The Gap Arts Festival
A LEADER measure grant helped purchase film and photography equipment and training for a rural arts festival community project.
The Gap Arts Festival was founded in 2011 with the aim of bringing professional theatre to the rural hillside community of Ballythomas in north Wexford, Ireland: ‘bringing arts to places it wouldn’t otherwise reach’. Taking place over 2 days in August, it currently also showcases live music, poetry, film, outdoor cinema and creative workshops (including photography, film making, acrobatics and dance). Run by local volunteers on a non-profit basis, it benefitted from a LEADER grant to purchase film and photography equipment and training. This enabled local people to capture and record images and use these experiences to consider the question: ‘what is community’, using film and photographs.
11 adults participated in a two-month photography training workshop
1 local artist was employed to deliver the two-month photography training
2 films have been made using the equipment by members of the local community focused on topics of local culture and heritage
1 short film is in pre-production
500 plus photographs were taken at the ‘Face of the Festival’ event during the festival weekend from 10 to 12 August 2018 involving 80 different families and individuals.