Search For Creative People To Collaborate On ‘Lost Palace Of North Kerry’ Project

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The old hermitage in Lixnaw.

THE Arts Office/Creative Ireland Kerry and the Architecture Conservation Office at Kerry County Council has developed an opportunity for creative practitioners working in the arts, in architecture, in heritage and in design to collaborate on a creative outcome which exposes the rich cultural heritage of Lixnaw.

The inspiration or idea of ‘The Lost Palace of North Kerry’ (J Knightly) relates to Lixnaw’s 18th Century history whose built landscape rivalled the best in Ireland and London and included Lixnaw Court and Demesne, including canals, Deer Park, gardens, avenues orchards, village and more.

The extent of the original site measures approximately a 2km radius from the site of the Old Manor Court in all directions and includes a Hermitage, a Monument site, avenues and canals.

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The aim of the advertised opportunity is to initiate a process of discovery and engagement with this heritage for the local and wider Kerry community, putting in place a creative process and resulting project that will raise awareness as well as animate the rich heritage of the area.

The process is to be facilitated by the creative sector. Following a process of creative engagement with schools and community groups, the project outcome can but is not limited to, the creation of an art piece or artwork such as 3D model, film, performance, happening or other creative outcome that will express the community’s newfound appreciation for Lixnaw, its heritage and its historical significance.

A site visit for artists and other creatives has been organised to take place on Saturday 2nd February, meeting at outside the Catholic Church in Lixnaw. To attend the site visit, please register at

Those interested in submitting a proposal for the work are being asked to download information from

Information and an application form is available through the link and additional support is available through the Arts Office. The budget for the project is set at €8,000. The project is supported by Kerry County Council, Creative Ireland, a local community working group. The land is in private ownership.

The closing date for receipt of proposals to carry out the work is 1.00pm Thursday 28th February 2019.

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