TOMBOLO is a powerful, imaginative and considered project that take artists to a profound level of engagement with the landscpape of Brow Head. The project supports artists who primarily focus on landscape, whose themes of environment, community, heritage and collaboration are intrinsic to, and reflected in their work.

Please read below to find out about the project details, to learn about the artists, and to hear about what we have lined up for you this year.

 Project details

Artists Sofia Arredondo, Antonia Beard, Millie Egan, Katrin Hanusch, Brenda Kearney and Melanie King have spent two weeks in residency on the headland. The residency gives the artists the chance to create in an environment free from traditional expectations, unlocking the potential for new work to emerge. Inherent in the work is a kind of surrender to geographical context which opens up whole unexplored regions of expression and creativity. 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.



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 former lighthouse keeper Ger Butler and artists creates further opportunities for the audience to delve into the history, concepts and artistic processes behind each work.

Visitors are advised to bring warm waterproof gear and wellies - it’s wet, windy, and wild! 


A number of additional activities will be programmed into the weekend. The activities offer the audience a chance to soak in the atmosphere and landscape that has so strongly shaped the TOMBOLO project. The artists, crew, volunteers and organisers will be on site all weekend to explain the project further. Please head to the Welcome Desk at Galley Cove on arrival to donate, book into workshops and the camping field, and for programme details.

  • An exhibition tour will take place daily, lead by the participating artists. 

  • Lay of the Land will host a series of landscape inspired creative workshops where audience members can try their hand at printmaking with Clare Henderson, and frame loom weaving with Lay of the Land, all while learning about sustainable art practices.

  • LOTL have partnered with Cre8 Sustainability’s Emily Robyn Archer & An Tasice’s Clean Coasts Initiative to run a beach clean & collaborative sand mural.

  • “Insight into the history & heritage of the surrounding hinterland” talk with former lighthouse keeper Gerard Butler.

  • Telescopic Moon Gazing & Dusk Tour with the artists.

  • Warm up by the fire pit post invigorating sea swim on Saturday evening.

    The Cowshed will be transformed into a venue with music by Clare Sands & SON programmed for the Saturday night. Revel Coffee and The Market Kitchen will be on site serving up delicious locally sourced food & coffee all weekend!

Times subject to weather and may change accordingly. 

Workshop places are on a first come first served basis


TOMBOLO is supported by the Arts Council and by the generous donations 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.

You can make your donation at the welcome desk at Galley Cove or the Marconi Tower. If you cannot make it, and still would like to donate please follow the link below.


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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.



Production Manager

Hollie Massey is an Australian film and television commercial producer. Over the last 20 years Holli has worked with a multitude of production companies and advertising agencies and has also produced screen content for large events across Australia. Her experience in this fast paced, high production field makes her the perfect Production Manager for TOMBOLO.

Her work has also taken her to the UK, Asia, Africa and more recently Ireland where she works alongside her husband as a write/producer team. They have a number of film projects in development, on the scheduled to shoot in California later this year. Hollie currently resides in the wonderful West Cork with her husband Jeremy, and their kids Lughnasa, Finnegan and Coco. 

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Workshop Manager

After studying performance art and film in Wales, Felix returned to the land he grew up on in Co. Kerry, Ireland to live on a patch of willow, moss and brambles. Managing this land and experimenting with sustainable building led to creating installations for festivals and events such as Electric Picnic, Latitude and Body&Soul.

Having been a participating artist in 2017, Felix will return to he headland as our Workshop Manager & Lead Technician, a role which is intrinsic to the success of the project.

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Site Manager

Jonah is an acrobat, aerialist, producer and director, rigger and set designer and builder.  Based in Dublin he forms one half of Loosysmokes, an award winning contemporary circus company that specializes in creating site specific works in challenging locations, deep in the woods at night and and inside abandoned industrial sites. He'll bring his years of creative construction, rigging and organizing skills to help make Tombolo a roaring success this year. "


Artist Technician

Lily is a multidisciplinary object maker/designer and builder from the Pacific Northwest. She received her BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she studied furniture design and photography. Her current pursuits are focused on construction as well as clothing design and production.

Lily built her own bothy, and hand makes swimsuits, as well as a variety of other functional pieces. It’s this mixture of practical design with artistic vision that sparked our interest to have Lily involved in the project. As our artist technician Lily will support the construction of the installations.


Build Tech & Event Manager

Rory first came to Ireland from Australia in 2016 and became swiftly enamoured with the land and curious folk adorning it. Combing qualifications and experience in science, landscape construction, events and hospitality in both hemispheres, give him a unique approach and passion for solving problems and producing events

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Fellipe has documented over 15 countries, from the depths of the Amazon, to the intense urban landscapes of Sao Paulo, New York and London. After creating the documentary for SILVA, he knows the ins and outs of working on-site with the LOTL crew. Fellipe will be the man behind filming TOMBOLO and we're excited to see what all the work looks like through his lens!


Photographer & Decor

Al Cahill spent her childhood exploring rockpools in West Cork, and knows the area like the back of her hand. With a thirst for adventure and a natural talent for all things creative she will be capturing the project on her camera as well as leading the Decor team to whip the Cowshed & Galley Cove into shape for the exhibition weekend.


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Having grown up in Connemara, Hannah has a big love for the West Coast and when in Ireland she likes to spend as much time there by the sea as possible.

She is all about community, creativity and bringing people together, often with the help of a lovely meal. She has fed people around the world at retreats and festivals as well as working with various community, art and permaculture projects near and far.




TOMBOLO 19 will take place at various sites of the tombolo headland at Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork. 


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


Where to Stay?

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. 

Or alternatively you can bring a tent and pitch up in a field for the event. €5/tent/ night which can be paid on registration at the welcome desk.

(Please note it is a field… just a field. Come prepared and willing to shower in the sea)