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Storytelling Southeast launches new Arts Space

Storytelling Southeast today (Thursday August 2) opened the doors of its brand new Arts Space in ‘Bridge House’ in Dungarvan in County Waterford.

Bridge House will become the home of the Storytelling Festival, which takes place in the county from September 26th to 30th, 2012.

The historic house is also a collection of studios where ten artists have taken residence. It offers them a collection of spaces including a gallery and events room. Events will be curated and managed by the director of Storytelling Southeast, Bo Mandeville.

The ten artists are diverse in their work and include Irish artists Eveleen Power, Rayleen Clancy, Eilis O’Toole , Eileen Singleton, Eamon Gray, Anthony Hayes Sinéad Violet and Manuela Madeira from Mozambique, Helen-Rose Hayes from the UK and Anne-Marie Le Flohic from Brittany.
Commenting at the opening of Bridge House the Storytelling Southeast Festival Chairperson Eugene Tobin said, “We are delighted to be opening the doors of our very own arts space, it is a wonderful opportunity to nurture and grow the amazing talent here in the southeast and to also have a ‘home’ for the festival. We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to Bridge house.”

Officially opening the Bridge House Arts Space Mayor of Dungarvan Micheál Cosgrove commented, “I am delighted to officially open this new arts space in Dungarvan, it is wonderful to see this beautiful architecturally designed building coming to life and housing not only 10 art studios but also becoming the home of the fantastic Storytelling Southeast festival which I am very much looking forward to enjoying next month. I would like to wish all of the artists well and the festival the very best of luck for their future growth and progress.”

Artist and ‘Tea lady’ Helen-Rose Hayes from the UK pictured at the opening of the Storytelling Southeast new Art Space

Bridge House will open as the Storytelling Southeast box office from August 24 and before the festival it will host workshops, a teen book club and ongoing performances and installations. During the festival the space will be open for festivalgoers to visit the Art space and enjoy some festival events.
Commenting at the launch Festival Director Bo Mandeville said, “Storytelling Southeast is eager to establish permanence in the region and this is a logical next step but also very key the growth of the festival. It allows us to invite artists, organise exchanges, produce events all year around and promote the festival and the destination.
We are welcoming other cultural organisations and communities to partner with us or to simply use the infrastructure.
In the near future all of this will – hopefully – culminate in a vibrant arts community, a place where artists and audiences can explore creativity and where everybody feels encouraged to participate.”
Further details about the opening hours of Bridge house and the upcoming Storytelling Southeast Festival are available on

Storytelling Southeast is supported by Dungarvan Town Council, Waterford County Council, the County Arts Office, the County Library Service, Fáilte Ireland and endorsed by the French and Canadian Ambassadors.

Pic;David Clynch.