The Beasts of…Lismore
“When the stars align, the bottomless Bay Lough, transforms into a doorway between worlds.”
A sprawling, interactive, and audience experiential exhibition, which weaved the imagined narrative of a fantastical herd of beasts into existing private and public spaces of a small town in rural Ireland.
Click on the arrows above right to explore the project;
St Carthage Hall marks the beginning of a self guided trail throughout Lismore where the audience discovers whispers of evidence revealing the towns oldest, and most mysterious visitors.
In each location they discovered archeological objects, architectural interventions, talismans, beast woollen crafts, local merchandise, stone tablets, drawings, beast historical societies and strange iconographic remnants, all of which supported idea that the beasts have been making their mysterious Lismore pilgrimage for centuries.
Selected locations included; parks, ice houses, banks, cafes, libraries, abandoned buildings, private front rooms, fountains, inside pubs, shop window displays and nature trails. St Carthage Hall -a local gallery space- also exhibited beast drawings and a beast film.
All objects and narrative interventions were either made by the artist, or local craftspeople.
This project could not have existed with out the support and enthusiastic involvement of residents and business people and a selection of artists who accepted commissions for sections of the show.
The main artists/craftspeople;
Philip Quinn from StoneMad Sculpture Workshop.
Dairiona Lee, From Lismore Knitting Club.
Angela Niven, from Lismore Knitting Club.
John Walsh, carpenter.
“THE BEASTS OF…” is a public art project template which was highly successful and I am keen to stage another.
I am currently in development and will be approaching councils and funders for the next “THE BEASTS OF…” which will appear in another small community in 2016.
If you know of a small town you think I should look at, please do get in touch.
Special thanks to Eamonn and Maria Maxwell,
Ken Madden, Paul McAree, Denis Nevin, and Oscar.