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My art & ecology notebook documents a SLOW ART forest project. It's an ongoing diary in images, short films & conversations between myself, foresters, our local community & beyond, detailing an example of how we are turning our small monoculture spruce plantation in south Carlow into an ecologically & economically sustainable real FOREST.

You'll also find info on my previous work on community forests in Co Leitrim with Jan Alexander, (Crann founder and now President of Pro Silva Ireland) -'the Local Project'; & links to other eco-art works that inspire me & which may be inspire others.

I am also a member of Pro Silva Ireland, a branch of the EU wide Pro Silva organisation which promotes, permanent ecologically & economically sustainable FORESTRY. Learn more at

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What is wheel curb rash? [Guest Post]

If you have been driving for a while, then by now you should be aware of the importance of checking your car tires regularly, both tire pressure and tire condition. In this article, we focus on the vehicle's wheels and rims. They also need to be checked as they can have a dramatic effect on […]

The post What is wheel curb rash? [Guest Post] appeared first on Eco Art Notebook.

Lovely Weather in Inishowen, Ireland: what is climate art?

Originally written by Cathy Fitzgerald on February 23, 2011 “how does data feel, taste, sound, look, smell?” Roger Malina, Leonardo, keynote speaker, Lovely Weather art and climate change conference, LetterKenny RCC, Nov 2010 I was briefly in Oxford this week and I had a little time to pass so I wandered into one of the […]

The post Lovely Weather in Inishowen, Ireland: what is climate art? appeared first on Eco Art Notebook.

Chair of Pro Silva Ireland, Jan Alexander, receives 2009 RDS Forestry Merit Award

Chair of Pro Silva Ireland, Jan Alexander, receives 2009 RDS Forestry Merit Award Post originally written by Cathy Fitzgerald on October 24, 2009 I’m delighted to write that my friend Jan Alexander has just received the 2009 RDS Forestry Merit award for her 20+ year contribution to Irish Forestry. Here she is pictured with Minister […]

The post Chair of Pro Silva Ireland, Jan Alexander, receives 2009 RDS Forestry Merit Award appeared first on Eco Art Notebook.

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What organisation do you represent, if any?
artist, arts professional, PhD researcher on experimental film and ecology at the National College of Art & Design, Ireland
What is your website / blog / favourite website?
A second website?
Are you involved in creating artistic work or cultural productions that engages with ecological or sustainability concerns?
What is your biggest concern re. climate change?
Its not all about climate change, we have to recognise the inherent unsustainability of the industrial growth economy that is grossly affecting species loss, nitrogen cycle, oceans, and climate.
What is your biggest inspiration re. climate change?
Individuals like the late Wangaari Mathai -Green Belt in Africa, Educating and mobilising a nation about pro-active forestry to bring sustainable wealth to a country, against so many cultural, and political odds.
What do you think you can do to help prevent / minimise climate change?
Help disseminate information on cultural policy on how to move cultural actors to an ecological way of life, so that such ideas are injected into society from many angles, in Ireland.

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At 14:01 on November 30, 2011, Suzy Bell said…

Hi Cathy, I have just been invited to Kenya for the Africa's first creative conference and am launching the African Arts Journalists Network in Nairobi so am so sorry to now have to miss the Culture Futures event on 5 Dec.

Sincere appologies.


At 8:10 on November 24, 2011, Suzy Bell said…

Thanks Cathy.

At 11:38 on November 22, 2011, Suzy Bell said…

Hi Cathy

Once i join am I automatically registered for the Culture Futures Conference?



At 9:24 on November 22, 2011, Cheryl Johnson said…

Many thanks Cathy.


At 9:32 on November 4, 2011, Belinda Loftus said…

Thanks Cathy, good to be part of your group


At 18:23 on February 15, 2010, Cathy Fitzgerald said…
Hi Arun

Good to hear from you - yes mega busy here but it's something to do in the bad weather. Enjoy the apple, love my imac which I've only had a couple of months. Alannah back after the 16 Feb

At 16:36 on February 15, 2010, Arun Bose S said…
Hi Cathy, Thought u must be really busy there. I'm doing good, just a bit busy with classes and networking with people :) I also started doing an volunteer job with an Arts organization in Newcasle. Got my new Apple lappy, planning to customise it for basic video editing requirements. Hope everything is fine at ur end. I will read ur write up on Copenhagen. take care
At 18:26 on December 11, 2009, Cathy Fitzgerald said…
No, I haven't heard of IBA Emscher park? What is it?
At 18:21 on December 11, 2009, Joerg Schroeder said…
Thanks, a pleasure having you met! We are working on the translation of Agropolis, both in English and in real space.
Nice notebook of yours!
There have been some forestry projects within IBA Emscher park, do you know?

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Stories of the Great Turning - new book of projects, essays, art by ordinary people on creativity and sustainability,

The book launch of essays, art and projects inspired by ecosopher Joanna Macy, that are all about creativity and sustainability, was in Bristol on 17 April, 2013.

Alastair McIntosh has written in his review 'these essays show how people are digging where they stand, deepening inwardly where there might be little latitude…


Posted on April 21, 2013 at 20:00

Upcoming Culture|Futures event to coincide with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) Durban, South Africa

Culture|Futures Eco-Leadership through Culture Conference

Dec 5th, City Council Chambers, Durban


Key note speakers will be Peter Head, one of the world leaders in integrated urban sustainable development and chair of the new Ecological Sequestration Trust, and Prof. Edgar Pieterse, director of the Africa…


Posted on November 23, 2011 at 9:00

Recent Culture|Futures event in Sao Paulo, South America with Key Cultural Institutions, 30-31 May 2011


Over 180 participants attended the very successful and widely received 2011 Sao Paulo Culture|Futures conference, assisted by many partner organisations.

Master of Ceremonies Wellington Nogueira and Olaf Gerlach-Hansen, Director of Culture|Futures, opened the conference. See some of the conference photos below. Further information from the conference will be available shortly.


This event was organized…


Posted on June 4, 2011 at 14:00

Something for Biodiversity Day - Performance artist creates movement portraits of 10,000 plants and animals

I just did this post on Karl Cronin's work, thought you might enjoy

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 17:55


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