hall led by the Gonzo Youth Theatre and supported by our affiliated visual artists who will work with young people, ensuring they have the opportunity to participate in and engage with arts and cultural practice. Work-shops and classes will be provided which aim to realize the potential of our local young people through good quality arts practice. The Town Hall will become a safe and supportive environment that values imagination, originality, and experimentation.
Following a record of accomplishment of successful exhibitions and events, trans-art curators will program and invite artists and curators to exhibit, work and experiment in the new Town Hall building. An artist-in-residence scheme will open a position for artists to explore and research new material in the building and host workshops and exhibitions in the centrally located venue. For the first time, purpose-fit Artist studios will be available to rent in Cavan Town centre.   ‘The work of professional artists and the arts community is very important in our society.   I realise that members of this committee have worked since 1997 on realising a new arts space in County Cavan.   This is a proud day for all those who have supported this initiative from the beginning.  Cavan Drama Festival and Cavan Musical Society among other have paved the way for this new initiative’, Sean Smith, Chair of the Municipal District.
 

 

The Town Hall is an unprecedented arts venture in Cavan and indeed Ireland; an artist led space dedicated to artists for the creation of art for everyone. It will be the centre of a new arts scene in Ireland, a production house encouraging risk and adventure, a home for creators to express, question and celebrate life through art. It will take time for the Town Hall to fulfill its ambition, and after the signing of the lease, the collective will work towards an official opening in Autumn, where a new programme will be launched, and a new beginning for a grand, old hall will begin.
 

Published

26 Mar 2015

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