The centrepiece of Boyle Art Festival 2012 is the main Visual Art Exhibition, housed in King House and open to everybody between 11am and 6pm, from July 27 until August 4.
This year’s exhibition features a number of old friends, such as David Crone, Angela Fewer, Willie Evesson (See Picture) and Margaret O’Hagan, along with new emerging artists including Cara Murphy and Fergal Doyle. This exhibition has gone from strength to strength every year and this year’s eclectic mix is no exception.
The Local Artists Expo in the school provides a forum for artists who would otherwise find few opportunities to display their work. Entrants are judged for three prizes and the overall winner receives the Sue Hill trophy and the most promising U25 artist receives the Éilís Kilgallen award.
Cúirt na Rí on Main Street is the venue for the NCAD graduates of Masters of Fine Art. This exhibition includes works in painting, sculpture, video and installations. In recent years, local art Expos, pop up galleries and craft trails have been incorporated into the Festival, utilising vacant premises and enlivening the spirit of creativity and community.
The renowned Boyle Camera Club with over 60 members will showcase a rich and diverse range of photographic images in the town library at King House, during library hours from July 26 to August 4.
The Classical music programme includes a welcome return to Boyle, for Hugh Tinney & Catherine Leonard, who’s musically scintillating partnership provides exciting and beautiful performances in a broad ranging repertoire. This not-to-be-missed concert takes place in King House on July 29.
The Trinity College Chapel Choir return to the Church of Ireland following their memorable performance last year. They will once again sing Matins as part of the Sunday morning service at 11am on July 29 and admission is free.
Tuesday July 31 in King House sees a concert with Edel Shannon and Julian Hubbard, accompanied by pianist Aoife O’Sullivan. Sligo native, Edel has performed in the Cork Opera house and in the NCH, where she took the soprano solo in Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’. Tenor, Julian Hubbard works as a recitalist, performing on BBC Radio 3 and at the Wigmore Hall.
The always popular lunchtime concert series, running throughout the Festival, features appearances by the DIT flute quartet, pianists Adam McDonagh and Darragh Brogan. Check out the unique fusion of trumpeter Eoghan Cooke, saxophonist Gavin Brennan and pianist Mary Scarlett. All of the lunchtime concerts take place in the King House main salon, at 1pm.
Two ‘Coffee Concerts’ will take place during the Festival, one featuring pianist Jessie de Belles on July 28 and another with the Meridian Trio on August 4. The concerts start at 11am in King House and admission includes a cup of coffee.
The Dublin Youth Opera Co. (Pictured) presents an evening of your opera favourites in two Jukebox Operas, ‘Thicker Than Water’ and ‘The Diary Room’ in King House on August 3.
Bookings for all events can be made at the Festival office, next door to Marian’s, Bridge St. Boyle. The office is open every day (excluding Sundays) from now until August 4. For more information see www.boylearts.com