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In early 2017, Mayo County Council and Áras Inis Gluaire/Erris Arts Centre commissioned three public art residency projects in Erris, County Mayo. These commissions were, in part, to be a reflection and celebration of Tír Sáile, the North Mayo Sculpture Trail.

Tír Sáile, originated in 1993, the year of the Mayo 5000, and was part of a year-long cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape over fifty centuries. The original trail, developed nearly 25 years ago is currently undergoing a maintenance programme, including repairs, new signage and the development of a new website, which will be launched at the symposium.

The artists selected for the Tír Sáile residency are; Gareth Kennedy, Noah Rose and Selma Makela and Joanna Hopkins. Dorothy Cross will also be working on a research project in 2017 on Inis Gluaire. The 2017 residency programme has been an exciting opportunity for the artists to work with communities and revisit some of the Tír Sáile sculpture trail sites, with new approaches to contemporary arts practice.

The Tír Sáile Symposium at Áras Inis Guaire will take place over two days, 13th and 14th October, and will include presentations and conversations with the commissioned artists and invited guests, and a tour of some of the Tír Sáile sites. Places will be limited so booking will be essential. Full programme is available via the attached document here, for more information or to book a place, please email

Posted: 14/08/2017
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