The Boats

Mayfly and Eco Showboat


Anne Cleary

Denis Connolly





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Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly are a husband and wife team of artists and architects, winners of the AIB award in 2009, and have been making art as the collaborative practice Cleary and Connolly for over twenty years, sharing our time between Ireland and Paris.

Our work is trans-disciplinary, we believe boundaries should never curtail creativity, and have dedicated our lives to sharing this message, working with people from all walks of life - artists, scientists, historians, teachers, ecologists - and of all ages to make work that is really inclusive and encourages others to make art too.

Over the years, we have developed multidisciplinary art projects through partnerships with world class galleries and museums, universities, arts organisations, research centres and schools in Ireland, France, Britain, Germany and the US. These include the Pompidou Centre in France; the Barbican and the London Symphony Orchestra in London; the National Museum of Ireland and CURAM Research Institute in Ireland; Todo Mundo TV, David Byrne’s production company in New York and Biotopia in Munich.

In 2018, we founded the School of Looking to ensure our practice endures and grows. The School of Looking became active in Summer 2019 with invitations to take part in festivals in Ireland, the UK and Germany. We launched the Eco Showboat project last year to address the crucial issue of climate change and it has been an unprecedented success, gaining support from organisations and people all over the country.

It has been a wonderful voyage of discovery for us and now the School of Looking will perpetuate this adventure as an enduring organisation, providing more and more compelling opportunities for people to be creative in active and constructive contexts.

As well as our Eco Showboat 2022-2023 Expedition programme on the Mayfly, we are currently aiming to convert a heritage barge, the 48M, offered to us by Waterways Ireland, into a permanent base for ecological art projects in Ireland.