Arts & Ecology projects now beginning to surface in Ireland

A friend who know my interest in arts & ecology projects alerted me to the talks below. Great to see this happening, and particulary think there will be much interest in ‘art in allotments’ in the future!

The Airfield House Trust in Dundrum, Co. Dublin, is pleased to announce a series of talks accompanying the residency of Seoidín O’Sullivan at Airfield House from mid-November 2008 to mid-February 2009. O’Sullivan’s practice explores ecological sustainability and encompasses drawing, film and photography, with a particular focus on project based work, including the development of The South Circular Road Community Food Garden Project.

In conjunction with the O’Sullivan’s residency Airfield will host three complimentary talks which will draw on the practice and insights of artists who are responding to the natural world and environmental change through their practice. Booking is currently being accepted for places on the following talks.

1. Seoidín O’Sullivan and Aoife Desmond
On Wednesday 29 October 2008 at 7.30pm artists Seoidín O’Sullivan and Aoife Desmond will talk about their individual practices in relation to the natural world, focusing on their recent two-month residency at ‘The Land Art Foundation’ in Thailand and their collaborative film project ‘Trespass’. ‘Trespass’ will be exhibited in The LAB in February ’09.  www.trespass-trespass.blogspot.com

2. Beth O’Halloran
On Wednesday 5 November 2008 at 7.30pm artist Beth O’Halloran will discuss the context of her current practice. O’Halloran’s source material ranges from atmospheric weather conditions to quantum mechanics and the Japanese aesthetic paradigm, wabi-sabi, which extols the value of natural materials and variegated surfaces over the mass-produced and man-made. She will also discuss her participation in a recent group show in the USA called ‘Green Horizons’ which focused solely on the artist’s role in environmental protection and awareness.

3. Greening the City: Setting up a Community Garden

On Wednesday 12 November 2008 at 7.30pm Darren Malone, ecological activist and initiator of a Belfast based community garden and Seoidín O’Sullivan will share their experiences of two community garden projects. They will refer to trends such as guerrilla gardening and seed bombing and will focus on the process of setting up a community garden and the importance of growing your own food.

Entry to the above talks is free but advance booking is essential as places are limited. To book, please contact Airfield on:
T: 01 2984301
E: booking@airfield.ie
www.airfield.ie

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