“A revolution in how we live? An interdisciplinary workshop on creative approaches to education for environmental understanding and responsibility” on peatlands.

#FridayArt4Emergency Trans-Disciplinary Conversations on Peatlands A UCC Research IRC Funded Project #LoveIrishResearch An interdisciplinary Workshop on Creative Approaches to Education for Environmental Understanding and Responsibility Irish Research Council Creative Connection Scheme18-19 October 2019 – The Glucksman, Cork Co-hosted by Dr. Maureen O’Connor, University College Cork and The Glucksman Gallery I was delighted recently to present…Read more “A revolution in how we live? An interdisciplinary workshop on creative approaches to education for environmental understanding and responsibility” on peatlands.

Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields and Gardens exhibition and symposia 20 Nov. 2019

I am delighted to share that I am taking part in this important Irish Earth Writings Symposia and Exhibition at Maynooth University on 20th November 2019. I and other creative Ireland-based workers will share how we invite diverse rural and urban communities to engage with eco-social topics arising in these urgent times. Cultural activity is…Read more Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields and Gardens exhibition and symposia 20 Nov. 2019

New One-day Workshop in County Carlow, Ireland, Sat 2 Nov, – ‘Everything Must Change’: Essential Ecoliteracy* for your Creative Practice or Teaching

Update: Fully Booked! but please email me to be placed on waiting list or list for future courses. Dear Readers, I am reposting this workshop information, as when I reblogged it from my post from my other site, the formatting got scrambled. Thanks for all the interest so far, there are some places are left,…Read more New One-day Workshop in County Carlow, Ireland, Sat 2 Nov, – ‘Everything Must Change’: Essential Ecoliteracy* for your Creative Practice or Teaching

Symbiocene Art for the Art in the Anthropocene Conference, Trinity College Dublin

Goodbye Anthropocene - Hello Symbiocene at Trinity College Dublin Update Sept 2019 delighted to announce my article will be re-published in the source book “Plasticity - the global reader” (working title) being published in coming winter 2019 by Centre for Contemporary Art U-jazdowski Castle in Warsaw. The editorial ambition is to present the idea of…Read more Symbiocene Art for the Art in the Anthropocene Conference, Trinity College Dublin

Dawn of the Symbiocene, Photo: Cathy Fitzgerald, 2019

An Urgent Conversation for the Arts in Ireland

Update 2 July 2019 : Since giving this talk there has been an important development for arts and sustainability in Ireland. On 28 June Creative Carbon Scotland announced that Caitriona Fallon and Theatre Forum Ireland had been assisted by them to set up a Green Initiative for Arts in Ireland. Read more here on my…Read more An Urgent Conversation for the Arts in Ireland

Dara and his mother in Hollywood Forest (2016) Photo: Cathy Fitzgerald

Good-Bye Anthropocene – Hello Symbiocene!

The first Irish signatory to #CultureDeclaresEmergency and eco-social artist, researcher and educator, Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, discusses the new era, the Symbiocene. The Symbiocene is the new epoch in human history, beyond the ecocide of the Anthropocene, in which emergent humanity celebrates and respects all life's diversity and develops new Earth-aligned intellectual and emotional features. Cathy's talk identifies that the Symbiocene can help cultural workers and others frame their work, especially ecological art practices situated in communities that help people envision new ideas, practices and values for a better, more just and beautiful world. Cathy uses the Symbiocene to help deepen understanding of her ongoing eco-social art practice: The Hollywood Forest Story - 'the little wood that could'. See hollywoodforest.com/portfolio/ongoi…d-forest-story/

Cathy was invited by Dr. Nessa Cronin, Irish Studies, National University of Galway and Professors Karen Till and Gerry Kearns, Maynooth University, Ireland to speak for the Art & Geography: Art, Activism and Social Engagement in the Age of the Capitalocene panel at the 7th EU Geo Congress in Galway, recorded 16 May 2019.

Cathy wishes to acknowledge Dr Frances Fahy and Dr. Kathy Reilly (EUGEO Conference Co-Chairs and organisers for the bursary that she was awarded that enable her to attend the congress).

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