The Lighthouse Project, Dani Gill
The Lighthouse Project, Dani Gill

THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT

In May 2020, the Western Development Commission circulated a tender call for a creative partner to develop a Literary Tourism Performance Model for the Wild Atlantic Way, as part of their wider European ‘Spot-Lit.eu Project’.

One of the Spot-Lit programme aims is to test models of place-based opportunities in new, innovative, sustainable and creative ways which look beyond the natural landscape and provide appeal based on cultural and literary assets to broaden interest in the region.

6 Counties
11 Partners
12 Different
artists involved
Mutton Island Route

Self-guided walking tour through Galway City

The Lighthouse Project, Dani Gill
The Lighthouse Project, Dani Gill
Curator/Producer
Dani Gill
Inspired by one of my favourite books, To the Lighthouse, I felt drawn to exploring these outposts around Ireland, their origins, and stories, and how they are beacons, to both those at sea and on land. I decided to focus on mapping inland, the mirrored distance of each lighthouse’s nautical miles to sea, drawing a circle around each one, and creating a ‘zone’, within which, an artistic project will exist.- Dani Gill, Project Curator
The Lighthouse Project, Dani Gill
Brendan MacEvilly

Editor of Holy Show magazine and an independent Literary Producer, having created and toured Minor Monuments, an ‘audio visual essay’ with prize winning writer Ian Malaney in 2019.

Together the pair have designed an ambitious Wild Atlantic Way Literary Performance Model, containing a site-specific experience The Lighthouse Project, designed by Dani, and a stage show of recent publication Handiwork, by Cork based writer Sara Baume, produced by Brendan.

The Lighthouse Project, Dani Gill
The Lighthouse Project, Dani Gill
The Wild Atlantic Way Literary Performance Model

It will include an impressive list of partners who have signed up to take part in 2021, featuring The Lighthouse Project and the live stage show, as part of their programmes.

Commissioning partners involved with the project include Cairde Arts Festival, (Sligo), Creative Ireland, (Mayo), Meath County Council, Droichead Arts Centre, (Louth) Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway), and Earagail Arts Festival (Donegal).