The Junior Literary Awards return to Ballina Salmon Festival!

Mayo and Ballina, in particular has much to be proud of in terms of local creative writing, and the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards have been revived this year to celebrate this talent, and to foster and encourage a love of writing among our young people – which ultimately contributes to a vibrant local literary culture.

The Awards, which were a feature of the festival in the past and are being revived this year by committee members Ger Hogan and Lizann Gorman will focus initially on primary school writers. Inspired by the success of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), this award is billed as the HaHoLit (Half Hour Literary) Award, where children are challenged to set aside just half an hour to create a short story or poem in English or Irish.

The awards have been kindly sponsored by Paul Brennan, Solicitor (main sponsor), Eason Ballina, Creative Writing Mayo and An Teanga Bheo School of Irish, Ballina.

 

Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Award Sponsors

 

Who can enter? 

The Junior Literary Awards are open to children under 13 years and the categories include both short story and poetry.

Awards will be made in both English and Gaeilge.

 

Categories

  • Short Story (Max 1000 words)
  • Irish Short Story (Max 1000 words)
  • Poetry
  • Irish poetry

 

How to enter

Entry forms can be downloaded here or collected from the Ballina Salmon Festival office.

Entries are to be submitted to the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on Pearse Street by Saturday 1st July, and shortlisting will take place the following week. The successful shortlist will be published on the Festival Website and local media outlets, and parents/guardians will be contacted directly.

The cost of entry is €2, or €5 for three entries.

Click here to download the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards Entry Form

 

Prize-giving Night

A prize-giving ceremony will take place in Ballina Arts Centre at 7pm on Thursday 6th July. Winners will have the opportunity to present their work in front of an audience.

 

Judges

The judges this year are local writer Helen Falconer for short fiction, poet Terry McDonagh for poetry and Orla Ní Slaic of An Teanga Bheo for all Irish entries.

 

Prizes

There will be a number of prizes awarded on the night including:

  • A workshop in An Teanga Bheo School of Irish
  • A voucher for a winning school for entry to Tumble Jungle
  • A Workshop in Creative Writing Pass, E
  • Easons Book Vouchers and
  • The winning title of the Junior Bard of Ballina.

Winning entries will be published on the Ballina Salmon Festival website. We look forward to reading your entries!

 

Junior Literary Awards Ballina Salmon Festival

Pictured with local children is main sponsor Paul Brennan Solicitor accompanied by Ballina Salmon Festival PRO, Anne-Marie Flynn and event organisers Ger (Faith) Hogan and Lizann Gorman. 

 

 

Junior Literary Awards Ballina Salmon Festival

Perspectives 11 Exhibition 2017 to give local artists a platform

 

 

Ballina Salmon Festival is delighted that as part of this year’s festival programme, Ballina Arts Centre will present Perspectives 11: Ballina Open Exhibition 2017 at the Ballina Civic Offices Gallery Space. The Perspectives 11 Exhibition, will be a major showcase for visual art talent in the Ballina region, featuring the work of artists who were born or currently living in the greater Ballina area.

The open exhibition offers a platform to emerging, as well as established local artists, and work is accepted in all media – paint, print, photography, digital media, sculpture etc.

Said Director of BPerspectives 11 Exhibition - Open exhibition Ballina Arts Centre Ballina Arts Centreallina Arts Centre, Sean Walsh:  “Perspectives is a major part of Ballina Arts Centre’s commitment to local artists. It was the very first event we presented after moving the Centre to its current Barrett St. location – in what had been the Newman Institute building – in 2006. It has remained a very special event for us and I’m delighted that it is now going to be a part of Ballina Salmon Festival, which is, of course, another huge event for the Ballina community.”

The first Perspectives exhibition was opened in November 2006 and featured the work of over forty artists from, or living in, the Ballina region. The exhibition was an instant hit, and over the following years, with huge crowds attending the official opening nights, became a loved and anticipated fixture on the arts calendar for the area.

Sean explains the philosophy of the exhibition: “The idea of perspectives was to show the work of artists based locally. We wanted it to include established artists alongside those who were maybe just starting off or just ‘dabbled’ or saw art as a hobby or pastime.

What that meant was that you had a big variety – of styles, practices, techniques and that’s why it is called ‘Perspectives’. The show can be good for emerging artists – for their CV and it gives them maybe their first experience of being in an exhibition in a publicly-funded professional gallery.

For me, it was also a way of finding or drawing out artists in the area. And it worked well in that regard. Making art can be a solitary pursuit, and people can often be out there doing it, without others being aware of it. So, something like this exhibition can be a beacon to them, bringing them out into the daylight, and offering a chance to meet others in the same boat.”

The exhibition was presented an as end-of-year show at Ballina Arts Centre for ten years (from 2006 to 2015), and last year was the first time since inception that it did not happen. Moving to the spacious Ballina Civic Offices gallery space will now allow the exhibition to include large-scale work, as well as taking more pieces from artists (previously limited to three). Forming part of the Ballina Salmon Festival will also give the exhibition a new dimension, as well as giving the festival a strong visual art presence.

 

We in Ballina Salmon Festival are really delighted to be working with Ballina Arts Centre to include the Perspectives 11 Exhibition as part of the official 2017 Festival programme. Ballina Arts Centre lies at the very heart of our community, and nurtures the talent and creativity of our people all year round, as well as giving us opportunities to enjoy the very best of arts content from elsewhere in Ireland and abroad. The Perspectives exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for local artists to showcase their talent and work to a wider audience, and it is fantastic for us to have an event of this calibre to promote to visitors to Ballina as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival.

More info on the Perspectives 11 Exhibition:

Perspectives 11: Ballina Open Exhibition will run every day in the Ballina Civic Offices on Lower Pearse Street from 10am – 4:30pm during the Salmon Festival in July. Admission is free.

Applications are now invited by Ballina Arts Centre. Artists are required to submit applications to the Centre, comprising a number (6) of representative images of their work as well as an Artist’s Statement explaining the work. The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 23rd June.

Artists must be from, or living in, North Mayo and must be aged 18 or over in order to be eligible for consideration for the Perspectives 11 Exhibition..

For further information, please contact Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St., Ballina, Co. Mayo. Tel: 096 73593, www.ballinaartscentre.com

Fun Papier Mâché Workshops for children!

 

Local artist Alice Dixon will work with children in the surroundings of Ballina Arts Centre to make wonderful, colourful papier mâché creations to bring home.

All materials supplied. Children are advised to wear old clothes!

 

Venue

Times: 

  • 11am – 1pm (age 5-8 years)
  • 2pm – 4pm (age 8-12 years)

Papier Mâché Workshops at Ballina Salmon Festival – Fee per child:

  • €5 (non-refundable)

Booking essential: 

  • Classes MUST be booked in advance by calling  the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on +353 (0) 96 79814.
  • Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Two children max per booking.
  • Strict limit of 15 children per class.

Art Creation through Recycling Workshop

 

Art Creation through Recycling Workshop

A new addition to the 2017 festival programme, this fun Art Creation through Recycling Workshop in Ballina Arts Centre, run by local artist Jennifer Heavey fosters children’s creativity while teaching them about recycling and the environment, using old household materials to make works of art to take home.

Date Time Age
Monday 10th July 11am – 1pm 5-8 years
2pm – 4pm 8-12 years
Tuesday 11th July 11am – 1pm 5-8 years
2pm – 4pm 8-12 years

 

Venue:

  • Ballina Arts Centre

Fee per child for Art Creation through Recycling Workshop 

  • €5 (non-refundable)

Booking essential: 

  • Classes MUST be booked in advance by calling  the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on +353 (0)96 79814.
  • Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Two children max per booking.
  • Strict limit of 15 children per class.