Wexford County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council came together and put out a call for artists interested in exploring this area of art and biodiversity to apply to be part of a new environmental residency programme entitled An Urgent Enquiry.
These artists will, for the next few months, collaborate with each local authority and biodiversity specialists along Ireland’s east coast, creating an artistic response to the influences of climate change and its effects on the biodiversity.
The Wexford artist chosen for this significant residency is Mark Clare (Wexford County Council).
This opportunity enables him to reside for three months in Wexford to explore the biodiversity of each area and the effects of climate change, through research, interactions with environmental specialists, scientists and advisors, relating to the artists interest and engaging with local communities with support from the local authority Arts & Biodiversity Offices.
He will work closely with Arts, Biodiversity and Environment departments in each local authority and link to local experts and community groups. Artistic outcomes of each residency will be presented publicly in each local authority in Autumn 2019.
The project is funded through the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration scheme which supports innovative, ambitious local authority collaborations.
Mark Clare | Wexford – based in Carrig-on Bannow
Mark Clare is interested in the potential of science, philosophy and aesthetics to enrich his thinking on climate change issues to produce work that draws our attention to what is currently happening in our environment. Using a solitary bee (Osmia aurulenta) found along the east coast as a metaphor, Mark will explore environmental issues such as habitat loss, disturbance, insect decline, pollution and climate change. Mark is also interested in highlighting the importance of Phytoplankton found in our oceans which produce over 40% of the world’s oxygen through photosynthesis and are the base of the marine web. As an introduction to his residency in Wexford, Mark will organise workshops with a marine biologist exploring the incredible contribution phytoplankton makes to life on earth as well as workshops in foraging. He will develop art work over the summer in response to his research which he will present back publicly in Wexford in Autumn 2019.
For more information on this residency programme see: www.anurgentenquiry.ie
The Irish Times featured piece see: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/artists-to-capture-the-dramatic-effect-of-erosion-on-portrane-beach-1.3910867?mode=amp