Cathy Fitzgerald, 9 Stone Artist, offers an Essential Ecoliteracy for Creative Workers and Educators Workshop in Rathanna, Co. Carlow, with Lyric FM

Reposted from 9 Stones Artist’s Cathy Fitzgerald’s ecoliteracy blog Haumea

“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 more life-affirming ways, are always related to new cultural activity. Sharing ecoliteracy with other creatives is part of how I am contributing as an Irish signatory to the international #CultureDeclares emergency campaign.

Essential Ecoliteracy for the Arts workshop

I  designed this one-day ‘Everything Must Change: A Paradigm Shift for Society and the Arts‘  workshop specifically for creative workers and art educators, art researchers, who have some knowledge of expanded, socially engaged, community art practices. This workshop was NOT about how to make an environmental artwork. Rather, it was a course to start thinking about how you might transform your creative practice or your art teaching for the environmental-social emergency.

I was delighted to welcome participants from as far away as Kerry, Cork, Clare and Dublin and people who were living in the Carlow – Wexford area.

Ecoliteracy is a big, heavy topic

With workshop participants, I shared how ecological insights and science data demand an unprecedented paradigm shift for modern society.  I covered several topics to fully present the history, science, philosophy of how ecological insights can empower us in these urgent times. As this is a confronting topic for anyone and from my experience, I also introduced a range of pyscho-social supports for creative workers and educators engaging with this topic.  I was blessed on the day of the workshop to have assistance on bodywork practices with the wonderful subtle anatomy educator Veronica Larsson. I also shared encouraging new insights for mindful practices for a more compassionate and creative era from US philosopher Dr Nikos Patedakis. I presented a way to understand the environmental science more easily and introduced concepts and new words like solastalgia, soliphilia, The Symbiocene, advanced by Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, that help us better identify the emotions of the age we are in, and how our creative work may contribute to a more compassionate era, the Symbiocene, where the welfare of all of Earth’s inhabitants are prioritised (it was great to share the new Solastalgia film as well).

Visual art, music, film, drawing flowers, fungi and eco jazz

Amongst a range of cultural works I shared that engaged with the ecological emergency, I also shared new Irish eco #jazz music from The Carole Nelson Trio, and showed the  ‘Fantastic Fungi’ (2019) film trailer (the sensational new US film by inspired filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg, forest mycologists like Paul Stamet and forest ecologist Prof Suzanne Simard who are sharing new advances in symbiotic science that underlines growing appreciation of the interconnectedness of all life to growing audiences around the world).

At the end of the day, listening to Carole Nelson’s Trio new ‘canopy’ and ‘under-the-ground’ tracks, we each of us drew our own ‘flower of sustainability’ (a personal map-making drawing exercise designed by eco-social artist Dr Insa Winkler). This allowed us to reflect and visualise our unique gifts, intersecting interests, concerns and joys, as an ecology of practice for these urgent times.

Overall, it was a day full of sharing, laughter, feet stamping, reflecting, feeling, learning, tears, leaning on each other,  and great local vegetarian food by Trish Markey (who I later discovered had done cookery classes at Ballymaloe – how we did enjoy the food Trish).

My Interview with Rachel Andrews for Lyric FM

Also, it was a real surprise to be interviewed by one of the workshop participants, writer, journalist and cultural researcher Rachel Andrews for Lyric FM’s Luke Clancy Culture File Weekly show. Thank you so much, Rachel, for recording the day. What an unexpected gift to reflect on too!

Listen to my interview with Rachel, and introduced by cultural broadcaster Luke Clancy below. (Participants will smile when they hear the intro to the Katie Goodman music clip that I shared during the workshop 😉 )

These are just some of the highlights of the day – its a day I will treasure for all the insights and learning.

More Workshops and an Online Course early January 2020

PS – I’ve had invitations to give more workshops across the country and I will shortly be offering a 6-week online version early in the New Year.

Please subscribe to this blog to hear of future workshops and online courses.

Thank You Everyone!

Very special thanks to my philosopher coach and anam cara, Dr Nikos Patedakis; to Veronica Larsson, what a joy to reconnect recently and thank you for the gift you gave us – we all felt so supported and connected to new understandings in our bodies. Heartfelt thanks to my magic biz-tech-art mentor Mary Carty, my wonderful sculptor Lithicworks husband Martin Lyttle and new dog Willow. Hugs to Kate Flood and thanks for setup and ongoing support from Jules Michael, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Mairead Holohan, Dr Eileen Hutton, Rosie O’Gorman, and Orla Callaghan. Thanks also to Drs Iain Biggs, Paul O’Brien, Karen Till, Gerry Kearns and Nessa Cronin. Thanks also to all the participants who have given such rich, detailed feedback. Also a big thanks to Arts Officer, Sinead Dowling and all at the Carlow Arts Office. And to the Rathanna Community Hall Committee – the venue was perfect. Thanks also to the Local Carlow Enterprise Board, business mentor Bernie Tracey and my online course mentor Jim Wright at Mirasee, Montreal.

PS

Cathy’s latest article on ecological art practice, has also just been published in the US Minding Nature journal, Fall 2019. ‘The Hollywood Forest Story: an eco-social art practice for the Symbiocene’.

 

 

Gate Lodge exhibition for the Carlow Arts Festival 2015

9 Stones invite 2015 exterior gate lodgeAs part of the curated Carlow Arts Festival, we showed in the wonderful Gate Lodge on the grounds of St. Patrick’s college, Carlow.

Review of 9 Stones Artists Show at Borris 13-15 June 2014

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“The 9 Stones Artists are a cut above most other groups of their kind. Their art is inquisitive of new technique and subject matter; they bring science and nature together subtly and convincingly and produce images that are pleasing and appealing. There is an intellectual weight to their art that lifts it above and beyond mere picture making, and it’s this quality that validates their practice as ‘capital A’ Art. Hung in the quirky surrounds of repairs and renovations to the building that houses the show, this is a perfect opportunity to see really good art being displayed right in the locality in which it was made. These are local artists making a big contribution to the art world. Up South Leinster!”

Jeremy Hill, The Norman Gallery 13 June 2014

Thanks to everyone who came and visited our exhibition last weekend. We were all thrilled with the response in our first exhibition in Borris during the Borris House festival of Writing and Thinking and the Carlow Arts Festival 2014.

Below is a slideshow with some images from the opening on Fri 13 June, and then images of the work exhibited.

If you are interested in any of the work, please see our website for details of the individual artists at https://9stones.wordpress.com

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Preparing for the 9 Stones Artists exhibition in Borris 13-15 June

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Preparations underway for our 9 Stones Artists exhibition starting this Fri 13 June until 15 Sat June 10am-7pm.

The house we are exhibiting in is down from the Step House hotel in Borris, along the Main Street.

The Opening is on Fri 13th, at 6pm, all welcome! Continue reading

9 Stones Exhibition at ‘Borris Town House’ during Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas 13-15 June

 

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9 Stones Artists Opening (the night before the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas begins)
9 Stones Artists Opening 13 June  at 6pm – ALL WELCOME!  (the night before the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas begins)

Uniting for our fifth group show,  the 9 Stones Artists will present an exciting exhibition of recent and site-specific works in Borris Village for the duration of the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas, as part of the 2014 Carlow Arts Festival.

A common thread to the 9 Stones Artists group is that we respond to the area and reflect new meanings and experiences of South Carlow to audiences; in the various media we choose, the themes we engage with or the practices and processes we undertake.

In creative ways, the 9 Stone Artists look to define and enrich understandings of the area; by examining its unique past, present and future aspirations; the geological, aesthetic, and ecological rhythms of the area and how these thread through local South Carlow life.

Some of the 9 Stone Artists are concerned with art-making, some with extended or site-specific studies of the area, others again work across non-art disciplines or connect and participate with non art-groups; all create works that transmit new understandings of this special area of County Carlow, still little known outside the county.

Our opening is on the evening before the Borris House Festival, Fri 13th June at 6pm and runs alongside the  Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas weekend event until Sun 15 June.

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9 Stones artists meeting in front of the 'Town House Borris' (Main St. Borris) recently
9 Stones artists meeting in front of the ‘Town House Borris’ (Main St. Borris) recently

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Remco de Fouw, Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Anthony Lyttle, Annabel Konig, Gwen Wilkinson, Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael and Rachel Joynt will transform one of Borris’s most charming and historic townhouses into a gallery for a single weekend.

Thanks to Andrew and Tina Kavanagh for the kind loan of the premises

Also to the Carlow Arts Festival Team 2014

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The Town House, Main Street, Borris, Carlow.

Opening Fri  13th – Sunday 15th June

10am – 7pm

Friday 13th June 6pm (0pening)

Invitation to unveiling of ‘Templecroney Stone’ by Michelle Byrne

We are all delighted to announce the unveiling of 9 Stones Artist Michelle Byrne’s fantastic new stone sculpture for Carlow. Congratulations Michelle!

The unveiling is on Friday 29 Novemeber 2013 at 6.30pm,

Riverdell, Centaur St, Carlow Town – all welcome!

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New work for Carlow town
New work for Carlow town by 9 Stones Artist Michelle Byrne

Michelle also has a new website michellebyrnesculpture.com

Artists Talks during 9 Stones Artists Pop-up Nights at Deighton Hall, Carlow this week

Thanks to everyone who took part in our opening yesterday – it was a fantastic event!

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Upcoming Artists Talks during the exhibition

At the 9 Stones Artists exhibition this week at Deighton Hall, Carlow, artists Brian Hand will present a short talk on Collective Capitalism in Pre Famine Ireland with reference to the Blackstairs Moountains at 8pm on Tuesday 12th June and Orla Ryan will present a short talk on Melodrama and Modernity in relation to Cinema at 8pm on Wednesday 13th June.  All welcome.

On these nights, Lennon’s Restaurant together with the Carlow Brewing Company promise some POP-UP fare* and also on Friday and Saturday ( 15 & 16 June). On Friday night artist Gwen Wilkinson will also provide some scrumptious nibbles for the Pop-up Bar.

Special thanks to Lennons Cafe bar,  also thanks to O’Shea’s of Borris. Also to Eigse Volunteers and the Carlow Amenity Trust.


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VENUE: Deighton Hall, Dublin Street, Carlow (opposite An Post/Post Office)

DATES: Saturday 9th – Sunday 17th June

Opening hours:  1pm to 7pm daily,
*POP-UP BAR Tues, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (12, 13, 15 & 16 June) 8- until 10 pm

Reminder: 9 Stones Artists Exhibition opens next Saturday 9 June

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The invitations are being sent out now – all are welcome to the 2012 9 Stones Artists exhibition at Deighton Hall, Carlow,
opposite AN Post/Post Office in Carlow, starting next Saturday 9 June, 12pm 2012; opening reception at 6pm.

The Nine Stones Artists was formed in 2004.  Its members are professional artists most of whom are based in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in South County Carlow—video artists, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, painters and installation artists.

Gwen Wilkinson, Annabel Konig, Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael, Rachel Joynt, Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Stephen O Briain, Eileen MacDonagh, Brian Hand, Orla Ryan and Remco de Fouw will occupy and adorn the raw exposed brick hall space of Deighton Hall with some of the most intriguing artworks to have emerged by any art collective in the country.

Note, the proprietors of Lennon’s Restaurant together with the Carlow Brewing Company promise some POP-UP fare* on Tues, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (12, 13, 15 & 16 June)

special thanks to Lennons Cafe bar,  also thanks to O’Shea’s of Borris

 


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VENUE: Deighton Hall,Dublin Street, Carlow

OPENING: SATURDAY 9 JUNE, 6-8 PM

DATES: Saturday 9th – Sunday 17th June

Opening hours:  1pm to 7pm daily,
*POP-UP BAR Tues, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (12, 13, 15 & 16 June) 8- until 10 pm

Video works at upcoming 9 Stones Artists exhibtion for Eigse

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Nine Stones Artists member Cathy Fitzgerald will be exhibiting some experimental film works with the The Nine Stones Artists , at Deighton Hall, Carlow, for Eigse 2012, 9-17 th June.

Since Cathy’s works to date are mostly 1-2 minute clips and are a video diary of an ongoing, slow art & ecology forest transformation project (she is transforming her conifer plantation to a permanent forest), she will make a film-reel of different short works for Eigse 2012,  with some new clips such as ‘the neighbours’ sketch above. It will show her interest in moving from conventions of overly narrated nature documentary to exploring cinematic perspectives that attempt to more sensitively attend, give more prominence to the universe of communities that make up her small forest, on which others and herself depend.  Her recent writings about ecocide and the anthropocene (the age of man) has made her aware that we must urgently extend our perceptions to encompass the more-than-human world, and  ‘yield to our neighbours, even to our animal (and plant) neighbours, the same right as ourselves to inhabit’ this land, if we are all to survive and thrive.

Cathy is currently working on a long term artistic project entitled: ‘The ecocidal eye: beyond the anthropocentric (human centered) gaze to a relational gaze in cinema’, see more at  the ecocinema enquiry

All 9 stones artists will be exhibiting together in Carlow during the Eigse Festival in Deighton Hall, opening 6pm  9 June, full details here

Thanks to Eigse, Carlow Co Council Arts Office and thanks to O’Shea’s of Borris

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