Sisters, Tombolo Artists, Rusted Steel, 2016

PROJECT DETAILS

From the 19th September to the 2nd October six artists - Anna Wiley, Emily Robyn Archer, Hazel Mc Cague, Kari Cahill, Liliane Puthod & Margie Jean Lewis engaged with the landscape at Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork. 

Brow Head marks the site of a 19th Century signal tower, Marconi's wireless telegraphy station, and ruined cooper miners' lodgings. The wild headland, where the deep Atlantic meets the rugged coast, is the most southerly point on the Irish mainland. 

During the time spent on the Tombolo headland the artists developed and produced site responsive sculptural installations. Geography, locality, topography, heritage, community and history played a role in this artistic engagement; drawing from the local and national history of the peninsula, studying the relationship between the land masses and ocean, and integrating knowledge from the surrounding communities.

 

EXHIBITION

Lay of the Land created an extensive and compelling art exhibition that stood alone as a valuable cultural activity and experience. For the culmination of the project the public were invited to journey to the tip of the Mizen Peninsula to experience the site and the works that responded to it.  

 


 
 
  BRACKEN BALL   Collaboration between Tombolo artists, this compacted sphere of dried bracken collected from the site sat in the middle of a low lying field.    

BRACKEN BALL

Collaboration between Tombolo artists, this compacted sphere of dried bracken collected from the site sat in the middle of a low lying field. 

 

WORKS

  REFRACTIONS   Refractions sat on Marconi's orginal telegraph site on the wild atlantic headland overlooking Crookhaven, Brow Head Cliffs and the Fastnet Lighthouse.   Refracting and reflecting the autumn sunrise + sunset each day.   Angle Iron, 6mm Glass, Moss, Air. 

REFRACTIONS

Refractions sat on Marconi's orginal telegraph site on the wild atlantic headland overlooking Crookhaven, Brow Head Cliffs and the Fastnet Lighthouse. 

Refracting and reflecting the autumn sunrise + sunset each day. 

Angle Iron, 6mm Glass, Moss, Air. 

 
  SISTERS   Repurposing agricultural by-products, debris and discarded farm materials the artists created a majestic sculpture that honoured the landscape and harked back to notions of celtic warrior women.   Oxidised Steel Tubing, Discarded Tractor Parts, Steel Stakes.  

SISTERS

Repurposing agricultural by-products, debris and discarded farm materials the artists created a majestic sculpture that honoured the landscape and harked back to notions of celtic warrior women. 

Oxidised Steel Tubing, Discarded Tractor Parts, Steel Stakes.  

 
  TOTEM   A towering monument sited on the North West of the headland overlooking Barley Cove made from stacked tractor wheel rims. 

TOTEM

A towering monument sited on the North West of the headland overlooking Barley Cove made from stacked tractor wheel rims. 

 
  FLAG   18m long sun bleached flag mounted on the cusp of the headland. The echo of the light gives three directions to the wind. 

FLAG

18m long sun bleached flag mounted on the cusp of the headland. The echo of the light gives three directions to the wind. 

 
  SCALE   Alluminium scales facing the light from the Fastnet Lighthouse.    

SCALE

Alluminium scales facing the light from the Fastnet Lighthouse. 

 

  TOMBOLO PRINT SERIES   Three circular images depicting the topography, night sky, and plant lore of the surrounding area hand drawn by Emily Robyn Archer and digitally printed locally. 

TOMBOLO PRINT SERIES

Three circular images depicting the topography, night sky, and plant lore of the surrounding area hand drawn by Emily Robyn Archer and digitally printed locally. 

 
  CONCH // PERFORMANCE   Octagonal conch structure built by Anna Wylie using scraps of corrugated iron and old pallets Sited looking back at Barley Cove Beach. 5 Tracks created by Margie Jean Lewis played through speakers inside the conch. Recordings included samples of sea shanties. recordings of local séanós singer Peggy, and samples of quartz found on site.   Daily performance by Margie Jean Lewis. 

CONCH // PERFORMANCE

Octagonal conch structure built by Anna Wylie using scraps of corrugated iron and old pallets Sited looking back at Barley Cove Beach. 5 Tracks created by Margie Jean Lewis played through speakers inside the conch. Recordings included samples of sea shanties. recordings of local séanós singer Peggy, and samples of quartz found on site. 

Daily performance by Margie Jean Lewis. 

 
  LAND.SKY.LAND   Light Hunting Cloud, Sound Hounding Sight.   - John Montague  Perspex Mirror, Timber Frame. Sky. Land. 

LAND.SKY.LAND

Light Hunting Cloud, Sound Hounding Sight. 

- John Montague

Perspex Mirror, Timber Frame. Sky. Land. 

  LAND FLUTES   Inspired by the wind singing through agricultural steel gates on site the artists set abut creating a sound sculpture that would play the wind vanes.   Steel Piping. 

LAND FLUTES

Inspired by the wind singing through agricultural steel gates on site the artists set abut creating a sound sculpture that would play the wind vanes. 

Steel Piping. 

 
  FÍ FIÁIN   A woven tapestry using natural and found material hanging inside the copper miners lodge. Materials include seaweed, grasses and Silo wrap.   

FÍ FIÁIN

A woven tapestry using natural and found material hanging inside the copper miners lodge. Materials include seaweed, grasses and Silo wrap. 
 

 
 
 

ARTISTS

  ANNA WYLIE   Growing up in Tasmania with World Heritage wilderness a stone's throw away, and growing into a community which embraces that wonder as a playground, has given Anna Wylie a profound appreciation for the natural world. Exposure to a wide variety of cultures from a young age instilled an insatiable curiosity in the world beyond the Apple Isle.   Anna has spent the past eight years guiding hikes in the Tasmanian wilderness and travelling and working around the world in the off seasons. Becoming increasingly concerned by environmental and social exploitation globally and by widespread dependency on bodies with economic influence over social or environmental priorities, finally led her to explore her long held interest in sustainable housing.   Anna now works with Earthship Biotecture, an organisation creating autonomous, self-sustaining structures, built largely from recycled materials, to house and nourish people in any environment. 

ANNA WYLIE

Growing up in Tasmania with World Heritage wilderness a stone's throw away, and growing into a community which embraces that wonder as a playground, has given Anna Wylie a profound appreciation for the natural world. Exposure to a wide variety of cultures from a young age instilled an insatiable curiosity in the world beyond the Apple Isle. 

Anna has spent the past eight years guiding hikes in the Tasmanian wilderness and travelling and working around the world in the off seasons. Becoming increasingly concerned by environmental and social exploitation globally and by widespread dependency on bodies with economic influence over social or environmental priorities, finally led her to explore her long held interest in sustainable housing. 

Anna now works with Earthship Biotecture, an organisation creating autonomous, self-sustaining structures, built largely from recycled materials, to house and nourish people in any environment. 

  EMILY ROBYN ARCHER   Days spent exploring her grandfather's garden and fishing for crabs on the slipway in the watery idyll of Scilly, Kinsale instilled in Emily an essential connection with the natural world. Later, living in remote areas of Kenya and witnessing the extreme poverty and environmental injustice alongside the indescribable flair of nature and culture inherent to Africa, she was drawn to a career of creative engagement with our environment.  After years of focusing on environmental issues such as climate change, Emily is now exploring our innate connection with the natural world. How are we affected by key cycles in nature and how can they help us draw meaning and relatedness in these complex lives we lead?   Emily has worked with various materials and mediums including salvaged wood, metal, glass and plastics -building large scale interactive installations. More recently she has used living plants and self-watering hydroponic systems as a means of creative expression. At this moment she is inclined to simple tools and drawing, and is enjoying the freedom of working with natural and found materials around her.   Emily is a graduate of the National College of Art & Design in Dublin as well as the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and is the founder of Cre8 Sustainability - a creative agency for environmental education. She lives in Dublin.   www.emilyrobynarcher.com

EMILY ROBYN ARCHER

Days spent exploring her grandfather's garden and fishing for crabs on the slipway in the watery idyll of Scilly, Kinsale instilled in Emily an essential connection with the natural world. Later, living in remote areas of Kenya and witnessing the extreme poverty and environmental injustice alongside the indescribable flair of nature and culture inherent to Africa, she was drawn to a career of creative engagement with our environment.

After years of focusing on environmental issues such as climate change, Emily is now exploring our innate connection with the natural world. How are we affected by key cycles in nature and how can they help us draw meaning and relatedness in these complex lives we lead? 

Emily has worked with various materials and mediums including salvaged wood, metal, glass and plastics -building large scale interactive installations. More recently she has used living plants and self-watering hydroponic systems as a means of creative expression. At this moment she is inclined to simple tools and drawing, and is enjoying the freedom of working with natural and found materials around her. 

Emily is a graduate of the National College of Art & Design in Dublin as well as the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and is the founder of Cre8 Sustainability - a creative agency for environmental education. She lives in Dublin.

www.emilyrobynarcher.com

  HAZEL MC CAGUE   Hazel spent her childhood days tramping to school through the fields, chasing bulls, stealing apples from the orchards and foraging for edibles in the drumlins of Monaghan.  This has instilled in her a great sense of curiosity about the world and sparked a desire to travel and experience new things. Exposure to new cultures, landscapes, people, places and things has engendered a sense of openness and freedom that has contributed to a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach in her art practice.  Hazel began her career in woven textile design. Intrigued by the complexities of fabric construction, the creation of material that has longevity and functionality as well as tactility and beauty. She focused on designing collections specific to the aviation and soft furnishing industries. After years of working in this field she found herself drawing back towards a more hands- on creative approach and so began her exploration into working collaboratively on outdoor art installation. She has since worked for various festivals and events designing and building large-scale site-specific art installations. She loves to work in a variety of mediums from fabric to wood to rope with an emphasis on reusing and repurposing old materials.  Currently, she is getting back to her roots and reconnecting with the landscape. Her work now focuses on the relationship between textile design and sculptural installation.    

HAZEL MC CAGUE

Hazel spent her childhood days tramping to school through the fields, chasing bulls, stealing apples from the orchards and foraging for edibles in the drumlins of Monaghan.  This has instilled in her a great sense of curiosity about the world and sparked a desire to travel and experience new things. Exposure to new cultures, landscapes, people, places and things has engendered a sense of openness and freedom that has contributed to a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach in her art practice.

Hazel began her career in woven textile design. Intrigued by the complexities of fabric construction, the creation of material that has longevity and functionality as well as tactility and beauty. She focused on designing collections specific to the aviation and soft furnishing industries. After years of working in this field she found herself drawing back towards a more hands- on creative approach and so began her exploration into working collaboratively on outdoor art installation. She has since worked for various festivals and events designing and building large-scale site-specific art installations. She loves to work in a variety of mediums from fabric to wood to rope with an emphasis on reusing and repurposing old materials.

Currently, she is getting back to her roots and reconnecting with the landscape. Her work now focuses on the relationship between textile design and sculptural installation. 

 

 
  KARI CAHILL   Kari Cahill grew up in Cork City and Athens. She has worked in a range of creative fields both as artist and designer - a combination which has resulted in a varied practise. She fuses ideas of art, design, and functionality and believes in creating through collaboration. She completed her BA (Fine Arts) in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.   She is the co-foudner of Basic Space, a contemporary art space in Dublin and was a director of the space from 2011 to 2014. She set up residency programs and curated exhibitions and projects within this context; facilitating the work of both Irish and international artists practicing a range of disciplines.   Through her freelance art+design studio KACA she makes large scale installations, often showcased at events and festivals, and has worked as creative director on events and projects throughout Ireland. She spent time in the West of Ireland, in Aughrusbeg, Connemara where her work was directed by the landscape, using natural fibres and elements to make functional objects.  In 2014 she set up Scarfskin, a project that aimed to connect back to traditional Irish trades. Focussing on the Sheepskin trade, Scarfskin used design processes, collaboration and commerce in an attempt to revive this forgotten industry.   Kari currently lives between Schull, West Cork, and The Liberties, Dublin, and sometimes in India.    www.karicahill.com

KARI CAHILL

Kari Cahill grew up in Cork City and Athens. She has worked in a range of creative fields both as artist and designer - a combination which has resulted in a varied practise. She fuses ideas of art, design, and functionality and believes in creating through collaboration. She completed her BA (Fine Arts) in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. 

She is the co-foudner of Basic Space, a contemporary art space in Dublin and was a director of the space from 2011 to 2014. She set up residency programs and curated exhibitions and projects within this context; facilitating the work of both Irish and international artists practicing a range of disciplines. 

Through her freelance art+design studio KACA she makes large scale installations, often showcased at events and festivals, and has worked as creative director on events and projects throughout Ireland. She spent time in the West of Ireland, in Aughrusbeg, Connemara where her work was directed by the landscape, using natural fibres and elements to make functional objects.

In 2014 she set up Scarfskin, a project that aimed to connect back to traditional Irish trades. Focussing on the Sheepskin trade, Scarfskin used design processes, collaboration and commerce in an attempt to revive this forgotten industry. 

Kari currently lives between Schull, West Cork, and The Liberties, Dublin, and sometimes in India. 

www.karicahill.com

  LILIANE PUTHOD   Liliane Puthod is a French artist living in Dublin. She graduated with a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice from HEAD in Geneva and has extensively exhibited in Europe.  Recents projects include a self-directed residency, funded by Geneva Arts Council, to investigate the origins of an Ikea rug across Denmark and Belgium.  Liliane works with commodities, places and individuals to generate surprising connections and unexpected situations. Her multidisciplinary practice explores the possibilities to construct structures that subvert our relation to specific and generic objects.   Liliane Puthod   

LILIANE PUTHOD

Liliane Puthod is a French artist living in Dublin.
She graduated with a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice from HEAD in Geneva and has extensively exhibited in Europe.

Recents projects include a self-directed residency, funded by Geneva Arts Council, to investigate the origins of an Ikea rug across Denmark and Belgium.

Liliane works with commodities, places and individuals to generate surprising connections and unexpected situations.
Her multidisciplinary practice explores the possibilities to construct structures that subvert our relation to specific and generic objects.

Liliane Puthod
 

  MARGIE JEAN LEWIS   A classically trained violinist and jazz trained vocalist, Australian-born Margie Jean Lewis has lived in Dublin, Ireland for 8 years. Over this time she has been developing a unique and mysterious world of sound. Working primarily with her voice, Margie uses loops, effects, violin, zither and electronics to create music to get lost in. Walls of lush vocals, sensual meditations, meandering string melodies, vibrant songs, pumping beats, dark hooks.  Her latest project in collaboration with drummer Brian Walsh was a score for the road journey film "Peripherique" as part of artist Fiona Hallinan's ongoing series Heterodyne. This was performed in Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, September 2015.   Margie Jean Lewis

MARGIE JEAN LEWIS

A classically trained violinist and jazz trained vocalist, Australian-born Margie Jean Lewis has lived in Dublin, Ireland for 8 years. Over this time she has been developing a unique and mysterious world of sound. Working primarily with her voice, Margie uses loops, effects, violin, zither and electronics to create music to get lost in. Walls of lush vocals, sensual meditations, meandering string melodies, vibrant songs, pumping beats, dark hooks.

Her latest project in collaboration with drummer Brian Walsh was a score for the road journey film "Peripherique" as part of artist Fiona Hallinan's ongoing series Heterodyne. This was performed in Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, September 2015.

Margie Jean Lewis

 

EXHIBITION WEEKEND

  EXHIBITION + WALKING TRAIL - BROW HEAD   Take a ramble up to the tip of Brow Head from the sandy beach of Galley Cove to experience the landscape and the art that responds to it. While meandering through the wild grassland around the headland you will stumble upon a series of unique sculptural installations that have been created as a direct response to the surrounding landscape, the elements and the history of the area. Engagement between the artists and the local community has played a vital role throughout this project.    

EXHIBITION + WALKING TRAIL - BROW HEAD

Take a ramble up to the tip of Brow Head from the sandy beach of Galley Cove to experience the landscape and the art that responds to it. While meandering through the wild grassland around the headland you will stumble upon a series of unique sculptural installations that have been created as a direct response to the surrounding landscape, the elements and the history of the area. Engagement between the artists and the local community has played a vital role throughout this project. 

 

  BOSCA BEATHA - MOBILE SAUNA   Bosca Beatha the mobile sauna is an innovative, creative and healing space. It has journeyed to and from some of the most beautiful shorelines, loughs and woodlands of Ireland, inviting you to follow your dreams and connect with each other and our landscape.  You will find it nestled in Galley Cove; the heart of the LAY OF THE LAND project. Relax inside this remarkable hand built wooden structure, go for a dip in the sea and have a cup of warm soothing tea. Come and loose yourself in this elemental rejuvenating experience.    

BOSCA BEATHA - MOBILE SAUNA

Bosca Beatha the mobile sauna is an innovative, creative and healing space. It has journeyed to and from some of the most beautiful shorelines, loughs and woodlands of Ireland, inviting you to follow your dreams and connect with each other and our landscape.

You will find it nestled in Galley Cove; the heart of the LAY OF THE LAND project. Relax inside this remarkable hand built wooden structure, go for a dip in the sea and have a cup of warm soothing tea. Come and loose yourself in this elemental rejuvenating experience. 

 

  EVIE GAVRILOVICH - MASSAGE THERAPY   Inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of the Wild Atlantic coast  Evie  has tailored a unique 75min treatment specifically for the LAY OF THE LAND project. The treatment is packed with all the bliss and beauty of the local nature: hot sea water foot soak and deep relaxing full body massage with hot stones collected along the rocky shoreline, followed by a facial massage with locally harvested rose essential oil. After the treatment allow yourself 15min to sit back relax and fully immerse yourself in the surrounds while wrapped in cozy blankets sipping a raw cacao hot chocolate.  The 75min treatment is €60, there are only 4 slots available on each day of exhibition, so please contact Evie in advance to book your treatment:  evgavrilovich@gmail.com    

EVIE GAVRILOVICH - MASSAGE THERAPY

Inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of the Wild Atlantic coast Evie has tailored a unique 75min treatment specifically for the LAY OF THE LAND project. The treatment is packed with all the bliss and beauty of the local nature: hot sea water foot soak and deep relaxing full body massage with hot stones collected along the rocky shoreline, followed by a facial massage with locally harvested rose essential oil. After the treatment allow yourself 15min to sit back relax and fully immerse yourself in the surrounds while wrapped in cozy blankets sipping a raw cacao hot chocolate.

The 75min treatment is €60, there are only 4 slots available on each day of exhibition, so please contact Evie in advance to book your treatment: evgavrilovich@gmail.com

 

 

LOCATION

LAY OF THE LAND - TOMBOLO will take place at various sites of the tombolo headland at Brow Head, Mizen Peninnsula, West Cork. 

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/spxsBpMbLEA2

Co-ordinates: 51°27'24.1"N 9°45'23.6"W

 
 
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THANK YOU

We are extremely grateful to everybody that donated to TOMBOLO. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everybody who came down and helped, cooked, laughed, ate, climbed fences, took photos, sat around the fire, basked in the september sunlight, and braved the torrential downpour during take down.  

Through this generous support we raised enough to make the project happen and to pay our artists a stipend. It is the foundation of what this project will become. 

There were a couple of folk whose generosity really made an impact to what we were able to achieve. We would like to show our gratitude by naming them as Patrons of the project. 

A very special Thanks to TOMBOLO Project Patrons:

JOHN + JACKIE WALSHE

DANNY O'KEEFFE

ELIZA + EVIE WARD

BODY & SOUL Festival

MARIE MC CAGUE

BRENDAN O'HARE + His Wife.