My first Essential Ecoliteracy for Creative Workers and Educators Workshop in Co. Carlow, with Lyric FM

I had such a wonderful time on Saturday 2 November 2019, giving my first Essential Ecoliteracy for the Arts workshop for creative people and art teachers in Rathanna village, Co. Carlow, Ireland. I was also interviewed by journalist and writer Rachel Andrews for RTE Lyric FM on the day. The post below is reblogged from my Haumea website which collates my work on providing ecoliteracy learning opportunities for creative workers.

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“Do artists have the right kinds of tools to imagine new ways of living for the earth and its inhabitants?”

Luke Clancy, RTE Lyric FM Culture File, 11 Nov, 2019

I had such a wonderful time on Saturday 2 November 2019, giving my first Essential Ecoliteracy for the Arts workshop for creative people and art teachers in Rathanna village, Co. Carlow, Ireland.

Developing this workshop has been a long-held wish of mine since I suggested the need for urgent ecoliteracy for the Irish arts sector, at the conclusion of my doctoral thesis, when I submitted it back in 2016. I have felt this keenly for many years as I have a previous career in research science and I know the cultural sector needs to be better informed and supported to effectively engage with this topic.  I also know that societal shifts, like the urgent need for society to live in…

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The Hollywood Forest Story—Eco-Social Art Practice for the Symbiocene: a new article for US Minding Nature journal

I was thrilled and a little bit nervous to be asked to write an article about Hollywood Forest and my creative practice for the US Minding Nature journal over the summer. MINDING NATURE is a journal exploring conservation values and the practice of ecological democratic citizenship I have been following this fantastic multidisciplinary journal for…Read more The Hollywood Forest Story—Eco-Social Art Practice for the Symbiocene: a new article for US Minding Nature journal

#FridayArt4Emergency: The Carole Nelson Trio – ‘Arboreal’ -the Album!

Carole Nelson is one of a number of Irish artists with an international vocation who has resisted the lure of the city and is rewriting the association of rural Ireland [...] Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka, 'Recensioni / Reviews', Studi irlandesi Irish Studies (2019), pp.606-617 All Things 'Arboreal': Jazz and Forests? This time last year, I had…Read more #FridayArt4Emergency: The Carole Nelson Trio – ‘Arboreal’ -the Album!

Introducing Haumea and a proposed new online ‘ecoliteracy for the arts’ course: your ideas welcome!

An ecoliterate person is prepared to be an effective member of sustainable society, with well‐rounded abilities of head, heart, hands, and spirit, comprising an organic understanding of the world and participatory action within and with the environment. McBride et al., 2013, Ecosphere, Vol. 4, Issue 5. Some of you might know, in addition to my…Read more Introducing Haumea and a proposed new online ‘ecoliteracy for the arts’ course: your ideas welcome!

‘Uinse’ by Sarah Flynn: grieving Ireland’s madness for monocultures

At a conference in Ireland in 2004, I remarked that the Irish had had enough experience of imported plant disease to last them a thousand years - the calamitous potato famine in 1845. The man from the Ministry got up and bleated nothing could be done because this would restrict trade and the World Trade…Read more ‘Uinse’ by Sarah Flynn: grieving Ireland’s madness for monocultures

Creative Ireland An Fraughan art programme: Three Neighbouring Schools Eco-Social Art Exhibition Creates Buzz for Carlow’s Little Drummin Bog

I was so delighted to be part of this wonderful eco-social art project and exhibition last Thursday - it was a joy to support this fun and important project with amazing project designer-organiser, artist Jules Michael, and artist Annabel Konig and others from the Drummin Bog voluntary committee. And to use knowledge from my doctoral…Read more Creative Ireland An Fraughan art programme: Three Neighbouring Schools Eco-Social Art Exhibition Creates Buzz for Carlow’s Little Drummin Bog

An Fraughan Art Exhibition for Drummin Bog: Drummond, Co. Carlow, Thurs 6 June 2019

I’ve been delighted to support Carlow-based artist Jules Michael and others who have helped developed the An Fraughan Children’s Art Exhibition for Drummin Bog: Drummond, Co. Carlow.

I’ve shared my eco-social art framework that I developed in Hollywood forest and knowledge of the art and ecology field with the Drummin Bog artists. Its been so inspiring to see the young children and their teachers so engaged with this special and environmentally important habitat, that until recently was little regarded in the the area. Hurrah for Carlow’s only raised bog, the only raised bog in the South East of Ireland.

The exhibition will be open on Thursday 6 June 2-3pm.
All are very welcome!

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

The Drummin Bog Project is delighted to annouce an exhibition to celebrate the work of the children from the national schools of  Drummond, Glynn and Newtown, Co. Carlow.

The An Fraughan project, led by artist Jules Michael, supported by Cathy Fitzgerald, Annabel Konig and Ema McGrath, is a collaboration between the pupils of the schools, South Carlow artists and Drummin Bog, St. Mullins.

The public exhibition is on at 2-3pm Thursday 6 June, 2019 at Drummond Hall, Drummond, South County Carlow. All are welcome.

Directions:

Drummond Hall is next to Church of St Brendan

https://goo.gl/maps/Hg4ZHx41iEgxYUAMA

An Fraughan art exhibition invitation

The Drummin Bog Project gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative Ireland Carlow and the Carlow Arts Office for this project and exhibition.

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