MARTA GOLUBOWSKA
County Kildare

An artist living on the Grand Canal, Marta is part of a community of boaters who’s lives depend on the waters of the canal. Her project is called ‘Invasive Species’ and is concerned with a waterweed known as ‘Coon’s Tail’ or ‘Hornwort’ (Ceratophyllum Demersum) which wraps itself around the shafts of propellers and makes navigation difficult or even impossible.

JOANNA McGLYNN
County Galway

Joanna develops context-specific projects in response to the immediate physical environment, with a sensitivity to communities of people, place and interest. Themes of natural heritage, plant biodiversity and microecosystems form the foundation of her collaboration with the Eco Showboat which she has been developing in partnership with a sound artist, Anne Marie Deacy (see above), and with the help of researcher Dr. Christie Cunniffe.

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Adrian Conway

Aidan Cleary

Alan Kelly

Alison Alderton

Andrea Fitzpatrick

Andrew Deakin

Andy Walsh

Ann Liston

Ann Murphy

Ann Phelan

Anne Marie Deacy

Aoibhean Bird

Aoife Mcgrath

Averil Gannon

Basil Mannion

Bernie O’Flaherty

Brenda Tobin

Catriona Hilliard

Celine Reilly

Chelsea Canavan

Claire Riordan

Cliona Maher

Clodagh O’Hagan

Colin Becker

Conor Nolan

Constanze O’Toole

Cormac McCarthy

Dave Wall

Deirdre Power

Derek Kelly

Donal Boland

Donna McGreevy

Ena Cleary


Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli

Fran Igoe

Gerardette Bailey

Gerry Burke

Glenn Loughran

Hilary Murray

James Carton

Joanna Mcglynn

John Flanagan

John McDonagh

John Murnane

John O’Neill

John Stack

Jobst Graeve

Josephine Kelliher

Jürgen Huber

Karl Wallace

Kevin O’Dwyer

Liz Burns

Lucina Russell

Máirín Ó Cuireáin

Malcolm Bridge

Marcus Collier

Marie Hanlon

Marie Mannion

Marta Golubowska

Mary Mullins

Melanie Scott

Muireann Ni Chonaill

Neil Higgins

Niall Armstrong

Nina McGowan

Noel O’Connor

Nollaig Feeney

Nora Hickey M’Sichili

Orla Foster

Owen Hickey

Paddy Harkin

Pat Liston

Pat Lysaght

Patrick McBride

Paul Berg

Paul Bird

Philip Delamere

Pippa Little

Rachel Kavanagh

Ray Yeates

Rhona McGrath

Roise O’Shea

Sally O’Leary

Shane Anderson

Sharon O’Grady

Sheena Barrett

Sheevaun Thompson 

Sheila Deegan

Sinead Hurson

Siobhán Bourke

Siobhan McQuaid

Siobhan Mulcahy

Stephen Daniels

Stephen Napier

Tania Banotti

Thomas Carolan

Vincent O’Shea

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ALAN PHELAN

County Offaly


Alan will use historic photography processes to document the fragile ecology of the canal banks. There are strong connections to County Offaly within the history of photography and he will be studying the Offaly stretch of the Grand Canal. Working with Louis Haugh he will be using the Joly screen colour process for the first time in an outdoor setting and hope to develop a parallel digital version of the Joly process with science collaborators which can provide a more contemporary light spectral analysis of the landscape.

MARIE HANLON
County Dublin

Water quality is central to Marie’s project, The Way We Treat Water, which will focus on water in a time of climate change - the water cycle, flooding, drought, water treatment, water recycling, desalination etc. - supporting the idea that available water is a limited entity now threatened by climate change, rising population and the ever-increasing demands of modern lifestyle.

KERRY O’LEARY

Fingal


Kerrie is interested in turning complex data sets into simple visualizations that uncover previously unseen connections and patterns. Her work for the Eco Showboat will be a visual representation of the behaviour of fresh water/salt water in Dublin Bay. The project will explore the changes that have occurred over the years, how the water has physically changed the shape of the land and how nature has been affected by these combined. The work will involve projections and physical computing components (stepper motors/servo motors and LEDs). The moving elements will aim to draw viewers in and help them to understand the effect climate change has already had.



KEVIN O’DWYER

County Offaly


Sacred Spaces follows the Pilgrims Road (Slí Mhór) from the 6th century monastic ruins at Lemanaghan through Boher, the home of Ireland’s finest reliquary Saint Manchan Shrine, to the monastic site of Clonmacnoise along the River Shannon. The roadway has been used by pilgrims for centuries as they travelled along the Esker Riada, a continuous raised glacial ridge on the landscape formed over 12,000 years ago. The Esker Riada and the River Shannon formed a natural ‘crossroads’ in the heart of Ireland providing pilgrims easy access through the bogs and the waterways to important centres of learning and devotion.





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DIANE HENSHAW
PADDY McENEANEY

County Fermanagh


Their aim will be to create work that presents the ancient nature of our landscape and man’s relationship with it over the milllenia from the crannogs on the Erne to the black pigs-dyke and the industrialisation of the past 200 years. Diane intends to draw with sound / line into the land / rock/s / mineral /scape using ephemeral / digital media and also within a collaborative oriel / physical performance installation ethos with Paddy using corporeal mime and movement with and without sound highlighting the need for an immediate call for action in regards to the preservation of our local ecology.

Anne Marie DEACY
County Galway

Attuning to the different seasons and creating experiences that heighten the awareness of the wonders we are surrounded by in the rich tapestry of life in Portumna Forest and surrounding areas is a theme that permeates through Anne Marie’s  collaboration with Joanna McGlynn (see below).

Tuning In is to be a happening in early spring 2022, one of the participatory events the two artist will host as part of the Eco Showboat programme. As nature begins to come from the more dormant winter period and we traverse into the warmer climate of spring, the forest, waters and meadows come alive with activity. It is the perfect time not only to see the richness of the landscape but also to tune in to the discreet, heard and unheard sounds of the environment.

PAUL BERG
County Clare

Four years ago Paul started working on ‘An Crannog Ceoil’ (The Musical Island) a four meter diameter raft fixed to a disused pontoon. The project involves working with air displacement by water pressure (in this case using the natural flow and rise of Lough Derg, where the raft is located) to play sound pipes (deconstructed harmoniums, bamboo and timber). For his collaboration with the Eco Showboat, Paul plans to construct a range of low sounding, free floating pipes that can be played on the island and on the harbour wall where the raft will be moored.

AN ART EXPEDITION ON A SOLAR POWERED ELECTRIC VESSEL ALONG RIVERS & LAKES CONNECTING COMMUNITIES ACROSS IRELAND TO BUILD A ZERO CARBON FUTURE.

ARTS COUNCIL OPEN CALL AWARD / SFI DISCOVER AWARD 2021

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CHELSEA CANAVAN

DEIRDRE POWER
County Limerick

As an interdisciplinary creative project, Chelsea’s and Deirdre’s collaborative practice aims to visualise the intricate channels of community ecology by way of navigation on the waterways. Water Paths are currently working with communities along the river Shannon catchment area. Much like the natural movement and evolvement of water, Water Paths traverses the ecologies of people from urban to rural, from controlled & industrialised to commons & wild landscapes, and the spaces in-between. The artists look at existing communities of interest within these spaces, communities that remain situated - despite the affects of the socio-economic landscape. Their journey along the social & ecological pathways of the river exposes new histories, our relationship to space, all the while relying on the generosity of free-lifts aboard local boats from the river’s heart in Limerick City to the Grand Canal in Tullamore.



Any response to climate change needs to be founded on science, but there is a growing awareness that the arts community is uniquely placed to develop conversations around climate change and to generate positive creative action. Six artists from five counties are already engaging with the Eco Showboat with the help of Creative Ireland. Through 2022 & 2023 we will be inviting at least another twenty artists (six of whom are already working with us) to collaborate on climate action with Arts Council support.

Four participants in Water Paths by artists Deirdre Power & Chelsea Canavan, 2021