Solos & Notions Bealtaine Arts Exhibition Launch May 15th @5.15pm in Aras An Chontae Charleville Road Tullamore


Anam Beo, Offaly County Council & The Public Participation Network invites you to be our guest at 'Solos and Notions' Bealtaine 2018 Exhibition: A diverse exploration of creativity by older people within our community. Curated by Anam Beo (Offaly’s Arts, Health and Wellbeing organisation) from the 16th May, 9am – 4pm, Aras an Chontae, Tullamore.

Date: 8th May 2018

'Solos' is a collection of artwork from long term Anam Beo exhibitors, John Beesley, David Boland, Maureen Dunne and Johanna Cordial to name a few, with participants in association with a wider outreach art project 'Notions' from the Irish Wheelchair Association, Birr Mental Health Centre, and active retirement groups from Ballycumber, Birr and Crinkle. The collection of shared, written stories, memories, expressions and thoughts, pocketed in small jute bags were part of introductory meetings with participants from Anam Beo’s current Community Foundation for Ireland’s Advocacy for Older People project: creative workshops that express the necessity for better communication and readability of 'information' leaflets and medical instructions.

Be Our Guest underlines the festival’s values of acceptance, tolerance and reciprocity. Established in 1995, Bealtaine is the largest co-operative festival in Ireland, taking place annually in May, run by Age & Opportunity, a national organisation that promotes and celebrates the arts and creativity as we age.

The field of Arts and Health is innovating cultural change so we may grow older better through creative thinking and collaborative efforts with champions across our local community. By 2041, 22% of the population will be 65 or older. Healthcare alone can’t solve all the challenges that evolve with this.

Creativity is a lifelong journey so please be our guest and enjoy 'Solos & Notions'. Check out us out on facebook or WWW.BEALTAINE.IE and www.anambeo.wordpress.com.

Supported by the Dublin Mid-Leinster HSE, Anam Beo, Offaly County Council, the Public Participation Network, the Community Foundation of Ireland and all the participants and exhibitors.