Sunday 28 May 2017

Starry night for big screen debut

Edel O'Connell

ACTOR Stephen Rea and artist Guggi were among the stars who came out to enjoy the country's biggest outdoor screen last night.

A new community art space called The Art Park has been created behind the Spencer Dock Convention Centre in Dublin.

The Art Park has transformed the rear wall of the convention centre into the country's largest outdoor visual arts screen, providing a blank projection canvas for digital media, video art, animation, film, photography and literature.

The recreational space of the urban park will also provide a platform for outdoor sculpture, exhibitions and community initiatives during the summer months.

A number of retail spaces in the area will be used as spaces for individual exhibitions.

The opening last night was also attended by actor Liam Cunningham, author John Banville and musician Paddy Maloney.

Images from photographer Barry McCall's book 'Pho20graphy', which celebrates 20 years of iconic fashion and portrait photography, were projected on to the convention centre wall last night.

A spokeswoman for the project said: "This is a fantastic community resource that has been established to create a unique contemporary arts and recreation location that is accessible and involves all the stakeholders in Dublin's developing docklands. The project has something to suit all tastes."

Irish Independent

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