On Sight 2017

Mayo Arts Squad community artists creating a ‘living shelter’ in the award-winning Museum grounds of Turlough Park

 'Teach Saileach : Willow Room' @ National Museum of Ireland-Coutnry Life. 

Short slide show showing the steps to create the beautiful outdoor 'Teach Saileach - Willow Room'.   

You can find the 'Willow Room' in a seculed by accessible wooded area at the rear of the exhibition galleries in Turlough Park's award winning gardens. 

The On Sight 2017 artists are:  Mick Smyth (coordinator); Brendan Timlin, Kevin MacNeely, David McInerney and Saw Tun. Weaving only willow they creatively imagined and constructed a beehive shaped space. No nails or wire were used in its construction.

Sanita Vecbrale, Paul O’Driscoll and Aidan Crotty also created three large beautiful willow sculptures installed in different locations across the museum grounds.

  The On Sight 2017 team

A time of inspiration and growth.  The artists commenced work off-site in April 2017. They gathered and sorted local willow. Work began on site in Mid-May (Bealtaine),  the first month of summer in Ireland. 

Mayo Arts Squad (David McInerney, Mick Smyth, Saw Tun)

Inspiring artists. The National Museum of Ireland's  Irish Folklife Collections includes a vast collection of traditional baskets made in a great variety of shapes and sizes, once serving many different functions in the home and on land and sea. The traditional baskets on display throughout the Museum's four floors of exhibition galleries inspired the artists in their work. 

Come and visit and see how you might enjoy the space! There are many possible uses for the Willow House.  It can be a space for groups and families visiting the Museum and grounds to meet  It is an excellent outdoor classroom to explore the ever-changing wonders, habitats and biodiversity of Turlough Park gardens. We would like to think artists may work here in the future. It is also a place of contemplation and rest. We also hope it will be an inspiration for those working with willow or intrigued by the techniques of basketry and use of natural sustainable materials!

On Sight - May 2017 - work in progress

On Sight - May 2017 - work in progress and 'veteran' beech On Sight - May 2017 - work in progress - detail

'Teach Saileach : Willow Room'  was officially launched on mid-summer, June 21 2017 by Jo Holmwood of Kids' Own: Publishing Partnership. 

Ms Jo Holmwood said:

This project is all about encouraging children and families to engage with nature, making this a very special initiative. I would like to congratulate all involved in Willow House and hope it will serve to further the relationship between children and families and this museum.”


 Visitors are welcome to explore Willow House at any time during museum opening hours.