Art & Ecology Seminar – Portlaoise

Sites of Tension – Sites of Collaboration: Art & Ecology Seminar – Portlaoise

• November 19, 2016

• 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

A Seminar exploring engagement with land use, ecology and arts practice.

in partnership with Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.

The seminar coincides with a solo exhibition of work by the artist Monica de Bath PLOT/CEAPACH (24 Oct – 27 Nov, 2016), curated by Denise Reddy.

The day will involve presentations from artists with interdisciplinary approaches to working around the issue of local and global landuse and ecology.  
Speakers include: Artist Monica De Bath (PLOT / CEAPACH) and Dr Catherine Farrell (Ecologist),  Artist /Academic Deirdre O’Mahony (SPUD, X-PO) and Artist Gareth Kennedy (Post Colony).

Chaired by: Paddy Woodworth (Author of recent book on ecological restoration and former arts editor of Irish Times)

Schedule to follow.

10.00 – Registration Tea & Coffee

10.30 – Panel presentations and discussion with key speakers:

Monica de Bath; Dr Catherine Farrell; Deirdre O’Mahony and Gareth Kennedy.
Chaired by Paddy Woodworth.

13.00 – Lunch

PLOT/CEAPACH has its origins in an artists’ residency at a peat excavation site at Bord na Móna Ballydermot Works, Kildare. Conversations and interactions with staff led to an ongoing, evolving arts practice which investigates tensions between making a living and ecological land use. The exhibition includes a range of work from the PLOT/CEAPACH series, exploring the changing nature of land use, biofuels, restoration and renewable energy projects on the Bog of Allen and Atlantic Bog in Ireland.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of workshops facilitated by de Bath and a seminar, Sites of Tension/ Sites of Collaboration, exploring engagement with land use, ecology and arts practice.

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