The 9 Stones Artists’ Book Project

I’m one of the 9 Stones Artists in South Carlow. Here is news about our latest project – a very special handmade limited edition Artists Book, with woodcut prints from all the artists. It is presented as an installation and forms part of the new season of art at Visual Carlow. Opening tomorrow at 3pm, until 19 May.

Special thanks to 9 Stone Artist Anthony Lyttle for teaching us the fascinating art of woodcut printing. Thanks also to artist bookmaker Ciara Healy for helping inspire us and in her work to create such a beautiful book and poem from the two words we all submitted.

I chose the new word ‘Symbiocene’ (the opposite of the Anthropocene -thanks Glenn Albrecht) and ‘stories’ and attempted to create two prints of tree branches (without smudging)

The Nine Stones Artists South County Carlow

The 9 Stones Artists' Book installed in Visual on a special bench of flattened corrugated iron and glass, designed by 9 Stones Artist Remco De Fouw The 9 Stones Artists’ Book installed in Visual on a special bench of flattened corrugated iron and glass, designed by 9 Stones Artist Remco De Fouw

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On display at Visual, Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow.
09 February – 19 May 2019
Opening Sat 9 February 2019, at 3pm.

9 Stones Artists members:

Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Annabel Konig, Anthony Lyttle, Remco de Fouw,
Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael, Rachel Joynt, & Gwen Wilkinson.


The 9 Stones Artists’ Book Project is a collaborative project by 9 Stones Artists and  Ciara Healy, a Curator, Critical Writer, Book Artist and Lecturer in Art, Culture
& Heritage at IT Carlow.

9 Stone Artist, Anthony Lyttle, uses woodcuts as an integral part of his practice. In sharing his specific knowledge through workshops, the 9 Stones Artists were introduced to a new skill and visual language.

The outcome, a book of hand-printed woodblock prints, reflects on a…

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Hollywood forest in Carlow is a citizen scientist for soil and climate with EU GROW Observatory

Creating a 'global soil map' to show how soil, from where we were born across the Earth, connects and supports us all, with Monkeyshine Theatre at the Grow Observatory Citizen Workshop at VISUAL Carlow on 1 Dec, 2018 Update: Grow Observatory is taking part in Ireland, across two areas: the South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, South…Read more Hollywood forest in Carlow is a citizen scientist for soil and climate with EU GROW Observatory

PhD by Practice – The Ecological Turn: Living Well with forests to explain eco-social art practices

I'm delighted to announce that this week I was conferred with a PhD by Practice in Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design at a ceremony at University College Dublin. There are so, so many people to thank and I'm delighted to start to share some of my practice and research, FINALLY!…Read more PhD by Practice – The Ecological Turn: Living Well with forests to explain eco-social art practices

Deireadh Fomhair – The End of Autumn exhibition by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

  "Deireadh Fomhair" is the title for this body of work, the Irish name for the month of October but literally translating as 'the end of Autumn'. We have always taken the cycle of the seasons for granted in Ireland but with climate change, things have become more uncertain. When this Autumn ends, can we…Read more Deireadh Fomhair – The End of Autumn exhibition by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Evolving the Forest, Creative Summit 19-21, 2019, Call for submissions

I have been lucky enough to attend two creative art and ecology summits organised by art.earth. Next year's theme is all about forests so I'm very much hoping to attend!! I expect it will be not so much 'evolving forests', more that it will a rich event promoting conversations and creativity, practical and scientific knowledge,…Read more Evolving the Forest, Creative Summit 19-21, 2019, Call for submissions

Creative Ireland Carlow supports two Drummin Bog eco-social art projects

I’m delighted to share that the Drummin Bog Project for Carlow’s only raised bog, has received support from Creative Ireland Carlow for two eco-social art projects.

I was particularly happy to find my doctoral research for developing an eco-social art practice theory and methodology framework, can be used not just for forests but bogs too!

The artistic team working for the Drummin Bog project includes fellow Nine Stone Artists: Jules Michael (lead artist for the projects), Martin Lyttle, Annabel Konig and other local artist-educator and art facilitator Mairead Holahan and Alexis Bernstorff.

The Drummin Bog Project: Celebrating Carlow's only Raised Bog

Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 19.39.13.png The Drummin Bog Projects are two of 16 community art projects supported by Creative Ireland Carlow in 2018-19.

The Drummin Bog Project committee is delighted to announce that two proposals for the Drummin Bog Project are to be supported by Creative Ireland Carlow:

The Bog Rosemary and Fraughan Projects, listed below, build on the initiative of the Drummin Bog Project that created a successful community Hidden | Reveal art event at Visual Carlow, December 2017.

Drummin Bog is Carlow’s only raised bog. The Drummin Bog Project was formed in 2015 to conserve, restore and promote this special place. It is sited in a wider national context; as a member of the Community Wetlands Forum and as part of the overall growing environmental awareness of the importance of raised bogs, in their significance to lowering carbon emissions and as sensitive and important flora and fauna habitats.

The Drummin Bog project aims…

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Albatross the film – translating grief through art inspires global #beatplasticpollution movement

Some of the key images that have caught our hearts have been the result of some tireless individuals, who with artistic skills have been translating the throw-away-and-forget horror of our modern way of life. I'm sharing news that in a few days, a lead artist against pollution, photographer Chris Jordan, whose images early on impressed initial horror and grief on the state of our oceans, is releasing his feature length film Albatross free to the world on World Ocean's Day June 8, 2018.