Members of the public are invited to participate in A Grand Experience - a public art project by Offaly County Council with the crew of the historic Lora Marie 68M Barge as they embark on a unique journey from Shannon Harbour to Edenderry this March.
A Grand Experience is a film documentary about the life and ways of the Grand Canal during a barge journey eastwards in Offaly. The passengers on board are an eclectic mix of artists from Offaly; well known playright and writer of Pure Mule, Eugene O’Brien from Edenderry; popular singer songwriter Wayne Brennan from Daingean, and Veronica Nicholson, a photographer and installation artist from Rhode.
This documentary will follow the exploration of these three artists, with differing and distinct disciplines, as they embark on a journey to engage in their own artistic response to the canal they navigate. They will explore the fields the canal touches, the lives it encourages and the inspiration it has created. The documentary, which is being made by Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly of Mixed Bag Media in Daingean, will capture their experience, and record the formation of what will be their presented art work once their personal journey has been completed.
The project is one of three being funded by Offaly County Council under the percent for art scheme, all of which are aimed at placing a national spotlight on the Grand Canal in Offaly as a Cultural Corridor. The film documentary A Grand Experience will be released later this year. If you would like to see The Historic 68m Barge on its journey, and meet the people involved it will be at the following locations:
Monday March 19- Shannon Harbour (10am - 4pm) arrive Belmont 6pm;
Tuesday March 20 – Dept Belmont 10am, arrive Pullough 3pm;
Wednesday March 21 – Rahan (10am - 2pm) arrive Tullamore 5pm;
Thursday March 22 - Tullamore until 1pm, arrive Ballycommon 6.30pm;
Friday March 23 – arrive Daingean 11.30am;
Saturday March 24 - arrive Edenderry 3pm.
This is a great opportunity for community groups, school children, retirement groups and the general public to come along and share a story, a cup of tea or even just to wave at the barge as it passes by. If you feel there is a member of The Grand Canal community that we should meet along the way, then email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page A Grand Experience.