Art and the environment combine in a series of workshops and a seminar
A series of workshops and a seminar have been announced in association with the current INSITES/ ÓN CHEAPACH exhibition. The first of these took place on Friday 17th and Saturday 17th February with a Woodwork workshop. Master Woodwright Eoin Donnelly and artist Gareth Kennedy worked with invited artists to turn the Rotunda gallery in Siamsa Tíre into a green woodworking space. Fresh one legged stools and other articles were made live in the gallery space using Rhododendron from Killarney National Park. Visitors to Siamsa Tire had the opportunity to engage with this unique live event increasing awareness of the impacts associated with invasive species, encourage discussion and stimulate public interest in the arts, traditions and the natural environment.
The second two workshops will take place on Saturday 24th February with artist Lisa Fingleton and include Drawing Beyond The Lines at 11.00am-12.30pm and 30 Day Local Food Challenge at 2.00-3pm. These workshops are free of charge but booking is required. Call 066 7123055
Drawing Beyond the Lines is a practical workshop focused on drawing from life through line drawings but also exploring the possibility of digital line drawing from the imagination. All materials will be provided and students are encouraged to bring their own drawings/sketchpads for discussion. (For ages 16+)
You can join local artist, Lisa Fingleton, as she describes her experience of eating local in the 30 Day Local Food Challenge. For 30 days, Lisa ate only food produced and grown on the island of Ireland. This meant doing without much of the imported food we are accustomed to such as sugar, chocolate, pasta and bananas. The project became a larger community undertaking as people started arriving at her farm with grapes, eggs and locally grown treats. She documented the hungry lows and laughable highs, of the whole project through drawings and photography. In September 2018 the artist is inviting 30 people to join her in the 30 day local food challenge. This practical and inspiring workshop will explain how to go about eating local and will resonate with anyone interested in growing food, climate change, transition communities and living sustainably.
The final event of the programme is a seminar exploring land use issues, art and ecology practices. Hosted by Visual Artists Ireland in association with Siamsa Tíre on Saturday 3rd March, 2018 key speakers include artists Monica de Bath, Lisa Fingleton, Gareth Kennedy, a range of other speakers and it will be chaired by Paddy Woodworth (Author of "Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century", journalist and former arts editor of the Irish Times). The seminar will be followed by the official opening of the exhibition and a reception. Admission will be €10 VAI members/€15 non-members. For further information and bookings please see www.visualartists.ie
The IN-SITES/ÓN CHEAPACH exhibition explores how, in different ways, the artists address our relationship with a constantly changing environment. New and existing work reflects on the role of art and ecological practices in highlighting historical and contemporary complexities of land use. The exhibition is curated by Denise Reddy and features the work of Monica de Bath, Lisa Fingleton and Gareth Kennedy. It is open to the public in the Siamsa Tíre galleries from Saturday 17th February and will be officially opened following the seminar on the 3rd March and will run until 28th March.
Our current age has been described as the 'Anthropocene period', an era defined by the extensive human impact on the environment which effects our world's climate, lands, oceans and wildlife. Diverse themes are investigated in this exhibition relating to industrial peat excavation, land rehabilitation, farming, food, sustainability, deforestation and invasive species. Inspired by interactions and conversations with ecologists, foresters, local growers and Bord na Móna workers, the artists draw attention to the effects of land management decisions on biodiversity and the consequences for people, place and habitats.
Monica de Bath's PLOT/CEAPACH addresses peoples' relationship with land and sea and the need to make a living at critical and contested sites. Her work investigates the changing nature of land use, bio-fuels, land rehabilitation and renewable energy projects on the Bog of Allen, the Mayo Atlantic Blanket Bog and coastal areas in the West of Ireland. This work was developed during a residency on the Bog of Allen at Ballydermot works in Kildare, an industrial peat excavation site operated by Bord na Móna.
Lisa Fingleton's Holding True Ground explores deep rooted connections between art, food and farming. In September 2015, the artist undertook a 30-day local food challenge, where she ate only food grown and produced in Ireland. Working with local food growers and farmers the artist developed work addressing food consumption and agricultural systems. The project raised critical environmental concerns about food sovereignty, sustainability and climate change.
Gareth Kennedy's Post Colony (2014) explores the microcosm of natural, industrial and colonial histories through a specific project in Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, focusing on the invasive species Rhododendron superponticum. First introduced to Ireland in the 1700’s as an ornamental landscape feature, this plant has become deeply problematic within the national park, threatening native biodiversity.
The exhibition is free and the workshops are also free of charge but booking is required with the Box Office as space is limited.