Coming Full Circle

Date 26.04.2021 - 30.04.2021
Venue Online
Organiser Clare Arts Office in conjunction with Burren College of Art
Event Page Click here

Commissioned by Clare Arts Office for Galway 2020 European Captial of Culture.

Produced by Áine Phillips and the Burren College of Art. Supported by Creative Ireland.

Filmed on location at Doolin Point, The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland


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.

The Burren College of Art students and staff in collaboration with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Clare Arts Office and Creative Ireland restored the circle during a performative event filmed on location in 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 shortly.  The film will also be published online during the summer of 2021.

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.

Special thanks to Richard Long and Tate St Ives

Thanks to National Parks and Wildlife Service, County Clare

Performed by: Elizabeth Bleynat, Áine Connell, Kat Cope, Fiona Dowling, Ellen Ferrier, Brian Fleming, Letitia Hill, Katerina Gribkoff, Tiffani Love, Francine Marquis, Áine Phillips, Cristina WInsor

Assisted by :Gilad Nilo, Steve Buduo, Ling Liu, Qi Chen

Music by: Brian Fleming with Rob Wedgebury, recorded on location in the Burren and at Wild Way Recording Studios, Co Clare

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, Robert Wainwright, Conor McGrady

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