The Key Was Always In The Door was a community-led artist project that was presented as part of the 2019 Bealtaine Festival

In partnership with the Glucksman, artist Collette Nolan and poet Gerry Murphy were commissioned by Age and Opportunity to create a new film poem for the Bealtaine Festival. Guided by curator Tadhg Crowley and collaborating closely with members of the Ballyphehane/Togher Community Development Project the artists created a film that explores ideas of hospitality, home and the practice of hosting.

The community generated the content of the work in tandem with the artists through collaborative workshops hosted by the Glucksman. These workshops included sessions on writing, storytelling, singing, dancing, painting, film and photography. A number of the group worked with artist Ciara Rodgers to create their own painted responses to the material, stories and memories that came to the fore in the workshops.

The Key Was Always in the Door film-poem

The Key Was Always In The Door was presented as part of Bealtaine Festival national tour that began with the film premiere in the Glucksman on 2 May, and toured to cultural venues such as the Dock Arts Centre, Leitrim, the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, and the Hunt Museum Limerick. The closing screening was a special community event in the Nano Nagle Theatre in Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane. 

The event was attended by Lord Mayor of Cork city and includes a performance by Cor na Laoi - Cork Community Arts + Health Choir. Transition Year students from Presentation Secondary School showcased artworks they have created throughout the year alongside paintings created by participants of the Glucksman/Bealtaine project.