FIRE FESTIVAL OFFERINGS
For each of the eight Fire Festivals that take place around the year the artist Gawain Morrison will produce an offering, which may be a piece of art, some music, a poem, or something site specific. The starting point for these offerings is the Summer Solstice & you can read more about the inspiration themes here.
SUMMER SOLSTICE OFFERING
Express yourself, enjoy & celebrate what you have.
The Cathedral Quarter is the cultural heart of Belfast, with arts organisations, venues, galleries, and amazing street art produced by local & international artists. I wanted my Summer Solstice artist offering to celebrate this beautiful creativity & the potency of life in the area whilst referencing the Ogham Grove that launched me on this journey.
Druids marked the boundaries of their areas with the characters from the ogham tree alphabet, leaving notes to those who would journey the same path. I wanted to highlight the areas of the Cathedral Quarter that have become natural areas for street art & where nature is growing back in between the art, theatre, music, circus and dance.
Look Up, Look Around, Look In was the phrase attached to all things Ogham that we produced, to pay attention to the spaces we live our lives in, whether we have let them decline, want them to thrive, feel they need some love, or are spaces that embody the creative energy of our communities.
I created a stencil of the Ogham Grove logo so that I could spray it in these locations. Using an eco-friendly pigmented chalk paint, typically used for outdoor temporary marking, I sprayed the logos using the solstice colours of red, gold, & orange. These will remain for as long as the natural world of rain, wind & shine allow them to stay.
Happy solstice folks!
Celebrate the sun & the harvest
My artist offering for the first harvest of the year, Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, is some beach art on a beach on the north coast if Ireland, where the sun & the light are beautiful (when it actually shines!)
I wrote out a sentence using the Ogham characters at the end of the beautiful Benone beach, and I'll let you work out what it says if you check the ogham tree alphabet section.
Happy Lughnasadh folks!
AUTUMN EQUINOX (MABON) OFFERING
The second harvest & the balance of light & dark.
My artist offering for the second harvest of the year, the Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon, is a piece of music that I've composed. I've been making electronic music for over 20 years and I wanted to make something that gently absorbed you whilst you listened, celebrating the light days that we're enjoyed and the waning to darker nights that are approaching us.
Have a wonderful Mabon festival.