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Calling Home

In a year long project based in the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen , West Cork, Toma McCullim will be engaging older generations to talk and share stories of emigration, through a series of workshops in the community and as part of the Arts for Health Programme. Toma will be making links with residents in the community attending day care and resident in Community Hospitals.

To make the connections, Toma will be benefiting from Ludgate’s 1GB internet, linking with diaspora who left these shores for new lives in other countries. She will be also be gathering stories of what it was like to be left behind. Calling Home will create a virtual holding place for memory, a liminal space between places and time.

Toma has also been awarded a studio residency at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, February 7 – 21 and again April 23 – June 3 2020 to coincide with the national Beataine programme, celebrating creativity as age.

The project was launched at Skibbereen Luncheon Club on Friday July 26th with a skype call to Cork County Mayor, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan and a lively discussion with Chicago based, festival organiser, Mike Houlihan about Irish American cultural links (see image).

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The project is made possible through The Ludgate Hub AR Programme, as part of the Business to Arts AR Programme in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, with support from Arts for Health Partnership and Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre.