open eir partner with Cavan Arts Festival to showcase artists work

8 July 2021

Today open eir, Ireland’s largest wholesale network operator, has announced a partnership with Cavan Arts Festival to commission a number of professional artists to use their fibre cabinets in Cavan town as a blank canvas for their artwork.

Cavan Arts Festival is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary, arts festival founded in 2018. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the Cavan Arts Festival team quickly recalibrated their plans to re-imagine how they could best connect with their audiences, both existing and new, within public health guidelines. This exciting new partnership between open eir and Cavan Arts Festival is a visionary and ambitious project to showcase artists' work, brighten streetscapes and make smart use of existing infrastructure. These public artworks will bring beauty and joy to the streets as well as creating professional employment for the talented artists involved.

open eir has been galvanised into creative action by their recent children's art competition where they invited young artists from across the country to submit their artwork, with the winner’s art being displayed on 100 fibre cabinets across Dublin. The children's creative submissions inspired the company, in association with Cavan Arts Festival, to develop a program to engage and support professional artists to help brighten up their infrastructure. open eir’s fibre cabinets are street furniture, found in every town and village across Ireland, they are a necessary part of the infrastructure that keeps people connected, designed for function over form. open eir and Cavan Arts Festival will commission professional artists to create a bespoke piece of public art responding to the brief; what staying connected means to them.

Eavann Murphy, Managing Director, open eir; “In open eir our purpose is clear, we are connecting for a better Ireland and we are immensely proud of what we make possible through our fibre network. Over the past year and a half we’ve all experienced how vital connectivity and broadband is to stay connected, to work, learn and play. We are proud to have built, and continue to build, a network that has made this possible for so many people across Ireland. When the pandemic hit, our team of 1,000 engineers continued to roll out thousands of kilometres of fibre broadband connecting thousands of homes and businesses across Ireland and didn’t lose a single day in the field. We’re delighted to partner with Cavan Arts Festival to use our infrastructure to brighten up the communities we operate in everyday.”

Kim McCafferty, Director of Cavan Arts Festival commented on the partnership; “Cavan Arts Festival are delighted to be partnering with open eir to bring this project to life on the streets of Cavan. The lasting legacy of professional public artwork like this on our urban landscapes carries enormous potential. This kind of art is for everybody, it is accessible and publicly available and has a profound and broad reaching impact on the communities in which it is created and enjoyed. We would like to thank Cavan County Council Arts Office, Creative Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland for their support making this project possible and open eir for coming on board so supportively as our canvas providers and creative collaborators.”

Work will commence over the summer months and open eir will share the progress on their social media channels. This work and the children’s art competition will help inform open eir in terms of what they can roll out to the remaining cabinets across the country. To find out more about the festival visit https://cavanartsfestival.ie/.

Photo and art credit: Rob Hilken