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

Celebrating Carlow’s Drummin Bog legacy landscape at VISUAL Carlow

Such a terrific event, and proud to be on the committee of this project promoting, safeguarding an important legacy landscape for south Co. Carlow – the Drummin Bog! Carlow’s only raised bog.

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

IMG_4836On Saturday last we were absolutely delighted as over 200 people came out to celebrate and support Drummin Bog at VISUAL, Carlow. The response to the artworks, the information desk and the event overall was absolutely wonderful, with people coming from Carlow town and county but also further afield from Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Wexford.

img_4832 Dr Liam Lysaght, Director, National BioDiversity Data Centre with Matt Hayden English, Chairperson of The Drummin Bog Project, St Mullins

Our keynote speaker Dr. Liam Lysaght (Director, National BioDiversity Data Centre) commented on the tremendous goodwill already evident towards the bog in the generosity of the participating artists. This was also reflected in the amount of people present, their interest in the event, and sales made. He noted how the bog is a special place, and how important it is for us to maintain these legacy landscapes, not only for their historical layers and previous…

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Hidden: REVEAL See artworks online for Carlow Drummin Bog Project fundraiser Saturday 2 Dec, 5.30-7pm VISUAL Carlow

I’m delighted to be a volunteer on the committee for a new project that is celebrating County Carlow’s last remaining raised bog – Drummin Bog, near St Mullins.

It’s a great committee to be involved with and my artist colleague Jules Michaels has organised this art event fundraiser to engage the local community, many who don’t know that Carlow has a raised bog. I’ve enjoyed creating the website and online slideshow for this project and also in thinking about the power of bring art strategies to environmental projects.

As alongside the environmental studies, education, local history and access plans being organised for the bog, artistic strategies are being employed to engage the local community and visitors to the area.

From the project website:

“Funding is currently being sought to commission a suite of baseline scientific surveys and maps of the bog which will better inform and plan the future restoration of the site to active peat-forming capacity. This baseline data will initially include topographical, hydrogeological, geological and ecological. This will assist in monitoring the success of restoration measures undertaken.

Artistic strategies will also be employed alongside science activities to engage the hearts and minds of the local community to celebrate this unique natural heritage feature of South Carlow. Recording local cultural and folk histories of people who have long interacted with bog will be important. Artistic strategies to highlight the beauty and understanding of this unique natural heritage area are also planned to engage both the local community and visitors.

Overall, these science and art activities will develop the overall site at Drummin bog as a important South Carlow conservation, educational and amenity area for the local community and beyond.”

Enjoy the artworks and please do come and support the event on Sat 2 Dec at VISUAL Carlow if you are in the area.

See more at http://drumminbogproject.wordpress.com

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

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Please see images below for the artworks kindly donated to the Drummin Bog Project Fundraiser Art Event.

Click on an image to see the full-size artwork itself and to enjoy all the artworks as slideshow.

The work will also be installed in VISUAL, Carlow to view from Wednesday 29th November.

Names of participating artists will be REVEALED at the sale of these works in VISUAL on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 5.30 – 7pm.

Artworks will be €30 each and frames will also be available to purchase. All proceeds will go to support the Carlow Drummin Bog project.

Our deep appreciation to all the participating artists
and do hope you can join us at VISUAL Carlow to celebrate the unique natural heritage of Carlow’s only raised bog.

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