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The Burren Annual: Beyond Sustainability

14th Aug 2015

The Burren Annual: Beyond Sustainability

Burren College of Art is pleased to partner with Green Foundation Ireland for the Burren Annual 2015: Beyond Sustainability. Marking the close of the College’s 20th Anniversary celebrations, and foregrounding our commitment to artistic and community sustainability in a rural context, Beyond Sustainability will activate discussion and pose critical questions on the relationship between artistic practice, ecology and environmental sustainability through an exhibition and symposium.


August 14 – September 5, 2015

Opening Reception, Friday, August 14, 7.00-9.00 PM

Potato/Batata, a collaborative project between Deirdre O’Mahony and Chicago-based artist Frances Whitehead, will run concurrently with a series of learning hubs in the BCA gallery showcasing Deirdre’s recent projects, collaborations and conversations with curators, artists and publics in a rural context. Potato/Batata is based on the pan-Atlantic diaspora of new world tubers, the potato (Solanum tuberosum) and the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), and reflects the ongoing movement of plants and people that have shaped and continue to shape world agri+culture, the food system and the landscape. A simultaneous performance in time and space, the project consists of a mirrored pair of tuber plantings in the US Midwest and in the Burren. The plantings will be animated by simultaneous pan-Atlantic potato tasting dinners consisting of regional potato/sweet potato culinary specialities in the Burren and US, the generation of thematic decaled ceramic plates which will be used to host the dinner and form part of the exhibition, and potato related artworks, maps and displays of literature, tuber specimens and libraries.



Saturday, August 15, 10.00 AM – 9.00 PM  

In conjunction with Potato/Batata and in partnership with Green Foundation Ireland, the Art, Food Security and Climate Change symposium will elaborate on the themes addressed by the exhibition and their broader social and societal impact in the current climate of environmental crisis. Artists and guest speakers will discuss food security, the intersection of ecologically orientated practice and social engagement in a rural context, and the complex and multilayered social, historical and political contexts that characterise current access to and use of natural resources.

The morning panel session will be chaired by Seamus Sheridan. Presenters include exhibiting artist Deirdre O'Mahony, Eileen Hutton (Irish-based artist whose work is ecologically centred), Oscar Rando (Fundació Nous Horitzons, Catalonia), Christian Bettini (Food Cultura, Barcelona) and Dutch food artist Esther Boukema. Esther Boukema will also present an afternoon workshop entitled De Smaak te Paken ("Getting a Taste for It"), which will be followed by a field trip looking at food production and sustainability in the Burren. The symposium will culminate with simultaneous Burren/US Midwest potato tasting dinners and discussion between Deirdre O'Mahony, Frances Whitehead, symposium attendees and invited guests via video link.

Symposium Registration Fee: 20€     To register please visit the Green Foundation website at: http://greenfoundationireland.ie/burren-summer-school/


The Burren Annual Exhibition is supported by Clare Co. Council Creating Space Initiative

This event is financially supported by the European Parliament

The Art, Food Security and Climate Change Symposium is supported by Green Foundation Ireland and the Green European Foundation