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Take a Walk for Me project 2020-2021

Sligo County Council, through the Sligo Healthy Ireland Fund 2019-2021 has commissioned four artists; Michele Feeney, Laura GallagherSarah Sexton and Karen Webster to creatively capture Sligo walks to explore the relationship between people and their environment.

The idea around the Take a walk for Me project is to present an opportunity to support Older People’s wellbeing during the pandemic, to creatively connect with them during a time of social isolation.

This is a time when so many people are missing their favourite walks which might be just out of reach. 

The ‘Take a Walk for Me’ project aims to explore four walks (which adhere to the current level five restrictions)  

  1. Rosses Point coastal walk
  2. Glenwood Abandoned Village - A walk up into Glenwood in the Ox Mountains
  3. The Sligo Way – the Ballygawley Mountain section - from Union Wood to Lough Lumman
  4. Sligo Town to the Tobernalt Holy Well

These walks will be captured through song, visual imagery, written word and soundscape recordings whilst also investigating the history of walking and its social meaning.

A selection of the visual imagery and written word created will be presented as postcards during the Bealtaine Festival Sligo May 2021 and will be distributed widely throughout the community via Active Age groups, Walking groups, Men’s shed groups and Nursing Homes.

For the duration of the project the artists will share with the community their ongoing creative process, via social media/ local radio/local press.

 


Laura Gallagher

 

SOCIAL EXPRESSION, WALKING IN MODERN DAY LIFE

Research text by artist Laura Gallagher, part of ‘The Take a Walk for Me’ project 2021 

Do we ever reflect on the act of walking and what it can mean? The act of walking can articulate political meaning and be one of the most radical things we can do. It demonstrates a power in movement. In her book Wanderlust Rebecca Solnit shares a range of interesting facts and histories relating to why we walk and what it means. She looks at walking together as a form of social expression, using it as a tool to bring about a more equal world and how collective public acts make a difference in shaping our futures.

To read more, download Laura's full research document. 

Take a Walk for Me - full research document by Laura Gallagher (PDF) - 726 kbs

 

Project walk - Rosses Point coastal walk Temporary text in the landscape  

The response when installing yesterday was very positive by passers-by.  They were curious and they started to share their own knowledge of the area and a bit about their life and how often and where they walk, particularly from the older generation.

 
Dreaming Bench 

 
Rhythm steps  

 

 
A Shared Buoy 

 


Michele Feeney

 

Michele has been exploring The Holy Well Road in Sligo taking photos, recording sounds, writing music to convey the tranquility and imagining the stories the surroundings could tell her. 

Take a Walk for Me - Podcast by Michele Feeney

 

CALL OF THE WELL - Michele Feeney

A road most travelled for secret escape,
From inception to present day.
She calls to me on the whisper of the wind.
I am drawn to this place 

Footstep by footstep I make my way, the spring foliage wet beneath my feet.

2.5 miles from the roar of engines and the crackling of chimneys burning heat for survival. 

Freedom, Peace, Calm.
A place of magic and imagination of times gone before us,
The ghosts of stories old accompany me as the sun wraps its shade around me.
A road where visions are lustrous.
And minds are free.

 

 


Sarah Sexton 

Project Walk - Glenwood Abandoned Village

“I am really enjoying working on the project, and in particular making a sketchbook wall in my studio.

There have been some developments with my walk.  While Glenn Wood is open, the walk up to the abandoned village has been temporarily closed by Coillte. They are deforesting the area around the village. 

On St. Patricks Day I met a lot of people taking the walk. One man I chatted to got in touch with Coillte. They are planning to deforest around the village in a sensitive manner and preserve the buildings. This part of the walk will be open again. The village will look very different though, as it will no longer be hidden in the trees.  Originally there never were trees around it. It's interesting that I have made a photographic record of the place just before deforestation. 

The temporary closure of the abandoned village section of my walk has meant a change in focus for my work. I am now focusing more on the trees and away from the objects in the forest.”

The Take a Walk for Me project is commissioned by Sligo County Council, through the Sligo Healthy Ireland Fund 2019-2021.

  

 

 

 


Karen Webster

  


  

The project is funded by Sligo County Council, through the Sligo Healthy Ireland Fund 2019-2021 and the KEEP WELL campaign.

The KEEP WELL campaign is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland fund and the Sláintecare fund delivered by Pobal. 



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