CÚINNE AN GHIORRIA – HARE’S CORNER
EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK OPENING THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2018 8PM 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.
CÚINNE AN GHIORRIA
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.
‘…The Bee-Loud Glade’ Exhibition of Paintings
An Exhibition Of New Work, Kilcock Art Gallery 14th April – 12th May 2018
‘…THE BEE-LOUD GLADE’
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.
The Native Irish And a Few Colonisers
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
Canal Bank Mount Street
Exhibition at the Origin Gallery
Kathrine exhibited at the Origin Gallery, Upper Fitzwilliam Street during December 2015. The show was opened by Diarmuid Gavin, and exhibition comprised all new work including work completed during a residency at Cill Rialaig artist’s retreat.
Photography by Sinead Byrne
Residency in Cill Rialaig
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.
Signal Arts Centre Exhibition
Photographs from my exhibition from april 2015 at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. wicklow. The exhibition was opened by biologist and environmentalist Eanna ní Lamhna.