In early 2017, Mayo County Council and Aras Inis Gluaire/Erris Arts Centre commissioned three public art residency projects in Erris, County Mayo. The artists selected for these commisisons were Gareth Kennedy, Noah Rosa and Selma Makela and Joanna Hopkins.
Gareth Kennedy will be working in Carrowteige. Noah Rose and Selma Makela will work together in Belmullet and Joanna Hopkins wil be based at Claggan Island. At the same time Dorothy Cross will also be working on a research project in the area during the Summer and it is hoped a significant new commission will be realised following on from this in the future.
This is an exciting opportunity for the artists to work with the communities and revisit some of the Tír Sáile sculpture trail sites with new artistic vision and approaches to contemporary public art practice.
The original trail was developed nearly 25 years ago and is currently undergoing a thorough maintenance programme including repairs, new signage and a new website, which will be launched alongside the residency programme outcomes.