Arts Office

20 June 2024
Announcing our 2024 Westmeath Creative Practitioners in Residence

As part of Westmeath County Council’s Creative Ireland Programme for 2024, Westmeath Arts Office is delighted to announce its 2024 Creative Practitioners in Residence. This pilot residency programme is a county wide initiative that was open to creative practitioners across all creative fields- arts, heritage, literature, theatre, circus, etc. Three 12-week long residencies will be […]

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27 May 2024
Westmeath Teenagers Invited to Sign Up for Athlone Film Camp

Harp Media presents a collaborative series of filmmaking workshops for young people aged 13-18. No previous filmmaking experience is needed! The Athlone Film Camp will look at all stages involved in the filmmaking process. The course will cover everything from writing the script to planning and shooting a movie and will incorporate both theoretical and […]

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17 May 2024
Cruinniú na nÓg 2024: Westmeath Programme of Events

Take a look at our jam-packed programme of free events for Cruinniú na nÓg 2024 on Saturday 15th June! Cruinniú na nÓg is a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. This year, Westmeath invites you to participate in a programme of fun, creative activities. For more information on Westmeath County […]

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13 March 2024
Applications for the 2024 John Broderick Residency to open soon

Next week, the Westmeath Arts Office will invite writers from across Ireland to apply for the 2024 John Broderick Residency. Applications will open Wednesday 20 March - Wednesday 17 April 2024. This unique writer’s residency series is designed to honour Athlone writer John Broderick. The series provides support to a selected writer while increasing the […]

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12 March 2024
Call Out to Professional Westmeath Visual Artists

Opportunity to have portrait photos taken by Conor Horgan. Background Since 2018 Westmeath Visual Artists Mel French, Martina Coyle, Ursula Meehan and Anna Duffy have worked collectively, using Creative Ireland funding to amplify awareness of professional Westmeath Visual Artists on a national platform. "We worked with Karan Thompson Consulting Ltd, (a fundamental part of the […]

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27 February 2024
Mel French: February Artist Spotlight

We want to connect Westmeath artists. Each month, we will be spotlighting an artist from or practicing in the county. The second artist of 2024 is Mel French, read more about her and her work below. Mel French's work is multi-disciplinary , using drawing, installation, video, sound, sculpture and animatronics .French explores what it is […]

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17 January 2024
Robyn Byrne: January Artist Spotlight

We want to connect Westmeath artists. Each month, we will be spotlighting an artist from or practicing in the county. The first artist of 2024 is Robyn Byrne, read more about her as she introduces herself and her work below. "Hello, my name is Robyn. I’m a contemporary dancer, choreographer and more recently, a movement […]

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19 December 2023
The Bridges of Athlone History and Photography

Text by Gearoid O'Brien, photography by Paul Moore Cumann na mBán Bridge In 1968 Westmeath County Council commissioned a traffic study from Transportation Planning Associates (TPA) of Birmingham, to analyse the existing traffic in Athlone and to make projections regarding future traffic. TPA recommended that an East-West Relief Road was needed and concluded that it […]

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18 December 2023
Creative Ireland Westmeath 2024

As part of Westmeath County Council’s Creative Ireland Programme for 2024, we will be inviting applications for the Westmeath Creative Ireland Community Grant in early 2024. The Westmeath Creative Ireland Community Grant is a county-wide call to community groups, organisations, venues, and individuals working in the creative arts including arts, culture, and heritage. The call […]

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14 December 2023
Mindful Expressions to launch in the Atrium Exhibition space

Artist Sarah Curran will display her solo exhibition Mindful Expressions in the Atrium, Mullingar. The exhibition will be launched by former RTE northern editor Tommie Gorman on 14 December at 630pm. The works will be on display from Monday 11 December until Friday 15th January. Sarah lives in Mullingar, her hometown, having lived abroad in […]

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