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Art in Mullan:
It was billed as ‘Beats, Bands, Boons - a community dance with flax’ and it had a terrific opening on Thursday, Spetember 6th 2018. I looked forward to it as I had heard so many stories about the Old Dance Hall in Mullan, which was now going to be the location for the art exhibition, and because flax was central to the theme and I, as a youngster in short trousers, had worked at the flax and my father had transported ‘the tow’ to places in Belfast and Lisburn. Una Curley, whose father was from the area and whose family has close coennections with Mullan, has produced a Camino Walk of her artistic products, all of which represent emotions, feelings, episodes, happenings, up and downs, of her life story and flax is interwoven and ties the story together. For the launch of the project in the Old Dance Hall Una had Joe McMahon there to describe the growing of flax and the production of the flax to linen. He also demonstrated how to make the ‘flax band’ and this intrigued the audience and, with practice under Joe’s tuition, many became experts at making excellent Flax Bands, which will now be added to Una’s collection and become part of her exhibition. Her work has become part of Linen Biennale Northern Ireland, which is a celebration of linen past, present and future and this means that the heritage of the flax and the linen will survive into the next generation. You can visit the axhibition which is open from Sept 6 to Oct 7. Thurs to Sun. 11am to 4pm. Other times by appointment by Text: 0876812031 Email: artist1rushnot@gmail.com. Rushes play a large part in the exhibition and Joe demonstrated the Rush Knot and Una has played on words with ‘rush not’ and so it is that you should take your time going around the journey in Una’s shoes but letting it take you through your own journey. For some of those who attended the launch there were other memories brought to the fore - the dances, the music and the bands of the Old Dance Hall. I was even speaking to a lady who remembers Val Doonican performing as part of the Clary Hayden Shows which came to Mullan, and another lady who had Val as her babysitter. Many other stories were told but all were delighted to see Mullan Village alive again and looking splendid - it is one of the most beautiful, quaint and peaceful places but speed ramps would slow some of the passing cars. Congratulations to Una on a marvellous exhibition and all its interesting parts and if you want to leave your flax band as part of the exhibition, get to Mullan and leave part of your Camino behind.
Art in Mullan:
It was billed as ‘Beats, Bands, Boons - a community dance with flax’ and it had a terrific opening on Thursday, Spetember 6th 2018. I looked forward to it as I had heard so many stories about the Old Dance Hall in Mullan, which was now going to be the location for the art exhibition, and because flax was central to the theme and I, as a youngster in short trousers, had worked at the flax and my father had transported ‘the tow’ to places in Belfast and Lisburn. Una Curley, whose father was from the area and whose family has close coennections with Mullan, has produced a Camino Walk of her artistic products, all of which represent emotions, feelings, episodes, happenings, up and downs, of her life story and flax is interwoven and ties the story together. For the launch of the project in the Old Dance Hall Una had Joe McMahon there to describe the growing of flax and the production of the flax to linen. He also demonstrated how to make the ‘flax band’ and this intrigued the audience and, with practice under Joe’s tuition, many became experts at making excellent Flax Bands, which will now be added to Una’s collection and become part of her exhibition. Her work has become part of Linen Biennale Northern Ireland, which is a celebration of linen past, present and future and this means that the heritage of the flax and the linen will survive into the next generation. You can visit the axhibition which is open from Sept 6 to Oct 7. Thurs to Sun. 11am to 4pm. Other times by appointment by Text: 0876812031 Email: artist1rushnot@gmail.com. Rushes play a large part in the exhibition and Joe demonstrated the Rush Knot and Una has played on words with ‘rush not’ and so it is that you should take your time going around the journey in Una’s shoes but letting it take you through your own journey. For some of those who attended the launch there were other memories brought to the fore - the dances, the music and the bands of the Old Dance Hall. I was even speaking to a lady who remembers Val Doonican performing as part of the Clary Hayden Shows which came to Mullan, and another lady who had Val as her babysitter. Many other stories were told but all were delighted to see Mullan Village alive again and looking splendid - it is one of the most beautiful, quaint and peaceful places but speed ramps would slow some of the passing cars. Congratulations to Una on a marvellous exhibition and all its interesting parts and if you want to leave your flax band as part of the exhibition, get to Mullan and leave part of your Camino behind.
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Flax Art in Mullan