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New Horizons in Shannon

25 March 2024

Creative Places Shannon is delighted to announce the first of its planned activities with the art exhibition ‘Horizons’ by Shannon Men’s Shed, taking place in the Seán Lemass Library, Shannon.

Landscape painting by Tony Walsh

Creative Places Shannon, an initiative of Clare Arts Office, hosted a six-week arts course with participants from the Shannon Men’s Shed. Working under the guidance of artist David O’Rourke, the group has produced magnificent vibrant landscape paintings. David has exhibited nationally and internationally and has also been involved in almost all aspects of art locally, from setting up artists’ collectives to working with community groups and as an educator in local schools.

Creative Places Shannon coordinator, Sheila Quinn, expressed her delight at the work undertaken, saying, “To see the men involved identify their desire to do art classes, to grow in confidence and to create such beautiful works shows how valuable the arts are as a tool for personal and community development.”

The exhibition will be opened on Thursday, 28th March, at 6:00pm by Cllr Donna McGettigan, Cathaoirleach of Shannon Municipal District, and will run until 12th April.

Creative Places Shannon is a one-year research and development arts project in its initial phase of development. The project involves artists using socially engaged art practices to explore how community groups and individuals can develop an inclusive and sustainable arts programme for the local area.

Creative Places Shannon is supporting the community to explore and discuss creative activities that enhance community wellbeing and inclusion. It encourages community collaboration and shared environmental sustainability goals to create vibrant cultural activity in Shannon.

All are welcome to attend the official opening to view the works and to find out more about Creative Places Shannon.

Page last reviewed: 25/03/24

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