Sligo County Council, through the Sligo Healthy Ireland Fund 2019-2021 has commissioned the four artists; Michele Feeney, Laura Gallagher, Sarah Sexton and Karen Webster to creatively capture Sligo walks to explore the relationship between people and their environment.
The idea around the Take A Walk For Me project is to present an opportunity to support older people’s wellbeing during the pandemic, and to creatively connect with them during a time of social isolation. This is a time when so many people are missing their favourite walks which might be just out of reach.
The ‘Take A Walk For Me’ project aims to explore four walks (which adhere to the current level five restrictions) 1. Rosses Point coastal walk 2. Glenwood Abandoned Village – A walk up into Glenwood in the Ox Mountains 3. The Sligo Way – the Ballygawley Mountain section – from Union Wood to Lough Lumman 4. Sligo Town to the Tobernalt Holy Well
These walks will be captured through song, visual imagery, written word and soundscape recordings whilst also investigating the history of walking and its social meaning. A selection of the visual imagery and written word created will be presented as postcards during the Bealtaine Festival and will be distributed widely throughout the community via Active Age groups, walking groups, Men’s Shed groups and Nursing Homes.
For the durations of the project the artists will share with the community via social media/ local radio/local press their progress, in order to build ongoing engagement with the community. To view the creative material to date see link below.