Sadhbh Gaston TGC 101 Rye, Embroidered cross stitch on linen (detail) 2018.
Responding to the need for space for farmers, scientists, food producers and others to exchange knowledge and information on heritage cereals, Deirdre produced a project for Teagasc Ireland’s Agricultural Research Agency, devising two Mind Meitheal public engagement events. With assistance from Fingal Public Art Office, the first was held in a field in Portrane, Fingal, later sown with Einkorn and Emmer wheat. The second Mind Meitheal was held in tandem with The Domestic Godless' feast curated by Linda Shevlin for Tulca Visual Art Festival in 2018.
A pamphlet including a Social Network Analysis diagram was especially designed for this event and different perspectives on heritage cereal production were shared. Sadhbh Gaston’s commissioned work, Grain 1 – 5 was commissioned for the project and exhibited during Tulca, referencing heritage and forms of knowledge considered obsolete through her use of labour- intensive embroidery techniques accompanied by text panels detailing the seed’s cultivation and relevance in Ireland today.
Download project description HERE
CERERE Pamphlet designed by Kaye Toland Download HERE
Mind Meitheal in Fingal September 2018 Photograph Tom Flannagan courtesy of Teagasc
Supported by the Irish Partner in CERERE, Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme, led by Dr. Áine Macken-Walsh. Funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 727848