Keep an eye out for a new public mural on the recently restored old Tuam Library building, Shop Street. The mural is commissioned by The Office of Public Works in partnership with Galway County Arts Office under the Per Cent for Art scheme on behalf of The Department of Social Protection, the new building occupants. A youth advisory group made up of young people from Youthreach Tuam engaged in a consultation process led by local artist Joanna McGlynn. As part of this process, young people directly experienced creative placemaking through activities such as undertaking a street art tour of Galway City and participating in the For Our Grand(m)Others project with visiting artist Mark Storor. This process placed the young people at the heart of decision making in their community, co-creating an artist brief and participating in the selection panel. Creative Places Tuam also nominated a local artist to sit on the selection panel to be involved in the decision making process. Creative Places Tuam is currently supporting the selected artist Shane O’Malley, providing a space for him in Tuam Town Hall, while he completes the mural. Shane will also continue to work with Youthreach Tuam in 2024 to design and create a mural for the centre.
If you see Shane hard at work, do say hello!