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Tourism and Arts

Representing the West

The Lifelong Learning Department of GMIT Mayo are offering this 5 credit week-long module (September 2018)

Module Aims: 

This module will introduce the representation in visual culture of issues of landscape, identity and community in the West of Ireland.

It will explore the aesthetics of the environment and the role of material culture in the evolution of the landscape, and deal with issues arising from the impact of globalisation on this complex terrain.

The module aims to develop your understanding of the critical issues, history and context, research skills, and delivery framework for contemporary art projects in rural contexts.

Learning Outcomes: 

On completion of this module the you will/should be able to;

  1. Understand the issues behind the changing modes of representing of the West of Ireland from the 19th Century to the present.
  2. Recognize and analyse key works of art that deal with the West of Ireland in their historic and ideological contexts in this period.
  3. Understand the contested nature of issues of identity, community, nation, land and power in the West of Ireland.
  4. Appreciate the relationship of the changing nature of globalisation to life in rural contexts.
  5. Be cognisant of the relationship of new technologies and materials to contemporary art production and practice in a rural setting.
  6. Write and present written critical reflections employing academic methods of research and citation.


The module is delivered through a series of lectures that look at visual culture in rural Ireland and examine the history, context, practice and potential of contemporary art projects structured around several themes:

  1. Introduction to Social Practice
  2. Art, History and Memory
  3. Visual research and material culture
  4. Images of the people
  5. Engaging the local
  6. The local, the translocal and the global

Self-directed field research into a chosen site will take the form of a research report including visual images, photographs and maps as well as relevant historical, social and cultural information.

You will make one seminar presentation of current research, reflecting your personal and critical understanding of the historical, social and cultural context of your chosen site.

Entry Requirements: 

There are no entry requirements for this module.


The cost of the module is €400 (this fee includes bus hire and tour guide). 

There is an optional overnight stay in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo - this is not included in the fee.

Discipline: Tourism and Arts

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 6

Category: Single Subject


John Mulloy



GMIT Mayo Lifelong Learning Office

Tel: 094-9043156


Places: 20