Howth (Irish: Binn Éadair, meaning "Éadar's peak") is a village and outer suburb of Dublin, Ireland. Howth is located on the peninsula of Howth Head. The village itself is located 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Dublin city centre. The ninth of a series of eighteenth century milestones from the Dublin General Post Office (GPO). It is now a seaside-fishing village with great seafood restaurants, superb marine activities, breath taking cliff walks and majestic wild scenery.
BY FOOT: Stroll along the west pier. You will find the Art Studio at the end of West Pier. Under Aqua Restaurant! BY CAR: A short drive from the city centre along the Howth Road, turn left after the Dart Station, I am in the last building on the fishing pier. BY BUS: The 31 bus runs from the city centre to Howth Village. There is a bus stop opposite the Dart station. BY RAIL: The Howth Dart station is the last stop on the northbound line.
In 2008 McLeod came to Howth Harbour and set the West Pier Art Studio. His initial aim was to explore the marine history, geography and community of the Howth Peninsula. In this time, he has researched the aural meta-histories of Howth's lobster men, produced vernacular sea charts, documentaries and visual responses to life in the harbour. 2016 McLeod will set about on new research avenues in which he has deep personal connections and experiences.
McLeod befriended the local lobster boat men and over a period of time they shared with him their knowledge,
heritage and traditions of working at sea! McLeod noted that this knowledge was aural and the current generation's sons show no signs in following in their fathers footsteps
hence the traditions will not be carried on! This provided McLeod with the onus to start
the Globbywore Sea Project.
Click here to watch Perils and Pearls
My friend and I walked into West Pier Art Studio on a whim while visiting Howth during the fall of 2015. Alan, the artist/owner, was exceptionally kind, asking about our experiences traveling through Ireland and explaining the research and methods behind his beautiful work. I purchased a piece for my dad's Christmas gift, as well as a small print for myself, which Alan gave me a bit of a deal on after I hesitated on sealing the deal (penny-pinching college student here). I had already had an amazing experience with West Pier Art Studio, but after I carried the piece I purchased around Howth all day, I left it on a bus in Dublin :( Because Alan's business card was on the envelope, I contacted him, thinking someone may return it to his studio. Alan then offered to ship me replacement prints directly to my address in the states at no cost to me other than shipping. I was overwhelmed by the hospitality and kindness I was shown everywhere in Ireland, but especially in Howth and even more so at West Pier Art Studio!
A friend and I popped into West Pier Art Studio after lunch next door and had a lovely time. The art is beautiful and Alan was great to chat with. He was able to work with me on prices, which was wonderful. If you go to Howth and don't wander into his studio, you'll be missing out. The visit to West Pier Art Studio was one of the highlights of my trip to Dublin.
We were in Howth for the day on September 1st . Walking down the pier, we came upon Alan McLeod and West Pier Art Studio. I love the art of the sea and Alan did not disappoint. His beautiful artwork grabbed my heart! Would have loved to buy some originals but bought some of his fantastic prints. We are back in the States where those prints will find a home on our walls in Annapolis. Also, reviewed Alan's wonderful documentary of the fishermen of Howth called 'Perils & Pearls.' We plan to go back to Howth and Alan's studio in the near future.
Dimensions: 38x54 Inches, Paper: Fabrinano 250 gsm, Method: Giglee Print, Limted Edition of 50 in either Blue or Grey.