A Space for Lismore. St. Carthage Hall, Photograph Deirdre O'Mahony 2020

Forest Culture: Tangeled Web took place at St Carthage Hall, Lismore from 29 Feb. to 9 March 2020. The exhibition was the culmination of four months of research, walking and workshops that examined on the complex woodland ecology of forests in and around Lismore. The walks were devised by Deirdre and led by foresters and a naturalist with different approaches to woodland management. The investigative walks served to highlight different perspectives on the role and importance of forests to human and non-human health, natural biodiversity and the economic future of the region and participants engaged in a deep mapping of the plant life, animals, insect life, flora and fungi. This, in turn, fed into workshops on botanical drawing and other ways of recording the forest ecosystem. 

The group met weekly, and one outcome - a large collaborative map, A Model Forest, was a way of capturing their hopes for forestry in the area for the future. The map was at the heart of the exhibition installation, alongside artworks reflecting individual interests - the forest floor, bat colonies, prehistoric natural forest traces, forest policy research, visual notebooks and material responses in clay.

Forest Culture Photograph Deirdre O'Mahony 2020

Forest Culture installation drawing Deirdre O'Mahony

 Sitka Spruce, wall drawing, acrylic on paper 180 x 150, Deirdre O'Mahony 2020

Detail A Model Forest collaborative map, watercolour/marker  on paper 180 x 450, 2020

Workshop participants: Hal Chevasse, Sharon Dowd, Mary Harris, David Harris, Pat Gibney, Jane Jermyn, Bríd Nowlan, Grace O Meara and Eileen Singleton.

Workshop/walks led by: Andrew Boyle, Tom Kent, Paddy Dwan, Ray Foley and Padraig O’Tuama.