Trees and fungi make forests and show us the relationality of the Symbiocene

In May and June I wrote an article and gave a couple of talks about 'Goodbye Anthropocene: Hello Symbiocene. It has been my most read post with over 900 views! I talked about a new era and new terms of how humanity can picture its living well with the Earth' other inhabitants. This new framework…Read more Trees and fungi make forests and show us the relationality of the Symbiocene

‘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

Cowhouse Studio artists visiting Hollywood Forest 2019

Hollywood Forest School – developing ecoliteracy for creative practices

Cathy Fitzgerald shares how Hollywood Forest is becoming a 'forest school' for artists and others thinking about applying ecoliteracy to their creative practices. Hollywood forest is part of the #GreenWave for #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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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

Re-imagining forests for Ireland in 2016 and beyond

I was surprised and delighted to be asked by Dr. Deirdre O'Mahony to contribute a poster to the Teagasc and Galway County Council Farming and County Life 1916-2016 event, which seeks to commemorate the 100th year of Ireland's Rising and to reflect on developments in farming and country life across Ireland over the last century.…Read more Re-imagining forests for Ireland in 2016 and beyond