‘Re-Imagining Enniscorthy’ Public Art & Community Decarbonisation Project
To coincide with National Biodiversity Week (13 – 22 May) Wexford County Council is pleased to announce ‘Re-Imagining Enniscorthy’, a public art & community engagement project, led by Visual Artist Elaine Harrington which aims to develop a local ecology network for people led climate action, based in Enniscorthy. The project runs from April 2022 – April 2023 and it is hoped it will continue and have a legacy for local communities in Enniscorthy town and surrounding districts.
This public art project is jointly funded through Wexford County Council’s Creative Ireland Programme and the Per Cent for Art Scheme. It is supported by a steering group comprising the Arts Officer, Wexford County Council’s Environment & Climate Action Team, The Culture Team, Sustainable Enniscorthy, and 3 Counties Energy Agency. In addition, it is supported by Cow House Artists’ Studios, Rathnure, Wexford and the Presentation Arts Centre in Enniscorthy.
Working over the course of a year, El Harrington with assistant local artist Ciara Roche, will engage with various communities of interest throughout Enniscorthy, in a collaborative, place-based response to the climate crisis through a creative exploration of Enniscorthy as Wexford’s intended pilot Decarbonisation Zone. It aims to create a local ecology network through a multi-strand community food growing, biodiversity, and decarbonisation initiative that will connect private, public and communal green spaces in the town. The project explores our relationship to land and our impact on the environment through communal activities and shared experiences of making and cultivation and will bring together a diverse mix of community groups and creatives through workshops, events and public art outcomes throughout the year, to raise awareness, encourage local participation and support the evolution of this ecology network.
‘Reimagining Enniscorthy’ workshops will take place in Enniscorthy town, beginning at the new Community Allotments, located in Cherryorchard, next to the Sports Hub. Working with the allotments committee and local community groups, free public workshops and training will be offered by the artists and a team of invited experts, including GIY Ireland, Irish Seed Savers Association, Hometree Charity and Pocket Forests, in food growing, biodiversity, and native tree planting over the coming year. A training / meeting space and community tools library will be invested in as part of this art project, to allow free access for local communities to gardening tools and workshops.
A trained ceramicist, artist Elaine Harrington will in addition offer free ceramic workshops to Enniscorthy community groups to make pottery that will be used as part of community food events, showcasing and celebrating harvests from the allotments, neighbourhood growing schemes and local producers, and linking with local festivals in Enniscorthy over the coming year. An exhibition of some of the outcomes is planned for the Presentation Arts Centre in Enniscorthy 2023 and potentially in other pop-up spaces.
The artists are connecting with community groups through Wexford Local Development in Enniscorthy, Wexford County Councils PPN (Public Participation Network), Tidy Towns and Sustainable Enniscorthy. In addition, a website is being developed by the artist which will provide information on the projects and updates.
Reimagining Enniscorthy will create a public space for discussion around questions of food and biodiversity, regenerative growing practices and sustainable agriculture, and explore the daily actions that connect us locally with the systems of production and supply that feed into larger ecological and climate concerns around decarbonisation.
It feeds directly into Wexford County Council’s Climate Action Plan and pilot decarbonisation programme for Enniscorthy town, with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging behaviour change in real and tangible ways through creative processes and building resilient, sustainable communities that feel informed and empowered to make meaningful changes toward people-led climate action.
If you are interested in finding out more or taking part in any of the workshops, please email the artist on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Wexford County Council Arts Office Tel: 053 9196369 www.wexfordcoco.ie/arts-and-culture