Sunday 22 September 2019

Áit keeps going from strength to strength to strength

Áit is a pop-up art exhibition run annually in Newmarket, as part of the Scullys Fest music and culture weekender.

It is organised and run by artists and volunteers who, for the past few years, have transformed the showroom at Newmarket Motors into a curated gallery space.

Áit was born out of a need for local artists to showcase their work within their community.

Artist Siobhán Burke has been involved with Áit since its inception:

"Away from the artistic hubs we see in large cities, artists in the rural setting are often quite isolated and the local community might not even be aware that they have so many creative people working amongst them.

"When we started looking we realised that this was certainly the case."

Artist Linda Walker exhibited for the first time in last year's Ait 2018 exhibition:

"It was a wonderful experience to be a part of this exhibition in my own local community, but what I loved most, besides taking part, was discussing the other artists' work with visitors to the exhibition, and seeing it through their eyes"

Local artist Claire O'Keeffe says: "There's a great buzz around the event.

"Holding it in a rural area opens up the art experience to some people that perhaps may find a gallery space in a city a little intimidating.

"The atmosphere is always relaxed, and visitors feel comfortable enough to open up and have a discussion around art."

Bríd Moynahan has exhibited in Áit for the last three years. This year she is focusing more on organisation.

"I'm delighted with the level of professionalism to be seen at Áit and the fantastic reception it has received from local people and visitors.

"Its inclusion in an innovative festival such as Scullys Fest bodes well for Arts future in North Cork."

Over the past four years, the response and support for Áit has been phenomenal.

It is so well attended, organisers explained, that clearly there is an appetite for visual art here. It has grown bigger and seems to get better every year.

The exhibition runs over five days - from today, August 8, to Monday, August 12.

It opens from 12pm to 6pm each day.

For further information, check out the initiative's Facebook and Instagram pages at:; and