‘Raising the Shining, Reflective Shield’: the urgent need for art and sustainability policy for Ireland

A study I undertook last year (supported by a Carlow Arts Office award), which began as a review of international art and sustainability for County Carlow quickly grew to scope policy for Ireland. I have long felt that so much more could be done to highlight the central role culture has for engaging civil…Read more ‘Raising the Shining, Reflective Shield’: the urgent need for art and sustainability policy for Ireland

the key role of eco-social art practices to envision life-sustaining futures

The bodily exertions endured by Robinson during his researches and observations are, once more, indexical of a decelerated ecological vision - a mode of discovery and living that privileges immersion and depth in its relationship with the living landscape's storehouse of natural and cultural imprints. Eoin Flannery, 2016, 'Essayist of Place: Postcolonialism and Ecology', p.223.…Read more the key role of eco-social art practices to envision life-sustaining futures

Understanding a place “without shortcuts”: exploring the Tim Robinson archive 

On such occasions the basic act of attention that creates a place out of a location would be renewed, enhanced by whatever systems of understanding we can muster, from the mathematical to the mythological, by the passion of poetry, or by simple enjoyment of the play of light on it. Here is a gateway to…Read more Understanding a place “without shortcuts”: exploring the Tim Robinson archive 

The art of Sitka spruce twigs, mud and moss: now at VISUAL Carlow

This is an update of a post I wrote on 20 August 2013. Found abandoned on the floor of Hollywood last weekend, two works of art... __________________________ Update Summer 2016: Fellow 9 Stone Artist Annabel Konig has developed a moving project about nests as a symbol for our many ideas about 'home'. The work of…Read more The art of Sitka spruce twigs, mud and moss: now at VISUAL Carlow

Why ancient tree knowledge in Ireland matters today: Blackstairs Ecotrails film and Ogham tree-teaching stone

Today, Ireland only has remnants of its ancient forests and has one of the lowest levels of tree cover in Europe. While afforestation is promoted with plantations of conifers and native trees (tree cover across Ireland is around 12%) there is value in considering how ancient forests were once regarded. Ireland was deforested over many…Read more Why ancient tree knowledge in Ireland matters today: Blackstairs Ecotrails film and Ogham tree-teaching stone

Review and Opening of the 9 Stones Artists Possibilities of Place exhibition: continues to 16 Oct, 2016 – VISUAL Carlow

This is an update of some of the press and media regarding the 9 Stones Artists Group Show I am involved with, and which is on show until 16 October. Celebrating ten years of working together, the 9 Stones Artists The Possibilities of Place exhibition has been an exciting means to share their work in the incredible…Read more Review and Opening of the 9 Stones Artists Possibilities of Place exhibition: continues to 16 Oct, 2016 – VISUAL Carlow