María Puig de la Bellacasa, Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds, 2017, p99 (first line), p104
Collaborating with fungi, sheep, humans, semiconductors, birds.
Assembling things into art including electronics, light, painting, timber and more.
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22nd October 2021
Exhibition Participation: Piksel 2021, Bergen, Norway (2021)
Two artworks have been selected for inclusion in the exhibition programme of the 19th Piksel Festival
18th October 2021
New Collaboration: Púca in the Machine, with Blessington Library, Wicklow
A new 3-person project has started as a collaboration with two other artists. This project is about the Poulaphuca Reservoir in Blessington, Wicklow. Collaborating with Alannah Robbins and Niamh Fahy this collaboration will lead to new work that will be presented as work in progress at Blessington Library in February 2022.
This project is supported by Wicklow Arts Office Strategic Project Awards 2022.
Updates will be posted here in the coming months.
6th October 2021
Festival Screening: 37th Agrofilm Festival, Nitra, Slovakia (2021)
The film Because the Exchange Is Complete is screening as part of the Agrofilm festival about food and agriculture.
Made as part of Project FIELD. The festival program is available at this link.
Documentary: Shane Finan, by We Love Media
A short documentary has been released online about the work produced during the VARC ENTWINED residency with Kielderhead Wildwood Project.
Still and video by Robin Fearnon, We Love Media
4th October 2021
Award: Culture Ireland
Culture Ireland have awarded funding to help with travel and transport of artworks to exhibitions in the UK, including exhibition of work at the Vane Gallery (Newcastle) and the Everyman Cinema Lincoln.
1st October 2021
Exhibition open: FIELDS, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, UK (2021)
Work is included in the exhibition FIELDS currently on show at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading UK until January 31st 2022.
Photograph courtesy FIELD project
24th September 2021
New artwork documentation: Arguably, they have farmed us particularly well (2021)
A 1.5-minute video documenting the interactive artwork Arguably, they have farmed us particularly well, which was created on residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre (June-August 2021) and was first exhibited with a solo exhibition there in August 2021.
Artwork #3 from the exhibition Detached Touch (2021)
20th September 2021
Festival Screening: Tāctus: 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival (2021)
A 5-minute short about being-with, learning-from and becoming sheep through experiencing shared vulnerability is screening at Tāctus, the 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival.
Made as part of Project FIELD. View online at the festival's website at this link.
11th September 2021
Intervention: FIELDS, Beverley, Market, York
Went on-site to Beverley Market with the FIELDS team as part of the public engagement for Project FIELD.
10th September 2021
Conference Presentation: Beastly Landscapes, Newcastle University
A new film will be shown documenting the experience of being-with sheep with lameness while working on the project FIELD. The film, Because the Exchange is Complete, will be presented as a provocation and presentation at the Beastly Landscapes Symposium, Newcastle University on Friday, September 10th, 2021.
4th September 2021
Exhibition Launch: ENTWINED: Rural Land Lives Art (2021)
Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) have launched the first exhibition to mark the end of the ENTWINED residency programme. This programme included the work made for the project The Wood Wide Web in collaboration with Kielderhead Wildwood Project, Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
The exhibition launched to an audience of around 250 people, with six residents, two associate artists and three VARC artists all exhibiting in a dynamic programme at Highgreen on Saturday, September 4th.
2nd September 2021
Series of events: FIELDS (2021)
Work is currently on tour as part of the exhibition programme of FIELDS, the public outreach programme of the FIELD project.
The programme is touring to six markets in England, and includes an exhibition at the Museum of English Rural Life and three cinema screenings at Hexham Forum Cinema, Star and Shadow Cinema Newcastle and Everyman Cinema, Lincoln.
27th August 2021
New artwork documentation: Offering (2021)
A 1.5-minute video documenting the immersive 6-screen artwork Offering, which was created on residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre (June-August 2021) and was first exhibited with a solo exhibition there in August 2021.
Artwork #2 from the exhibition Detached Touch (2021)
25th August 2021
New artwork documentation: it seemed like we were moving closer together (2021)
A 1.5-minute video documenting the interactive artwork it seemed like we were moving closer together, which was created on residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre (June-August 2021) and was first exhibited with a solo exhibition there in August 2021.
Artwork #1 from the exhibition Detached Touch (2021)
13th August 2021
Solo Exhibition: Detached Touch
Three new interactive and technology led artworks about contact, technology and more-than-human connections. The exhibition will run until September 4th 2021.
More information at this link.
11th August 2021
New artworks: Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2021)
Three new artworks have been completed while on residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, using contactless RFID technology, interactive trackball technology and 6-screen video controlled by Raspberry Pis. These three works make up the exhibition detached touch launching 13th August at the centre.
Photograph by Tadhg Ó Cuirrín
10th August 2021
Interview: Getting Visual Art, The Sligo Champion (2021)
An interview with journalist Robbie Brennan about upcoming exhibition in Leitrim Sculpture Centre, and how I create art with nature and technology.
Photograph by Donal Lally.
Drawings and stories included in work on show at the Museum of English Rural Life. Three artists are exhibiting, including Michele Allen and Mark Richard Jones.
Other work on show includes academic writing, fieldwork and other public engagement pieces from the 6-university interdisciplinary research project FIELD.
The film Because the Exchange is Complete will screen at the 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival 2021 edition, which is a blended online and in-person event.
The film Because the Exchange is Complete will screen at the Hexham Forum Cinema, Hexham (28 Sept), the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle (21 Oct) and Everyman Cinema, Lincoln (18 Nov) as part of the FIELDS public outreach programme of FIELD, following a 6-month research residency.
The two year, multi-partner ENTWINED:Rural.Land.Lives.Art. programme exhibits works by six resident artists curated by Cynthia Morisson Bell (artcircuit)
Solo exhibition presenting three new interactive and technology-led installations about technology, contact, and more-than-human connections
Works about animal and human connections involving lameness and vulnerability presented as part of the public engagement programme of FIELD, following a 6-month research residency.
Sunday 8 August: Nuns Moor Park Bike Garden mini-marketNuns Moor Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5NU10am - 2pmSaturday 28 August: Louth MarketCornmarket, Louth, LN11 9PD9am - 4pmSaturday 11 September: Beverley MarketMarket Pl, Beverley, HU17 8EA8am - 4pmSaturday 25 September: Hexham Farmers MarketMarket Pl, Hexham, NE46 1XQ9am - 1pmSaturday 16 October: Grainger MarketGrainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QQ9am - 4pm
VARC artists in residence Catriona Gallagher and Shane Finan showing work from the adventurous three-year programme ENTWINED. Rural. Land. Lives. Art. Shane will stage a new interactive performative installation.
Curated online exhibition (postponed offline exhibition) as tree, due to take place in Tubbercurry in 2021
The sixth and final stage of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini. Image of gallery courtesy of Wikimedia.
Part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini.
Photograph below credit: Mary O'Connor, artist.
An exhibition of restricted paintings presented to neighbours and friends living in a close locale to celebrate the end of the COVID-19 restrictions
Exhibitions and events up to August 2020 are currently postponed or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Any update will be posted here. Please stay home, stay safe.
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