Visual Art Commission

Mary Sullivan: Breathe
Lonehort Battery, Bere Island
Opening 3pm, Sunday August 4th
Runs until Sunday August 11th

Mary Sullivan is an award winning visual and performance artist based in the heart of the Beara Peninsula, on Bere Island. Well-known for her inventive use of performance, photography and installation, the artist draws unique inspiration from her picturesque surroundings and the many aspects of human nature that are typically overlooked.

Mary Sullivan is a graduate of DIT Dublin School of Creative Arts, Sherkin Island, where she was awarded a first-class honours BA in Visual Art. In 2018, the artist was selected to participate in the RDS Visual Arts Awards Exhibition, where she was awarded the acclaimed Taylor Art Award for installation and video sculpture At Home, At War.

The artist was listed as ‘one to watch in 2019’ by esteemed RTÉ art critic Cristín Leach, and more recently, completed a four-month residency at Uillinn, the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen. Here Mary has been developing her work for upcoming exhibitions, including Beara Arts Festival and the RHA Futures Exhibition, set to take place this November.

Beara Arts Festival 2019 will see Mary Sullivan showcase her most recent work Breathe, an immersive visual and sound installation in an underground tunnel at Lonehort Battery, Bere Island. Lonehort Battery is situated on the east end of Bere Island, approximately 2.3 km from Rerrin village. Mary’s work will be available to the public from 11:00am – 4:30pm from August 4th – 11th.

The official launch is at 3pm on August 4th.

Breathe is funded by Cork County Council West Cork Municipal District Creative Communities Scheme.

For more information on Mary’s current and upcoming projects, or to contact the artist, visit

Read about this new commission in the Irish Examiner.