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Western Development Company is leading out on an EU project funded under the Northern Periphery & Artic Programme to develop literary and cultural assets in the western region.

The project ‘Spot-Lit’ aims to grow the literary tourism sector in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region by supporting the organisations and businesses in this culturally-rich region to grow, collaborate and better engage audiences together.

Inspired by one of my favourite books, To the Lighthouse, I felt drawn to exploring these outposts around Ireland, their origins, and stories, and how they are beacons, to both those at sea and on land.

Dani Gill, Project Curator

One key element of the project is to test models of place-based opportunities in new, innovative, sustainable and creative ways which look beyond the natural landscape and provide appeal based on cultural and literary assets to broaden interest in the region.

Western Development Commission have partnered with curator’s Dani Gill and Brendan Mc Evilly to develop ‘The Lighthouse Project’. Together the pair have designed an ambitious Wild Atlantic Way Literary Performance Model, containing a site-specific experience The Lighthouse Project, designed by Dani, and a stage show of recent publication Handiwork, by Cork based writer Sara Baume, produced by Brendan.

 

Inspired by one of my favourite books, To the Lighthouse, I felt drawn to exploring these outposts around Ireland, their origins, and stories, and how they are beacons, to both those at sea and on land. I decided to focus on mapping inland, the mirrored distance of each lighthouse’s nautical miles to sea, drawing a circle around each one, and creating a ‘zone’, within which, an artistic project will exist.- Dani Gill, Project Curator

The project will be rolled out in Summer 2021, keep an eye on the spot-lit website and social channels for more information.

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