An Urgent Conversation for the Arts in Ireland

  "I’ll start with the obvious. Our current problems are not simply environmental. They’re social and, perhaps particularly, psychological – that’s why Amitav Ghosh refers to our global crisis as The Great Derangement. Until a few years back, I earned a living teaching, so I tend to see situations in terms of what we need…Read more An Urgent Conversation for the Arts in Ireland

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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Cowhouse Studio artists visiting Hollywood Forest 2019

Hollywood Forest School – developing ecoliteracy for creative practices

Cathy Fitzgerald shares how Hollywood Forest is becoming a 'forest school' for artists and others thinking about applying ecoliteracy to their creative practices. Hollywood forest is part of the #GreenWave for #Ireland

My young forest and dog-loving friend Dara and his mother on a visit to Hollywood Forest

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).

Children of Pro Silva Ireland members Anna and Brian Browne enjoying a visit to Hollywood forest in 2010. Photo: Cathy Fitzgerald

Art.Earth artist of the month Cathy Fitzgerald and The Hollywood Forest Story: an ongoing eco-social art practice for permanent forestry in Ireland and elsewhere

Ahead of the international summit on cultural responses to  'Evolving the Forest' taking place in Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon, England this June, I was asked by Mark Leahy, of the Directors of the international ecoart network art.earth, to respond to some questions and discuss my work as featured art.earth artist of the month. This…Read more Art.Earth artist of the month Cathy Fitzgerald and The Hollywood Forest Story: an ongoing eco-social art practice for permanent forestry in Ireland and elsewhere

Hollywood, ‘the little wood that could’ is a small 2-acre Close-to-Nature continuous cover forest growing under the Blackstairs Mountains, in South County Carlow, Ireland. Photo: Martin Lyttle

PhD by Practice – The Ecological Turn: Living Well with forests to explain eco-social art practices

I'm delighted to announce that this week I was conferred with a PhD by Practice in Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design at a ceremony at University College Dublin. There are so, so many people to thank and I'm delighted to start to share some of my practice and research, FINALLY!…Read more PhD by Practice – The Ecological Turn: Living Well with forests to explain eco-social art practices

Rowan Lear and Angela Jerardi, Cowhouse artists-in-residence visitors to Hollywood forest, November 28, 2017.

Contributing to the Cowhouse Studios ‘How to Flatten A Mountain’ 2018 artists residency

Eco-social artist Cathy Fitzgerald, will be offering an ecoliteracy toolbox of sorts for the Cowhouse Studios 2018 How to Flatten a Mountain Artists Residency : comprising ideas from science, environmental philosophy, and examples from effective and established eco-social art practices. The aim is to help the artists reflect on how they might more accurately read the environmental realities here during their residency, but also to equip the artists with new ways of thinking for their own home places, so they can create informed and engaging responses for their audiences.