Mallow Arts Festival 2019 – July 24th to 28th

The Mallow Arts Festival committee are delighted to announce that the Festival which takes place this year from July 24th to 28th will be opened by Mallow native Danny Mc Carthy.

Danny has pioneered both Performance Art and Sound Art in Ireland and he continues to be a leading exponent of both art forms, exhibiting and performing both in Ireland and abroad. He studied at the National College of Art and Design and was the founder of Mallow Arts Lab. He was also a founding director of the National Sculpture Factory and Triskel Arts Centre and is currently a Director of the Sirius Arts Centre.

His work is included in the collections of the Arts Council of Ireland, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Limerick City Gallery and in numerous other public and private collections in Ireland and abroad.

Danny currently lectures in Sound Art in the School of Music and Drama UCC, as well as visiting lecturer and workshop facilitator in various institutions. His work has appeared on numerous CDs and has been broadcast widely on both radio and tv.

In January 2016 Danny was invited to spend a residency in the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Florida. This is one of the most prestigious residencies in the world and is by invitation only. This resulted in an exhibition/installation in the Commonwealth University of Virginia and also in the Rauschenberg Foundation Galleries in Captiva Florida.

Danny has also performed in Future Histories in Kilmainham Jail (1916 commission) and recently in the National Concert Hall.

Festival chairperson Tadhg Curtis described Danny as Mallows greatest living artist and said “We can’t wait to welcome him home in July to open our festival!”.


If you have any suggestions or would like to get involved in the festival please get in touch using the Contact page.

What a fantastic week we have had. It was a fun filled magical time with lots of creative activity.  The main focus of the week was the ‘Jungle’. It started with a drawing session based on all sorts of animals: giraffes, elephants, monkeys, parrots, etc. these drawings were used as inspiration for the large mural which will form a focal point for children during the Mallow Arts festival. It will be on display during the Mallow Arts Festival. During the Festival children will be able to have their faces painted with lions, tigers, leopards, monkeys, parrots etc.  So, be careful, a wild animal in Mallow may very well scare you!

During the week the students did mask making based on tigers, parrots and giraffes. They tie-died colorful t -shitrs to match the masks. Mobiles of birds and pictures of the animals were created using collage, paint and pastels by the younger students.
The senior students did pattern making and used this as inspiration for their batik. These were used in the covers for the notebooks they made. These students created imaginative composition of their animals using oil pastels, chalks and some even beautifully rendered drawings. What a great talented group of students they are. Congratulations to all. Please look out for the large colorful mural when you are visiting Mallow town during the Arts Festival.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate the very hard working committee on the fantastic program of events that they have compiled for the festival.

Arty Crafty Classes link with the Mallow Arts Festival

Please click here to download our festival brochure. For more information about any of the events please check the appropriate day on our website or contact us using this page.

Mallow Arts Festival Brochure