Date announced for 'soft opening' of new Arts Centre in Tullamore, Offaly Live

April 3, 2023
The staff of Esker Arts Centre Marketing & Box Office Manager Sara Dowling, Administrator Lee Hamill, Artistic Director Sean Walsh &; Technical Manager Anthony Quinn. Photo credits: Esker Arts Team

ESKER Arts Centre is delighted to announce exciting new information regarding its official opening.

Situated on High Street in the heart of Tullamore, the Centre’s opening has been long anticipated and eagerly awaited locally and nationally. Sean Walsh, the Artistic Director of the venue, has confirmed that the Centre will now open in line with a fresh calendar of planned events and programming, this coming April 2023.

“We are delighted that the time is coming when we can open the doors of the venue. It has been a long time coming but it is almost here”, said Sean. “The venue will have an official opening later in the year, but April will see our ‘soft’ opening. The first opening event will be the launch of our first exhibition on Saturday 15th April, and we look forward to welcoming everybody into the venue that day.”

The exhibition will be presented in the venue’s two gallery spaces, featuring works from the Arts Council Collection, and will comprise a diverse range of works by over 40 artists.

Other opening events scheduled will include the Tullamore Musical Society’s production of Bryan Flynn’s musical Michael Collins – A Musical Drama.

The state-of-the-art new build includes a 228-seat auditorium and performing arts space, to be named The Ailiúin Theatre; an open-air amphitheatre; exhibition galleries; artist studios; workshop spaces, as well as a theatre bar, and is the culmination of many years of work by Offaly County Council, Tullamore Community Arts Centre CLG and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Esker Arts will operate at levels of excellence that will see it ranked among the country’s foremost artistic and cultural centres. A staffing team is in place for the project. Supporting the Artistic Director are a Technical Manager, a Marketing andBox Office Manager and an Administrator, all of whom have taken up their roles based in Tullamore, in preparation for April 2023.

Conor Brady, who chairs the board of Esker, has expressed his thanks to the executive team, Offaly County Council, the Tullamore Community Arts Centre and the many others who have helped to realise the ambition of the new centre.

“If someone had told us when we were children growing up in Tullamore that one day our town and County Offaly would have a resource and a facility at this standard we wouldn’t have believed them,” he said. “Esker is going to be at the heart of cultural life in the town and in the midlands generally. This will be a vibrant, welcoming place for everyone. I believe its benefits will be nothing less than transformative.”

Sean said that he and the team are rearing to go and are keen to build on the good work done by the committee so far. “We would like to acknowledge the huge level of support locally and nationally so far, and look forward to welcoming visitors to the Centre. Public tours will be available to book when we are open. Keep an eye out for the launch of our social media and other channels for more information as we get closer to the opening time.”


Source: Camilla McLoughlin for Offaly Live, published 26 Jan 2023 12:33 PM. Link: Date announced for 'soft opening' of new Arts Centre in Tullamore - Ireland Live (