A Walk In The Park – An Exhibition from the Big Park Draw

Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
November 4 – 9
Private view: Friday 4 November 6-9pm
Open daily: 11 – 5pm


Take four artist co-ordinators of the Victoria Park Big Park Draw community drawing project. Arm them with sketchbooks and a camera. Send them off together for a walk in the park. They may be some time…

This exhibition is the result of the collective and individual responses of Charlotte Murray, Eleanor Jane Lee, Julian Gregg and Mapping Spectral Traces member David Smith to the park environment; a place to explore space and a space to consider place. The four discover that what had at first seemed like a proverbial walk in the park presented its own complex sequence of pathways, intersections and landmarks. The outcomes of this celebration of and meditation upon the interplay of the natural and the human are revealed here in drawings, paintings photographs and installations.

Full details at: http://www.centrespacegallery.com/exhibitions/a-walk-in-the-park/

Mapping Spectral Traces 8: The Place of the Wound – Starting 14th October, details now available


Image: Monica de Bath (c) 2012

Indigenous, North American, South American, South African, New Zealand and Irish artists, activists and scholars who share a common concern in addressing the painful histories of dispossession will engage in conversations that consider what it means to attend to places wounded by the legacies of historical violence. Through workshops, talks, walks and exhibition, participants will ‘map’ displacement, inequality and and social-ecological damage, and explore alternative spatial imaginaries tied to decolonisation, memory-work, care and spatial justice, the better to meet local-global challenges.

Funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme, with support from the Space&Place Research Collaborative; Maynooth University’s: Department of Geography, Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Department of English, and Social Science Institute (MUSSI); Ómós Áite, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland Galway; Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation; Trinity College Dublin, Department of Geography; and the international Mapping Spectral Traces network.

Visit theplaceofthewound.wordpress.com for details of the symposium and exhibition.

Organised and curated by Dr. Karen E. Till

Invitation – Glas Journal 2016 Launch at the Maritime Museum on Friday 9 Sept. 6-8pm

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You are cordially invited to the exhibition launch of Glas Journal 2016 by Silvia Loeffler.

Music by Aoife Kavanagh and Ollie Hennessy.
Reading by Robert Nicholson.
Date:    Friday 9 September 2016, 6-8pm
  Maritime Museum of Ireland
       Haigh Terrace
       Dun Laoghaire

                                     Co. Dublin

Glas Journal: A Deep Mapping of Dún Laoghaire Harbour (2014-2016)

In Old Irish, the word glas is reserved for the indefinite shades of green, blue and silver that are present in the sea. This chromatic generosity is used as a marker for this alternative mapping project that crosses art with geography and is called Glas Journal.

Glas Journal 2015 was based on 14 hand-size and hand-made artist books representing sequential harbour locations bordering the sea between the West and the East Pier of Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The books were made in the artist’s studio in the old Coast Guard Station, one of the spaces that shape this particular stretch of coastline. Each book slowly became layered with prints of old maps, historic photographs, quotes by maritime historian John de Courcy Ireland and other liquid mappings stained in ink and, often, becoming abstract paintings. To reflect the meanings of the harbour as a sanctuary and space of protection, a scenographic representation of the two harbour arms was set up in the former Mariners’ Church that now houses the Maritime Museum of Ireland. The installation also evoked the atmosphere of a place by the sea that has been shaped by loss, separation and nostalgia, and is trying to find new passages to cross the unknown. The journals were homed in this haven as if they were reference points on a maritime map.

For Glas Journal 2016, 14 handmade books have been made through collaborations with people who live, work and feel associated with different locations in Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Participants included: former and current residents of the old Coast Guard Station; individuals who work or have worked with the Commissioners of Irish Lights; RNLI Life Boats volunteers and staff; personnel of the Ferry Terminal; the Quay Fish Shop; MGM Boats and the Marina; individuals associated with St. Michael’s Rowing Club and the harbour’s four yacht clubs, Dún Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club; Royal Irish Yacht Club; Royal St. George Yacht Club; National Irish Yacht Club; and individuals employed by the Irish National Sailing School and the Dún Laoghaire Power Boat School. A personalised ‘Glas Journal’ was made for each location and the books record what their harbour space means to these individuals. More than 30 participants agreed to take part in the documentation of ‘their’ place in the harbour.

Glas Journal 2016 Exhibition

For the final project exhibition, both series of artist books will be displayed in the Maritime Museum within an installation of projected harbour arms, forming a ‘place ballet’ of familiarity and attachment. The 28 books are a testimony to the careful as well as caring mapping of shoreline buildings and maritime activities, and of places that make up the fabric of our daily lives — the ones we call ‘home’, ‘haven’ or ‘harbour’.

Accompanying Project Publication

Loeffler, Silvia (2015). ‘Glas Journal: Deep Mappings of a Harbour or the Charting of Fragments, Traces and Possibilities’ in Humanities 2015, 4, 457–475.

Available online at: http://www.mdpi.com/2076-0787/4/3/457/html


Dr. Silvia Loeffler is an artist, researcher and educator in Visual Culture. Visual material and critical writing are her guides to establish a narrative of public intimacy. She is currently an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Maynooth University in the Department of Geography, and lectures on the deep-mapping of spaces at the National College of Art and Design. Glas Journal was the first project in the context of artist-led participatory research practice that the Irish Research Council funded on a postdoctoral level for a period of two years, and it was mentored by Dr. Karen Till from the Geography Department at Maynooth University.


UNISCAPE General Assembly and International Conference, Landscape Values: Place and Praxis from 29 June– 2 July 2016

A chairde,

You are most welcome to join us for the UNISCAPE International Conference hosted by NUI Galway, Landscape Values: Place and Praxis, 29 June– 2 July 2016.

Details concerning the conference programme, community-led field sessions across Galway, Clare, Mayo and Offally, and the launch and performance of the Tim Robinson Artists in the Archive project, Iarsma: Fragments from an Archive, are available at http://bit.ly/28TLi8H.

Other events associated with the conference include, a screening of Fís na Fuiseoige, a documentary film exploring the connection between people and place which won Best Cinematography at the San Francisco Earth Day Film Festival and the launch of Gearóid Ó hAllmhúráin’s new work in Irish Music Studies, Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape, published by Oxford University Press, introduced by Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin and launched by Professor Harry White.

We look forward to seeing you over the course of the conference next week.

Le gach dea-ghui,

NUI Galway Conference Organizing Committee

Tim Collins, Nessa Cronin, Gesche Kinderman and Conor Newman

Conference of Irish Geographers: Art and Geography Sessions, 5-7 May 2016

Venue: St Patrick’s College, Dublin
Including three panel sessions organised by MST members, Nessa CroninTim Collins, and Karen Till. An exhibition of works runs concurrently with the conference at the Cregan Library.

Full details of this conference are now available at the Geographical Turn Website:

(image: Glas Journal, 2015. © Silvia Loeffler)


Art on the Hill app out now

Bristol’s Art on the Hill takes place in the Windmill Hill/Victoria Park area over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th October 2015. The GPS App listing the artists has just been released. It works through the Appfurnace Player, so for full instructions on how to download visit http://www.artonthehill.org.uk/app-download-instructions.html.

MST member David Smith, who produced the app is part of two groups exhibiting this year. The Big Park Draw (www.bigparkdraw.org) presents a selection of drawings made over the year by visitors of all ages to the park in St Michael’s and All Angels Church. The Bristol ParkHive (www.bristolparkhive.com) team are displaying a selection of photographs submitted by the public from parks situated the all around the Bristol area. You will find them in the Windmill Hill Community Centre over the weekend.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the trail. The app can be browsed from the comfort of your own home, so you can see the work of the 100+ artists opening their doors over the weekend.


The Geographical Turn: Dublin 6-7 November


MST members Karen Till and Gerry Kearns are organising a series of artistic responses and talks around the themes of space, place and environment.

The project is funded by the Irish Research Council as part of its ‘New Foundations: Enhancing Knowledge Exchange,’ a set of initiatives to encourage knowledge transfer between academic and applied contexts. The Geographical Turn asks how geographers and artists might learn from their separate exploration of the common themes of space, place, and environment. These are the key themes of Geography. They also resonate with the central political concerns of our time, the geographical dilemmas of modernity.

The core of the project is a set of collaborations between artists and geographers.

Collaborations so far include, Fearghus O’ Conchuir (geographer, and dance artist) and Rionach ni Neill; Ambra Bergamsco (geographer, and Butoh dance artist) and Michelle Brown; Zoe Reilly (geographer and visual artist) and Anthony Haughey; Gerry Kearns and Larry Kirwin; Cian O’Callaghan and Silvia Loeffler; and myself and Louise Lowe.

An overview of the project and the events organised for the 6th and 7th of November  can be found at: https://geographicalturn.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/the-geographical-turn

The Bristol ParkHive App is out now

As part of Bristol 2015, European Green Capital, the Bristol ParkHive project (supported by Bristol Green Capital 2015 and the University of the West of England) are running projects that will promote and celebrate the large and small Parks and Green Spaces of Bristol, and the community groups that support them.

The project reached an important milestone in June 2015 with the launch of the Bristol ParkHive GPS app produced with digital specialists Calvium. The app provides a directory of over 200 parks and green spaces in the Bristol area, and works on Android and Apple iPhone platforms. On location, the app will show the user their nearest parks, but the app can also be browsed anywhere in the world and searched for specific facilities such as cafes, play areas, and points of heritage and natural interest.


The app is completely free to download, so even if you’re not in Bristol at the moment, why not add it to your app collection and see what Bristol’s Parks have to offer.

The app can be downloaded from the Google Play and Apple App stores. Search for Bristol ParkHive, or follow the links below.


Walking Wisdom, Mapping Communities

Ómós Áite, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway at the Galway International Arts Festival, 2015


Photograph: Feet of Cindy Cummings and Ronan Browne, Walking Wisdom Woodquay Project.
©Elodie Rein Photography, 2015.

Luke Clancy of Culture File, RTÉ Lyric FM, speaks to Bernadette Divilly about the Walking Wisdom Woodquay project during the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF). This project brings together Dance, Architecture and Community Mapping to explore urban design through community participation. It is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, CKI and Ómós Áite, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway and Galway City Council.


A ‘First Thoughts Talk’ on Creative Cities and the Walking Woodquay Project at GIAF, 18 July 2015.

Chaired by Dr Nessa Cronin – Walking Woodquay Project Co-Director, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway.


UWE Degree Show 2015

From MST member David Smith:

If you find yourself in Bristol, UK between the 5th and the 11th of June, you are invited to attend the University of the West of England, Bristol Creative Industries Degree Show on Friday 5 June. The Private View is on the 5th of June, with general opening running from the 6th to the 11th of June.


Our annual Degree Show at Bower Ashton and Spike Island is a real highlight of the year, showcasing the outstanding work of over 500 new graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the UWE Bristol School of Art and Design and the UWE Bristol School of Film and Journalism.

At the Bower Ashton Campus:

A spectacular range of work from programmes including Animation, Drama, Drawing and Applied Arts, Fashion, Filmmaking, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Journalism, Media Culture and Practice, Photography, and Printmaking. Directions to Bower Ashton.

At Spike Island:

Work by undergraduate Fine Art and Art and Visual Culture students will also be exhibited at UWE’s Spike Island Studios. Directions to Spike Island.