Walking Silvermines / Siúlóid Béal Átha Gabhann

Artist Name(s) Fiona Woods, Clive Moloney, Sally-Anne McFadden, David Wrenne & the people of Silvermines
Artwork title Walking Silvermines / Siúlóid Béal Átha Gabhann
Context/Background This is a public artwork arising from a previous work Silvermines; a psychogeography which began when Fiona Woods was appointed visual-artist-in-residence for North Tipperary (2007).

In response to that first project, Woods wanted to create something with and for the community of Silvermines, something that would reflect and address their desire for a tourism industry, presently absent as a result of the contamination of lands and watercourses with toxic materials from mineworks in the area.
 
The Silvermines community are very keen to present their 'heritage' to the public, so Walking Silvermines / Siúlóid Béal Átha Gabhann attempts to provide such an opportunity, whilst simultaneously reflecting critically on the way that the Heritage Industry packages a place and a past for tourist consumption.

Description

A 'walking project', which takes the form of a book, a map, a website and 12 locations in Silvermines and the surrounding area. The work sets out to activate physical and narrative spaces, drawing on material that was presented by the community of Silvermines an ongoing process of public consultation. As such, it is designed to extend the notion of psychogeography that informed the first project, employing and elaborating upon the overlaps, contradictions, harmonies and inconsistencies that are inherent in the construction of pasts.

Mediation

The project developed over four years, involving numerous workshops, public meetings, walks, the circulation of newsletters within the community, a consultation website, various articles in local press and the placement of reference documents at key public places in the village. The work has been discussed in an interview on the Australian radio programme Artworks.

Biographies

Fiona Woods
Fiona Woods is a visual artist whose practice includes curating and writing.

Clive Moloney
Clive Moloney is a visual artist based graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design with in 2007. Founder member of Faber Studios and Gallery. Currently studying for an MA in the US.

Sally Anne McFadden
Sally Anne McFadden is an installation artist, currently based in London. Graduated from Fine Art Sculpture, Limerick School of Art and Design (2007) and NUI Galway with Masters in Arts Policy and Practice 2010.

Dave Wrenne
Dave Wrenne is a London based graphic designer, graduated from BA Hons. Visual Communications course at Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007, and St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, 2011, MA in Communication Design.

Commission Type The Arts Council
Commissioning process Self-initiated, following an initial commission from North Tipperary County Council
Public Presentation dates July 31, 2011 - January 1, 1970
Artform Other,Visual Arts
Art Practice Arts Participation
Funded By The Arts Council,North Tipperary County Council
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Location Various sites, Silvermines and online
County Tipper
Town Silvermines
Website www.walkingsilvermines.net/
Content contributor(s) Fiona Woods
Relationship to project Lead artist 
Public engagement

The community of Silvermines were engaged during an initial project Imaginary Museum (2007) and through a series of public consultation workshops and events between October 2008 and April 2011. Local people participated in the making of the audio works and are invited to create a Guidebook Economy, using a free download from the website which they can sell to visitors. A wider community in North Tipperary is informed via local press, and the website is linked to Shannon Development Walkways website.

Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Clive Moloney, (contributing artist)
Sally Anne McFadden (contributing artist)
Dave Wrenne (graphic designer)

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Nazareth Housing Association provides independent living houses for individuals and couples who are 65 and over and on the Sligo County Council housing list.  Nazareth Village is comprised of 48 houses in a garden setting.  The Village was financed as a public-private partnership between Nazareth Housing Association and Sligo County Council with funding from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.  

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