Boyle Civic Collection is now widely considered as a collection
of paintings and sculptures by the very best of contemporary Irish artists. The acquisition of works commenced in 1990, and the ever-expanding collection now is in excess of 150 paintings and sculptures.
The objectives of the Trustees are to:
– Build a collection of contemporary Irish art of the highest quality
– Encourage townspeople to visit and take pride in their collection
– Encourage artists, businesses and organisations to donate work
These works are currently on loan to Roscommon County Council for exhibition mainly in King House. Rotated regularly, a selection of the collection is on permanent view at King House during opening hours, except during the Arts Festival when they are removed to make way for the main exhibition. In keeping with our aim to make art and the arts more accessible to the people of Boyle, a number of works are also on loan to Boyle Railway Station, The Plunkett Home for the Elderly and schools for disabled persons.
The collection is acquired mainly from the revenue generated from the sale of works at BAF group exhibition each year. Donations have also been gratefully received from artists and from The Haverty Trust. Prize money received from AIB Better Ireland Awards has also funded the purchase of a number of works