I commenced my residency as Kerry Filmmaker 2017 in September and am working on two projects.
In relation to my own artistic practice I will be researching and gathering footage for a new documentary based on the Kerry Cow, one of Ireland’s rarest breeds of Cattle. As a former Kerry Cattle breeder I have always had an interest in the preservation and also maintaining of this ancient breed of cow. I am a member of the Kerry Cattle Society, which is based in Killarney, Co. Kerry. For the duration of my residency I will be based in a cottage located in the National Park, kindly provided by the Trustees of Muckross House and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
My second project involves a number of secondary schools in Kerry. My aim is to give young people a voice, by allowing them to express themselves through the medium of film.
I am currently working with 5 schools. The interest and response from young people has been phenomenal and the project is proving to be exciting as it develops. Students are engaging with the concept, showing a willingness to collaborate and a keen interest in what is happening around them. I look forward to the months ahead and seeing the ideas and imagination unfold through the medium of film.
The Filmmaker in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and The Arts Council. It is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Trustees of Muckross House. As an expanded partnership it demonstrates the ethos of Creative Ireland, enabling creativity in every community.