Changing Tracks: Mayo County Council
Launched in County Mayo in July 2014, this was an ambitious EU project including partners in the UK and Catalonia.
It was a contemporary visual and digital art project consisting of new temporary outdoor artworks on walking and cycling routes that used to be railway lines, by three international artists, Aideen Barry(IRE) Xevi Bayona(CAT) and Noah Rose (UK). The great Western Greenway was the site in Mayo. The artworks responded to the former railway lines, their heritage and local environment, considering the railway’s original impact on the community and the environment and examining how the change of use has now impacted on local economies and lifestyles. Each artist created works in each country and a variety of outcomes were showcased in the regions over the Summer, including a series of ‘museums of interconnected events’, large scale sculptural installation and animations experienced via a special limited edition book and in unusual site specific installations along the routes.
CHANGING TRACKS is a partnership project between Mayo County Council (IE) Northamptonshire County Council (UK), and Consortium Transversal, Cultural Activities Network from Catalonia (CAT) and was a recipient of maximum funding from the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013.
A related CHANGING TRACKS seminar took place in September at GMIT. This was a two day event, including talks from the artists and guest speakers from the Arts Council, an EU funding advisor and arts expertise, Jesse Jones and Gemma Tipton. There was also a bus tour of the artworks. Full details of this project are found via www.changingtracks.eu