IT may have been Friday, April 1, bit it certainly wasn’t an April fool’s joke as Ireland’s first ever community based TV station was launched in Crinkill as part of public art project conducted by artist Michael Fortune.
The community based TV station features a rolling programme of short films and animations, and over the coming months it will feature news bulletins, sports and documentaries which will all based around life on the estate.
So far the artist has been conducting film and animation workshops with young people from the estate and the resulting films and animations are available to view online now.
Speaking at the launch of the website, Cllr Danny Owens Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council said, “I have been at so many launches, but this has been the most enjoyable in a very long time. It goes to show you the fantastic imagination young people have; they have ideas that us older ones would never even dream of. I look forward to seeing much more, and to see if the next Speilberg emerges from Grove Street in the future.”
He thanked the artist and the arts office, who he said were always looking for innovative ways in which to engage the community with the arts.
The project is supported by Offaly County Council’s ‘Per Cent for Art Programme’ which is a specific budget arising out of capital works that Offaly County Council has undertaken in Grove Street over the past few years, and it is being produced in collaboration with the residents.
Residents are being taught to use cameras and editing software and in a bid to harness and maintain these newfound skills, it is hoped to establish a video edit suite which will be used by the community once the project is complete.
The workshops will continue over the coming months and there are still places; if you would like to get involved over the coming months your input is more than welcome. Michael is also interested in speaking to anyone from the locality that may have their own ideas for local films or local people who they feel should be recorded. More info at www.grovestreet.tv