Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 12.17.42UPDATE: NOW FULLY BOOKED!

I’m delighted to announce I will be sharing the Hollywood artful forest transformation project in a couple of weeks in the new Blackstairs Rural Film Festival.

brochure-cover-Rural-film-festival-2014-Blackstairs-449x1024I will be taking a small group around Hollywood (near Borris, South Co. Carlow) and opening a conversation around eco art practices and how I have applied them to changing a small monoculture conifer plantation into a forest.

During the walk I will share my draft audiovisual ebook – the ‘journey’ of this forest transformation of this small woodland that I’m preparing for the practice part of my art practice PhD studies. Bringing visitors around our forest with my ebook has evolved as over the last 6 months when I’ve found a number of visitors are coming to Hollywood, local people yet some from far away as Australia, Northern Ireland, just to learn about the project (I have to thank Green Sod Ireland for asking me to do a walk and talk back in April for helping me develop this idea).

So depending on who turns up we may very well discuss the practicalities of forest tending, the challenges of creating artworks, writings in an age of catastrophic biodiversity loss, the idea that local activities may help influence national land policies or contribute to science or we may very well get distracted by Holly, our dog, who lent her name to this project and the project being put on the local map.

The places are limited. Bookings are to be made directly through me at

Date: Saturday 8 November 2014 at 4pm. Ticket price €5.
Please wear warm clothing. Tea and coffee will be available afterwards.

See the full festival programme here

I also suggested the film for BlackStairsEcoTrails – “Trashed” produced and narrated by Jeremy Irons.  It will be in shown in the Blackstairs EcoTrails new Barn on Sunday night, down the road at Killedmond, Co. Carlow.


PS some of you might remember I filmed a short clip of Jeremy Irons reciting a poem about the benefits of planting trees last year. I was just remembering ‘the line’ that whoever plants a tree is giving ‘ a blessing for the neighbourhood’ – so its nice to share the work I am co-creating with Hollywood to the local Blackstairs community too. Many thanks to Orla Ryan, Cornelia McCarthy and the Blackstairs Rural Film committee for the invitation to take part.


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