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‘Art in the Park’, Swan Park, Buncrana 22.02.22

THE ‘Art in the Park: Energy’ group art exhibition, which has seen the works of four Irish-based artists showcased in Swan Park, Buncrana, has been hailed ‘a huge success’ by Artlink Fort Dunree who have recently been invited by Donegal County Council to continue the project as an annual event.

A much-loved public space since the Victorian times, Swan Park was bequeathed to the people of Buncrana and its visitors by Harry Swan, whose family ran a successful milling business in the town from 1868 until the early 1980s. Swan Mills, through its associated Buncrana Electricity Supply Company, also provided clean, hydro-generated electricity to the town from 1905 to 1954.
The ‘Art in the Park: Energy’ is now on show in Swan Park until the 8th March 2022.
The ‘Art in the Park: Energy’ exhibition & associated workshops, funded by Arts Council of Ireland, have seen the temporary installations of a solar powered globe sculpture ‘Só an Uisce’ by Kevin Harkin, an interactive fairy village ‘Púca na Cranncha’ by Mark Cullen, twisting ribbon-style metal sculptures echoing the history of textiles at Swan Mill by Rosalind Lowry and a ‘Swan’s Light’ pillar by John McCarron which pays homage to trailblazers Harry Swan & his brother John who were among the first power generators in Ireland to supply electricity & electric light to an urban area.

Project Co-ordinator Rebecca Strain from the Artlink collective said: “We’re delighted to have received really positive feedback from the local community and visitors alike over the past couple of weeks who have loved the ‘Art in the Park’ exhibition and have really taken it to their hearts.
“Indeed, this hugely successful exhibition has even seen some of our local birds admiring the artworks on display!
“We have also received great news from Donegal County Council that they have recognised the importance of this exhibition and have invited us to make it an annual event. This project not only creates opportunities for artists, it helps to instil a special sense of pride for people in the area about their cultural and industrial heritage and also encourages them ‘to get out and about’ as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, with the added positive mental health benefits of experiencing the amazing natural features and rich resources of Swan Park!”

The ‘Art in the Park: Energy’ is now on show in Swan Park until the 8th March 2022. Booking is advised for ‘Sharing Stories of Harry Swan’ with John McCarron on 26 February. For further information visit www.artlink.ie .
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