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Seed Funding Scheme 2023 – Awardees announced!

Six Baltinglass artists have been awarded Seed Funding for the development and delivery of their creative projects

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Seed Funding Scheme 2023 – Awardees announced!
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About the event

Creative Places Baltinglass is pleased to announce that following the recent application round, six Baltinglass artists have been awarded Seed Funding for the development and delivery of their creative projects.

This scheme was put in place to support the delivery and aims of the Creative Places Baltinglass programme.


Eoin O'Malley – Visual Arts


An innovative and experimental art project using the 'Mark-Making' method, a painting process executed with a variety of wheels to create a unique large-scale floor painting. The idea for the project evolved from Eoin's experimental artwork using his wheelchair as a drawing tool.

The Artist

Eoin O'Malley is a Wicklow-based artist who has been developing his practice since 2008, working alongside facilitator Orla Callaghan. Eoin uses his mouth to hold his brushes and paints, mainly in acrylic on canvas. He also creates drawings using pencil, brush marker and ink and has experimented using his wheelchair to create large-scale floor drawings.


Eoin O'Malley

John Hughes – Film

The Fuel Of Youth

A feature film, The Fuel Of Youth, is an inter-generational project featuring various locations across Baltinglass. The film will premiere in Baltinglass, connecting people and inspiring creativity.

The Artist

John Hughes is a young filmmaker and photographer based in Baltinglass. He is one of the founders of "Parkmore Studios", a fast-growing video production company.  John started studying filmmaking in 2018 when he was 16 and still in secondary school. In 2022, he completed the Film & TV Production Training Programme. His work includes short films, documentaries, videos and photography. 

John Hughes


Mairéad Kelly - Storytelling and Sound Art

Inishfáil Social Circle

Production of an audio recording about "The Hillfort CapitalBaltinglass – Kilranelagh", the Neolithic/Bronze Age site. The recordingwill connect the listener to the landscape, history, folklore and provide information about the ancient past of Baltinglass. This project is the firstpart of a planned audio recording and QR trail around the town and hinterlands. 

The Artist

Mairéad Kelly is an author, illustrator and publisher of a colouring storybook published in English and Irish. Mairéad holds her Master's in Mental Health and applies her research skills to collating the scripts for the planned audio recording.


Mairéad Kelly

Mark Caplice – Music

Building Bridges

A collaborative intercultural music project that brings together local and Ukrainian musicians based in Baltinglass to cultivate unity andtogetherness through singing, making music and writing together. 

The Artist

Mark Caplice is a multi-award-winning artist/songwriter/producer from Baltinglass. Mark has written successful songs for The Eurovision, National and international charts, and produced for Worldwide TV and Netflix series such as Firefly Lane and many others. Mark's work has been heard by over 200,000,000 people worldwide. Currently touring Europe, Mark combines his songcraft with high energy to create truly memorable events. His love of words and stories is at the forefront of his writing. 


Mark Caplice

Siobhan Madden - Visual Arts

Community Dye Garden

A community project that encourages creative engagement with nature through arts while paying homage to a time when Balltinglass was a renowned woollen and linen hub. Flax and other bee and butterfly-friendly pollinator flowers will be planted by the community to promote biodiversity. The project will take place in the Tearmann Community Garden. The plants will be harvested, and hands-on workshops will teach the art of tie-dye and eco-print making using flax fibres and flower petals.


The Artist

Siobhan Madden is an artist and the founder of The Natural School of Art, a trained and certified Forest School Leader, an arts facilitator with a BA from National College of Art and Design, Dublin and an MA in Arts and Engagement from Crawford College of Art and Design.

Siobhan Madden

Gerard Gormley - Film


A short film, Trash, will, in a comedic way, highlight the problem of illegal dumping. Members of the Baltinglass community will be involved in every aspect of the film, including preproduction, production, post-production and promotion.

Gerard Gormley

Creative Places Baltinglass is managed by Wicklow County Arts Office and is funded by the Arts Council, as part of the national Creative Places Programme.

Time & Booking Details

December 31, 2023 12:35 PM


Baltinglass various locations

Booking Required?

A painter mixes colours photo by alicia zinn from PexelsStorytelling time at Cruinniu in BaltinglassDance image by yogendra singh from Pexels

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