A Common Place

When the spring 2020 lockdown erected walls around us, writers’ collective 26 Characters and London’s Eames Fine Art gallery launched a project that brought strangers together.

A Common Place paired writers and artists to identify places they both loved, and then celebrate them in poetry and art. Rebecca collaborated with Norman Ackroyd, CBE, RA, one of the UK’s greatest landscape artists and printmakers. They focused on Ireland’s Dursey Island, off the coast of West Cork. Norman’s etching, Dursey Head and Cow Rock, shows the island’s tip in turbulent weather. Rebecca’s poem, Dursey Island, captures the wild potential of the Dursey Sound but, reflecting her experiences of softer days on the island, hints at calmer times.

The project’s output of 50+ pieces, and a supporting documentary by award-winning director Mike Southon, featured in an online exhibition, before opening physically to the public in December at Eames Fine Art’s Bermondsey print room.

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