Cavan Arts e-bulletin: ISSUE 18: Building Peace Through the Arts . County Choir Music Commission . Ross Cochrane Residency . Cavan Theatre Festival . Mentoring for Visual Artists with Rita Duffy
Cavan County Council
  • Building Peace Through the Arts
  • County Choir Music Commission
  • Ross Cochrane Residency
  • Cavan Theatre Festival
  • Mentoring for Visual Artists
County Choir Music Commission

Sean Doherty, composer from County Donegal and Heather Brett, poet are working on the new music commission for performance at the celebration of the Geopark Interpretative Centre Launch on Saturday, 21 June.  

Sean and Heather recently visited the Geopark with Grainne O’Connor, Cavan Geopark and Anne Marie Curley, Heritage Officer to learn expert insights into the many wonders, hidden and visible at the West Cavan Burren. This experience inspired the creative energies of the poet and the composer.

Sean held a workshop with the County Choir who will perform the newly commissioned piece. The Choir were challenged and enthralled at this new approach for them to composing music. Choral Director Blanaid Murphy will work on this new music with the Choir on Thursday from 1 May until the performance on June 21.   Read more

Cavan Theatre Festival

Cavan Theatre Festival is a new, ambitious programme which will run from 17 July - 20 July this year. 

The festival will provide a professional platform for both emerging and touring productions to engage with the people of Cavan and its thriving theatre community.

Dermot Bolger’s play ‘Walking the Road’, commemorating the county’s connection with the Great War, will be part of the festival.  Cavan man Aaron Monaghan, who has achieved success at The Abbey and the Druid Theatre Company, (and is co-founder of Virginia’s Livin Dred Theatre Company), will star in the inaugural programme.


   Mentoring for Visual Artists with Rita Duffy

Eight artists are engaging in the mentoring project with Rita Duffy. They include Maria Bagnoli, Michelle Boyle, Freda Young, Mark Lawlor, Colette Kearney, Mary Prior, Sally O Dowd and Rikki van den Berg.
Mark Lawlor described "Rita Duffy is a power house... She has woven her way in a landscape that was not easy and maintained the laughing woman.  I feel that Rita has had this moving effect on everyone."
The artists will work with Rita over a six week period.
Born in Belfast, Rita Duffy is a leading Irish artist. Based strongly in the figurative/narrative tradition, her paintings often function as active poetic spaces where the energy of contradictory and destructive forces are transmuted and resolved. 

Further details on Rita Duffy and her various collections are available on 

Building Peace Through the Arts - Re-Imaging Communities

An Artist/Facilitator has been recruited for Cootehill, Redhills and Ballyconnell. Bailieborough's Artist/Facilitator will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Artist/Facilitator will carry out community consultation and creative engagement during the first stage of a Building Peace through the Arts project. 

The project seeks to engage participants and deal with the particularly sensitive / challenging issues of sectarianism and racism.  We are interested in hearing your views on each of the area listed.  If you would like to share your opinions come along to one the public meetings or contact to be put in touch with a facilitator. 

Gateway by Ross Cochrane

Ross Cochrane - Bullock Lane Residency

Ross Cochrane is currently undertaking a Research Residency at the Bullock Lane Arts Space Cavan. 

Exploring memories which remain embedded in the landscape locally, the Artist records parallels that intersect between spatial hierarchies, ecology and new consumer topographies; documenting balances between permitted territories; the use and misuse of space and the rural and the manufactured.

With an emphasis on exploration in the landscape, liminal spaces and rural edge lands, Cochrane’s research examines places steeped within their own system of time and residual memory; allowing for accessibility and new dialogue into places where boundaries dissolve; depicting memory, seen as a real defined object.
Copyright © 2014  Cavan County Council, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Arts Office
Cavan County Council
Farnham Centre
Farnham Street
Cavan, County Cavan EIRE