#FridayArt4Emergency: The Carole Nelson Trio – ‘Arboreal’ -the Album!

Carole Nelson is one of a number of Irish artists with an international vocation who has resisted the lure of the city and is rewriting the association of rural Ireland [...] Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka, 'Recensioni / Reviews', Studi irlandesi Irish Studies (2019), pp.606-617 All Things 'Arboreal': Jazz and Forests? This time last year, I had…Read more #FridayArt4Emergency: The Carole Nelson Trio – ‘Arboreal’ -the Album!

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

Introducing Haumea and a proposed new online ‘ecoliteracy for the arts’ course: your ideas welcome!

An ecoliterate person is prepared to be an effective member of sustainable society, with well‐rounded abilities of head, heart, hands, and spirit, comprising an organic understanding of the world and participatory action within and with the environment. McBride et al., 2013, Ecosphere, Vol. 4, Issue 5. Some of you might know, in addition to my…Read more Introducing Haumea and a proposed new online ‘ecoliteracy for the arts’ course: your ideas welcome!

‘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

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

Cultural Climates: Fostering Art for Sustainability – Time for a New Cultural Policy? Moore Institute, Galway

Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald will be speaking with Dr Iain Biggs at a public forum and discussion on what role the arts and cultural sectors can, and need to, play in addressing the issues of ecological crisis in this a time of climate emergency. My thanks to Dr Nessa Cronin, NUIG and Prof Karen E. Till and Prof. Gerry Kearns of Maynooth University. All Welcome!

Culture Declares Emergency: signing up from Ireland

“Humanity faces the combined catastrophes of climate change, a mass extinction of vital biodiversity and a degradation of ecosystems health everywhere,” said Lucy Neal, spokesperson for Culture Declares Emergency. “This has now become an emergency situation because governments and industry have not shown the necessary leadership, and, so far, have not acted fast enough. Fortunately,…Read more Culture Declares Emergency: signing up from Ireland