CONNECTING ARTS, SCIENCE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
BRINGING EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT TO THE TABLE
Rhizome is a project initiated by Project Arts Centre in 2021, led by Artivist in Residence Maeve Stone and Artist in the Community Louis Haugh, in partnership with Fatima Groups United, NCAD Field, Trinity College Dublin & UCD Geary Institute. At its core, it seeks to connect local communities from different backgrounds and disciplines, in creative conversation about the future of our planet.
If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that human beings are social creatures. Whatever we do about Climate Breakdown, we need to do it in collaboration with each other – to be in the same room, to come face to face with the challenges, and to have interactions that bring us joy, as we move towards an uncertain future.
We are often at our most open, our most generous, when we have gathered around a table to share food. Nourishing the people around us frequently creates a catalyst for cultural and ideological exchange. When we’re faced with a problem as complex and absolute as how to adapt for a future defined by Climate Breakdown, there is no table big enough to have us all in one room.
Luckily the best approach to this global challenge will often be local. So our creative commons invites you to this local table, to nourish yourself, to taste the possibilities in small digestible pieces and to offer what you can as this rhizome grows.
Maeve Stone Theatre Artist | Project Arts Centre | Artivist in Residence
Louis Haugh Visual Artist | Project Arts Centre | Artist in the Community
Richie Keane Fatima Groups United | Community Coordinator
Gareth Kennedy Assistant Lecturer | Sculpture and Expanded practice | Coordinator of NCAD FIELD
DR Quentin Crowley Director of Trinity Centre for the Environment | Associate Professor Geology | Fellow Trinity College Dublin
Sarah McCormick Associate Professor in Energy Engineering | Trinity College Dublin
Leonhard Lades UCD Environmental + Behavioral Science Policy | UCD Geary Institute
Eileen Hutton Visual Artist | Roots for the Future participant
Rosie O’Reilly Visual Artist | Roots for the Future participant
Vanya Ward Lambrecht Visual Artist | Roots for the Future participant
Sinead Curran Visual Artist | Roots for the Future participant
Roise Goan Artistic Director Arts Admin | Director of Seasons for Change UK
Wafaa Mustafa Zeniah
NCAD FIELD Students
Luis ‘Quique’ Martin
Muireann Ni Fheargail
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COMMUNITY | FATIMA GROUPS UNITED Fatima Groups United Family Resource Centre is the representative body of residents and projects in Fatima/Herberton, Dublin 8. Established in 1995 Fatima Groups United has been the driving force behind the successful regeneration of Fatima. The project operates from community development principles providing key services in the areas of health & wellbeing, education, employment, arts, childcare, counselling support, information & advice, family support and advocacy.
MAEVE STONE is a director / writer for film and theatre whose work responds to issues of climate breakdown, and revisits the canon with a feminist lens. Searching for endangered local knowledge to support a reframing of our understanding of systems, biodiversity and social justice. She is Associate Artivist with Project Arts Centre working through 2022 on two projects which reimagine the narrative around climate by building unexpected networks and connections.
LOUIS HAUGH is a visual artist, photographer and community facilitator based in Dublin. He holds a BA (hons) in Photography from IADT (2011) and an MFA in Fine Art from NCAD (2021). Haugh’s multimedia practice sits at the intersection of arts and ecology, and is informed by micro-histories, story-telling and archives. Haugh’s work invites audiences from diverse backgrounds and is often rooted in his own queer identity and working class background.
Recent projects include; No Thing is Nothing, a joint publication & exhibition with collaborator Eve Parnell, Atelier Umraum, Kiel, 2022. If Trees Could Talk, an Arts & Education Commission with collaborator Anne Bradley by Fingal CoCo for Cruinniu na n’Øg, 2021. ONE HOUR ARCHIVE, a Grangegorman Development Agency public art commission, 2019.
GARETH KENNEDY Gareth Kennedy’s work explores the social agency of the handcrafted in the 21st century and generates ‘communities of interest’ around the production and performance of experimental material cultures. Informed by an anthropological approach these works draw on the layered histories of a location. Projects are embedded, evolve over time, and are enacted by diverse publics and individuals. With the hyperdigitisation of our everyday, Kennedy is interested in the use of anachronistic processes and technologies to produce ‘critical anachronism’ and generate contemporary encounter and experience. He often works with individuals who hold skills or knowledge that has been transmitted across generations to this end.
In 2009, he co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale alongside artist Sarah Browne and their collaborative practice, Kennedy Browne. In 2015 he was long listed for the prestigious VISIBLE Award for Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (‘The Uncomfortable Science’), which explored a troubling history of anthropology in the Austrian/Italian Alps and it’s legacy. He is currently undertaking commissions for the National Children’s Hospital and Fingal County Council in Dublin. He is also developing a Microforest project over 2 years in a Dublin school through SUPERPROJECTS. Recent exhibitions include: Metabolic time / Am meitibileach, PROJECT Art Centre, Dublin; Data Streams, Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Intensive Places, 6th Tallinn Biennale, Estonia; Complexo Collosso, CIAJG, Guimarães, Portugal (all 2021-22). He teaches Sculpture and Expanded Practice and is lead on the new Studio+ FIELD module at NCAD, Dublin.
SARAH MCCORMACK is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on sustainable energy generation specifically solar energy and the use of materials to store energy. She has worked on developing luminescent solar devices to concentrate diffuse sunlight and create more efficient solar panels for our cloudy Irish skies. She is interested in the creative connection with light and energy and how we can work together towards climate action.
QUENTIN CROWLEY is the Director of the Trinity Centre for the Environment, Associate Professor in Geology and academic lead of EIT Climate-KIC at TCD. Dr Crowley is a keen advocate of multidisciplinary approaches of enquiry, analysis, and communication. His research focuses on environmental change through time and utilises his knowledge of Earth Systems to address key societal challenges. Dr Crowley is consortium lead for an international project entitled the Climate Leadership Journey, in collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC, academic and industry partners across the EU. This year 160 students and early-career professionals will participate in the Climate Leadership Journey programme to develop insights and leadership skills for local climate action. Dr Crowley is also co-lead of new Human Capital Initiative project entitled Ireland’s Knowledge Centre for Carbon and Climate, which over the next three years seeks to enable the innovative and systemic adaptation of enterprise and society to a decarbonised economy and sustainable living.
LEONARDO LADES is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Policy in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. He is also leading the Behavioural Science & Policy Group at the UCD Geary Institute, and is Treasurer of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (IAREP). Leo’s research lies at the intersection of behavioural science and environmental policy. His areas of expertise are economic psychology, behavioural public policy, and behavioural economics. He is interested in ethical uses of behavioural insights (e.g. nudge “FORGOOD” and removing sludge), non-standard economic preferences (e.g. present bias), and everyday experiences (e.g. happiness) which he analyses using the day reconstruction method.
EILEEN HUTTON is a visual artist whose practice aims to generate reciprocal relationships with the more than human world and in the process create replicable models for informed ecological actions.After completing her PhD in Studio Art in 2012, Hutton developed the Art and Ecology MFA at Burren College of Art and National University of Ireland, Galway.A member of the EcoartNetwork, Hutton is a contributing author to Ecoart in Action,a collection of essays and provocations on pedagogy and ecoarts practice.She exhibited a series of purpose built habitats and collaboratively produced sculptures as part ofHome: Being andBelonging in Contemporary Irelandat The Glucksman (IE) and was the A.I.R. for the Soil Project Residency with the ButlerGallery (IE) for 2021
VANYA LAMBRECHT WARD My current work investigates our relationship with our environments and this, includes our intertwined relationship with fungi. Over the past few years I have delved and explored the vast and relatively unchartered territory of the mycological kingdom through a variety of mediums and approaches. I am interested in the roll of these microorganisms and their fruiting bodies in our evolution to date and our future thinking. How and what we can learn from funga, and how we create new connections with our more than human partners and repair our distorted relationship to waste, decay and renewal and other associated biological processes, a subject that has always been a core interest in my work over the years. I approach these subject matters through a vast variety of forms, materials and techniques, in a quest to find language that helps form and translate these ideas and communications. The book form often appears in my work and she is currently working on a (long-term) series of book works that will function as containers for written responses to the ongoing research, collaborations, citizen science, fungal activism and visual explorations that emerge from the studio and the woods.
I have exhibited across Ireland and abroad and my work is included in private and public collections, including most recently, Trinity College Dublin. I was born in The Hague, The Netherlands (1977) and have been resident in the West of Ireland since 1996.
ROSIE O’REILLY I am a visual artist based in Dublin who experiments across sculpture, sound, textiles,writing and drawing, often working in a site specific way. I recently completed theArt+Research Collaboration MA through IADT in 2018. Named as Irish Times One to watch for2022, Recent projects include: 2021: The Body Electric – The Model Sligo, 2020: The SeaAround Us – The Model Sligo. 2019; In the Offing – Sirius Arts Centre Cobh, Octopolis for TheWinter Pages,Squatting in the Remnants of the Machine World (Solo Show & performance) -ONONO Rotterdam,Objects in the Mirror are Closer than they Appear – Platform Belfast. 2018;Syntonic State – Tulca Galway,Strangers in a middle world -CIIMAR Porto,Guest AppearanceTrinity Museum Building. Recent residencies and funding: Leitrim Sculpture Centre LEERResidency 2022, Agility Award Funding 2021, UCD Parity Studios Residency 2021, Carlow ArtsFestival Wedge funding 2020, Basic Space x ONONO Rotterdam, 2019.My collaborative music project Headfoot continues to explore possibilities of sound and contribute to sound and audio festivals, All together now (2019) releasing EP Headfoot in 2019. She holds a BA inPhilosophy and sociology from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Art & Research collaboration at IADT.
SINEAD CURRAN My practice examines the complex relationship of individuals to place employing a visual lens in the context of the ways we live today. I am drawn to the meditation of a particular time in place, the natural world, using images, both moving and still, in order to understand how images can historically represent place. I use materials used in the work, merged with the imagery, writings and sound, with particular interest in stone, trees, water, earth. My research draws on questions and influence from varied disparate ideas in cinema, architecture, environmental science, geology and archeology. Walking forms part of my response to the work, both in urban and rural settings. Critical thinking informs my work through both research and making, influenced by natural world writings of Robert Macfarlene and Marshall Sahlin’s ideas on human behaviour’s within culture and the environment.
ROISE GOAN works as the Artistic Director of Artsadmin in London. Prior to her appointment she worked as Guest Dramaturg at Vooruit in Belgium, and as a freelance arts programmer in Ireland. Under the banner of The Local Group, she created performance projects with artists and communities of place and interest in off-the-grid locations between 2015 and 2019.
She studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2004. In 2008, she was appointed as Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival, which she led for 5 years, and where she established Fringe Lab, a year-round studio and artist-support programme.
Highlights of her freelance career include working with Prime Cut in Belfast on artist development, and 2 ECOC bids including Three Sisters 2020. Alongside her work in the performing arts, she has written for television, most notably the TG4 series Aifric.
Project Arts Centre is proud to be supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.