EUGEO 2019 Galway: Good-Bye Anthropocene – Hello Symbiocene: articulating eco-social art practices that promote ecoliteracy and agency to help us move beyond 10,000 years of ecocide

    Next week is a busy time for me in Galway. I posted last week about giving a talk about my interest in the absence of cultural policy for the environmental emergency I'm giving next Tuesday 14 May. However,  later in the week I was awarded a bursary to give a short paper also…Read more EUGEO 2019 Galway: Good-Bye Anthropocene – Hello Symbiocene: articulating eco-social art practices that promote ecoliteracy and agency to help us move beyond 10,000 years of ecocide

Cultural Climates: Fostering Art for Sustainability – Time for a New Cultural Policy? Moore Institute, Galway

Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald will be speaking with Dr Iain Biggs at a public forum and discussion on what role the arts and cultural sectors can, and need to, play in addressing the issues of ecological crisis in this a time of climate emergency. My thanks to Dr Nessa Cronin, NUIG and Prof Karen E. Till and Prof. Gerry Kearns of Maynooth University. All Welcome!

Children of Pro Silva Ireland members Anna and Brian Browne enjoying a visit to Hollywood forest in 2010. Photo: Cathy Fitzgerald

Art.Earth artist of the month Cathy Fitzgerald and The Hollywood Forest Story: an ongoing eco-social art practice for permanent forestry in Ireland and elsewhere

Ahead of the international summit on cultural responses to  'Evolving the Forest' taking place in Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon, England this June, I was asked by Mark Leahy, of the Directors of the international ecoart network art.earth, to respond to some questions and discuss my work as featured art.earth artist of the month. This…Read more Art.Earth artist of the month Cathy Fitzgerald and The Hollywood Forest Story: an ongoing eco-social art practice for permanent forestry in Ireland and elsewhere

Earth Day 2019: We need to finish the work of Earth-law warrior Polly Higgins

Sometimes a voice is sent to calm our deepest fears Sometimes a hearty laugh will banish all our tears Sometimes words will wing our dreaming ever higher And sometimes a mind will set our imaginations afire. John Quinn, Walking on the Pastures of Wonder, 2015 Today, is a very poignant Earth Day. Last night, on…Read more Earth Day 2019: We need to finish the work of Earth-law warrior Polly Higgins

I Dare You to Be Great: Love the Earth and Help Make it a Crime to Destroy the Earth

Imagine how powerful it would be if Greta Thunberg's million+ student's school strike movement connected with Polly Higgin's work to criminalise ecocide. An international crime of ecocide would immediately signal to corporations and heads of state that they would be legally accountable for destroying ecosystems.

Culture Declares Emergency: signing up from Ireland

“Humanity faces the combined catastrophes of climate change, a mass extinction of vital biodiversity and a degradation of ecosystems health everywhere,” said Lucy Neal, spokesperson for Culture Declares Emergency. “This has now become an emergency situation because governments and industry have not shown the necessary leadership, and, so far, have not acted fast enough. Fortunately,…Read more Culture Declares Emergency: signing up from Ireland

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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