Over the last few years a number of contemporary artists, taking the castle as their base, have been invited to venture out into the surrounding terrain and to bring back a 'sketchbook' of visual images about whatever aspect of the Connemara landscape has particularly engaged their attentions. The books recording these encounters are unique accounts of personal expeditions, each giving us a new insight into that wild and beautiful Atlantic landscape.
Joe Wilson's Into the Mountains presents images derived from numerous sketchbook notes and photographs that he made during his many wanderings in the Twelve Bens of Connemara. From the tracks and streams of the low-lying valleys he takes us up to the exposed, rocky heights. From where with panoramic views he invites us to experience something of the vertiginous grandeur of the spectacular vistas and something of the physical excitement of being high above the surrounding landscape, up in the realm of the clouds.
Since 1979 Joe Wilson has lived and worked in Ireland. He has a long involvement with working in mountains, in Wicklow, where he lives and on Achill Island, where he undertook a residency at the Heinrich Boll House in 2006.
Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He is one of Ireland's most celebrated and prolific contemporary authors. His writing embraces a multiple of forms.
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