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 residency will culminate in a four-day exhibition and will be open to the public from 16th-19th of May, 2019.
Outside of the studio, the artists work in a manner and on a scale that the landscape dictated. Coupled with the immersive and collaborative aspect of the process, this provides a greater openness and freeness of experimentation, which ultimately produces innovative and informed sculptural works of art.
The TOMBOLO exhibition trail encourages an open and relaxed discussion between the artists and the audience A number of activities will be programmed into the exhibition weekends including a series of creative workshops.
TOMBOLO encourages exploration of the wild landscapes of isolated regions within Ireland through the unique lens of a site-responsive art exhibition. The informed artworks gives the audience an insight into the history, heritage and geography of the region while simultaneously imbuing a sense of value and appreciation for the arts.
The exhibition tours led by local historians and artists create further opportunities for the audience to delve into the history, concepts and artistic processes behind each work.
TOMBOLO is supported by the Arts Council and by the generous donation by supporters of the arts.
Producing and exhibiting art in the wild presents many logistical as well as elemental challenges. Your support enables us to develop new projects, support artists and present unique and innovative outdoor exhibitions.
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We are advising people to check out AirBNB or local accommodation websites which can be found through google search. The area is the Mizen Peninsula.
The closest nearby areas are:
Crookhaven - walking distance
Barleycove - walking distance
Altar - 20 minutes by car
Goleen - 15 minutes by car
Schull - 25 minutes by car
It is quite a sparsely populated area, so while many available options will come up, it is wise to check the location to the site at Brow Head. Especially if people do not have a car with them.
There are also lots of lovely fields around West Cork, bring a tent and shhhhh…
Sofia’s artistic practice has circled around a wide range of creative fields, driven mainly by an exploration of space and its relationship with the surrounding environment, both as an artist and a designer.
With a BA in industrial design studies, her professional experience in Mexico -her home country- included designing spaces for theatre, interior, music performances, festivals and film.
After completing an MPS program in architectural lighting in NYC, she joined a design firm where among other trades she worked in landscape lighting, which showed her a new way to interact with nature while experimenting with materials and technologies.
In 2017 a 10-month journey through Asia became a turning point that shifted the focus of her practice into the intersection of art, culture, and environment.
Through the experimentation of different media that includes drawing, screen printing, collage and installations, her work aims to find new forms of representation and interaction that transform our ambitions, values and behaviour to build a sustainable future.
Antonia is a London based artist with a background in textile design. Her textiles background has had a huge impact on her philosophy towards art making.
She spent time in Cambodia studying ancient textile techniques at the IKTT - the Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles. Learning from Kikuo Morimoto and the artisans of the forest village, she understood how traditional textiles embody the landscape of a place, in a process that is deeply linked to the natural habit and cultural interaction. This perspective has fused with her passion for the sweaty, urban dance-floors of London and her upbringing in agricultural Berkshire, to create work that is rooted in the process of experience and material narratives.
2018 has resulted in a series of site-specific projects lead by this philosophy, listening carefully to what can be discovered through each scenario, studying the connections that underpin our material and metaphysical existence. The process is used as a way of seeing, preparing the mind to a state of consciousness that directs the work.
Millie Egan isn’t really a specialist in anything but gets by just fine. She draws, paints, designs, mends, and makes sculptures out of discarded metal and stone found in dirty barns and suburban roadsides. She grew up in Dublin where her favourite hobbies were ‘going making’ and looking after crows who’d flown into the conservatory windows. Childhood summers were spent on her grandparents’ farm in Kerry, following Granny across the fields with the big cow-herding stick, and examining flowers and mosses in the bog. She is an adult now and not much has changed.
Living in Dublin and working in Ireland, Scotland and California, Millie Egan is a multi- disciplinary artist and wanderer. She works in theatre, film and festivals and has recently focused on her own sculpture and painting practice. She travels whenever possible, often working on farms and taking care of horses, cows and llamas. She makes folk art from found objects- metal flown off cars on motorways, paint left over after renovation jobs up the street, and animal bones unearthed in the woods.
Katrin grew up in the German countryside working on camps in the forest, standing in mud holes or catching tadpoles by hand. She is convinced that foraging berries and mushrooms is the best way to happiness.
Since both her grandparents worked partly in farming, her parents became extensive gardeners too. As a child Katrin used to have her own garden bed, growing Marigold, carrots and onions. While these early gardening experiences involved care and observation, she also learned useful DIY skills from her dad.
Now, as an intuitive maker, Katrin has a deep, ongoing conversation with materials and processes, coming together in a series of investigations and artworks around the idea of ‘touch’ and the absence/presence of objects, 'the shadow without object'. She is driven by a genuine curiosity in the human condition with motifs taken from the everyday. Distorted by humour and spirituality these motifs oscillate between a broad variety of tools, techniques, materials, historic and cutting-edge. Sculptures, installations, prints and drawings form her experimental, hands-on practice.
Studies of graphic design, fine art print making in Germany and a MA in sculpture at the RCA in London, a six months working stay in Vietnam, co-managing an art space and delivering national and international shows, give her a broad experience to draw from.
Brenda Kearney is a Dublin-based visual and socially-engaged artist whose current practice centres around hospitality, education and the valuing of skills, culture and knowledge. Drawing on previous experience as a fishmonger, cook and student of anthropology, she creates projects where food, craft and other domestic processes act as prompts for collaborative curiosity, conversations and exchanges of ideas.
Brenda is a founding member of Fairland Collective, a socially-engaged art collective based between Ireland, the UK and France; recent commissions and residencies includes John, Is This Your Cup of Tea (Age & Opportunity Artist in a Care Setting, Dublin, 2019), ONE POT (Sefton Council Libraries and Arts Council of England, Liverpool, 2017 - ongoing) and Sponge School, (Culture Connects, Dublin, 2018). She is also a commissioned artist on various Grizedale Arts projects, including A Fair Land (IMMA, 2016) and The Dream Of Kiwanasoto (Japan, 2017 - ongoing).
Melanie King is an artist and curator with a specific focus on astronomy. She craves wild experiences; tumultuous seas, dark skies, mountain crags.
Melanie’s relationship to the land has become closer over the years. She enjoys quiet exploration, meaningful connections with local communities, a gentle use of materials from the lands she visits.Being a recent inhabitant of Margate in Kent, she enjoys the vibrant large skies, blustery seaside weather and learning about the geology of the coast.
Melanie is interested in the relationship between starlight, photography and materiality and considers how light travels thousands, if not millions of years, before reaching photosensitive film or a digital sensor. She main body of work comprises of a series of analogue photographic negatives and prints of star-scapes, as well as a series of images created using telescopes and observatories around the world. Alongside this body of work, she has produced 16mm films of the Moon and photographic etchings created using meteorite-imbued ink.
TOMBOLO 19 will take place at various sites of the tombolo headland at Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork.
Fastest Route via Dunmanway - https://goo.gl/maps/w3v18B1W4gn
Scenic Route via Coast Road - https://goo.gl/maps/JnKEJ67EqBp
Co-ordinates: 51°27'24.1"N 9°45'23.6"W