The Peatlands is an immersive film which explores the wonders of the bog, its ecological treasures and extraordinary species.
The film describes our peatlands through the video of Charleen Hurtubise who is also the curator, the soundscapes of Lisa Dowling Scott, the photography of Tina Claffey, and the paintings of Kathrine Geoghegan. The film has been accompanied at various locations with the performances of Paola Catizone.
Starting its life as Landmarks, showing in the Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, The Peatlands has shown at Castletown House in Celbridge during the summer of 2023 taking in Heritage Week, participated at the Earth Rising Festival at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in September 2023, and is currently showing in the Copper Tree Gallery at Birr Castle, County Offaly.
Location: The City Assembly House, Irish Georgian Society, 58 South William Street, Dublin D02 X751
5th September to 17th September 2022, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Bogland is an exhibition of works exploring and describing Ireland’s peatlands through its mysterious plants. Walking these wild places between lock-downs, I have discovered myriad colours of sphagnum moss, carnivorous native plants and beautiful alien species that have found ingenious ways to survive this harsh acidic terrain. Described from a unique perspective, the works take an insect’s eye view of this other-worldly habitat.
We are fortunate in Ireland to have the lion’s share of Europe’s peatlands. They are an important habitat for wildlife, and play a significant role in carbon sequestration as we fight climate change. From wildfires and droughts to storms and unseasonal flooding, we cannot ignore these stark demonstrations of how our planet is suffering. We must do everything in our power to preserve and rehabilitate these wild places.
The exhibition will take place in the City Assembly House, a beautiful Georgian building in South William Street, and home to the Irish Georgian Society. It was built in 1771 as the first ever public gallery for artists to display their works in Ireland and Britain. The paintings will be shown in the octagonal Knight of Glin room.
A dual venue exhibition
Location: Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry
Opening by Diarmuid Gavin, Saturday 11th September 2021 at 4pm
Exhibition continues during September and October
A Dual Venue Exhibition
Having been postponed in April, the exhibition will now open in dual venues. The Dublin venue will have ample space to facilitate social distancing for the opening reception and visits of larger groups.
Venue 1 – Dublin: Associated Rewinds, Tallaght Business Park, Dublin D24 E932
An exhibition of new works will be opened by Eanna ni Lamhna, Biologist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster 12th September 2020 at 3pm. Continues here at the Dublin venue from 15th Sept to 26th September, 11am – 4pm Tuesday – Saturday.
Venue 2 – Kilkock: Kilcock Art Gallery, School Street, Kilcock, Co Kildare, W23 E5R5
The exhibition continues from 30th Sept to 17th October 11am-4pm Wednesday to Saturday.
This new work explores the North Bull Island’s different habitats and follows the life of mud flats, salt marshes and dunes throughout the seasons. The North Bull Island, delivered by human intervention and reclaimed by nature: The island has developed from its embryonic beginnings 200 years ago to become a biosphere of important habitats, and a unique treasure of plants and wildlife within our capital city of Dublin.
Kathrine Geoghegan +353 83 060 4991
Kilcock Art Gallery +353 1 628 7619 / +353 86 257 8283
Save the date! If you would like to receive an invitation to the opening reception, please
contact Breda Smyth at Kilcock Art Gallery.
Visit Art In Bloom at the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park. Bloom runs from Thursday 30th May 2019 to Monday 3rd June. The exhibition, at the Visitors’ Centre runs throughout the festival & continues until 27th June 2019.
Cuinne an ghiorria, The hare’s corner, is the tradition in Irish farming of leaving the corner of a field uncut to allow wildlife to shelter and thrive. It is a mark of respect to nature and a recognition of the interdependence of human activity and wild nature. Wild plants spring up in these spaces, bees and other insects forage, birds and mammals come along to avail of the food source, and very soon an important ecosystem has come to life. The apple trees in your nearby orchard will fruit, your potatoes, turnips, strawberries and herbs and many other plants will yield crops thanks to the pollinators supported by this special corner.
My current work explores the native plants that are important for our bee populations, and how we all have a part in sustaining these important creatures. We can all nurture our own hare’s corner. Whether we farm 1000 acres, or we’re an urban householder, we can set aside part of our domain – leave an area of our garden uncultivated so that wild plants can take a hold. Also plant flowers to attract pollinators. Even an apartment dweller with a window box can be a pit-stop for foraging bees.
I wish to capture the essence of these plants within their natural habitat.
Exhibition of new work, opening 8pm Thursday 15th November 2018, United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam St. Dublin 2
I’m delighted that Niall MacCoitir will give the opening words. Niall is a scholar and author of books on the folklore of Irish plants, trees and animals.
The exhibition runs from Thursday 15th November, every Monday to Saturday, until 1st December.
An Exhibition Of New Work, Kilcock Art Gallery 14th April – 12th May 2018
These new paintings are inspired by my concern for the plight of our bee populations, as well as my love of nature. Completed over the past two years, the paintings feature native plants that are important for bees, and in some small way I hope to contribute to the growing conversation about the crash in their numbers. I wish to capture the essence of these plants within their natural habitat – what you see in my artworks is a ‘bees-eye’ view of the world. I am honoured that Philip McCabe, President of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations will open the exhibition.
OPENING Saturday 14th April 2018 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Exhibition continues Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm daily and by appointment
Kilcock Art Gallery
Tel: +353-1-6287619 / +353-86-2578283
My current work concerns itself with the collapse of the honey bee population. I wish to raise awareness of this problem for all of us.Bees have sustained farming practices as far back as 4500 years, and are the most important pollinator of crops and native plant species in Ireland.
Three-quarters of our wild plants rely on insects for pollination, and bees are most important. Crops such as apples, tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries are reliant on bees for pollination. Without the honey bee, farming practices would have to change drastically. Hand-pollination by humans would become necessary and lead to increases in food prices. Our bees are amongst the most hardworking and undervalued contributors to Irish agriculture. Bees are extremely sensitive to pesticide use. They are also losing habitat.
Through my work, I wish to draw attention to this and help to encourage bee-friendly farming practices. Could our government and Department of Agriculture research ways to cut down on pesticide use? Could it incentivise farmers and land owners to reserve bee-friendly borders around their fields? Can they afford not to?
I have walked the fields around where I live in County Kildare and observed the native plants growing on the borders of crop fields. They would not survive without bees. My paintings feature these plants. Through the beauty of the forms and colours of these plants, I wish to convey a sober message.
An exhibition of new work by Kathrine Geoghegan.
At the United Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2
To be opened by special guest Dr. Patrick Geoghegan, Professor of History at Trinity College and presenter of Newstalk Radio’s ‘Talking History’ show,Thursday 12th May 2016 at 7:30pm. The exhibition continues until 28th May 2016
I enjoyed a residency at the artist’s retreat at Cill Rialaig in County Kerry in September 2015. Below are some images of the beautiful landscape, which inspired the work I completed there and will continue to inspire my work for a long time to come. Also see some of the paintings that were completed in Kerry.