TALLAGHT COMMUNITY ARTS
TALLAGHT COMMUNITY ARTS is an arts development organiation working with local communities, schools and youth groups since 1996. Tallaght Community Arts creates work in the heart of communities; in schools, community gardens, football stadiums and individual people’s homes – as well as in designated arts spaces.
Tallaght Community Arts Centre opened to the public in July 1996, located in Virginia House, a restored 1837 farmhouse, near The Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght. In 2003, the Virginia House site was sold in order to generate funds for the development of a purpose built arts centre for South Dublin County, located near the Luas at Tallaght Cross.
Our work focuses on participatory arts, encouraging and supporting people of all ages to be involved in the making of art. We put people at the centre of a cultural process.
Placing participation at the heart of our work enables us to actively explore ideas of who can be involved in the making of art. This is a two way process. We bring people together to explore their creativity: writers, teachers, visual artists, directors, choreographers, sound and broadcast artists, policymakers elders, school children and young people. We commission new works and seed projects across South Dublin County opening up the transforming potential of the arts to a wide group of participants and audiences. Participants have found that working with leading national and international artists has given them new skills and expanded horizons. Artists have in turn enhanced their own work.