Magherafelt’s ‘Big Lino Event’ makes history

St Pius pupil shows of her lino print of The Salters'
St Pius pupil shows of her lino print of The Salters'

THE Council Depot in Magherafelt was full of artists and members of the public today instead of bin lorries, as the first ever public artworks in Northern Ireland to be made with a two ton road roller, will be printed there at The Big Lino Print Event.

The event is part of the EU Peace III funded, Peace Through The Arts Festival, to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the Plantation of Ulster and has involved local schools and townspeople working on individual linocuts featuring the town’s history and heritage.

These small linocuts will be assembled at the Big Linocut Event into public artworks that are so large they must be printed using a construction industry road roller, instead of the hand held rollers normally used in the lino cut process.

Al Smyth, from Oyster Press, said: “If you would like to help us make history in Magherafelt come along to The Big Lino Print at the Council Depot from 10am onwards. This type of large scale print making has never been done before in Northern Ireland so it seems fitting to make history for a project that is all about our history and the making of Magherafelt.”

Davina McCartney, the Economic Development & Regeneration Manager for Magherafelt District Council explained: “We wanted to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the Plantation of Ulster with something unique and spectacular.

“Being the first town in Northern Ireland to hold an exciting art project like this has helped us to achieve our goal. The work produced at the Big Lino Print Event will go on display in the town at the end of November as a lasting tribute to the people of Magherafelt in this special anniversary year.”