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.

The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths — Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish

map-webThe catalogue for The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel PathsPalestinians, Native Americans, Irish is available nowIt records the touring art exhibition, conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated with Dagmar Painter.

Featured in this catalogue are the powerful artworks of 39 contemporary artists, along with nine essays by scholars and art critics Aisling B. Cormack, Valerie Behiery, Phoebe Farris, John Halaka, Valentin Lopez, Rawan Arar and Nessa Cronin, as well as a foreword by Painter and an introduction by Heath.

“Given the current climate around the Middle East, and especially around Israel’s predations in Palestine, few in the world of the arts have had the courage to approach the subject, or the intelligence to approach it reasonably. This exhibition and publication make amends for such omissions, and do so with fierce integrity.”

— LUCY R. LIPPARD, writer, art critic, activist and curator, author most recently of Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics and Art in the Changing West

To learn more about the exhibit and the catalogue, visit our website