TALENTED artist Denis O’Reardon says people are coming up to him with tears in their eyes as he paints murals of historical — and sentimental — interest on the walls of Macroom.
A NEW arts project and exhibition is coming to West Cork this month.
The project, entitled Tombolo, comprises of a two week residency where six artists develop and create artworks that respond directly to the landscape, history and heritage of the area.
The artists are given the chance to create in an environment free from traditional expectations, and are welcomed and encouraged to work within nature using the wild landscape as their narrative.
Coupled with the immersive and collaborative aspect of the process, a greater openness and freedom of experimentation is explored, which ultimately produces innovative and informed sculptural works of art.
The residency will culminate in a four day exhibition which will be open to the public from May 16-19 on Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork.
The Tombolo exhibition trail encourages an open and relaxed discussion between the artists and the audience.
With the exhibition trail led by local historians and the artists themselves, further opportunities for the audience to delve into the history, concept and artistic process is possible.
It is a wonderful way for everyone and anyone to immerse themselves in nature, experience community, creativity and engagement. Admission is donation based.
A number of activities will also be programmed into the exhibition weekend including a series of creative workshops.
The art project has been curated and created by Lay of the Land, a visual arts organisation creating and curating site-responsive art projects. They produce powerful, imaginative and considered projects that encourage artists and their practice to engage with the landscape, including immersive short and long-term residencies and outdoor exhibitions in an ever growing number of rural locations throughout Ireland.
They support artists whose practices focus on the landscape, and where themes of environment, community, heritage and collaboration are intrinsic to, and reflected in their work.
Visit www.layoftheland.ie to find out more about them.