Land and Language - Talamh agus Teanga

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Experience ancient wisdom through modern tech in the world’s first audio-visual interactive art, breath and Gaeilge exhibition!

In this, her first solo exhibition Derval Dunford offers what Irish author Manchán Mangan calls ‘a sudden spailp (spark/ surprise kiss) of insight.’

This is an opportunity to learn how to use your daily quota of 25,000 breaths wisely, receive a free virtual breath to post a friend, and maybe feel a little grá for the Gaeilge as a side effect.

A unique exploration that connects nature and inner nature using breath as the bridge. Visitors to the exhibition get to feel the essence of land and language through Derval’s guided mini breath practices, novel Irish words and ink images.

Musician Sharon Shannon, an advocate of environmental enhancement, will make a special guest appearance at the opening. Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, Director of the Translation Programme, Maynooth University, will perform the short opening ceremony, including of course cúpla focal as Gaeilge.

Derval has trained with world renowned breathwork teachers and considers breath to be a language. Her interesting mix of ancient languages (Gaeilge and breath), modern technology and visual art is a novel and nourishing journey for the spirit.

This creative exploration was inspired by Irish philosopher John Moriarty, Author Manchán Mangan and Derval’s late brother, artist and author Steve Dunford.

Talamh agus Teanga is an environmental enhancement initiative. It creates awareness, and in a simple natural way enhances participant’s relationship with land and language.


Land and Language – Talamh agus Teanga opens at the Town Hall Theatre, Westport, Co. Mayo on Friday 8th July 2022 at 6pm. The exhibition runs until Sat 30th July. 

Funding from Creative Ireland Mayo for this exhibition is gratefully acknowledged.

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