On Friday May 27th at 1.30pm the new Lough Boora Arts and Education Programne will be launched at the Lough Boora Discovery Park Visitors Centre by Gerry Ryan, Director of Land and Property in Bord na Móna.
The programme is an 8 page brochure which offers an insight into four of the more iconic sculptures at the park and has been developed with school groups and families in mind. Offering information about the artists who made them, from what inspired them to challenges to get creative, the programme will no doubt add to the experience of the many who visit weekly. It has been developed in partnership with Bord na Móna and Offaly County Council as part of a renewal process looking at the future development of the sculpture park at Lough Boora.
Since last summer, a steering group made up of staff from both organisations and Offaly Local Development Company as well as some of the artists involved have been working on maintaining and improving the setting of the sculptures which were commissioned between 2002 and 2011. The education programme has been developed by the Arts Office in Offaly County Council, in consultation with artists, teachers and others.
Gerry Ryan who will launch the programme said “We are delighted to continue to work in partnership with Offaly County Council on the development of the Sculpture Park and with the local and national agencies and artists who continue to have a keen interest in how it develops. This programme is one of the steps we are taking to further enhance the visitor experience at Lough Boora, where the sculptures remain a major attraction. They are much more than objects of interest, the artistic inspiration behind them is fascinating, thoughtful and meaningful and offers a way to interpret the landscape and heritage at Boora in a way that cannot be replicated”.
The programme is free and can be picked up at the centre. Following the launch it will be available to download from testing.loughboora.com