Artists invited to display work at community café
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.