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bold boys and bold girls dressed up for dawn in the glen

Gleann a' Phúca

The Six Artist Propositions for Gleann a’ Phúca

Bold Boys and Bold Girls

Participants wearing bought and customised animal masks that reflect the fauna of the Glen will co-create a Photo Document of a rite of mid-summer. The pink grasshopper, little egret, goldcrest, kingfisher, jay, green finch, lizard, fox will feature.
The masks draw attention to the richness of the Glen’s ecosystem and they provide the anonymity and freedom of action and carnival. It is an exhalation of life that happens after a long period of a depressed pause, a breath before heading into the next wave: the impending ecological challenge. The lost generation whose task is to face, manage and navigate a new crisis.

Glen Creatures in Costume

Participants wearing bought and customised animal masks that reflect the fauna of the Glen will co-create a Photo Document of a rite of mid-summer. The pink grasshopper, little egret, goldcrest, kingfisher, jay, green finch, lizard, fox will feature.
The masks draw attention to the richness of the Glen’s ecosystem and they provide the anonymity and freedom of action and carnival. It is an exhalation of life that happens after a long period of a depressed pause, a breath before heading into the next wave: the impending ecological challenge. The lost generation whose task is to face, manage and navigate a new crisis.

Elevated, Trashy, Curious

This Photo Document will consist of a number of scenes in the Glen. It will have a trashy, dress up, drunk dawn feel of magic, wonder and fragility. The photos will be ambiguous and hint at a larger ceremonial rite, like a found fragment of an archive.

The images will be accessible through a QR code. This can be etched onto metal plates or similar and mounted in a number of spots in the park and can be accessed by the public as they stroll through the Glen.
In addition this digital archive of photographs, could be material for social media campaigns, advertising happenings in the Glen.

The Photo Document will take place in two phases.

The first phase will add an interactive element. An audience of interested individuals will gather for a predawn happening (summer – June), joined by a local ecologist, who will guide the audience through the birdsong of the Dawn Chorus and an explanation of the fauna featured in the project. This dawn celebration provides a context for seven performers wearing animal masks in their rite of mid-summer.

The performers will enter the audience from different points in the Glen. Costumed and wearing animal masks, they will stop – go, and process towards a central point to cavort and carouse. This will be recorded by a professional photographer. The audience will be invited to join as a team to selectively light some of the shots using their mobile phones. They may also photograph and video the action and interact as participants and witnesses to this rite. Their images may be uploaded and become part of the archive.

The second phase

The second phase will be the creation of the archive in a more structured photoshoot, with stylist Sarah Corcoran using the same masked and costumed dancers. It will be staged and shot in a number of locations in the Glen. It will have a trashy, dress up, drunk dawn feel of magic, wonder and fragility. The photos will be ambiguous and hint at a larger ceremonial rite, like a found fragment of an archive.
The images will be accessible through a QR code. This can be etched onto metal plates or similar and mounted in a number of spots in the park and can be accessed by the public as they stroll through the Glen.In addition this digital archive of photographs, could be material for social media campaigns, advertising happenings in the Glen.

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https://www.sarahcorcoranstylist.com/

About Sinead Macken

Sinead Macken is a Textile Artist with an Eco-conscious Approach

Macken, a passionate textile artist with a background in ecology, has been on a creative journey that bridges the gap between nature and art. Graduating from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at ATU, Galway, in 2020 with a degree in Textile Design, Macken’s work is a testament to their commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness.
With a lifelong fascination with textiles and a solid foundation in ecology, Macken’s artistic practice is deeply rooted in an eco-conscious approach. Their work revolves around the use of upcycled and sustainable materials, making sustainability a core theme in their creative process. This commitment to eco-friendly practices not only reflects Macken’s values but also serves as a source of inspiration for her art.
In addition to her creative endeavors, Macken also serves as a Project and Events Manager, annually organizing and coordinating a national environmental colloquium. Based in the picturesque Kinvara Village on the scenic West coast of Ireland, Macken’s work beautifully fuses the elements of nature and colour. Her art serves as a testament to the harmonious relationship between ecological awareness and artistic expression.
Macken + Magner’s artistic partnership is a fusion of two friends and creatives who bring their shared expertise to the forefront. They utilize a diverse range of mediums, including photography, mixed media, and digital processes, to navigate critical themes related to sustainability, sense of place, the human body, and identity.

Sienad Macken Textile Artist

About Tony Magner

Tony Magner – Artist, Educator, and Textile Specialist

Magner is a multi-talented artist and educator whose diverse skill set spans across the realms of textile, fine art, and design. With a background in academia and a rich artistic journey, Magner’s continues to contribute to the world of textile art and design through their practice and work as an educator.
He graduated from Art Textiles in the 90s, and completed an MA at the University of Ulster in Belfast, studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, China, and lived and worked in vibrant art scenes in Berlin and Vienna.
Magner’s educational journey includes obtaining an MA in Third Level Teaching and Learning from UCC in Cork. Currently, he is a dedicated lecturer in Art Textiles and Design Textiles at The Centre for Creative Arts and Media, ATU, Galway, his teaching portfolio spans various artistic disciplines, including drawing, design thinking, surface design for printed textiles, and embroidery/mixed media and digital textiles. Planet Centric Design is at the core of his practice, Magner also serves as a Pathway Leader in Textiles and Fashion, at ATU, Galway, guiding the next generation of artists and designers. Through his extensive experiences, both in the art world and in academia, Magner contributes significantly to the textile design and fine art communities.

Tony Magner, Textile Artist