Creative Edenderry is a grassroots arts community organisation with the aim of promoting creative activity in Edenderry. The group was established in April 2019, with the aid and guidance of the Arts Office of Offaly County Council and Voluntary Arts Ireland a series of open conversations took place that enabled local people to explore the cultural needs of the area and the aspirations of its creative communities. Through this collaborative process, Edenderry emerged as a place with a rich resource of creative, imaginative and motivated people with a desire to highlight and encourage a participatory and engaging cultural life.
‘Shoes of Edenderry’ is a series of projects that have been developed by Creative Edenderry in spite of all the many restrictions and lockdowns. This wonderful project engaged the public by paying homage to the fondly remembered former Edenderry Shoe Factory which closed in 1991 after 50 years. It has brought young and old together and acts as a reminder that “you can’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”.
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All installations will be on constant digital display in the window of the Edenderry Library over the weekend of 19-21 March. The public can also visit the Creative Edenderry Facebook Page.
‘Shoes of Edenderry’ – Online
A virtual launch of Creative Edenderry’s book “Shoes of Edenderry, Stories and Memories inspired by The Shoe Factory Era” will take place on 19 March. The book will be for sale in local shops and on their Facebook page from the 20 March
‘Walking in my Shoes’ – Edenderry Library
A Glass Commission by artist Michelle O’Donnell of Glasshammer Studios and inspired by Edenderry Shoe Company’s Jumping Jacks baby shoes will be on display along with a video overview of the overall project in the windows of Edenderry Library on the 19 March.
‘In Each Other’s Shoes’ – Edenderry Town
An outdoor photographic installation coordinated by photographer Veronica Nicholson, titled “In their Shoes” on the façade of the old Tesco site on JKL Street, Edenderry will exhibit photographic portraits of the people of Edenderry. The citizens of Edenderry have become their own artists and historians photographing themselves with a symbolic pair of shoes of sentimental meaning to them.
This project has been supported by Offaly County Council, Creative Ireland Offlay and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture supported by IPB.