Bryonie Reid Discusses ‘Fields Of Vision’, a Project Initiated by the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in 2008, from her Perspective as a Cultural Geographer.
In 2008 the administrators of the raft of funding known as ‘Peace III’ called for tenders from arts organisations planning research, activities and events addressing the legacy of politico-religious conflict in Irish border counties (1). The Leitrim Sculpture Centre responded to a brief requiring four arts-based events to examine ideas of identity and victimhood, and history and experiences of the conflict, and engage with school children. After an open call, artists Diane Henshaw, Andrew Dodds, Seoidín O’Sullivan and Moira Tierney were chosen to implement proposals for both workshops with schools and their own work, the results of which were exhibited at the Sculpture Centre this year as ‘Fields of Vision’. (2) With the Sculpture Centre’s director, Sean O’Reilly, as curator and Hayley Fox-Roberts as schools facilitator, I was involved with the project as a cultural geographer. In this article I discuss certain of its processes and outcomes: first, the special strictures placed on visual art projects by Peace III funding; second, the relationship within the project between visual art and cultural geography; and third, the exhibited work, read through the lens of cultural geography (3).