Landmark: Mayo County Council

Across the Lough CMThe Landmark public art programme, involving seven commissions, including a ground breaking arts and science collaboration with Cleary+Connolly, was launched in 2012. The commissions included permanent bronze sculptural works by Elaine Griffin, along side the installations that challenge visual perception by Cleary +Connolly. Temporary works by Rob Vale and The Performance Corporation saw a once-off large scale light based performance and an intimate theatre production that took place several times over a number of days on a boat. A longer term residency with composer Ian Wilson realised the production of a CD created over a number of months with local community groups as well as a series of public performances of the composition. There were also two bursary commissions for emerging artists, Jenny Brady and Fionnuala Hanahoe, Jenny creating a new film work, shown in a domestic setting in a nearby holiday cottage, and Fionnuala created an immersive sound based installation on a new bridge. All artworks were installed at or took place at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar and were launched via a three day special series of events.

In addition to the artworks was a professional development programme for local artists including workshops, talks, a networking event and the development of the Art Connect App with Visual Artists Ireland. A big success of this programme has been the Fake Public Art Panel training initiative that aims to improve artist’s proposal preparation skills and demystify the selection process. This is still in high demand across the country from Art Colleges.

Landmark was highly commended for the national Allianz Business to Arts Awards for Best Commissioning Practice and Best Use of Creativity in The Community, and was also shortlisted for the International Award for Public Art for 2015, IAPA is administered by the Institute for Public Art (based in Hong Kong) in collaboration with Forecast Public Art (USA) and Shanghai University (China).

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