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Paola Catizone

Paola Catizone is a visual artist (NCAD Ba 2012 and MFA 2014) working with performance, installation, drawing and relational processes. She has held solo and group exhibitions and performed in many venues in Ireland and abroad.

Her performance videos have been included in online events, the most recent being with the Bbeyond Performance Collective’s RAW virtual exhibition in 2021.

Paola’s background includes four decades of facilitating embodiment practices, both with a creative and a therapeutic focus. Her work engages in inter-disciplinary collaborations with choreographers, musicians and DJs.

Paola is a facilitator at IMMA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, where she has designed and delivered many workshops, events  and programmes for all age groups. In 2020-21, she designed and delivered Breaking Cover, an IMMA Programme focussing on the role of art in the ecological crisis. Paola delivered the programme, inviting a series of keynote speakers, and  directed and coordinated a group of fifteen participants in crafting a durational group performance which took place in the grounds of IMMA in September of 2021.
While her work is primarily performance based, drawing, painting and installation are part of both her art processes and outcomes.

“ As a grandmother, my concern for the planet that my grandchildren will inherit, and my belief in the role of art in the ecological emergency, have contributed to my focus on eco-social art. I am influenced by the ideas of Nicholas Bourrieaud’s Relational Aesthetics, the writings of Donna Haraway and Gregory Bateson and the art of the Otolith Group and Mark Dion among others.”  

Paola Catizone


Photographs - Breaking Cover:

“Smudge” Performance video, selected by Bbeyond and shown at RAW 2021:

Being Water. Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens Installation and performance series. 2018. Photographs and video::




Terre Duffy

Terre has been involved in the creative sector for over two decades and has an MSc in Rural Development and a Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation, Creative Leadership and Design Thinking.

She has worked as Arts Officer for Leitrim, Public Art Specialist for Donegal, Head of Docklands Development for Waterways Ireland, Senior Lead in the Innovation Academy TCD and the Head of Innovation for the Design and Crafts Council. Recent research includes evaluation of new models of engaging with creativity and ageing for Cork County Council and land art with Offaly and Mayo County Councils and Visual Artists Ireland. She is a board member of the Irish Architecture Foundation.

John K Grande

John Grande is a poet, writer, author, and occasional curator. His works have been published extensively and he has an interest in ecology and art manifested in his poetry, his Worldwalk project, and the articles and shows he has curated. Towards the Forest; for Edvard Munch was published in the UK as a brochure in 2018. His most recent books include Art Space Ecology; Two Views Twenty Interviews (Black Rose, Montreal, 2019), Jason deCaires Taylor (Museo Atlantico, Spain, 2019), and Stonehenge & Avebury, (Winchester, UK, 2020).

Grande has published his writing in Artforum, Vice Versa, Art Papers, British Journal of Photography, Public Art Review, Ciel Variable, Lensculture On Paper, Arte.Es, Artichoke, Border Crossings, Public Art Review and Landscape Architecture.

His books include Balance: Art and Nature (Black Rose Books, 1994 & 2004), Intertwining: Landscape, Technology, Issues, Artists (Black Rose Books, 1998) and Art Nature Dialogues: Interviews with Environmental Artists (SUNY Press, New York, 2004). Grande has published many catalogue essays on many artists and taught art history at Bishops University, Quebec, Canada. He co-authored Nature the End of Art: Alan Sonfist Landscapes (Thames & Hudson, 2004), Nils-Udo; sur l'eau (Actes-Sud, France, 2015) and Bob Verschueren; Ecos de la Memoria (Valencia, Spain 2017) and authored Nil-Udo; Sur l'Eau (Actes-Sud,France, 2015) and In) Formation Alice Teichert ( Hirmer Verlag, Germany, 2017).

Shows curated include Eco-Art (Pori Art Museum, Finland, 2011), Meran Nature Art Spring, (Meran, Italy, 2014), Earth Art for Pan Am Games at the Royal Botanical Gardens (2015) and Small Gestures at the Mucsarnok / Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

Poetry books by John K. Grande... The Landscape Changes (2009), Homage to Jean-Paul Riopelle (2011) (Prospect Press / Gaspereau Press), Black Peat (Print Factory, Ireland) and Towards the Forest; for Edvard Munch (2017)



Anna Horton Cremin

Anna Horton Cremin uses games and play to bring people together in new and unexpected ways.

She uses playful interventions to talk about complex issues including what we want our future world to be like. Her current work uses listening, writing and making to think about our natural world and humans entangled connections with it. Anna Horton Cremin is an artist living and working in Manchester.

Recent commissions include; Warm the palm of your hands, Metal, Liverpool; Listening Playground, Wild Rumpus, Cheshire; Games Generator (Forest of Imagination, Bath, Make My Day, Morecambe Bay and Love Parks Week and Festival of Manchester, 2019); Third Room Residency, Left Coast (Blackpool, 2019); Good Game, (Ampersand Projects, Birmingham 2018); Wild Worlds Festival, Chester Zoo, 2018. She has been selected for Social Art Summit (Sheffield 2018); Artist Jamboree (Devon, 2018) and Creative 50 (Manchester International Festival 2017). She is resident at Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol.



Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones is an artist, gardener and researcher exploring the essential connections between art, materials and place making.

She uses collaboration and community engagement to draw insight from diverse perspectives. Rachel’s recent work has been exhibited at Oslo Architecture Triennale, The Barbican Centre and Van Gogh House. 


Sharon Kennedy

Sharon Kennedy is a Director of Services with Offaly County Council since 2020, having worked with a number of other local authorities in the mid-west of Ireland, in a variety of roles, over the past 36 years.  Within Offaly County Council, Sharon is responsible for leading the housing, community, culture, library and emergency services directorate and also for Edenderry Municipal District.

Sharon is particularly interested in the role that arts and heritage can play, in a very practical way, in enhancing the social, economic and cultural development within a County, contributing towards the wellbeing of society, supporting social inclusion, and protecting and enhancing our natural and built heritage.

Maureen Kennelly

Director of the Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Maureen Kennelly was previously director Poetry Ireland from 2013 until April 2020, director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, artistic director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, general manager with Fishamble Theatre Company, and she also worked with Druid Theatre Company, the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, The Arts Council and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. On a freelance basis, she worked with a wide range of organisations including Theatre Forum, Sing Ireland, the Performance Corporation and Age & Opportunity. She was Primary Curator with the Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival and Programme Director with the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

She was a member of the judging panel for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for 2002 and 2006 and she chaired this panel in 2003. She has been a board member of Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the Butler Gallery, Barabbas Theatre Company, and the Dock Arts Centre.

She was appointed to the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland in 2013 and she was a member of the governing body of UCC from 2014 to 2018.



Alice Kinsella

Alice Kinsella was born in Dublin and raised in Co. Mayo, where she now lives. 

Her work has been published in The Irish TimesPoetry Ireland Review, RTÉ, Banshee, and The North, among others. 

Her work has been translated into Polish, Arabic, and Greek. She has read her poetry in Ireland, the UK, and France and her work has been performed or screened in Australia, Greece, USA, and Iraq. Her pamphlet Sexy Fruit (Broken Sleep Books) was a Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Selection. She is the editor of Empty House: poetry and prose on the climate crisis (Doire Press, 2021). She received support from Words Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland to complete her first full-length poetry collection. Alice won the inaugural AIS alumni creative writing award for her first piece of creative non-fiction. Her creative non-fiction debut Milk will be published by Picador in 2023. 

David Nash

David Nash is a British sculptor and land artist born in Esher, Surrey in 1945. Nash works only with wood from trees that have fallen naturally or been felled due to age, disease or safety.  Frequent motifs include eggs, columns, crosses and pyramids; his work is dominated by both organic and geometric shapes. In large-scale installations cork oak bark is stacked to make towering spires and circles, oak branches are burnt and placed in the ground to form low, convex structures and circles.

Nash studied at Kingston College of Art from 1963-67 and Chelsea School of Art in London from 1969-70.  In 1967 he moved to the remote village of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, where he still lives and works.  Nash’s early work was seen as a response to minimalism, but from the late 60’s his art became more of a collaboration with nature.  He works mainly with wood which he carves (often with a chainsaw) and sometimes chars.  He also makes ‘living sculptures’ including Ash Dome; a collection of living ash trees planted in 1977 and coppiced to form a natural dome sculpture.  He treats the wood with great respect, allowing the natural qualities of each species to inform the final shape of the work. He now also casts sculptures in bronze. His charred wood forms have deep black, velvety surfaces contrasting with the rich natural tones and grains of the particular type of wood itself and are mimicked masterfully if cast in bronze. Alongside his sculpture he has always made drawings and stencil editions.

David Nash was elected a Royal Academician in 1999 and in 2004 received an OBE for services to the arts.  His sculpture Big Black won the prestigious Wollaston Award in the summer of 2016 at the Royal Academy, the same year he also won the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association’s March Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture for his work, Habitat.   He has had many international solo exhibitions throughout his career including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew; Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany and the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan and in 2019 an extensive retrospective exhibition was held at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.  Nash has works in over 80 major public collections around the world including the Royal Academy of Arts, London; Tate Gallery, London; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. (Text: Annely Juda Fine Art)



Emma M Price

Emma is an artist, cultural strategist, and co-founder of Studio Response. She has curated and produced numerous public art projects and facilitates partnerships with professional artists, architects, and designers with clients from the public and private sectors.

More recently she is the arts advisor to Monumental Welsh Women, who are dedicated to recognising the contribution of ‘named’ women to the history and life of Wales. Emma is a passionate advocate of socially engaged art, play and ecology in the public realm.


John Thackara

John Thackara - an author, curator and professor - is developing the design agenda for ecological restoration, urban-rural reconnection, and multi-species design.

He curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, later across India; he was commissioner of the UK social innovation biennial Dott 07, and the French design biennial City Eco Lab; and in 2019, he curated the Urban-Rural expo in Shanghai. He is Visiting Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, School of Visual Arts in New York, and Politecnico di Milano, and is a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art. He is a 2022 Design For Planet Fellow at Design Council, UK. and curator of the Social Food Forum. His last book was How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today.

Twitter: @johnthackara

Hour Of Ecology talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=539Lz6ykrww&t=13s


Prof John Thompson

John Thompson is Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Huddersfield and Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Anglia Ruskin.

He is an author of several books on strategy and entrepreneurship, he was responsible for several local enterprise and start-up initiatives - beginning with the Huddersfield Business Generator in 2000. In 2009 he received the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. Prior to formal retirement he held a full-time Chair in Entrepreneurship in the UK and was a Visiting Professor in Finland, Australia, and New Zealand. He’s recently co-authored a paper with Dr John Day on Understanding the impact and value of temporary public art sculpture trails. His interest in social entrepreneurs developed when he researched and worked with several community initiatives and social enterprises in the North of England.

Anders Tväråna

Anders Tväråna is a partner and lead architect at White arkitekter in Uppsala, Sweden.

Beside leading several environmentally ground-breaking office projects Anders has been involved in landscape architecture projects in Sweden’s national parks. The entrances in Hamra national park were in 2013 awarded with the Siena prize for the best landscape architecture in Sweden and has been followed in three other similar projects.

Tväråna has a deep knowledge in construction and all other technical details of modern and traditional building combined with the architect’s ability to see the bigger whole and come up with new solutions is characteristic of his work.

White arkiteker has since the 1990s been part of developing the identity and visitor experience of Sweden’s national parks. The work involves everything from typology and signage to accessibility and symbolic meaning of all built structures in the national parks. Navigating the nature/culture divide while keeping the built structure on par with but not over-shadowing the finest nature in the country is part of the complex task.



Miles Umney

Miles Umney is the founder of Holm, a video production company that specialises in supporting cultural and artistic work. He has created a beautiful, well-crafted film that captures the workshops facilitated by artist Rachel Jones and Anna Horton Cremin and voices of the participating artists from County Offaly and County Mayo. 


Marek Wolynski

Marek Wolynski is a London-based curator and creative producer passionate about cross-sector partnerships and the interplay between art, nature, and technology. He has developed a range of large-scale, multidisciplinary projects, including Nine Earths – a British Council’s creative commission to mark COP26, the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, which was also exhibited as part of the G20 Indonesia Presidency cultural programme; Bewogen Beweging – the world’s largest exhibition of Strandbeest, Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures; Respira-Trees – an environmental art installation commissioned by the Mayor of London for London Borough of Culture 2022, among others.

Marek is the UK Coordinator of sculpture network – the largest European non-profit organisation supporting and promoting three-dimensional art; Curator of Tuwaiq Sculpture as part of Riyadh Art; Creative Producer at D-Fuse – a collective of audiovisual innovators active since the mid-1990s, and a strategy consultant to artists, collectors, and organisations.


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