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Post Creative Camino Films

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Post Creative Camino Films

The Creative Camino was a 7-day artist pilgrimage, which took place in May 2022 along the Wexford Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way; the new walking route created by Ancient Connections, linking Ferns in County Wexford to St Davids in Pembrokeshire. Filmmaker Will Philpin of When It Rains Creative, documented the experience of the four artists and the community pilgrims along the route.  

Will created a series of short episodes capturing moments along the route and made a short documentary film, which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Pilgrimage Chapters: Pilgrim Departure from Ferns

Pilgrimage Chapters: Our Lady’s Island

Pilgrimage Chapters: In the Woods

Pilgrimage Chapters: Artist Pilgrims Rehearsal along coast path Trefin to Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy

Pilgrimage Chapters: Wearable Map Kate's Dress and Johnstown Castle

Pilgrimage Chapters: Tulach a’ tSolais

Pilgrimage Chapters: St Davids Cathedral Arrival and Welcome

Pilgrimage Chapters: St Non's & Whitesands

Pilgrimage Chapters: Carreg Samson

Creative Camino Full Film:

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Film Outcomes Pilgrimage

Pre Creative Camino Films

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Pre Creative Camino Films

The Creative Camino was a 7-day pilgrimage along the new walking route, the Wexford Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way, linking Ferns in County Wexford to St Davids in Pembrokeshire.  Two artists from Pembrokeshire, Ailsa Richardson and Suzi McGregor, and two artist from Wexford, Bonnie Boux and Kate Powell, took part along with a number of community Pilgrims. It was led by Journeying’s Iain Tweedale. In the lead up to the Creative Camino, filmmaker Will Philipin of When It Rains Creative created a trailer of the forthcoming pilgrimage, short film entitled ‘Who is a Pilgrim?’ and interviews with the four artists capturing their expectations of the pilgrimage that lay ahead of them.

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Artist and Pilgrim Ailsa Richardson

Artist and Pilgrim Suzi McGregor

Who is a Pilgrim? What is a Pilgrimage?
Looking ahead to the Creative Camino short film

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The Allabair Trio concerts

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The Allabair Trio concerts

 The Allabair Trio Concerts took place in May 2022 and June 2023  in St. Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns, with music performed and composed by Melanie O’Reilly also featuring David Creevy on guitar and Brewen Favreau on Uillean Pipes/Low Whistle, with guest choir, the Chord On Blues led by Mary Moulds.  The concerts premiered new songs inspired by the connection between St. Aidan and St. David.

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Artists in Residence

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Artists in Residence

Ancient Connections has appointed two Artists in Residence who will be exploring the shared past of North Wexford and North Pembrokeshire working alongside the contracted archaeologists and historians as well as local communities.

The artists will produce new artworks over the next two years, inspired by archaeological excavations, geophysical surveys and community story searches in Pembrokeshire and Wexford; with a final public showing of the work in both places in Spring/Summer 2022.

Fern Thomas

The artist selected for Pembrokeshire is Fern Thomas; she is based in Swansea and has a long track-record of working with communities. Fern plans to create a radio station and a series of 16 podcasts that follow the progress of the Ancient Connections project. The radio station will be broadcast from a fictional island YNYS in the Irish Sea: “A shared place for culture, history, dreams, poetry and song from all time to live alongside each other.”

Fern describes this as:

“An island where St David can sit alongside the three young men from Wexford in their borrowed canoe; where the fire of Boia’s hill fort or the mermaids off Porth y Rhaw are as present as the eroding sand at Whitesands Bay. A place where the past and the future are simultaneously considered”.

David Begley

The artist selected for Wexford is David Begley, an experienced multimedia artist. 

David invites us to:

“Wonder this: before St Aidan arrived and The Normans later, what drew the ancients to Ferns [Wexford] in the first place? Was it chance Tom Breen’s plough unearthed the first relic at Clone which led us to poke holes in the turf and speculate? Who lay the first seed? What made the first tribe put down roots, leaving charcoal and ceramic in their wake?”

David will make a video documentary on the history of farming in Ferns, facilitate a 12 week visual arts, storytelling and gardening project with St Edan’s National School, Ferns and produce a new body of work in drawing, print, painting, ceramic and writing.

It is also hoped that the two artists will find ways to collaborate together and learn from each other’s journeys.

Date: July 2020 – July 2022

Funded by: Ancient Connections and the Wexford Percent for Art scheme