We have designed our Outreach & Education programming to introduce viewers of all ages to art, to be explored together or on one's own. Through valued community partnerships, the Schools Programme is free of charge to all children, as is most of the programming, such as Lectures, Gallery Tours, Demonstrations, Performances, Family Activity Days, and Movie Nights. The Ballinglen Arts Foundation programmes recently have expanded, offering new opportunities for youth and people living with dementia.
Student Artist Award
In 2017, Ballinglen Arts Foundation established a sponsored residency to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Awards are granted annually to two student emerging artist graduates of the part-time BA in Contemporary Art Practices in The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Castlebar Campus, and Sligo Institute of Technology.
This award offers the graduate a 2-week residency at Ballinglen, including a cottage, studio, and a small cash stipend. It also includes a solo exhibition at the Ballinglen Gallery.
This student award provides an opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the daily practice of making works of art and the chance to meet and interact with the Ballinglen Fellows in residence at the time.
We have received facilitator training in the Azure programme which aims to make art galleries and museums around Ireland dementia-friendly spaces. The training was for both in person and online facilitation and we have Armchair Azure Tours available to nursing homes and individuals experiencing Dementia and/or Isolation.