Nature and Place commissions

Nature and Place is a new series of temporary works,  taking inspiration from the forests of Ticknock, Tibradden, Barnaslingan, Carrickgollogan, Kilmashogue and Ballyedmonduff. The selected artists have each been awarded funding by dlr Arts Office to develop their projects between December 2023 and March 2024. Supported by Coillte and the Dublin Mountains Partnership.

Download PDF of Martin Healy's Silva Here:

Silva PDF

Download Méadhbh O'Connor's sound files and Sky Walkers Map Here:

Sky Walkers Soundfiles

Martin Healy

Martin has captured a series of photographswhile walking in and observing the six forests over a period of two months. The photographs were taken in a variety of locations and include wide-angle images of tree cover, close-ups of the various flora and fleeting images of birds. Healy describes the resulting images as “observations in the field” – a visual language for the thoughts and observations that occur while undertaking these walks. The resulting photographs have been compiled into a digital artist publication entitled Silva.

Martin Healy's work has been shown widely both nationally and internationally. International residencies include CCA, Andratx, Mallorca, 2022; Cove Park, Scotland, 2014; Temple Bar Gallery & Studios / HIAP-International Residency Exchange, Helsinki, 2010; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2008; Artists’ Residency Programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2007; the International Studio Programme Residency at PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York, 2000/01.

Méadhbh O'Connor

This sonic artwork invites people to take a walk in the forests of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, stopping at key sites to listen and take a private moment to reflect. O’Connor’s work features six meditative poems written and recorded by the artist, which can be downloaded to phones or other listening devices free of charge, along with an artistic map of the forests. Sky Walkers conjures mysterious and fantastical vignettes based on the local landscape. The poems, which have historical, mythical, scientific and futuristic allusions, are set over ambient soundscapes. The sound files and map are available to download here for self-guided walks.

Méadhbh OConnor is a visual artist whose work is composed of an extended exploration at the intersections of art, science, technology and environment. She uses sculptural and multimedia installation, image making and the written and spoken word. She has a decade of experience working in parallel with scientific researchers with whom she shares deep interests in the underlying structures of nature.

Book ReRoot Here

Book free tickets for ReRoot - a soundwalk in Barnaslingan with Robert Coleman and Laura Sarah Dowdall. 22-24 March.

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Robert Coleman / Laura Sarah Dowdall

Reroot is site-specific soundwalk, co-created by composer Robert Coleman and dancer Laura Sarah Dowdall, which explores the sensory soundscape of Barnaslingan Wood. Through listening and somatic exercises, field recordings that reveal sounds typically inaudible to the human ear – such as the internal sounds of trees – and performance, Reroot presents an immersive experience that aims to renew our relationship with the natural world. Five guided walks of Reroot will take place between 22 March and 24 March. The walks, which last approximately one hour, are free to join but strictly limited to 20 participants each. Advance booking via Eventbrite is essential.

Composer Robert Coleman’s current work draws from soundscape studies, site-specific art, field recording, and community and participatory arts. Laura Sarah Dowdall is an innovative dance artist creating engaging work, which incorporates site-specific performance, spoken word and film. 

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