Storied Landscapes

This series of collaborative compositions is shaped by the West of Ireland's everyday interactions that are embedded within a deeply textured landscape that holds, both physically and symbolically, the history of change.

Over the last 100 years, there has been a profound shift in how people relate to places.  In the past, nature’s cycles were a fundamentally part of human interaction and survival, and social engagement was situated in 'place' & in 'time'.

Conversely, economically driven ‘out of time’, displaced interactions predominately shape modern Irish landscapes.  

I work with artists & storytellers on a number of creative community led projects that explore these changes. 

NEWS: Most recent features, by Anna King:

By Anna King & Film-Maker Paul Murphy. Filmed on a mobile device, as part of a training programme award. Sponsored by Galway County Council & Creative Ireland.

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Please contact me if you are interested in partnering or working on a collaborative project. 

This year, a series of creative non-fiction visual & narrative compositions are taking shape that highlight the relevance of (re)imagining new, more meaningful relationships with our natural landscapes:

NEWS: I am delighted to announce that we have secured funding from Galway 2020 for our Annaghdown Community Project - Details Coming soon! 

VISUAL

VISUAL NARRATIVE & PROSE

Situated within some of Galway's most stunning cultural landscapes, these compositions explore the palette of complex ways in which local communities cope and respond to changing social, cultural and environmental landscapes, and the importance of place-making in the community-building puzzle.  

PROSE

VISITING HOUSE FILM PROJECT. 

Most Recent Project:

Up until the early 1980s, it was a common practice in traditional Irish rural society for a local’s house to be used as a venue in which people retold stories, re-enacted communal life, shared ideas and provided valuable emotional support. 

It was referred to as the Visiting House.   

STORYTELLING

LANDSCAPES OF CHANGE

The Visiting House.

The aim of this project is to reconstruct this tradition in Annaghdown, Galway: to make a film documentary that reflects the rich cultural history of the area, as well as explore our emotional connection with the landscapes within which we dwell & how this changes over time. 

Working in collaboration with Brendan Duggan and other members of the local community, I believe that the Visiting House project is an opportunity to explore how place-based cultural encounters 'animate' meaning and enhance environmental stewardship in contemporary Ireland. 

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Sitting in the Presence of the Past & Present Beauty of Annaghdown Castle, Galway, Ireland.

Last weekend I took a gentle stroll into the sun around the original trail of St. Brendan the Navigator, to the ancient heritage site of Annaghdown (Eanach Dhúin) Castle.

This site of both natural & archaeological beauty has been gracefully restored by Dr. Jessica Cooke, well-known folklorist, and a specialist in the area's medieval landscape.

St. Brendan is thought to have died in 570 in the convent of his sister, Briga at Annaghdown.

The views across Lough Corrib from both the castle & the monastery are truly breath-taking.  It is the perfect place for inspiration, and a stunning site to take some 'time out' from what can sometimes feel like a seemingly complex and confusing life.

Keep an eye on my soon to be released blog, Mindful Landscapes, if you would like to enjoy our NEW SUMMER collection of creative reflections upon Ireland's changing landscapes.  

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