Culture Night will mark the launch of Sing and Sign Athy’s latest mural commission at Boortmalt (formerly Minch Malt). Painted by Peter Martin, the large scale artwork investigates ‘Signs of Change’ and draws from Patrick Kavanagh’s poem ‘Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin’, while alluding to local history, stories, climate, and the deaf community.
In Kavanagh’s poem, he references a barge on the Grand Canal bringing supplies from Athy. This barge was owned by the Hughes Family, who over generations worked on the canal and in the Minch Norton factory. The artwork also celebrates the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the town and in particular the importance of nature in our current global climate discourse. The inclusion of the monarch butterfly refers to its status as a creature heavily affected by climate change as well as being a symbol for the deaf community. The hope is that this artwork will engage people of all generations in Athy and encourage them to examine its rich past while also looking into the future.
Additionally on Culture Night, Sing and Sign Athy will also organise a film of the mural and the Grand Canal with ISL translation of Patrick Kavanagh’s poem ‘Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin’.
Time: 4pm - 11pm
Genres: Film / Heritage / History / Other / Screening / Visuals
Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible
Address: Minch Malt (wall), Kilkenny Road, Athy Town, Co. Kildare
Phone: 087 9105987
No Booking Required