Venues, Galleries and Studios are places and spaces where artists and audiences can have access to and partcipate in the arts.
Offaly Venues & Proposed Venues:-
Spaces and places refers to infrastructure across the county where artists and audiences access and participate in the arts and includes venues, galleries and studios. Along with festivals they represent a growth area for Cultural Tourism and provide a focal point for the arts and a platform from which audiences can have access to a diverse range of quality national, international and local arts experiences.
Offaly’s cultural infrastructure is unique, from one of the older theatres in the country to a restored mill and expansive sculpture park; the full potential of all these developments has yet to be reached, both individually and as a collective.
Over the lifetime of this plan Offaly’s cultural infrastructure will develop and evolve significantly with the advancement of new arts centre for Tullamore. This proposed development will influence all other infrastructural projects and it is our intention to ensure that this influence will positively shape, inspire and be a catalyst for a greater participation and increase profile for the arts in Offaly.
The recent trend of pop up shops being used for artistic, cultural and educational uses has materialised in Offaly, albeit in a more ad hoc way, however this could be further exploited. At a fundamental level, utilising shop window fronts in key areas of towns, not only add life to a visual streetscape but is an opportunity to market towns as an attractive place to live, work and visit. These pop up shops also add to the social and cultural life of a town by for exhibition and commercial use by artists, the community sector and the creative sector.