The wave of contemporary street art crossing the country has arrived in Ballina! Pure Ballina was a leading event for Ballina Fringe Festival 2019.
Thanks to funding from the National Youth Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Dulux and Topline Archers, one of Ireland’s leading street artists Friz was in creative residency in Ballina during September and October 2019, working with the North Mayo Youth Project, Involve Youth Project and Ballina Men’s Shed to develop artwork concepts, with the option to use content from the Jackie Clarke Collection archive for inspiration.
Friz’s flagship artwork – the Táin Wall – shows Flidhais of the beautiful soft hair, the Men’s Shed tells the story of salmon fishermen on the Moy and the youth groups celebrated how music brings communities together in Ballina.
While we’re not sure, at this stage, what restrictions will still be in place in October, we still plan to present a festival. One aspect of the festival that we are most confident about is Pure Ballina, the street art project.
It might be a smaller project this year to accommodate public health regulations, but it will again include a collaboration between our local community groups and a street artist to create high quality, eye catching street art that once more brings colour and life to the streets of our town.
Now, more than ever, it is vital that the arts, our community and our ambition thrive, and we’re looking for a creative street artist who can match our ambition.