Ballyspillane youth capture area for photography exhibition

Young people from Ballyspillane have come together to capture their region in a new creative photography project and their work will now be featured in an exhibition next week.

The showcase will present twelve works in progress and is open to the public. Visitors will be treated to a range of photographic skills and techniques, including close-ups, action shots, portraits and landscape images, all taken by young people from Ballyspillane and their new group Ballylife.

The project was facilitated by the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Ballyspillane Family Resource Center and artist and photographer Tara Donoghue and was supported by the Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership and Kerry County Council.

Tara facilitated a series of workshops that brought the group together. Kerry Diocesan Youth Service worked in conjunction with the Ballyspillane Family Resource Center to ensure the project reaches the heart of the Ballyspillane community.

“Working with this group of young people, it was great to see the excitement they felt when creating a photograph. They were so proud of the work they created, as it should be,” said Tara

The project was funded by Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership and Kerry County Council’s Arts Office under the Creative Ireland Kerry Scheme.

“Creatively targeted youth engagement is important to increase community ownership and well-being. We are delighted to see this creative process, led by an Artist, which allows self-expression and is a positive outlet for the young people involved. We look forward to seeing more of their work in the future,” said Kate Kennelly, Arts Manager and Coordinator of Creative Ireland Kerry.

The showcase will take place on a single evening at the euróg KDYS building in Fairhill Killarney, on Tuesday 25 October from 3.30pm to 5pm. .

Tracey L. Sweeney