SEAN McSweeney, Annie West and Heidi Wickham – just some of the internationally renowned Sligo based artists exhibiting at a special fundraising art showcase to be held in Sligo this weekend.

All the artists involved in this innovative project are giving 50% of the sales of their art work to the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team. The launch takes place at Teach Ban Nua Gallery, Drumcliffe this Saturday, March 7 at 2pm.

The day will also be an opportunity for the Rescue Team to introduce the public to the S/LMRT Command Vehicle and answer any questions that may arise. There will be practical demonstrations and a chance to see how any monetary donations are spent.

Sligo/Leitrim is well known for attracting artists and musicians, and quite a substantial community has grown up over the last 15 years. Fourteen nationally and internationally known artists have generously contributed work for the cause.

The Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team is one of 12 Teams throughout the 32 counties who provide a voluntary search and rescue service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are affiliated to the Irish Mountain Rescue Association and are also an Irish Red Cross Team. There are currently 18 Team members spread throughout Sligo and Leitrim comprising of experts in wilderness first aid, communications, climbing and navigational skills. Training is an ongoing necessity for each member with weekday evenings, regular weekends and occasional week long courses being necessary to maintain their skill and knowledge base. They respond to mountain rescue incidents throughout the region in conjunction with neighbouring teams in Mayo and Donegal as well as further afield. Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team are a registered charity and need to raise a significant amount of funds every year to continue to provide their service to the community.

Participating Artists are: Sinead Aldridge, Brigit Beemster, Clive Bright, Mary Dillon, Cormac O’Leary, Tessa Marsden, Sean McSweeney, Sheila McSweeney, Nick Miller, Tom O‚ÄôRourke, Betina Seitz, Micheal Wann, Annie West and Heidi Wickham.

Cllr Jude Devins Launching Exhibition

Cllr Jude Devins Launching Exhibition

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