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CONVERSATIONS:
CREATIVE PRACTICE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
All conversations are free of charge. Booking is not required, places are on a first come, first serve basis.
What role does nature and the environment play in creative practice today?
Join us for a series of creative and scholarly interventions that explore the cultural, culinary, literary, political, scientific and historical facets of our changing environment.
Curated by Maggie Magee, Dr. Marisa Ronan and Julianne Mooney

MAGGIE MAGEE is founder, director and curator of The Dublin Biennial. The Dublin Biennial seeks to create a sustainable international platform for contemporary art and dialogue in Ireland. Its aim is to showcase significant works of art and to promote Irish Art and artists.  The DB platform provides an intercultural arena for global exchange and a forum for dialogue, debate and engagement among artists, critics, collectors, scholars, creative and cultural practitioners and domestic and tourist audiences.

DR. MARISA RONAN is founder of Dublintellectual, a project that seeks to connect the university and the city, uniting scholarly research with cultural practice in order to articulate the importance of the Art and Humanities in the public sphere.

JULIANNE MOONEY
Julianne Mooney is Programme Director of the Dublin Book Festival, one of Dublin’s largest book festivals. She is also a travel writer, contributing to magazines, television and radio on travel destinations around the world.

SATURDAY, 14 JUNE
3.00pm – 4.30pm

CONVERSATION: NATURE, CEREMONY AND SYMBOLS
Dr. Neil Carlin, IRC Fellow, UCD School of Archaeology
Graham Hay, Independent Artist

David Orr, Independent Artist and Photographer
Dr. Alan A.D. Peatfield, College Lecturer in Greek Archaeology, UCD School of Archaeology
Chair: Dr. Marisa Ronan, Dublintellectual

SUNDAY, 15 JUNE
3.00pm – 4.30pm

CONVERSATION: ART, SCIENCE AND NATURE  
Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Earth Institute
Maedhbh O Connor, Independent Artist
Belinda Loftus, Independent Artist
Dr. Lucy Collins, Lecturer in English, UCD
Andrew Duggan, Independent Artist
Chair: Dr. Marisa Ronan, Dublintellectual

MONDAY, 16 JUNE
5.00pm – 6.30pm (Space closes at 7:00 sharp)
CONVERSATION: MEET THE ARTISTS & Happy Hour in DB Gallery

TUESDAY, 17 JUNE
5.00pm – 6.30pm (Space closes at 7:00 sharp)
CONVERSATION: MEET THE ARTISTS & Happy Hour in DB Gallery

THURSDAY, 19 JUNE
5.30pm – 6.30pm (Space closes at 7:00 sharp)

CONVERSATION: A DIALOGUE WITH NATURE
Damien Enright, Author, Journalist
John Brannigan, Lecturer, School of English, UCD
Raymond Beggan,Photographer
Jenny Haughton, Lecturer, Beekeeper
Chair: Dr. Marisa Ronan, Dublintellectual


FRIDAY, 20 JUNE
5.00pm – 6.30pm (Space closes at 7:00 sharp)
CONVERSATION: MEET THE ARTISTS & Happy Hour in DB Gallery

SATURDAY, 21 JUNE
2.00pm – 2.45PM
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP WITH ANDREW DOUGLAS - URBAN FARM PROJECT
Ages: All the family

WILD FAMILY FUN WITH WILDFLOWER SEEDBALLS

Have you ever made or tossed a seed ball? Join Andrew in making Wildflower Seed Balls:  
A seed delivery mechanism employed by guerrilla gardeners to beautify our surrounds.
This fun, interactive workshop will help you discover how to transform your empty pots and plots, and have them blossoming with native Irish Wildflowers this summer!


SATURDAY, 21 JUNE
3.30pm – 5.00pm

THE ART OF WILD FOOD
Join our experts as they share their secrets and tips about Ireland’s wild food; where to find it, how to grow your own and how to cook with it. Join us for an afternoon of conversation, cookery demonstration and tasting.
Fiann Ó Nualláin, Master gardener, broadcaster, author
Andrew Douglas, Urban Farm Project
Niall O’Sullivan,
Founder of Nadur Collective and Head Chef at Isabel’s Restaurant
Chair:
Fiann Ó Nualláin

SATURDAY, 21 JUNE
5.30pm – 8.30pm
WILD PLANT BUFFET, SILENT ART AUCTION and RECEPTION in Aid of Headway.

Deva Wolfram, Botanist and Independent Artist will introduce and present Wild Plant Buffet.
Niall O’ Sullivan presents Wild Bite Tastings from Nadur Collective and Isabel’s Restaurant.

 

Conversations: Creative Practice and The Environment
Biographies of Speakers, Artists and Collaboratives


John Brannigan, Author.
John teaches English in University College Dublin. He writes about the literary and cultural histories of Ireland and Britain in the twentieth century. His latest book, Archipelagic Modernism, will be published by Edinburgh University Press in Winter of this year.

Raymond Beggan, Photographer. Raymond is a Dublin born photographer and musician. His photography book 'Winged Encounters' was published by the Lilliput Press in 2013. The book looks through the lens at the common birds of Dublin in a poetic and visually stunning way.

Dr. Neil Carlin, IRC Fellow, UCD School of Archaeology
. Dr. Carlin is an archaeologist with a special interest in exploring the social role of material culture in prehistory. He is currently in the UCD School of Archaeology conducting postdoctoral research. His doctorate explored the introduction of a suite of novel material culture including the first metals to Ireland at the beginning of the Bronze Age (4,500 years ago).


Dr. Lucy Collins,
UCD School of English, Drama and Film. Dr. Collins is an author and  lecturer in English at University College Dublin. She is author of The Irish Poet and the Natural World: An Anthology of Verse in English from the Tudors to the Romantics, edited with Andrew Carpenter (Cork University Press, 2014).


Andrew Douglas, Urban Farm Project. Andrew is founder of the Urban Farm Project. Urban Farm's Agri-Cultural Projects combine rooftop gardens, brownfield sites, aquaponics, mushroom farming, creative community exhibitions and over 300 different heritage potato variates, all for the purpose of healthy food production, neighborhood revitalization, and community engagement. Through cultivating a network of Urban Farmers, we hope to catalyse social changes that will improve the livelihood and livability of our city spaces. www.urbanfarm.ie

Andrew Duggan, Independent Artist.  Andrew is a multimedia film and visual artist.  He was the first Irish artist to be awarded the Arts Council of Ireland Location One Fellowship in New York City. His work was part of Culture Ireland's Imagine Ireland programme of Art in America and in Lyon France as part of EU2013, Ireland's International Cultural Programme. . Duggan often presents work outside the gallery space, where the location has a social, historical and architectural resonance. He has created installations in handball alleys, disused creameries, and abandoned housing estates. His most recent work is ‘Hole’. The installation is an 'inverse hole'; a mound of materials taken from a wasteland in the Dublin Docklands. Through the action of digging, extracting and removing, Andrew Duggan is erasing and transferring urban space. This process has the simultaneous effect of locating and dislocating oneself within a landscape.


Damien Enright, author, journalist. Damien is a TV writer-presenter and broadcaster, he has written a weekly Outdoors column in the Irish Examiner for 23 years and from four different continents. In 2004, Gill & Macmillan published A Place Near Heaven, A Year in West Cork, which was followed by a sequel The Kindness of Place in 2012. In 2010, Dope in the Age of Innocence, his memoir of 1960-1965 spent in Ibiza, Formentera, Turkey and London was published by Liberty Press. Other works include eight walking commentaries on West Cork and Kerry, travel writing for Irish and overseas magazines and poetry published in Poetry Ireland Review. His TV programmes for RTÉ include the three-part series Enright's Way. His book, Scenic Walks in West Cork, was published by Collins Press in 2011.

Graham Hay, Independent artist, Australia. Hay is an internationally recognised pioneer in the paper clay sculpture movement. Hay’s research focuses on the ritualistic properties of early Irish pottery, particularly polypod’s which have been discovered in the outskirts of Dublin City. The result of Hay’s research Ceremony for Dublin consists of over 300 hand-made and fired ceramic pieces which will be assembled on site at The Biennial.

Jenny Haughton, Beekeeper, Lecturer.  Jenny is Founder/Director of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. In 1991 she established Artworking, an independent process consultancy in the contemporary arts. In addition to beekeeping, Jenny has established an Indian Duck Farm whose proceeds are invested into establishing a contemporary art collection of work by emerging artists. She lectures in arts management at IADT and this year was appointed as Vice President of AVP International. She recently coordinated Ireland’s participation in the Artist and Architecture Biennales in Italy and Brazil

Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Earth
Institute.
Dr. Hochstrasser is a lecturer in the School of Biology and Environmental Science and a principal investigator in the Earth Institute at University College Dublin. Tamara lectures on plant ecology, global environmental issues as well as the science policy interface. Her research work is aimed at integration across scientific disciplines to address questions arising in policy making and the management of natural resources. Her current research projects address the sustainable management of grasslands in Ireland, decision support systems for biodiversity management in urban and rural contexts and farmer decision-making when confronted with different agricultural policies. She’s also working on plant-soil interactions both in Ireland and in arid regions of the US and Hungary environment.


Belinda Loftus, Independent Artist.
Belinda is an artist who works with painting, drawing and installations. Her recent work has focused on trees’ record of weather and climate, and humanity’s involvement in climate change, particularly in the polar regions. Her The Wood and the Trees installation reflects Belinda’s fascination with our relationship with trees and with what they tell us about the world in which we live, past, present and future.


Méadhbh O’Connor, Independent Artist. Méadhbh is an installation-artist and sculptor who works at the conjunction of art and science. Her work is typified by an interest in and concern for environmental issues. Méadhbh’s work aims to draw attention to our place in a wider natural system that is both powerful and fragile. Méadhbh holds a first class honours from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), and currently is Artist in Residence in the University College Dublin (UCD) College of Science.


Fiann Ó Nualláin, Garden writer, broadcaster, garden designer
. Fiann is a garden writer, broadcaster and garden designer. He is trained in horticultural therapy and ethno-botany. Fiann forages and cultivates plant medicines and wild foods. He is a contributor to TG4's garri glass and co-presenter on RTE’s  Dermots Secret Garden. Fiann’s latest book The Holistic Gardener - first aid from the garden by Mercier Press is part of a trilogy and personal mission to get people back to natural cures – many he argues are more effective than what are effectively over the counter pharmaceutical derivatives of the original plant cure.

David Orr, Visiting artist, photographer, USA
. David is an American artist and photographer.
His work has been published in Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, and VICTOR: The Hasselblad Magazine. His independent film projects have aired on Channel 4 Britain and PBS, USA. His installation ‘Sub Rosa,’ explores the use of symbols in ancient history and their use in contemporary art practice. Sub Rosa or "under the rose," means to keep a secret, it is derived from an ancient Roman practice where a wild rose would be placed above the door of a room where secret or confidential matters were discussed. For this piece, symbols are printed in a vertical column on a banner. Those appearing below the cluster of roses represent elements of interior turmoil we keep hidden from the world, while the symbol above represents ascension and spiritual evolution."


Niall O’Sullivan, Founder
of Nádúr Collective and Head Chef, Isobel’s Restaurant
Niall founded Nádúr Collective along with colleagues Dave Gallagher and Paul Quinn. Nádúr   Collective aims to inspire people to reconnect with nature by searching for, identifying and discovering how we can cook with seasonal wild foods, in their natural forms. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge of how foraged foods not only provide valuable nutrients, but of the amazing flavours of these under-utilized and forgotten wild foods.


Dr. Alan A.D. Peatfield, College Lecturer in Greek Archaeology, UCD School of Archaeology. Dr. Peatfield has lectured in Greek Archaeology at UCD since 1991. He currently teaches in the UCD School of Archaeology. From 1984-1990 he was Curator at Knossos on Crete for the British School of Archaeology. He specialises in Minoan Bronze Age Crete, particularly focusing on the study of prehistoric religion, sacred landscapes, and ritual offerings.






 
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