Tír Sáile Symposium 2017

Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Co. Mayo

Fri. 13th and Sat 14th Oct

In early 2017, Mayo County Council and Aras Inis Gluaire, commissioned three public art residency projects in Erris, Co. Mayo. The commission provided an exciting opportunity for artists to work with the communities and revisit some of the Tír Sáile sites with new vision and approaches to contemporary arts practice. The artists selected were Joanna Hopkins, Gareth Kennedy, Noah Rose and Selma Makela. Dorothy Cross also began working on a research project on Inis Gluaire.

Tír Sáile Symposium 2017 aims to celebrate and reflect upon Tír Sáile history and context, in conjunction with presentations on the newly commissioned work by the residency artists. Key to the original commissioning of Tír Sáile, was the use of natural materials and environments by the artists, working in harmony with their surroundings. An ambition for the project was that the works would be able to endure the test of time, in some form, even if this was through traces or marks left in the landscape. Of course a natural consequence of this was the possibility that a number of artworks might degrade back into the environment, and their legacy would be the recording of the works through the medium of print and more recently, the internet as archival records. The symposium will offer an opportunity to reflect upon the implications of this ambition and how artists can and will respond, past, present and future.

The Tír Sáile Symposium at Áras Inis Guaire will take place over two days, 13th and 14th October, and will include presentations and conversations from the commissioned artists and invited guests, and a tour of some of the Tír Sáile sites.