Art Projects

GLOBBYWORE SEA CHARTS / Artwork H 1500x W 1200mm / Unique Giclée Print on Fabriano Paper - Limited Number of Prints

A VERNACULAR BLUE PRINT OF THE HOWTH PENINSULA & HOWTH HARBOUR, "A three year research project visual mapping local meta histories, rock names, wrecks and sea conditions derived from recorded interviews of Howth Fishermen and Townsfolk"

GLOBBYWORE SEA CHARTS / Artwork H 1500x W 1200mm / Unique Giclée Print on Fabriano Paper - Limited Number of Prints

Film Stills from PERILS AND PEARLS, A short film exploring Howth's Fishermen Superstitionsand lore!

PERILS AND PEARLS, A short film exploring Howth's Fishermen Superstitionsand lore! PERILS AND PEARLS, A short film exploring Howth's Fishermen Superstitionsand lore!

PERILS AND PEARLS Synopsis

McLeod having gained the trust of the Howth lobster boat men made a study of their local sea-lore and traditions. He highlighted their boats in the pictures he painted and in so doing he created a wonderful visual harbour collection.

The fishermen proved to be extremely generous when they shared their knowledge, heritage and traditions of working at sea. They related stories that were informative and often very entertaining.

Many of these stories had not been heard before and McLeod found them fascinating. McLeod noted that these stories seem to exist only outside the harbour, ie. "at sea".

He noted that the stories that were told had specific functions buried within them. After talking to many boat men about these stories, underlying themes emerged - mindfulness at sea, reading the sea conditions etc. Mcleod concluded that the stories were a form of early of Health and Safety reminders!

The stories were imbued with a "Howth slant" and were passed on from father to son, neighbour to neighbour and so on. Unfortunately the current generation of fishermens' sons are showing little or no interest in following in their fathers' footsteps. Many fishermen lamented this fact and were concerned that the aural traditions and stories will not be carried on and may be lost forever.

This last comment was the catalyst for McLeod to start collecting and recording the fishermens stories. The aim of the video interviews was to explore Howth fishermens' superstitions, traditions and rich heritage. The objective was to make all video recordings available to the Howth Community as well as to a wider global audience. The Dublin City University Folklore Department have linked in this film and many academics have used the recordings as part of their research for their publications and papers on Irish Folklore.

Howth Lobster / 52cm x 42 cm, Water Colour Ink on 300GSM Fabriano paper

Howth Lobster / 52cm x 42 cm, Water Colour Ink on 300GSM Fabriano paper

Bespoke Commission for SOLE Seafood & Grill, 18 – 19 South William Street, Dublin 2, D02 KV76

Art work by Alan McLeod, SOLE Seafood & Grill, 18 – 19 South William Street, Dublin 2, D02 KV76 Art work by Alan McLeod, SOLE Seafood & Grill, 18 – 19 South William Street, Dublin 2, D02 KV76 Art work by Alan McLeod, SOLE Seafood & Grill, 18 – 19 South William Street, Dublin 2, D02 KV76 Art work by Alan McLeod, SOLE Seafood & Grill, 18 – 19 South William Street, Dublin 2, D02 KV76 Art work by Alan McLeod, SOLE Seafood & Grill, 18 – 19 South William Street, Dublin 2, D02 KV76

The "West Pier Art Studio" Story / No. 1 West Pier, Howth, 2008-2021

 Alan McLeod in West Pier Art studio, Howth

McLeod set up his art studio in Howth in 2008. His objective was to research and document working marine communities and to interpert their culture visually. McLeod has befriended the local lobster boat men, this in turn has resulted in their assistance and co-operation in the majority of his art projects.

McLeod was especially fascinated by how the fishermen visualised the space under the water and above the water. McLeod noted that the fishermen had created aural mapping system, which was a community construct, was in danger of dying out and that if it was not recorded it could, with the passing of time, be lost forever!

With this in mind McLeod invited the fishermen to participate in documenting the aural sea heritage of the Howth Peninsula and harbour. The aim of the Globbywore sea charts was to collate the mens' vernacular knowledge into a number of sea charts and to produce a short film exploring their lore!