Prize-winning documentary The Pipe (2010) portrays a community tragically divided and in conflict with one of the world’s most powerful oil companies. Broadhaven Bay, on the Atlantic coast of County Mayo, has sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, but also provides Shell Oil with the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline. In the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland, the destruction of a way of life is at stake when the oil pipe is proposed and the rights of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing grounds, are threatened.
The Pipe was selected by Michele Horrigan, who will come to CAST to introduce the film. Horrigan is an Irish artist and curator whose interest in the legacies and interpretation of environment and site-specific art led to the establishment of Askeaton Contemporary Arts in 2006. Based in rural southwest Ireland, the project has organised artist residencies and exhibitions and produced publications, with over one hundred unique artist projects realised in many unexpected sites and contexts in the region. With no ‘white cube’ gallery spaces, artists work in public places, from civic buildings to disused shops, local factories to remote fields, a form of engagement that focuses on the existing dynamics of the locale.
In 2014 Horrigan co-established ACA PUBLIC, a publication press that continues to research and investigate themes relating to public space and artistic agency. As an artist, she most recently presented a solo exhibition at The Lab Gallery in Dublin, alongside presentations at Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, Flat Time House, London and the Frankfurter Kunstverein.
The public programme at CAST is currently supported from funds awarded by Arts Council England for the Groundwork programme.