‘The Battle of Moytura Or The Battle for the Soul of Ireland’:- why ecoliteracy for the arts is essential now

cathy fitzgerald | haumea ecoliteracy for the arts

This is a special post for me. I’m reflecting on the first of what I expect to be many more contributions from ecoliterate creatives I am getting to know in my online ecoliteracy course. I now have the good fortune to meet such talented creatives from all art disciplines and from across the world, in my efforts to bring ecoliteracy to the arts. Their work has nourished me in these challenging times.

I’d like to share this new work below from Irish writer Fearghal Duffy who has a deep interest in Irish myth and who was ‘a student’ in my first 6-week ‘Haumea Ecoliteracy for Creatives and Art Educators’ pilot online course (I hesitate to call my cohort ‘students’ as they are remarkably talented).

This new work from Fearghal came about as I invited my first cohort of students to present a small work for our last online Zoom group…

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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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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).