An event to celebrate the town of Balbriggan, human connections, light, nature & togetherness.

Reclaiming the Arts is the first group exhibition in a series of events to gather the Balbriggan community around the arts. This exhibition aims to reclaim the spaces to facilitate human connections around creativity and togetherness.#BalbrigganUnderground


Thurs Dec 15 5p-7p
(Our Balbriggan Hub, George's Square)

Matthew Kelly presents: DEAR BALBRIGGANDear Balbriggan’, a 144-page love letter compiled by local 21-year-old creative, Mathew Kelly.

Motivated by a desire to connect with other creative people, illustrator, designer and writer Kelly, from Clonard Court, received funding through Fingal County Council’s Our Balbriggan Placemaking Fund for the inspirational publication.The fund was established to make Balbriggan a better place to live, work, visit and do business and the novel anthology to be launched at Our Balbriggan Hub at Georges Square on Thursday, December 15, is set to further boost Balbriggan’s growing reputation as a centre for the arts.


Fri Dec 16 5p-9p & Sat Dec 17 10a-6
(4 Dublin Street, Balbriggan next to courthouse)

Alison O’Grady presents: BALBRIGGAN COMMUNITY PROJECT ‘Ár mBaile’

Alison O’Grady presents: BALBRIGGAN COMMUNITY PROJECT ‘Ár mBaile’The exhibition will showcase the community art project ‘Ár mBaile’ that began in the summer where 60 canvases were painted by the people of Balbriggan to combine as a mosaic to comprise a larger artwork. Each section and the overall vision were inspired by stories submitted from the town people. The event will be located in the same pop-up art studio on Dublin Street where they were painted (on Dublin St. in the old Vision Radio/Wishes gift shop). By Alison O’Grady.


Fri Dec 16 5p-9p & Sat Dec 17 10a-6
(The old AIB building, George's Square, Balbriggan)

Valeria Ceregini is an Italian art historian and visual arts curator with an international practice working across disciplines with artists from various media.Reclaiming the Arts is a curated experience presented by Ceregini.The selected artists at The Vault and the vibrant activities and events staged at the Warehouse want to reconnect people with nature and re-establish local areas as shared spaces.


Thomas Brezing was born in Germany and moved to Ireland in the early 1990s. He is a visual artist based in North County Dublin. In his 30-year art practice he has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in venues such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the RHA, Dublin, the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Lapua Art Museum, Finland, and the Limerick City Gallery.

Works in the exhibition:Thomas Brezing, Will There Be Singing In The Dark, 2021
Mixed media, hand sewn inverted rugby balls, thread, paint, stuffing material, timber, variable dimensions. Soundscape, audio track.

Award-winning artist & tutor Dave West was born in 1972 in Penclawdd on the Gower peninsula in South Wales and grew up in Swansea City.
In 1995 he moved to Ireland and has lived and worked there since in Balbriggan on the North Dublin Coastline.
Dave studied Illustration at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and in 2013 gained a degree in History of Art through the Open University.
Dave's practice covers a broad range from meticulous still life paintings, loose expressive pastel drawings to charcoal and Plein Air (outdoor) painting.

Works in the exhibition:Dave West, Bremore Triptych, 2021
Oil on panel, 15x20cm

Murielle Celis is a Belgian artist living in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.
She studied at the well-known Saint Lucas Higher Institute for Visual Arts in Ghent where she was awarded degrees in printmaking and painting.
During her degree in painting she evolved from figurative towards non-objective art. With her increasing involvement in Eastern philosophy and meditation her eye turned inwards for inspiration and a whole range of non-representational art opened up.Murielle was part of the Sunlight Studios and the Renegade Art Studios, based in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

Works in the exhibition:Murielle Celis, Crystal light series, 2022
Giclée prints, Limited Edition, 27 x 35 cm
Murielle Celis, Crystal light series, 2022
Giclée prints, Limited Edition, 21 x 29 cm

Antonio D'Souza is a multidisciplinary artist and designer living in Skerries, North Co Dublin with Goan, Kenyan and English heritage.He trained as a three dimensional designer in London and obtained a BA Hons degree in Furniture and Product Design from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, in 1995.

Works in the exhibition:Antonio D’Souza, Metric green cream. Geometric series, 2020
Various card gaskets, graphite on canvas board, 50.8 x 40.64 cm
Antonio D’Souza, Metric green red. Geometric series, 2020
Various card gaskets, graphite on canvas board, 50.8 x 40.64 cm
Antonio D’Souza, Gulls, 2020
Various graphite gaskets, graphite powder on canvas board, 50.8 x 40.64 cm

Elizabeth Comerford studied at N.C.A.D. during the 1970's. She then lived and worked in Kenmare, Co. Kerry for much of the 1980's, returning to Dublin in the early 1990's. She exhibited frequently with the RHA throughout the 2000s.A portion of Comerford's work is figurative and based on drawing, strongly motivated by colour, and she is known to be working in pastels and woodblock printing.Comerford now lives and works in Balbriggan, North County Dublin.

Works in the exhibition:Elizabeth Comerford, Trees Near Me, 2020 - ongoing
Woodblock, flip book, Edition 6 of 6,
16 x 11 cm/16 x 103cm
Elizabeth Comerford, Butter Bur Along Brackn @Millpond, 2022
Woodblock printing, Edition 10 of 10,
42 x 29 cm/19 x 17 cm
Elizabeth Comerford, Another Place, 2021 Woodblock printing, Edition 10 of 10,
42 x 29 cm/23 x 22 cm
Elizabeth Comerford, Maggie I, 2020 Woodblock printing, Edition 10 of 10,
42 x 29 cm/30 x 21 cm

David Ryan is an outsider artist who works out of various squats around Dublin. His current projects include several series of oil paintings.He also participates in festival builds and is a committed member of the infamous Irish Underground piano bar crew at Glastonbury, and the Bog Cottage at Electric Picnic.

Works in the exhibition:David Ryan, Belgrade Barracks, 2019
Oil chiaroscuro, 1.4 x 2.6 cm

Maya Brezing an Irish artist from Balbriggan working and living in Dublin. She is a recent graduate of NCAD with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art specialising in printmaking. She was awarded the Black Church Print Studio Graduate Award 2022 for her exhibition ‘Traces of Tomorrow’, an installation of prints and assemblages that looked at nature reclaiming derelict buildings. Her work is held in the Office of Public works collection.

Works in the exhibition:Maya Brezing, Detainment, 2022
Etching and screen print on handmade paper and mixed media, dimensions
Maya Brezing, Deep Rooted, 2022
Photo etching and aquatint on handmade paper, 40 x 27 cm
Maya Brezing, Arrested Development, 2022 Etching and screen print on handmade paper and mixed media, 35 x 40 cmMaya Brezing, Do Buildings Work Without Us?, 2022
Photo etching, aquatint and screen print on handmade paper, 40 x 56 cm

Darren Rogers is a multi-talented artist working in sculpture, colour, line, sound, words and time.In additon to his visual arts work, Rogers is the creator of the visually stunning interactive lithophone sculpture, carved from Kilkenny limestone by the Martello Tower bandstand in Balbriggan and a member of the music group Ships Wheel.

Works in the exhibition:Darren Rogers, Anamorphic cube 14, v3, 2022
Coloured card, 16 x 40 x 40 cm
Euro 250
Darren Rogers, Anamorphic cube 14, v4, 2022 Coloured card, 16 x 40 x 40 cm
Euro 250

Caitlin Kearns is debuting in this show and is an up and coming artist based in Balbriggan.Caitlin is forever taking inspiration from Monet, then more recently Dmitri Danish with his marvellous portrayals of cityscapes.Acrylic and oil paints are her preferred mediums, as seen here in her debut exhibit.

Works in the exhibition:Caitlin Kearns, A Place in this World, 2022
Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm
Euro 120
Caitlin Kearns, Mon Pont et Moi, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm
Not for sale

Gordon Farrell graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin in 1998. Since then he has exhibited frequently in group & solo exhibitions in Ireland & abroad.

Works in the exhibition:Gordon Farrell, Love of God and Land, 2021 Book, Oil Paint, Gold Leaf, Textile, Velvet on Laminated MDF display box, 50 x 62 x 8 cm

The Warehouse

Fri Dec 16 5p-11p
Sat Dec 17 10a-6p
(Vauxhall St, behind Monica Tolan, Balbriggan)

The Warehouse proposes a series of workshops, talks and gigs to engage with local people and attract the broadest audience regularly invited to join the new house for the arts in Balbriggan!

The Warehouse

David Newton was born in Rhode Island in 1962 and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984. He then moved to NYC where he held art exhibitions, taught art and edited books.David and his family moved to Bellewstown, Co. Meath in 2002. David and his wife Linda have four children: Cormac, Ailish, Annie and Milo – and all are now studying in Irish universities.In his art studio/workshop, he continues to create many artworks and objects originating in collage materials and often featuring everyday life themes.

Works in the exhibition:David will be welcoming the public to join him for an engaging experience based upon the the ethos and concept that:Everyone is an artist…the how and why...

Akvile is a visual artist originally from Lithuania and living in Balbriggan. She has created beautiful mosaics around the beach and town Balbriggan town, along with the participation of some of the youngest citizens of the area.She also works closely with storyteller and early years actress Cliodhna Noonan as a part of the Grasshoppers International Early Years Festival.

Works in the exhibition:Akvile will provide an interactive workshop on how a mosaic is developed and created.

Radek is a second generation Potter who took over his family business in 1994. Since then he has specialised in hand thrown stoneware and porcelain tableware.Wheel thrown production is ideal for bespoke pottery as it offers an infinite possibility of shapes, sizes and colour schemes. At Touch Design Ceramics, Radek creates original durable stoneware and porcelain made for everyday use, in a large spectrum of colours.

Works in the exhibition:Radek will showcase and discuss how his creations come about in a pottery workshop.

Edena von Gaia will be singing and performing at the open & close of the Reclaiming the Arts event to set the tone for the experience, on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 5pm.

She performs spiritual music of love and devotion, uniting all religions in love and music with an interactive call and response singing. Thi helps the audience to calm the mind, relaxing the body and warming up the heart.Edena von Gaia is also a yoga teacher, massage therapist and doula with interests in art, music, playing different instruments handcraft, gardening, paddleboarding, sea swimming, foraging and her children mainly. Everything beautiful.

Welcomed back to The Warehouse with open arms, the St Patrick's Brass and Reed Band will perform as a part of the festivities on Friday evening at 19:30.

St Patrick's Brass and Reed Band will celebrate their 140th anniversary next year and play often around the town of Balbriggan.

Sheila is our amazing host for the spoken word and music open mic. She will perform as a poet and MC the event at 20:30 on Friday evening.

Sheila Ryder is a writer and performance poet living in Dublin. She was an All-Ireland poetry slam finalist in 2019 and a winner of the Cuirt International Festival spoken word platform in 2018. She performed at Electric Picnic in 2018 and 2019 in Mindfield. She has been the host open mics across Balbriggan for poetry in 2022.Sheila has written, performed and produced live short form theatre in Dublin, London and Edinburgh over the past 15 years including comedy sketches shows, street theatre and community theatre.

Emmet is the featured poet for the open mic evening in The Warehouse.

Emmet O'Brien is not your generic poet, bursting into the scene in March 2017, Emmet has done more than your average 24 year old.
O'Brien, best known for his video "the North side" is also an event organiser, starting his poetry and music event "Vybrations" in June 2017. it saw incredible success, with amazing artists such as Colm Keegan and Hazel Hogan prefoming.
The poet extraordinaire then moved on to run a second regular night, called "Phat Cones" which showcased Ireland's best poets and rappers while educating people on the benefits and positives of medicinal cannabis.His first book "A Perspective From The Corrupt Mind Of The Youth" where he discusses various taboo subjects such as substance abuse, religion, and everything to do with the session.The magical wordsmith released his second book, entitled "Yup Ouveh" in May 2018, where copies were sold in both Ireland and the UK, as well as copies being sold in Nigeria.O'Briens third book, entitled "The Illusion Of Perception " released in March 2019. A play adaptation of the book was launched in March 19, and the event sold out in less than 12 hours.If that isn't prolific enough, O'Brien has had many festival shows, playing Electric Picinc, Knockanstockan, Body & Soul, and All Together Now. In 2022, O'Brien had his latest poem "Story bud?" muralised onto the walls of temple bar in Dublin city centre. Most recently, O'Brien has played 2 shows in the Gate Theatre, supporting BAC's beat boxing adaptation of Frankenstein

Following an esteemed career as an engineer working on world renown aircrafts, William has enjoyed channeling his energy into visual arts. Following a successful debut showing in The Warehouse on Culture Night, Billy has been invited to share his wisdom and evolution as an artist with the public.

Works in the exhibition:Billy is a featured orator and painter in the The Warehouse and will exhibit his works along with sharing his personal journey as an artist.

Darren Rogers.
Teresa Connolly.
Joe Sheehan.
Ger Smith.

Performing live in The Warehouse on Culture Night for the first time as Ships Wheel, the group has gone on to play many gigs already and was recently featured on Clare FM all in the last 3 months. The mighty group will play at 10pm on Friday!

Nunce McAuley is a Dublin visual artist and art teacher living and working in Skerries, Co. Dublin. Her studio is located at Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.She paints mainly in Oil and Watercolour but also produces work in the mediums of Drawing, Printmaking and Textile Art.She is inspired by the ever-changing nature of her surroundings, in particular, seascapes and skyscapes. Living by the sea means that the subject matter is very fluid and this lends itself very well to Oil Painting. She spends a lot of time photographing her surroundings and uses these when working in her studio.She has taught art to adults and children and has been part of a number of exhibitions, including a solo exhibition.

Works in the exhibition:Nunce is a featured artist in the The Warehouse and will conduct a workshop for adults and for youth during the event.

Shane Hoey is influenced by his time in Germany in addition to Ireland. He is inspired by intellectual concepts that move beyond the traditional and has been featured in shows in Balbriggan in The Warehouse and The Solstice Arts Center in Navan.

Works in the exhibition:Shaneski will exhibit and engage the public around the concepts of art and the role it plays in society through the eyes of Joseph Beuys.

Violeta Sav is an inspirational teacher of the arts with a wildly successful practice of teaching adults and youth for over 13 years in Balbriggan.

Works in the exhibition:Violets will share her wisdom around her unique and innovative way of teaching people to find their own path in creating art during the festive season.

Mark Kosinsky - drums (9 years old)
Dmitry Kosinsky - guitar
Maciej Blizinski -bass

Nine-year-old drummer Mark Kosinsky is from Berdyansk in south-eastern Ukraine.Mark and his family immediately fled Ukraine in late February as the war erupted.Since arriving in Ireland, Mark has played drum solos at the Liberties Festival in Dublin, the Letterkenny Blues and Roots Festival, and other festivals and events in Sligo and Mullingar. He has his own YouTube channel, is learning to play the bass, and says he would love to be part of a punk or pop band when he is older.From the age of two or three, he started drumming with whatever he could get his hands on; bowls, tables, cups, spoons and even cans of baby food became his instruments. “I don’t know why I started drumming,” says Mark, whose father Dmitry is a professional musician and music teacher. “I just started with a bowl and paintbrushes, and drummed on it.”Dmitry and Mark will play with Maciej in The Warehouse at 3p on Saturday December 17th.

The Castle

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Balbriggan: A Destination for the arts

Reclaiming the Arts is the first group exhibition in a series of events to gather the Balbriggan community around the arts. This exhibition aims to reclaim the spaces to facilitate human connections around creativity and togetherness. The selected artists at The Vault and the vibrant activities and events staged at the Warehouse want to reconnect people with nature and re-establish local areas as shared spaces.Re-claiming, re-connecting and re-creating a sense of community - especially, over this time of year - means experiencing the natural cycle of life and light as a new beginning, as it is common in the Middle of Winter.Known as the Winter Solstice - from the Latin solstitium, "Stationary Sun" - the Middle of Winter has long been a time for celebrations even before Christianity, which overlapped and replaced pagan religions. At this moment, the Sun begins its uprising after the deep Winter darkness, during which darkness reaches its peak, but just when it seems about to triumph, it leaves room for light, which gradually takes over. People were used to celebrating light and birth in the darkest days and rejoicing during the Winter Solstice when the worst of the winter was behind them, and they could look forward to longer days and sunny spells.Extending this leitmotif among The Vault and Warehouse arts and events is evident in how the same community spirit leads these social events.The exhibited artworks state the multiple aspects of being part of these current darkest times facing several themes, such as sustainability, landscape and environment, in search of a new light, a new beginning. Reclaim the Arts is a journey among the natural cycle of life and the human condition to explore and reclaim the possibilities of an inclusive life and sustainable world for the upcoming generations.Reinforcing this message, the Warehouse proposes a series of workshops, talks and gigs to engage with local people and attract the broadest audience regularly invited to join the new house for the arts in Balbriggan!