The Mid Ulster District Council has helped deliver a third sculpture for the district entitled ‘The Woods of Killetra’.
This was inspired by drawings, memories, and anecdotes provided by members of the Loup community, was unveiled at a special celebration last Wednesday 22nd July, by members of the Loup Women’s Group, Suzanne Lyle from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Chair of Mid Ulster Council, Councillor Linda Dillon.
The launch marked the end of a project which was led and managed on behalf of Loup Women’s Group by Mid Ulster District Council, and was supported by the ‘Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities’ programme, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and the International Fund for Ireland. The programme supports arts projects that promote a shared future and build positive relations within and between communities.
Speaking at the unveiling, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Linda Dillon said:“My congratulations go to Loup Women’s Group who have spearheaded this project, to Maurice for bringing his artistic talent, and to all who shared their pieces of personal history to make the whole sculpture we have today. I hope you are proud of ‘The Woods of Killetra’ and enjoy it for a long time to come.”
Speaking on behalf of Loup Women’s Group, Maura Johnston said: “We are delighted that Loup Women’s Group has helped bring this art work to The Loup.
“We in the group have always acknowledged the importance of the local and the value of harmonious relationships in a small community. The impact of this art work, which expresses the memories and hopes of the community, and which is installed in the centre of the village, cannot be overestimated. Our gratitude is due to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and to Mid Ulster District Council, especially the Arts and Culture Officer, Mary Crooks.”
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of The Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: ‘As stage two of the Building “Through true community engagement and collaboration the community have produced an artwork which reflects what is truly unique about the area.’
Throughout his years of practice, artist Maurice Harron has made works which explore themes connected to social, historical and cultural identity including the iconic ‘Reconciliation’ sculpture at the entrance to Derry.