100% Funded


Target: €7400


€7,400 Raised


36 Funders

Something & Son Kinsale Project

By Kinsale Arts Festival


About the Artists

Something & Son are an arts practice from London. Their work is rooted in inquisitiveness and experimentation, reflecting their varied backgrounds and shared passion for art, engineering, the environment and creating social systems. Something & Son's work includes making a living, breathing farm in a shop and creating an affordable experimental Bathhouse in Barking town centre.

They have worked with the Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Gwangju Biennale (Korea), Milan Design Week, Kunst-Werke (Berlin), London Festival of Architecture, Istanbul Biennial (Turkey) and the Wellcome Collection.

About the Project

In the eighteenth century, the Irish Sweathouse, a cave-like forerunner to the modern sauna thought to have attached ritualistic or religious significance, was considered to help cure numerous ailments. These structures were often built and used by rural farmers in the winter months. Ireland, perhaps surprisingly, has a long spa tradition - a tradition associated not with luxury, but with health, healing and social interaction. This very special installation from Something and Son will revive this tradition.

Small, corbelled structures with small ‘creep’ entrances, the Irish sweat houses provided those living in remote locations with a means to keep warm in the winter. Most of the surviving structures can accommodate 3 or 4 people and resembled small caves built into banks, often tucked away in rather magical, luminal places.

Something and Son will design a space for people to relax, come together and sweat it out during the Kinsale Arts Festival – with a stunning view of town from its Charles Fort location. Through previous projects, Something & Son know these installations and spaces can help bring people of all ages together, and this project will create a similar atmosphere. The installation will be located on the stunning bay of Kinsale and will bring this traditional structure into the 21st century through new technologies and thinking.

About the Structure

The installations facade of traditional stonework will be digitally printed using a special high res photo real print onto fabric. This will allow us to recreate a canvas version of the beautiful Gallarus Oratory, an early chapel found on the coastline Dingle Peninsula. Inside the installation will be a hearth similar to the ones used the traditional sweat caves.

Why Fund It? This Project will:

•Revive a lost Irish tradition.
•Showcase the latest innovations in sustainable design practise and architecture, with a combination of new technologies and traditional techniques.
•Engage local skill and trades people in the development and making, with an ‘open house’ invitation to join the making process in the weeks running up to the festival.
•Promote health and well being, and providing an ‘all welcome’ social space for locals and visitors alike
•Offer a highly unique visitor attraction that responds to and celebrates its unique landscape and location for national and international visitors.
•Disseminate learning and knowledge exchange with a series of talks and workshops.

Thank you all for your support!



Project Update - Programme Launch

Hi everyone, I just wanted to get in touch to update you all on what's been happening with the Something and Son project. The artists have just finished working with a team in Ireland who have scanned the famed Gallarus Oratory, Dingle in 3D using a flying drone. This imagery will then be used initially to digitally print, using industrial high quality printers, the image of the oratory onto canvas. Secondly, the drone imagery will also allow for the timber frame to be laser cut to the exact dimensions of the oratory with every nook and cranny accounted for. Once the canvas fabric is digitally printed, a great team of highly qualified students from Cork’s CIT Crawford College of Art and Design will help to assemble the outer canvas. Once the frame and outer canvas have been created the artists will then descend on Kinsale to begin to install the work. At this time the artists will work with local students and tradesmen to teach them about the various techniques used in the design and construction of the installation. The festival programme was launched last night so we are now officially on countdown mode to the tenth anniversary festival. The programme can be viewed now at kinsaleartsfestival.com and I’ll post a hard copy to everyone next week. I will be in contact with everyone individually on Tuesday morning to talk about your individual packages and tickets. If anyone has any questions in the meantime you can contact me at Gerard@kinsaleartsfestival.com Thanks and talk soon, Ger

Thank You!!

Good afternoon all, Thank you so much for your generous donations to our crowdfunding campaign for Something and Son's installation at this year's Kinsale Arts Festival. We have hit 100% and the project is officially funded! The response has been overwhelming and we are really excited here at festival HQ. The artists did a site visit yesterday and the wheels are now in motion to bring the installation to Kinsale for the festival's 10th anniversary celebrations. We'll keep you updated as the project develops and we'll be in touch with everyone individually soon with more information on your reward packages. Once again, THANK YOU! From all at Kinsale Arts Festival

Nearly There

Hi everyone. Thank you so much for all your generous contributions so far. We're getting really excited about the project here at festival HQ. We are now 64% funded with 5 days to go! We would appreciate it if you would spread the word, we just need one big push to get us over the line! Many thanks, all at Kinsale Arts Festival

funders (36)

There are 30 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project