Kids Short Film & Animation Competition

We are now taking submissions for our 2018 Kids Short Film & Animation Competition. The theme this year is ‘Secret Spaces’ Do you have a short film you made this year? Or an animation? Or perhaps you would like to make a new film or animation to reflect ‘Secret Places’  which is the theme of this year’s festival. Get your film or animation shown in Midleton Courthouse during the festival on the 12th May! Win a trophy and get your face in the newspaper! Only two weeks til deadline!


Primary schools
High school
Indy kids
Community group

Get creative, it doesn’t matter if you never made a film before, you might surprise yourself.

Parents, encourage your child to take part and use their devices towards something creative and mind developing!

C’mon youg filmmakers and animators, share your creations with us!
EMAIL US for your submission form

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Haiku in Clay

Craftyhands will be running a number of workshops to create four ceramic panels which will be unveiled in four locations on the weekend of the MIDLETON ARTS FESTIVAL. Workshop hosts Susan Herlihy and Martin Forrest will take you on a journey to secret spaces in the community of Midleton. We will document the intersection of sight and sound in these locations and create Haiku, a traditional form of Japanease poetry. Back at the workshop , we will carve these words into clay, preserving them and our experience of a moment in the secret space.
The panels will be installed in these locations permanently.
We will facilitate nine people only per workshop. No experience in either
or ceramics is necessary. We will guide you completely.
These workshops are for teenagers and adults only due to tools being used.
A contribution of 10 euro per person to participate in this event would be welcome.
Contact Susan 087 90281 via text or email Susan at Crafty Hands for enquiries and bookings.
This is a unique experience, don’t miss out.

(12) Haiku in Clay

Workshops available:
March 12th 10am-1pm
March 12th 3-6pm
March 26th 10am to 1pm.
March 26th 3-6pm

The Great Paint!

Photography Workshop

Would you like to help us make this year’s Midleton Arts Festival poster? Be part of The Great Paint!

We will paint 50 canvasses and then put them all together to make one huge image to advertise the festival. The huge painting will be displayed during the festival.

Participants can purchase a 40cm x 30cm canvas on the day which will contain a few lines of the overall painting, on this you can paint anything you wish but remember the theme of this years festival is ‘Secret Spaces’.

All welcome from ages 8 up but we only have 50 canvasses so it’s first come first served!

We’ll be painting on the floor of METNS hall so bring along a cushion or an easel if you wish to make yourself comfortable.

You don’t have to be an experienced painter, just a love of fun, collaborative creativity and a keen interest is enough.

Painting will start at 11am sharp.

€10 per canvas
All materials provided.

Street Gallery

For the past two years we have had the wonderful artist Fiona Cavallo organising our Street Gallery for the festival. Shop fronts along the Main Street and side streets display paintings from East Cork artists. It adds to the great atmosphere and buzz along the Main Street leading up to and during the Festival.

We d like to give a HUGE Thank You to Fiona for all her hard work and the time and expertise she has generously contributed to the Festival.

For MAF 2018 she will be taking a break and passing the palette to Annie Cummins.

If you are interested in showcasing your art in a shop front, or even decorating a shop front please email us with your name, number and a photo of a sample of your art, or the paintings you would like to display, so we can match paintings to shop fronts.

We will be creating a list of shops involved and encouraging more shops to have their windows become displays, so if you have a shop, please contact us and we will have a chat about what would work in your shop front.

Junkyard Playground


The Junkyard playground took place on May 12th and 13th in MyPlace, Midleton. The aim of the project was to encourage children to create their own adventures using recycled material. The inspiration for this project came from my PhD thesis, which looks at children’s unstructured play. Unfortunately, due to the institutionalisation of children’s time and space, children have limited time to play in unstructured environments and I wanted to create a creative space where children were only limited by their imagination.

After months of scavenging, the project had collected an impressive amount of cardboard boxes, tubes, bottle tops, string, blankets, clothes pegs and plastic bottles. Using scissors, duct tape and a lot of imagination, the children (and adults) busied themselves creating dens, robots, kitchens, rockets, armour, drums and much more.

One of the most rewarding parts of the project was watching the parents and children becoming absorbed in their activities. Many spending hours working on their projects without being aware of the time passing. Some children were happy to leave their creation behind for others to play with and others took theirs home with them. Overall, more than 150 people attended the Junkyard playground over the weekend and all went away happy.

Many of the children who attended the playground on Saturday returned on Sunday. Some even stayed until it was time to clean up! Thankfully, a number of families even helped with the clean-up, which took three-trailer loads to remove from MyPlace!

I am extremely grateful to all those who took part in the project and to the staff in MyPlace for facilitating it. Plans are already underway to ensure the playground will return for Midleton Arts Festival 2018! See you all there!




History Talk and Live Music Event

The event took place in Midleton library, also known as “The Market House”, the oldest civic building in Midleton and so a historic icon in town. The talk was about the building itself explaining the local history and transformation along the four centuries since it was built.

Tony Harpur introduced the event by introducing the four-piece band, John Cronin and friends, who played a beautiful Irish traditional tune.

Tony proceeded by giving a history talk full of facts with bits of humour that held the audience’s attention all the way to the end.

The band played two more tunes before the audience asked for one more so the event finished with one more tune.

All seats were taken and the public response was very good.

The event lasted over an hour, it was free of charge and family friendly.

Big thanks to Tony Harpur, John Cronin and friends, and Midleton Library staff who so kindly provided invaluable help.

Animation in the Courthouse

The fourth Midleton Arts Festival film competition took place on Saturday the 13th of May. The competition is an opportunity to highlight the wealth of filmmaking talent in the East Cork area, but the competition is open to all and entries came in from as far away as Kinsale.

The films were shown in the beautiful surrounds of Midleton Courthouse on a large projector screen. It is very difficult to have a film competition because it is hard to compare these different pieces of art. The appreciation of art is such an individual thing, and different people will like different films. But this is the fourth year of the competition and we have found that it is an excellent way to celebrate the filmmaking of all the participants, not just the winners.

Prizes were given in four categories:

1. Indy Kids. Films produced by children working independently. This year’s worthy winner was Sean Coffey from Mill Road, Midleton, with a film entitled ‘Know your town”.

2. Community Groups. This year’s winners were Enable Ireland, Littleisland, with their unique interpretation of the ‘Wizard of Oz’.

3. Primary Schools. This year’s winners were Midleton Educate Together’s 3rd class with a film entitled ‘Spaced out Planets tour’.

4. Secondary Schools. This year’s winners were St. Colman’s Community College Midleton, with a film entitled ‘Davina and…’

The quality of the entries this year was spectacular and though it was very difficult to pick winners, the winners were particularly praiseworthy.

The school entries were particularly good this year, and it was very difficult to pick winners, but Midleton Educate Together’s 3rd class with a film entitled ‘Spaced out Planets tour’ was imaginative, beautiful and educational. St Coleman’s ‘Davina and…’, was a humorous take on the trials of teenage life, and went down so well with the audience in the courthouse. Enable Ireland, Little island, unique interpretation of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ was a wonderful example of what community groups can achieve when they work together.

But Sean Coffey’s ‘Know your Town’ stole the show, as it showed his native place (Midleton) through the eyes of a 12-year-old. The film takes us on a journey through Midleton, but in the spaces and places that children like to inhabit. So we have walls, rooftops, lanes and alleyways, trees that yearn to be climbed and beautiful skies full of mystery and wonder. All edited beautifully and wedded neatly to a well-chosen soundtrack. Sean makes Midleton look beautiful, highlights to adults that we are blindly walking past pure beauty every day.

He reminds us that beyond our narrow focus on traffic jams and shopping, the simple beauty of the trees, grass, flowers, old houses are around us all the time. Sean Coffey knows this, and his film reminds us about that.

One of the coordinators of the Arts festival Belinda Walsh commented: “the Midleton Arts Festival aims to celebrate the arts in our town and to celebrate those that make it. The Film competition is a central part of the programme, and it continues to grow and grow every year”.

So get filmmaking, the 2018 competition is now only 11 months away.

A piece by Dr. Lorcan Byrne, PhD, BSocSc who generously gives his time every year to present the films at the Midleton Arts Festival