If you spotted a van with some sheep on its roof at the weekend, don’t be alarmed.
You weren’t dreaming and counting sheep, it was actually an art installation on its way to Artlink at Fort Dunree outside Buncrana. The ‘Artlink Members Show 2022’ officially opened at the weekend, showcasing the work of 40 artists from Ireland, the US & Canada in a new group exhibition entitled ‘The Point of Perspective’.
And fans have flocked to the stunning clifftop Saldanha Gallery to see the exhibit which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the art collective’s formation in 1992.
Derry artist Kevin Harkin’s ‘Flock Together’ sheep installation caused quite a stir on the roads of Inishowen as he transported the sheep on the roof of his van. Thankfully there were no illegal ewe turns!
This year’s Artlink Members Show is curated by Lindsay Merlihan, Co-Director of the Galway-based 126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios. Ms Merlihan says the origins of ‘The Point of Perspective’ group art exhibition came about as a result of aspiring to celebrate Donegal’s rich natural resources – including its amazingly beautiful landscapes and spectacular, rugged coastline carved out for millennia by fierce winds and heavy Atlantic swells.
“Donegal is such an emotional landscape of mountainous peaks, the highest trails, and Ireland’s highest point of landscape perspective,” she said. “Indeed, it’s such an idyllic setting to reach the furthest point of perspective through the process of art.”
“For our showcase event this year, we therefore encouraged members through the process of art-making to reach the highest point of perspective, allowing the process to take them on a journey, carrying them to the most prosperous point of realisation, a point of view reflecting a place of revelation.
“Indeed, we’ve literally been ‘blown away’ by this year’s artistic creations – which showcase the wonderfully diverse talents of the members of the Artlink community and represents a great variety of artistic genres and media including photography, sculpture, film and poetry, textiles, oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings, etching and drawing!”
The artists selected for the Members Show 2022 are Veronica Buchanan, Patrick Jude Clafferty, Deirdre Doherty, Patricia Doherty Roe, Roisin Doherty, Cara Donaghey, Aisling Dunne, Catherine Ellis, Mary Fahy, Kevin Harkin, Nuala Herron, Ailbhe Ni hEidhin, Janet Hoy, David Gepp, Eadaoin Glynn, Josephine Kelly, Vincent Kelly, Harry Kerr, Caroline Kuyper, Diaa Lagan, Diane Magee, Jenny Mahony, Maura Mason, Bernie Masterson, Anne McAlarney, Anne McCallion, Aodan McCardle, Martha McCulloch, Joanne McGowan, Sue Morris, Esther O’Kelly, Alan Patterson, Emma Porter, Nina Quigley, Paul Rooney, Mickey Rooney, Krisztina Rozanich, Sinead Smyth, Patricia Spokes and Geraldine Timlin.
Free admission daily from 10:30am – 4:30pm up until 28 August 2022.