My first Essential Ecoliteracy for Creative Workers and Educators Workshop in Co. Carlow, with Lyric FM

I had such a wonderful time on Saturday 2 November 2019, giving my first Essential Ecoliteracy for the Arts workshop for creative people and art teachers in Rathanna village, Co. Carlow, Ireland. I was also interviewed by journalist and writer Rachel Andrews for RTE Lyric FM on the day. The post below is reblogged from my Haumea website which collates my work on providing ecoliteracy learning opportunities for creative workers.

cathy fitzgerald | haumea ecoliteracy for the arts

“Do artists have the right kinds of tools to imagine new ways of living for the earth and its inhabitants?”

Luke Clancy, RTE Lyric FM Culture File, 11 Nov, 2019

I had such a wonderful time on Saturday 2 November 2019, giving my first Essential Ecoliteracy for the Arts workshop for creative people and art teachers in Rathanna village, Co. Carlow, Ireland.

Developing this workshop has been a long-held wish of mine since I suggested the need for urgent ecoliteracy for the Irish arts sector, at the conclusion of my doctoral thesis, when I submitted it back in 2016. I have felt this keenly for many years as I have a previous career in research science and I know the cultural sector needs to be better informed and supported to effectively engage with this topic.  I also know that societal shifts, like the urgent need for society to live in…

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The 9 Stones Artists’ Book Project

I’m one of the 9 Stones Artists in South Carlow. Here is news about our latest project – a very special handmade limited edition Artists Book, with woodcut prints from all the artists. It is presented as an installation and forms part of the new season of art at Visual Carlow. Opening tomorrow at 3pm, until 19 May.

Special thanks to 9 Stone Artist Anthony Lyttle for teaching us the fascinating art of woodcut printing. Thanks also to artist bookmaker Ciara Healy for helping inspire us and in her work to create such a beautiful book and poem from the two words we all submitted.

I chose the new word ‘Symbiocene’ (the opposite of the Anthropocene -thanks Glenn Albrecht) and ‘stories’ and attempted to create two prints of tree branches (without smudging)

The Nine Stones Artists South County Carlow

The 9 Stones Artists' Book installed in Visual on a special bench of flattened corrugated iron and glass, designed by 9 Stones Artist Remco De Fouw The 9 Stones Artists’ Book installed in Visual on a special bench of flattened corrugated iron and glass, designed by 9 Stones Artist Remco De Fouw

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On display at Visual, Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow.
09 February – 19 May 2019
Opening Sat 9 February 2019, at 3pm.

9 Stones Artists members:

Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Annabel Konig, Anthony Lyttle, Remco de Fouw,
Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael, Rachel Joynt, & Gwen Wilkinson.


The 9 Stones Artists’ Book Project is a collaborative project by 9 Stones Artists and  Ciara Healy, a Curator, Critical Writer, Book Artist and Lecturer in Art, Culture
& Heritage at IT Carlow.

9 Stone Artist, Anthony Lyttle, uses woodcuts as an integral part of his practice. In sharing his specific knowledge through workshops, the 9 Stones Artists were introduced to a new skill and visual language.

The outcome, a book of hand-printed woodblock prints, reflects on a…

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