An Tobar Festival was a new multidisciplinary arts festival on the Isle of Mull, in 2022 under the title Daughter of Cups in the North. The festival was launched and curated by Bobbi Cameron as an expansion of her upcoming exhibition with An Tobar Gallery and her position as Artist in Residence.
Daughter of Cups in the North was a curated weekend festival of radical work that explores new possibilities for ways of inhabiting space and those we inhabit them with. The festival programme was deeply connected to ancestry, seeking to engage with our spiritual histories as a way of seeking guidance on how to navigate the present time.
Cameron uses the Haindl tarot deck, passed down to her from her late mother, that illustrates the court cards through different spiritual figures. Daughter of Cups in the North is a card that speaks of creativity, new possibilities, ancestry and psychic intuition. Daughter of Cups in the North is the card that presented itself to Cameron when she asked the tarot for guidance on the title for this year's festival.Daughter of Cups in the North is illustrated as St Brigid; goddess of poetry, prophecy and divination and historically Goddess of the Celts. St. Brigid was born at sunrise, neither within or without a house; that is, she was born on the threshold. It is this notion of the threshold, the space between, that this festival seeks to begin.
The programme featured artists from across the UK who where invited to share their work on the island. Artists who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to listen, to inhabit space and to travel between worlds. This programme seeks to provide an offering for audiences who interact with it, a platform from which they can travel to explore their own sites of openness and discovery.
For An Tobar festival, Quinie collaborated with Harry Gorski-Brown, an artist and composer based in Glasgow. His work encompasses composition, production, audio-visual works and performance.