Galway was awarded the designation as a European Capital of Culture for 2020.

The  European Capital of Cuture puts specific regions at the heart of cultural life across Europe. Through culture and art, European Capitals of Culture improve the quality of life in these regions and strengthen their sense of community.

The concept for Galway 2020 was Making Waves. It was about creating new ways of thinking, new ways of working, new conversations and new partnerships aimed at ensuring a more creative Galway and in the regions around Galway.

A number of Clare artists and artists with strong connections to Clare, such as Ceara Conway, Sarah Fuller and Deirdre O’Mahony  featured strongly in the Galway 2020 programme which explored the themes Migration, Landscape and Language.

Exploring the theme of Landscape, Clare County Council commissioned Burren College of Art to create Full Circle, a restorative intervention on the Burren to repair and respond to Richard Long’s iconic stone circle.

Led by Dr. Áine Philips, students from the College created a performance piece in reponse to the Circle with an accompanying soundscape by percussionist Brian Fleming.

Coming Full Circle produced by Tom Flanagan and Dr. Áine Philips was premiered in April 2021.

This commission was supported by Creative Ireland.