Tullamore Community Arts Centre Design Unveiled

On Wednesday 29th of June, The Board of Tullamore Community Arts Centre accepted the recommendation of the Competition Jury for the winning design of the new Tullamore Community Arts Centre, bringing Tullamore one step closer to realizing its long term ambition for an arts centre. The architectural competition, which was administrated by the RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland), had been running since February, and reached its climax when the Jury, consisting of; Pat Gallagher County Manager, Sinead O’Reilly Arts Officer, Cllr. Molly Buckley (outgoing Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council) Cllr Declan Harvey (Leas Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council), Brian Gunning (Tullamore Musical Society)and Architects Eddie Conroy, Bernadette Solon and Marguerite Murphy, met to review the four shortlisted entries out of an initial 119. The decision was unanimous. The winning architectural team is A2 Architects, a young Irish firm, who already have a notable list of successful buildings and are currently nominated for this year’s Irish Architectural Awards. Peter Carroll of A2 architects said, “A2 are delighted to win the architectural competition for the design of the new Tullamore Community Arts Centre. We look forward to working with the Local Authority and all the interested parties in delivering this exciting project.” The Board of Tullamore Community Arts Centre Ltd launched the design, the website and the fundraising draw for the arts centre on July 21st at the Tullamore Court Hotel, which was punctuated by arts performances to signify what the project is all about. This is a very exciting project for the town as Tullamore is the only County Town in Ireland without such a facility.  It will enhance Tullamore as a vibrant centre to visit, to do business in and in which to live.  The Centre will be funded by Offaly County Council, the Arts Council and by local fundraising initiatives. The launch held at the Tullamore Court Hotel featured the unveiling of the plans for the Centre including a scale model, announcing the programme for the project and a launch of the fundraising campaign.  Performances from Colin Hughes, Stage Craft Ireland, Rahan Comhaltas, Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir, Midland Drama School, St. Mary’s Youth Centre, Jasango Theatre Company, Tullamore Town Band, and the Sacred Heart School  Chamber Orchestra were a conclusive reminder that this is what the arts centre is all about. The building, while impressive in its design and accommodation, will be nothing without the people of Tullamore providing the heart of it. But more than providing a spotlight and home for the arts in Tullamore, this centre, with its outdoor theatre, will also attract a high caliber of arts performances and exhibitions, which will in turn help to create Offaly into a real destination for the arts. And even more than that, it shows that the arts are thriving; flourishing in fact, across the country. Please click here to learn more about how you can support the Tullamore Community Arts Centre.

Design for Arts Centre revealed

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