Speaking on behalf of the Seek committee, Town Centre Commercial Manager, Martin McElligott, said “he is delighted to announce the latest addition to their 2019 festival plan. The festival is centred around promoting visual arts in Dundalk by commissioning established and emerging artists, locally, and nationally, to help promote the town culturally and artistically, repositioning the area as a vibrant hub for creativity”.
Seek 2019 will highlight the important influence art can have in the public domain, its role as a catalyst for change, helping reinvigorate and refresh some of our town centre spaces. In turn the story behind the artwork helps with both telling Dundalk’s story and connecting people to our heritage.
Local Artistic Curator, David Callan, explained that Dundalk has a wealth of history, with many historical layers throughout the ages which are being forgotten. The festival aims to communicate Dundalk’s unique stories, using the arts to reconnect with it.
Martin continued saying that we have been working with stakeholders and sponsors, which include Louth County Council, Dundalk Tidy Towns, Dundalk Museum, Creative Spark, Grandson Design Studio, Imperial Hotel, OHR Marketing, The Hairshop, Glengat House and Thinking Cap, to ensure that not only the people of Dundalk rediscover its heritage, but that visitors to the town will get a better sense of the area and its heritage over the many ages right up to the present day.
Colourtrend paint will be our headline sponsor for the 2019 festival. Speaking on the partnership Managing Director of Colourtrend, Kevin O’Connor says “We at Colourtrend, are honoured to be sponsoring Seek Dundalk 2019. As an Irish family brand, it is important for us to celebrate and support local culture. Colourtrend is a brand that’s found throughout homes across Ireland, so we are always excited to see our brand used in this creative fashion.
We are delighted to be in a position to assist in bringing the colour of this wonderful festival to life, celebrating the culture of Dundalk through creative murals. We look forward to seeing what the incredible team of talented artists, come up with this summer.”
Artists will be using a selection of paints from the Colourtrend range. Colourtrend was established 65 years ago in Celbridge, County Kildare and is Ireland’s largest, 100% Irish-owned and operated, leading-edge paint company. Colourtrend operates at the forefront of paint technology offering 100% pure acrylic decorative paint that is designed to apply smoother and last longer. The Colourtrend range includes over 1,500 shades, taking inspiration from the elusive colours of the Irish landscape. Colourtrend collections are available throughout the country in over two hundred carefully selected independent paint retailers across Ireland and the UK. Irish brand Colourtrend began manufacturing in Celbridge, Co Kildare in 1953 when Irish man Ronan O’Connor founded the company.
Sarah Daly from Creative Spark said “the Seek committee has been one of the most creative she has had the privilege of working on to date, drawing expertise from Killian Walsh, Grandson design studio and lead designer on the project, local artist Barry Finnegan(Thinking Cap design), Martin McElligott (Dundalk BIDs), and local Artistic Curator, Dave Callan. Events are never easy and people give up a lot of their free time making them happen, but when you get this much creativity in one room, good things happen”.
With our debut event, three Irish artists have been invited to create a mural each in (location). The artists are Aches (Dublin), James Earley (Dublin) and Omin (Dundalk).They will respond to the area and its people by creating bold and impactful murals which draw on Dundalk’s rich heritage – historically, culturally, geographically and mythologically. This year’s festival is focused on historical figures associated with the town. Participating artist Omin will be commissioned to create a piece on pioneering engineer Peter Rice, the focus of the local exhibition in the County Museum and two recently released documentaries. James Earley will produce a piece drawing on the mythology of Cúchulainn and Aches will focus on the story of the “Last High King of Ireland Edward Bruce and the Kingts Irish connection, Edward who is buried in Faughart Grave yard.
All works will have QR codes directing the public through their smartphones to information regarding the historical significance of the subjects.
A launch event will take place on June 15th at 7pm in Creative spark The public will also be able to see the work in progress during the week and watch the power of art transforming our urban landscape.
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