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Creators of ‘Derry Girls’ mural to host workshops in Buncrana 26.09.22

ARTLINK have joined forces with multi-award-winning Derry-based UV Arts to offer young people, aged 12-18 years old, the exciting opportunity to take part in a series of free ‘Green Art’ workshops in Buncrana during October 2022.

Once completed, the new artworks will be on public display in the Buncrana area, including at Swan Park, Ned’s Point and the Shore Front.

The new project is part of Artlink’s ‘New Rhythm 2022’ programme of public events aimed at making art in the area more visible and physically accessible to people and visitors alike as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

UV Arts, creators of the iconic ‘Derry Girls’ mural and other public artworks in the North West, will be sharing their extensive skills in techniques such as stencilling and photo manipulation. They will aim to empower young people in Buncrana to use their energy constructively to create new artworks that lift community spaces in the area.
The 'Derry Girls' mural on the gable of Badger’s Bar in Derry.
The Green / Eco Art project will comprise of:
• 1. Land Art – a large mural painted on the grass using a compressor, spray gun and stencils. The white paint used for this project will be biodegradable so that the mural will fade away with the passing days.
• 2. Sand Art – a large mural carved out in the sand using stencils and rakes. This mural will be for one day only / a temporary artwork as the tide will come in and wash it away.
• 3. Water Spray – murals and designs that will be washed into concrete. The young people will use stencils and a power washer to create marks in concrete. This mural will last for days/weeks but will also fade with time.

Amy Carroll, from the Artlink collective, said: "The new project is all about encouraging young people to express their feelings, through art, about how our current lifestyles are having an impact on the planet. Art has an amazing power to inspire and educate us all and can also play an important role in communicating what matters to us now and in the future”.
“Working alongside the amazing UV Arts, we’re hoping as many young people as possible from the local area sign up for this innovative project, which also aims to challenge traditional preconceptions of space through graffiti, street art and modern mural arts.
“Indeed, in terms of encouraging more people to think about how they can live healthier and more sustainable lifestyles, sometimes a picture or a mural can say a thousand words!”

Young people aged 12 - 18 years old can sign up to the new ‘Green Art’ project in Buncrana by contacting Amy Carroll from the Artlink on 083 8187441 or email artlinkfortdunree@gmail.com .

An induction day for project planning will be held at St Mary’s Hall in Buncrana on Saturday 1st October. It is essential that you book a time slot.
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