Restoration, Renovation and Relaunch for the Arts in Macroom
To celebrate the relaunch of the Art School, re-opening for classes in September,
Chapel Hill School of Art is hosting an Open Day August 21st from 12 to 5pm.
In partnership with Cork Craft Month and Heritage Week, and kindly supported by Cork County Council Heritage Office, a series of Heritage based workshops and demonstrations will be held on the spacious grounds and buildings on Chapel Hill.
Bernadette Tuite the Programme Coordinator at the School of Art says:
“The Open Day will promote an awareness & appreciation of the benefits of creativity to the community. There will be events for the whole family to enjoy along with live music and food stalls. There will be opportunities to meet the Artists Educators & sign up for classes, tour Chapel Hill grounds and enjoy family fun all while celebrating the arts & traditional customs and heritage crafts that link the community to one another and the locality.”
Chapel Hill School of Art was founded in 2020 by Joe Neeson and John Mc Cormack. The school is based in the historic Mercy Convent on Chapel Hill in Macroom, Co. Cork, designed by Architect John Pyne Hurley in 1860.
The Art School endeavours to engage with the community by offering social improvement through Art education while successively contributing to meaningful culture, heritage and celebration of the visual Arts in the area.
They offer a range of Art programmes for all ages from fun have-a-go creative opportunities to the Master class experience.
For full details on the open day visit www.chapelhillschoolofart.ie/events/
John McCormack and Joe Neeson met and started working together in The National Sculpture Factory in 1997. Since then they have collaborated on many large and small scale sculptures for national and international artists. This work is exhibited in both public and private collections.
In 2016 they acquired The Convent of Mercy in Macroom. The property has been a center for education and community engagement since 1865.