TOMBOLO will see eight artists spend two weeks in residency on Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork. During their time on site the artists will develop and produce a series of site responsive sculptural installations. The residency will culminate in a large outdoor exhibition which will run over two weekends. (22nd Sept -1st Oct). The public are invited to journey to the tip of the peninsula to experience the site and the ambitious art works that respond to it. The participating artists this year are Emily Robyn Archer, Kari Cahill, Sophie Gough, Hazel Mc Cague, Rosie O'Reilly, Felix Power, Theo Shields and Anna Wylie.
In addition to the exhibition site, there will also be a variety of exciting cultural activities throughout the opening and closing weekends at Brow Head. These will include a walking tour of the exhibition trail hosted by a local historian and one of the Tombolo artists, live music performances in O’Sullivan’s pub, Crookhaven, yoga on the headland, a cycle tour of the peninsula. Attendees can also enjoy a relaxing experience in Bosca Beatha, the mobile sauna as well as sampling delicious locally sourced food from TOMBOLO's pop up stall.
This project is organized by Lay of the Land, a visual arts organisation creating and curating site responsive projects in Ireland. We aspire to make the visual arts more accessible to the wider community. There are no tickets to the exhibition but rather your donation, whatever that may be, acts as recognition of your commitment to supporting the project and the community involved in making it happen. We couldn't do it without you.
Our projects create greater accessibility to the arts in rural communities while allowing the visual arts to stand-alone as a valuable and necessary cultural activity and experience. We believe that the interconnection of art, nature and people can be transformative. We support emerging artists whose practices focus on the landscape, and where themes of environment, community, heritage and collaboration are intrinsic to, and reflected in their work.
LOTL projects include exhibitions, residencies, dialogue, short-term projects and workshops in an ever-growing number of locations throughout Ireland. Tombolo 2016 was a tremendous success, the positive feedback we received has encouraged us to continue on this journey and we intend to establish Tombolo as an annual arts event on Brow Head.
We prioritise paying the artists and production crew for their time and efforts, as well as ensuring all volunteers have their bed, board and transport costs covered. This year we have been fortunate enough to secure part funding through the Arts Council and Cork County Council funding schemes. If successful, the money will go towards paying the artists and production crew, event insurance, bed, board and transport costs for all artists, production crew and volunteers, tools and material needed to complete the artworks, riggers, marketing, and overall costs for the exhibition weekend.
The main challenge we will face is nature's unpredictability! The weather can be changeable so please come prepared!