Ballydehob Arts Museum (BAM)
Celebrating Ballydehob’s unique place as the centre of an iconic arts and crafts movement between 1950 and 1990 the Ballydehob Arts Museum (BAM) curates annual exhibitions of the available work of the participants.
In 2019 BAM features two exhibitions: Ballydehob on Bahnhofstrasse tells the story of a group of twelve artists from the Ballydehob community who travelled to Zurich in 1985 to exhibit their work to a wider audience. Brian Lalor has assembled photographs, posters, catalogues and examples of the work of some of these artists. An offbeat part of this story – hitherto untold – reveals that in order to gain publicity in the city and bring people in to see the works, some of the artists took part in a bizarre street performance that involved sculpture, music, song – and the unveiling of a specially created character: Jack O’Metti!
The Irish Tea Ceremony – a new way to look at the work of the Ballydehob potters and craft producers, with examples from the Museum’s permanent collection.