Of clay and wattles made : Submissions now open

Submissions are now invited for conceptual interpretations of W.B Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ for an open submission architectural competition.

ITSligo and The Model, Sligo are collaborating to celebrate Yeats’ dream haven – The Lake Isle of Innisfree – with a call for submissions for an international architectural competition. The purpose is to design a temporary poetic intervention for this beautiful island on Lough Gill, immortalised by Yeats in his most famous poem.

It is envisaged that the competition will attract innovative and challenging architectural and sculptural proposals from national and international architects, artists and collaborators. It should also demonstrate the potential of architecture to enhance the experience of an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The Competition

This international architectural competition is open to regional, national and international practitioners of architecture and art. It proposes a poetic intervention for the island of Innisfree, which will mediate between Yeats’ poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas. It also presents a unique opportunity to design and build in a highly sensitive and protected location, beyond the constraints imposed by a permanent building. It should also demonstrate the potential of architecture to enhance the experience of an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Award value €30,000. Deadline for Submissions – 17:00 hrs, 12th March 2015

Public Exhibition

As a realisation of Yeats’ vision, the winning design will be constructed on the island for 13th June 2015; a gift to celebrate his 150th birthday.

The competition forms part of Art-Architecture-Landscape: a collaborative three-part project with IT Sligo, The Model and Yeats 2015 honouring and embodying W.B Yeats and his family’s legacy. All three elements of the initiative will be presented in a building-wide exhibition at The Model in September and October 2015, which will include selected competition entries and student conceptual projects. A legacy publication and short film are also being commissioned to document the process. This publication will include a listing of all eligible entrants and a selection of competitors’ designs.

The competition promoter is Yeats 2015; Patron: President Michael D Higgins; Committee Chair: Senator Susan O Keeffe. Read more about the competition sponsors.

The award value is €30,000 and the deadline for submissions is 5 pm, 12th March 2015. The Winner will be announced on 20th March 2015.

Find out more about the competition and download the relevant guidelines and entry forms here.