Art in the Landscape project: a partnership project with Mayo County Council, Offaly County Council and Visual Artists Ireland.
Art in the Landscape project: Offaly County Council (lead partners) in partnership with Mayo County Council and Visual Artists Ireland have been engaged in a project, funded under the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme since 2020. The project takes its inspirations from Tír Sáile Sculpture Trail in North Mayo and Lough Boora Sculpture Park in County Offaly; the two largest sculpture trail/ park in Ireland.
Initially, funding was allocated to an Art in the Landscape research project that focused on Lough Boora Sculpture Park, Co. Offaly and the Tír Sáile Sculpture Trail, Co. Mayo, the focus being to develop recommendations for the future management/development of each site as well as key learnings for other local authorities and organisations. Terre Duffy of Duffy Consultancy was appointed as researcher for the Art in the Landscape project and a report was produced with the findings. The report is available here: Art-in-the-Landcape-Report-Final.
Following the completion of this research the partner organisations were awarded continuation funding from the Arts Council to organise a seminar to further explore questions that arose from the research and to open up the debate on art in the landscape. In particular, the focus was to open a discussion on how arts, culture, tourism and climate change priorities can align/work together and how this collaboration can inform future policy. Studio Response were the Cultural Producers for the online seminar. For information on the seminar visit: Art in the Landscape Seminar.