Townhall Arts Centre

Exhibitions

Located on our ground floor the exhibition space accommodates local and national artists with regular exhibitions in all art forms.

Townhall Arts Centre

Exhibitions

Located on our ground floor the exhibition space accommodates local and national artists with regular exhibitions in all art forms.

Townhall Arts Centre presents

Josie’s Art Studio & Workshop

An installation by Margot Quinn

Exhibition-Josie | Townhall Cavan

Townhall Gallery, Cavan

Exhibition runs mid December to Saturday 26th February 2022
Open: 10am to 4pm (Tuesday to Friday), 11am to 4pm (Saturday)
Or by appointment

JOSIE

Being a collector and committed patron of the arts down the years’, says Josie (nee McCulligan, Cornageeha Cross, Mullabawn),’it has always been a passion of mine to own my own shop. One where I could go about my business, humming and hawing and singing my own songs-such as (Come Back) Paddy Reilly To Ballyjamesduff, and of course the ever-popular and enduring-down-the-years Psycho Killer.

When I’m asked what particular type of paintings, sculpture, films, what have you, I prefer-I always answer ‘In fact my taste is very varied-everything from Marty & The Wee Birds (a once-celebrated sixties showband not so very well-known, I’m afraid, these days-biggest hit “Quit it, Mary!’) to Rauschenburg, Nano Reid and Luis Bunuel.

I suppose this tendency is reflected in my personality, in that I am a very busy and private person who doesn’t like too much gossip-especially these days with that book you hear them all talking about where people can say anything they like-‘Face’ it’s called, and now this Tik Tok.

Ah well.

Mostly I am fond of making art out of rubbish and cardboard and am partial to the odd ‘good yarn’ with a ‘wee’ glass of wine – pref, red, combined with a big slab of Victoria Sponge.

I would have to insist, however, although I have been all over (Aughnacliffe, Mullinachta, Drumlish town and Ballinalee), I remain an Ulster woman at heart. Perhaps because my great-granny originally came from Enniskillen.

I always welcome visitors into my shop, with my paper family all around me-and of late, the artist Margot Quinn has popped in regularly for a chat or simply to lend a hand-never getting in the way or annoying me with questions-that’s because she has manners and knows who’s boss.

I hope youse’ll all enjoy my humble wee shop!

I remain, yours sincerely,

Josie McCulligan, Mother-Of-The Arts,

Cornageegha Cross-not far from Willie McCorkindale’s bicycles, on the Leitrim side of the Cavan/Longford border.

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