I am delighted to have been awarded a commission to make new work for the Ancient Connections Project.
Ancient Connections is a three-year heritage and arts programme funded by the EU and led by Pembrokeshire County Council. The project will link communities across the Irish sea and generate new works of art, community projects, events and activities inspired by the stories that connect these two regions.
My proposal, called what3sherds, is to initiate a ‘citizen archaeology’ project whereby I invite people living in North Pembrokeshire and the area around Ferns in County Wexford to send me small ceramic sherds they have found in their gardens or on local walks. Using the what3words app they will record the location of their find and complete a simple ‘finds sheet’ which they will send with the sherd. I will archive these finds, sketch and research them and use them as the inspiration for new work which will be exhibited alongside work by the other 3 selected artists, Séan Vicary, John Sunderland and Sylvia Cullen at an exhibition at the end of the project.