Saturday 20 July 2019

Public art project in Portrane

Artists, Joanna Hopkins, Fiona McDonald, Mark Clare and Mary Conroy with locals from the peninsula
Artists, Joanna Hopkins, Fiona McDonald, Mark Clare and Mary Conroy with locals from the peninsula

A unique public art project is to take place in Portrane.

Fingal County Council's Arts Office, gathered with colleagues in Dublin City, Wexford and The Arts Council on the Burrow Beach, Portrane beach last week to announce the four artists chosen for a unique public art project.

These artists will, for the next few months, collaborate with biodiversity specialists along Ireland's east coast, creating an artistic response to the influences of climate change and its effects on the biodiversity.

Fingal County Council, Wexford County Council and Dublin City Council came together and put out a call for artists interested in exploring this area of art and ecology to apply to be part of a new environmental residency programme entitled An Urgent Enquiry.

The artists chosen for these significant residencies were announced as Mary Conroy & Joanna Hopkins, for Fingal, and Mark Clare Wexford, & Fiona McDonald(Dublin City) This opportunity enables them to reside for three months in each county to explore the biodiversity of each area and the effects of climate change, through research, interactions with environmental specialists, scientists and advisors, relating to the artists interest and engaging with local communities with support from the local authority Arts & Biodiversity Offices.

They will work closely with the Biodiversity Officers Hans Visser (Fingal County Council), Lorraine Bull (Dublin City Council) and Niamh Lennon (Wexford County Council)

Artistic outcomes of each residency will be presented publicly in each local authority in Autumn 2019 .

The project is funded through the Arts Council's Invitation to Collaboration scheme.

Mary Conroy and Joanna Hopkins are collaborating visual artists with a shared interest in the environment, science and memory. The essential element both artists would like to explore for their residency in Portrane is the theory of 'Environmental Generational Amnesia'.They will be based at Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane.

Fingal Independent