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Arts Section
Offaly County Council
Áras an Chontae
Charleville Road
Co. Offaly

Phone: 057 9357400
Fax: 057 9346868
Email: arts@offalycoco.ie

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The Arts Office

"Offaly County Authorities aims to provide leadership in quality inclusive and innovative expereinces of the arts for all and to demonstrate through best practice and partnership the value and benefits of increased access to and involvement in the arts for all our citizens" Offaly County Arts Plan 2012-2016 



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Arts Act Grants Now Open

Voluntary Community Groups, individual artists, town bands, drama and musical groups are invited to apply for funding under the Arts Act Grants. For further information and application forms please follow this link.

For our press release please follow this link

Jackie Nickerson

Celebrated photographer to observe Offaly

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Jackie Nickerson has been commissioned by Offaly County Council to document the county during 2015. She will create 200 images which will be published in a large photo book and culminate in an exhibition of some of the images. Follow this link to find out more...

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Offaly Youth Theatre - Auditions for Upcoming Show

O.Y.T. Tullamore are hosting auditions for their upcoming show ‘Dead Famous’ in The Central Hotel on Thursday 29th January from 7-9 pm.  

If you know a young person aged between 13-21 who is itching to act in front of a live audience, now is their chance!

Tin Jug Studio 2015

Writers Retreat Birr

Following a successful pilot in 2014 in which writers Mary Russell, Iggy McGovern and Orfhlaith Foyle were the inaugural recipients, applications are now sought for the 2015 Writers' Residency/Retreat in Birr, Co. Offaly.
The opportunity is for professional writers who are seeking a short break from daily routines; it is for those who feel the need to re-invigorate themselves into completing current work; and it is also for writers who may simply need inspiration, through a change of place and stimuli. For brief and application follow this link

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Launch of Paper Boats by Amanda Ralph

The launch of the Public Art Sculpture Paper Boats by Amanda Ralph was on Friday 16th January 2015 at Visitor Centre Lought Boora Discovery Park Offaly.

For further information follow this link.

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Offaly Youth Theatre – Starts back in January

Edenderry, Birr & Tullamore

Professional Training for Theatre & Film

Offaly Youth Theatre is a not-for profit organisation funded by Offaly County Council that places the artistic wants and needs of its young members first.(Ages 14-20). All facilitators are third level trained and Garda Vetted. OYT offers a place for young people to communicate their own ideas, learn acting skills for film and theatre, use own voice, write their own scripts and perform it.  OYT has three branches Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore and is affiliated with NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama in Ireland) and that is what makes it a unique theatre opportunity in Offaly.  The main ethos behind ‘Youth Theatre’ that sets it apart is the value it places on young opinions and decision making. 

 Start Dates 2015

Birr : Fri 16th Jan @ 7pm – St Brendan’s School (Facilitator: Macdara Deery)

Edenderry: Wed 14th @ 7pm –Youth Café (Facilitator : Martina McCormack); 

Tullamore: Monday 12th @ 7pm – Central Hotel (Facilitator : Angela Ryan). 

Cost is €50 for 10 /12 weeks.  Contact 057 9357400 - see Offaly Youth Theatre on Facebook or email Maura on  offalyyouththeatre@gmail.com for more information

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Offaly County Council wish to commission up to three artists, each to work with a community group to reveal an identified ‘Secret of Offaly’

This is a multidisciplinary commission and applications are invited from professional visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers, theatre practitioners, dancers and more. Applicants can submit a proposal to work with one or more projects. Each project has a commission value of €10,000.

Brief and Application form here

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Offaly Youth Theatre is Back!

Aged between 14 -21? Like acting, directing, scriptwriting? Are you serious about it? Do you also want to have some fun? OYT is about your voice and your ideas. Our workshops are back for the September term. Check our page for further info or facebook.com/offalyyouththeatre.

Also check out our promo video on Youtube


Pre School Music

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath

Check out our introduction video on Youtube

Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine Issue 22 Cover

Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine Autumn 2014

Featuring Articles on Rosey, Marina Carr, Revival Gallery, Fergal McCabe and the film A Nightingale Falling.

Edited by Vivienne Clarke

Proposed Tullamore Community Arts Centre

Tullamore Community Arts Centre

For up to date news on the progress of the centre and fundraising events visit www.tullamorecommuityartscentre.ie

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Wanted Offaly Business for Film Industry & Locations

Film can bring business worth tens of thousands to an area, with production companies using hotels, catering companies, taxis and restaurants. Our FilmOffaly Vendor Card gives local services the opportunity to tap directly into that industry.Visit www.filmoffaly.ie for more info

We are always looking for interesting locations So if you think your house, business or factory would suit give us a call on 05793 57400

Photograph taken by Veronica Nicholson

A Very Grand Canal - Public Art Scheme

A DVD of A Grand Experience is now on sale and available for download. For further information on this click the link below.

For more information on this collection please follow this link.

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The Association of Local Authority Arts Officers

General Information is available on this organisation by following this link

Press Release on 25 Years of the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers Conference

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