Sarah Jenkins: The Wandering and the Madness

6 – 8pm

The NewBridge Project

The first screening of artist Sarah Jenkins’ new film 'The Wandering and the Madness', which explores the natural landscape and Celtic mythology of the Isle of Eigg.

The Wandering and the Madness follows the journey of a Welsh woman who moves to the Isle of Eigg in search of deep isolation. Here she encounters the myth of Shuibhne (Sweeney), the mad wanderer that the bothy was named after. The 7th Century Gaelic king was cursed with madness and spent the rest of his life, half-man, half-bird, wandering in the wilderness. It has been suggested but never proved that he ended up on the Isle of Eigg.

Filmed during the Baltic Bothy Residency in 2023 with post-production supported by a bursary from The NewBridge Project, the work reflects on the effect of isolation on mental health and the healing properties of walking, nature, and community. Weaving myth, fiction, autobiographical elements, and stories of people she met on Eigg, Jenkins explores a connection with nature rooted in Celtic ecology and shamanism. The film attempts to understand Sweeney’s ‘madness’ through a contemporary lens, ultimately leading to a journey of self-discovery and healing.

Sarah Jenkins is a Welsh artist currently living and working in Newcastle. Since 2020 her research has focused on the symbiotic relationship between nature and community, with particular focus on small coastal communities.  Jenkins’ explores how natural environments shape imaginations and mythologies, as well as themes of isolation, natural mindfulness, and the effects of climate change on coastal communities. Since graduating from Goldsmiths in 2016, her work has been exhibited across the UK and in Berlin, in galleries including g39, Cardiff, NN Contemporary, Northampton, A.P.T Gallery, London and Open White gallery Berlin.



The Shieldfield Centre 4 – 8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street) Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AL

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24 May 2024


  • Fri 6 – 8pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Large-format print
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • 2 accessible parking spaces
  • Welcome trained and uniformed assistance dogs
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