Visual artists are encouraged to get involved in the West Cork Festival’s ‘micro mural’ project

VISUAL artists are encouraged to get involved in a unique ‘micro-mural’ project run by the boutique festival, the Ballydehob Jazz Festival.

Since its inception in 2007, the Ballydehob Jazz Festival (BJF) has grown to become a multi-disciplinary festival of music, dance and street performance, with a major focus on engaging the arts in the community.

Building on the BJF 2021 Village Mural Project, the festival commissioned Shane O’Driscoll, of the Ardú Street Art Project, to collaborate on the design of a site-specific micro-mural program at the within Ballydehob.

“By creating a series of mini street art pieces in the village of Ballydehob, a visual excursion will be developed where residents and visitors can explore the nooks and crannies which will be transformed with creative flair,” organizers said. of the festival.

“Selected artists will paint small murals/carve small works that will fit into the fabric of the village on architectural features, elevating the artistic culture that already exists in Ballydehob.”

Under the theme of “The Rising Tide”, each artwork will fit on a small area inside the village, for example, a window pane, a door panel or a shop plinth.

Successful candidates will be paid a fee and provided with accommodation during the installation phase.

Those interested in applying are invited to submit an up-to-date CV, an artist statement outlining the concept of the proposed work and any supporting images to [email protected] under the heading “Micro Mural 2022”.

Throughout the year, there will be three micro-murals by three different artists commissioned in 2022.

The first preliminary deadline for applications is Friday, April 22.

The Ballydehob Jazz Festival will be back from April 29 to May 2.

The festival will host 30 events in the village, including a free music trail.

Briana R. Cross