Using art to turn tide of life in town

Huge turnout for launch of new project to revitalise town centre

Simon Brouder

Maddens' Creative Hub on Milk Market Lane was packed to the rafters last Thursday evening for the launch of an innovative new project that aims to harness art to turn the tide of life in Tralee and revitalise the town centre.

Maddens opened its doors to the businesses and people of Tralee last week to launch and explain the concept behind the special project.

The Creative director of Maddens, Rebekah Wall was on hand to launch the 'Turning Tide' initiative which aims to showcase the best of Tralee.

Maddens' hub has been working in conjunction with several stakeholders within the town over the past number of months to develop the project.

The main idea behind Turning the Tide is to identify areas within the streets and alleyways in Tralee and examine how they could be rejuvenated and livened up by the 47 artists that are based in Maddens.

"It is time we worked together and remembered why we love Tralee. Tralee is now asking for us to love her back," Rebekah Wall told the large audience that had gathered for the launch event on Thursday.

Her emotional call to arms to all businesses and landlords in the town was enthusiastically received and based on the enormously positive reception the project looks set to become a tremendous success story for the town.

For more information on the project or to learn how you can get involved just send an email to for details.