Loinnir

Every Summer since 1995 An Cosan Glas has filled the sand dunes of Magheraroarty beach with the popular Loinnir night-time illuminated sculpture trail which attracts thousands of people from all over Ireland. For the past three years in September An Cosan Glas have taken this magical collection of artwork to Letterkenny Town Park for Culture Night.

Our next Illuminated Sculpture Trail will take place as part of the Falcarragh Festifal Weekend,

23 and 24 July, 2016

9pm - 12:00 midnight

See here for details. And please visit our Gallery Archives to view images from previous years' Sculpture Trails.

The Loinnir night-time sculpture show has been a core part of the the Earagail Arts Festival since 1995. The show constantly changes and live music, both traditional and contemporary has become an increasingly popular part of it.

We want to acknowledge and thank the many visitors who have come from all corners of Ireland and abroad to see the show. Last year 3,000 attended the event over two nights. 

We must also take the opportunity to acknowledge our local support, as much of the success of the event hinges on local community involvement and many give of their time and expertise voluntarily.


An Cosan Glas in Italy 

In 2011 and 2012 An Cosan Glas traveled to Italy, holding workshops with children and exhibiting the sculptures of various artists involved with the collective over the years.

The sculptures are exhibited as part of a festival in Bologna in Central Italy. Creating beautiful sculptures with materials in the immediacy, the project generates a deep sense of communion with the natural environment.

Earth Festival 2014

In 2013, An Cosan Glas in association with the UCD Earth Institute and the Earth and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme, applied to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) for funding a collaborative project linking artists with scientists to create an Earth and Environmental Sciences sculptural show in Letterkenny which could then tour other venues. 

In February 2014, SFI Discover Programme granted funding. Further support comes from UCD Earth and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme knowledge transfer programme which is funded under the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund, Donegal County Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).

An Cosan Glas artists have spent a week talking to postgraduate science students in UCD and will create sculptures inspired by their ground-breaking research.
In November 2014 during Science Week, the sculptures will be exhibited in Letterkenny Town Park forming the centerpiece of the Earth Festival, which includes talks, art workshops and tours. 

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