Culture and the Arts
like most Irish cities, is a vibrant centre for culture and the
arts. Although most famous for its connection to Irish poet, W.B.
Yeats, Sligo is home to a variety of cultural and artistic
organizations that play an important role in the day to day lives of
the area and its people. Here are just some:
- Sligo County Council Arts
- Hawkswell Theatre
- Sligo Art Gallery
- Model Arts and Niland Gallery
- Sligo Live Festival
- Yeats Society
- Blue Raincoat Threatre
County Council Arts Dept.
Established in 1997 the Arts
Department of Sligo County Council aims to foster, promote and
present the arts in the broadest sense in County Sligo. They provide
advice and information to individuals and groups who wish to set up
arts projects in their own communities.
The website, www.sligoarts.ie is a
comprehensive resource for the arts in County Sligo developed by the
Arts Department of Sligo County Council. The website exists to
provide information on all art forms in Sligo, to promote and
support the ongoing development of arts projects and those who work
in the arts. The website is managed and edited by the Arts
Department to ensure accuracy and quality. They invite users to
submit events listings, feature articles, artist profile and images
to illustrate their submission. Public input is important to the
site and they welcome your suggestions.
The Hawk's Well Theatre,
Sligo, Ireland is the premier performing arts venue for plays,
drama, dance, music events, opera and comedy in the Region. Founded
in 1978, the theatre has a
full bar facility with a wide selection of beverages. The bar is
open to patrons half an hour before and after all performances and
also during the interval. The Hawk's Well Theatre has full
facilities for the disabled including increased seating capacity for
wheelchair users. Disabled parking is located at the side of the
building and access to the theatre is from the car park. Limited
street parking is available in the vicinity of the theatre. Patrons
are asked to comply with parking restrictions as indicated by the
presence of double yellow lines on the street.
Located at the Yeats Memorial Building,
Hyde Bridge, Sligo, Sligo Art Gallery was founded in 1977 under the
auspices of the Yeats Society to provide exhibition facilities for
all art forms. From this beginning Sligo Art Gallery Limited evolved
into an independent incorporated charity and educational foundation.
The Gallery mounts fifteen to twenty major exhibitions annually.
There are in addition, a number of showings outside the Gallery and
also projects which involve active public participation.
Artists whose work has been
individually exhibited at Sligo Art Gallery include Patrick Collins,
Antoni Tapies, Mary Swanzy, Patrick Heron, Tony O'Malley, Sean
McSweeney, Conor Fallon, Jack Yeats and Contemporaries, Anne Yeats,
John O'Leary, John Behan Barrie Cooke, Charles Harper, Sinéad
Aldridge, Siobán Piercy, Cormac O'Leary, Clea Van De Grijn and
Elizabeth Caffrey. Numerous Group Exhibitions of importance have
been mounted over the years The annual Iontas Small Works
open-submission exhibition has been organised by the Gallery since
1990. It is particularly supportive of young artists, as are the
solo show opportunities given to emerging artists each year. Since
the foundation of the Gallery The Arts Council have been supportive
of its activities.
Arts & Niland Gallery
Housed in a
beautifully renovated model school The Model Arts and Niland Gallery
is one of Ireland's most important contemporary arts centres with an
extensive and vibrant programme of visual and performing arts.
centre of the Model's activities is a dynamic exhibitions programme
of leading examples of contemporary art. An active and innovative
music and film programme runs in the context of the exhibitions and
the Education Department provides unique opportunities to engage
with programme for audiences of all ages.
Arts and Niland Gallery is home to the impressive Niland Art
Collection, which features work by Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry,
Dorothy Cross and Nick Miller among others.
Sligo Live marks the return of
large-scale music events to the area after a long break. Sligo
racecourse will be turned into a festival arena for the weekend,
complete with festival village. The aim all along has been to take
the first step towards developing a festival which will stand among
the best in Europe. They feel they have three days of fantastic
concerts lined up, a brilliant set-up at Sligo racecourse and a city
that knows its music and is an ideal location.
The Yeats Society was founded in
Sligo in 1958 in order to commemorate and honour the memory of W.B.
Yeats, and to promote appreciation of his poetry and other writings,
and an awareness of the other members of this talented family.
The Society operates
from the Yeats Memorial Building in the very centre of Sligo,
overlooking the River Garavogue. The building operates as the
administrative centre of the Society and houses the Yeats Exhibition
Centre of the Society, The Sligo Art Gallery, and the Yeats River
The Blue Raincoat Theatre Company is Sligo’s
own home-grown professional theatre troop. The Company was
founded in December 1990 by Malcolm Hamilton and Niall Henry and
staged its first production in March 1991. Since then, Blue Raincoat
has staged 38 productions to date (8 premiers since 1996) and taken
13 productions on tour nationally. Blue Raincoat have taken several
shows to the National Theatre of Ireland at the Abbey Theatre, and
maintain a regular international touring schedule. Blue Raincoat
maintain their own venue in Sligo, The Factory Performance Space,
and are developing a growing arts infrastructure in the town.