Coming Full Circle 2021
performance with students from The Burren College of Art
on location at Richard Long's A Circle in Ireland 1975,
Doolin Point, The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare.
Photograph by Tom Flanagan
Supported by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Clare County Council, Creative Ireland and Burren College of Art.
Special thanks to Richard Long and Tate St Ives
In 1975, world renowned sculptor Richard Long created A Circle in Ireland on Doolin Point, at The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare. Over the years the stone circle has fallen into disrepair. Burren College of Art students and staff are collaborating with Galway 2020, Clare Arts Office and Creative Ireland to restore the circle during a performative event that was filmed on location during February 2021. The film will be publicly screened in Galway and County Clare at Glór, Ennis and The Burren College of Art in April 2021. Screening dates and times will be confirmed soon. The film will also be published online during the summer of 2021.
Film artist Tom Flanagan has created the short film. BCA Head of Sculpture, Dr Áine Phillips, directed and co-ordinated the performance and musician/sound artist Brian Fleming composed a sound score to accompany the performance. Masters of Fine Art, PhD and Post-baccalaureate students devised and performed the restorative action.
In response to Burren College of Art’s proposal to perform a restoration action at A Circle in Ireland, Richard Long wrote:
" A Circle in Ireland, 1975, is part of a story. In 1967 I came to Co. Cork with a “travelling” sculpture: three concentric circles, in segments, which I assembled in different natural locations. The circles were the same, but each place gave its particular characteristics to the work, like undulations, or stones, for example. It was sculpture as place, so the work was unique at each place, like a footprint. In 1974, from near Doolin, I started a coast to coast walk across Ireland, placing a stone on the road at every mile along the way. A Walk of 164 Miles, A Line of 164 Stones. Since making my first circle in nature in 1966, I have made many circles in different natural landscapes in the world, from the Andes to Africa to Antarctica.
Often these sculptures are like stopping places on long distance walks. They are usually anonymous, temporary marks of passage. Originally my Circle in Ireland was intended like this, but by now it seems to have taken on a life of its own. With the attention of the students of the Burren College of Art, I think the work is in good hands."
Elizabeth Bleynat, Áine Connell, Kat Cope, Fiona Dowling,
Ellen Ferrier, Brian Fleming, Letitia Hill,
Katerina Gribkoff, Tiffani Love, Francine Marquis, Áine Phillips, Cristina WInsor
Gilad Nilo, Steve Buduo, Ling Liu, Qi Chen
Bodhran and music by Brian Fleming
Cinematography by Tom Flanagan
Assisted by Joe Hendel and Roxy Jamin
Sound design by Tom Flanagan
Edited by Tom Flanagan and Áine Phillips
Costumes designed by Katerina Gribkoff
Project co-ordinator and artistic director Áine Phillips
Producer Mary Hawkes Greene and Burren College of Art
Thanks to Siobhan Mulcahy Clare Arts Officer, Rachel Cartwright, Robert Wainwright, Conor McGrady
The Burren Geopark and The National Parks and Wildlife Service, County Clare.