Artists in­vited to dis­play work at com­mu­nity café

Irish Examiner - County - - News - ChrIstytParKer

Artists from the East Cork and west Water­ford re­gion are in­vited to dis­play their work in a new com­mu­nity café at Youghal’s Cu­mann na Daoine com­mu­nity re­source cen­tre.

The in­vite is open to all art me­dia “once it can be placed on a wall”, ac­cord­ing to busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Caro­line McCawl.

The café, with seat­ing for more than 60 peo­ple, is the lat­est en­hance­ment of a ser­vice that has grown to be a corner­stone of the com­mu­nity since its ori­gins in a church hall in 1995.

The all-in­clu­sive cen­tre of­fers es­tab­lished ser­vices such as health and recre­ation for the aged, adult train­ing, em­ploy­ment as­sis­tance, men’s shed, women’s groups, dis­abil­ity ser­vices, Trav­eller as­sis­tance, bingo, first aid, drug and al­co­hol ser­vices along with sports de­vel­op­ment, com­puter an so­cial me­dia classes, mu­sic and dance tu­ition and fam­ily sup­port.

Its fund­ing sources in­clude Pobal, Cork County Coun­cil, the HSE, Tusla, Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board and the Depart­ment of So­cial Pro­tec­tion.

The fa­cil­ity also leases rooms for pub­lic and pri­vate meet­ings.

It is hoped the groups will pro­vide a strong cus­tomer base as the cen­tre’s culi­nary ad­vance­ment fur­ther pro­motes its ethos of in­clu­siv­ity.

The café will be served, so to speak, by full-time chef Daniel Leahy with other likely mem­bers of staff due to be re­cruited.

The menu will in­clude cur­ries, beef, pud­ding burg­ers, chicken sal­ads, snacks and other of­fer­ings.

Util­is­ing the café as a show­case has the mu­tual ben­e­fit of en­hanc­ing the colour and at­mos­phere of the room while pro­vid­ing a mar­ket­place for artists who “are free to sell their work”, Caro­line said.

She also noted there is also an artist course con­tin­u­ing in the build­ing at present.

Ex­hibits will re­main in ac­cor­dance with de­mand.

The first tranche of a dozen or so paint­ings is al­ready adorn­ing the walls of the premises, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the new fa­cil­ity open­ing within the week ahead.

Artists wish­ing to sub­mit their works for dis­play are asked to contact Caro­line on 024 91900.

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