2017 Christmas Market and Family Day

Westside's annual Christmas Market and Family Day takes place on Friday 8th December this year. This ever-popular event will showcase the wonderful items produced by Westside Community Patchers, Westside Community Craft Group and Westside Community Garden - among others - and will also include seasonal songs, stories and a straw craft workshop.

The day will be rounded off with the traditional Westside Christmas Raffle and live music in the pop-up Community Café.

All of the day's proceeds will go towards supporting the work of the community groups throughout the coming year.

Westside International event

The postponed "Westside International" is back on the calendar!

The event will be comprised of the official opening of the community art project exhibition "Painting the Planet" followed by international music and finger food. Also being launched on the night are Galway City Partnership's BRIDGE (Building a Receptive, Integrated and Diverse Galway of Equals) project and Galway Integration Consortium's new Facebook page.

All are welcome to join us for this celebration of our multicultural, creative community.

Gorta - Self Help Africa Charity Dinner / Ball

TICKETS ON SALE for The Gorta Self Help Africa/Alan Galway Changemakers charity dinner/ball taking place on Friday, 17th of November at 7.30pm in The Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.

Social Inclusion Week 2017

PLEASE NOTE: THE "WESTSIDE INTERNATIONAL" EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE STORMY WEATHER FORECAST FOR THIS MONDAY. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RESCHEDULING...

 

On Monday 16th October at 6:00pm, the first of our Social Inclusion Week 2017 events takes place. "Westside International" will be comprised of the official opening of the community art project exhibition followed by international music and finger food. All are welcome to join us for this celebration of our multicultural, creative community. 

Art-Science Project in Westside Resource Centre

Westside Resource Centre has been named Community Partner in an exciting new art-science project. Artists Anne Cleary and Dennis Connolly have been commissioned by CÚRAM to facilitate a community project based on the work of CÚRAM.They will work with scientists and researchers at the CÚRAM Institute (based in NUI Galway) and with members of the Westside community to bring about a fusion of thought and ideas around the connection between the community and the work of the CÚRAM Institute.

The community engagement workshops will take place at Westside Resource Centre during Science Week 2017 on Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November. The project will be officially launched on Culture Night 2017 in Westside Public Library on Septermber 22nd.

See below a full press release from CÚRAM providing further details on the background to the project.

CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway together with Galway City Arts Office have commissioned a new Community Art-Science project for Westside community in Galway City.

Award winning artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, who live and work between Paris and Ireland, have been selected to develop an art-science project with the Westside community using the research being carried out at CÚRAM as their inspiration. Their highly engaging artworks focus on vision, perception of space and the relationship with the public. They design interactive environments that often integrate new technologies and with this project, aim to create a permanent artwork which acknowledges the various communities of Westside and celebrates their connection to CÚRAM and the ManTech Industry. 

“We are really interested in CÚRAM’s work on corneal implants and also in advanced biomimicry, which is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems”, says Anne Cleary. “This project provides us with an opportunity to become familiar with CÚRAM’s research, potentially leading to new avenues for our own work and also to highlight CÚRAM’s work to the local community and through future art events. Our work is all about perception, how people see the world, how they adapt, how they react to a situation, and in fact the success of any medical device or implant is all about adaptation and reaction in the body, so our work has some good parallels with CÚRAMs research.”

CÚRAM’s public engagement programme, which incorporates artist-in-residence projects, supports the Science Foundation Ireland objective of having the most scientifically informed and engaged public. “We aim to inspire and engage all communities with current and cutting edge research that’s happening here in Ireland”, said Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM. “Unfortunately chronic illness such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and heart disease are familiar to most Irish communities and it’s important that we provide opportunities for people to find out more about our work in finding solutions to these illnesses and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. That can be through the work of filmmakers, teachers or artists such as Cleary Connolly who use the research as inspiration and break barriers to provide another ‘way in’ to the world of science.”

According to James Harold, Galway City Arts Officer, the project is a new and exciting opportunity to bring the worlds of art and science together. “I’m particularly delighted to be able to support this project which will bring a whole new world of creativity and innovation in the sciences to the Westside community. CÚRAM’s public engagement programme has a strong focus on empowering communities with knowledge and providing new and novel ways for people to engage and interact, and I am excited to see what results from the combination of science and art through such a contemporary visual art project.”

James Coyne, CEO of Westside Resource Centre and Community Partner on the project says that the Westside community is a strong and vibrant one with its own annual community Arts Festival. “Westside Resource Centre is committed to providing an extensive range of activities for people of all ages. This new Art and Science Project, supported by CÚRAM and Galway City Arts Office, will add a new dimension to our programme and we’re looking forward to working closely with the artists and researchers in the coming months. We will be encouraging local people to get involved and to contribute to this interesting collaboration.”

The project will be officially launched in Westside Library on Culture Night 22 September at 6pm. All are welcome to attend and find out more. Refreshments will be served at the launch and will be followed by a screening of CÚRAM’s Science on Screen documentaries. The artists will also be running public workshops in November at Westside Resource Centre during Science Week as part of the project.

For more information on the artists and their work please visit www.connolly-cleary.com Cleary Connolly’s work is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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