- Funding support
- Interpretive Planning
- Interpretive Design
- Graphic Design
- Exterior Interpretation
- Artistic Interpretation
- AV Coordination
- Project & Build Management
Patrick Pearse, - a key figure in the 1916 Easter Rising was an activist, revolutionary, writer, poet and educator. Above all he was passionate about Irish language and culture. It is through this lens that Bright were asked to create an exhibition within the new, flagship Pearse Cultural Centre, Connemara which immerses visitors in the language and culture of Ireland through stories, music, poetry, film and works of art.”
Pearse’s Cottage is set in the striking landscape of Ros Muc, Co Galway. Patrick Pearse had a central role as a revolutionary in the events of the Easter Rising 1916, but he also had other important roles – as an educator, writer and passionate activist for the Irish language.
The exhibition within the Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh (Pearse Cultural Centre, Connemara) has been tailored to meet the aspirations of the local community, national visitors and international tourists. Working with Ann Tweedie of Interpeting Heritage, we developed the Interpretation Plan which formed the platform for the Interpretive Design.
The multi-purpose centre is a focus point for Irish language, culture and a significant visitor attraction for the area.
The design of the building takes its inspiration from Pearse’s Cottage - the proportion, the pitched roof form, but in modern materials. The centre itself nestles within the landscape as if it has always belonged. The interior has been designed to work in harmony with this unique architecture.
A varied palette of interpretive media has been selected to allow visitors to engage and interact with the complex subject of Irish culture and language. We worked with CentreScreen to create outstanding, high quality AV. This blend of AV, media, interactive displays, powerful graphics and intriguing artworks, designed and produced by Isabell Buenz, create a stimulating, surprising environment. We worked with Marcon on the fit out of the new Cultural Centre.
Visitor numbers to Pearse’s cottage averaged around 12,000 per year. The new centre, officially opened by Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach, in November 2016 has already attracted more visitors than anticipated and predicts to meet its target of 50,000 annual visitors. The gateway centre is a key attraction on Ireland’s highly successful Wild Atlantic Way and is a flagship project and lasting legacy of Ireland’s 2016 Centenary Programme.
“The Pearse Cultural Centre, Connemara is a welcome addition to the tourist offering in South Connemara and on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is an ideal location to give visitors an insight into the rich Gaelic culture and traditions that are abundant in the Connemara Gaeltacht. Here in Rosmuc, traditional Gaelic culture is alive and thriving and now visitors can really get an immersive experience and interact with our national language, song, dance and story telling traditions. It’s no wonder that the location captured the creative spirit of Padraig Pearse. The new visitor attraction is aesthetically very attractive and is in harmony with the landscape. The interpretation techniques used are world class and allow visitors of all ages to engage with the culture and heritage of South Connemara. The new Pearse Cultural Centre is already gaining traction with visitors and is putting Rosmuc and the South Connemara Gaeltacht back on the tourist trail and a must visit Wild Atlantic Way experience.”
Head of Programmes