Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan will launch two recent public art projects commissioned by Offaly County Council, on June 25.
He will first travel to Kilcormac (3pm) to launch the CD of the Kilcormac Cantata, the community music project by musician Vincent Kennedy which took place in 2011. The CD was recorded during the live performance in the Church of the Nativity on November 27 last in which over 115 people in the community took part, from local national school students to Colasite Naomh Cormac Grupa Ceoil the Frankfort Rockers, professional musicians to St. Cormac’s Choir. The CD launch will include some live music performances from the Kilcormac Cantata.
Later that afternoon, the Minister will travel to Aras an Chonate (4.45pm) to launch a collective of artistic responses to the Grand Canal which were recently completed. Three projects were commissioned; Geraldine O’Reilly has created a series of prints based on the history and legacy heritage of the canal; La Cosa Preziosa recorded a series of “soundscapes” in collaboration with school and community groups and Mixed Bag Media (Martina McGlynn and Garrett Daly) created a film documentary about 3 artists (Eugene O’Brien, Veronica Nicholson and Wayne Brennan) on a barge journey from Shannonharbour to Edenderry. As well as the film, each artist on board has also created their own response, in photography, prose and song. The launch will include a recital by Eugene O’Brien and a live performance of Wayne Brennan’s song, Roots in these Lands.
“We are delighted the Minister has accepted our invitation and it gives us an opportunity to highlight the unique work that has emerged through these public art projects; from a community celebrating together with music to the Grand Canal in Offaly being re-imagined for its cultural values, these are projects that are distinctive to Offaly and could not have been created anywhere else,” commented Sinead O’Reilly Arts Officer. “All of these outcomes have the potential to have a life beyond this commissioning process, and to continue to exist in many different national and international realms and platforms, and we look forward to how that impacts on Offaly’s cultural wealth.”