The Joseph Beuys in Connemara Residency is concerned with the time that the artist spent in Connemara, an area in the West of Ireland. Beuys (1921-1986) was a German artist, whose wide-ranging career addressed themes of German history, shamanism, myth-making and the role of the artist in modern society.
He did not spend much time in Ireland, but was fascinated by what he called the ‘Celtic fringes’ of the British Isles. He called Ireland ‘the brain of Europe’ and was greatly interested in its culture, geography and history.
The Residency, which was established in 2015, has enabled a significant group of research projects into the legacy of Beuys in the area, and how this impacted on his better known artworks. A number of artists and writers have used the residency to both create new work and to research themes related to Beuys’ concerns.