Lisa Fingleton is an artist whose practice incorporates drawings, collaborative projects, film, documentary and immersive installations. Much of her work is rooted in the autobiographical and deals with socio political and environmental concerns. The artist lives and works on a small farm in North Kerry and has spent many years cultivating deep-rooted connections between art, food and farming.
Lisa is concerned about the fact that we are importing so much of our food and losing the capacity to be self sufficient, despite what we know about climate change and carbon footprint. She strives to ‘be the change’ she wishes to see in the world and likes to walk the talk, grow the food and integrate life with her studio practice. For the last number of years she has been working closely with her partner Rena Blake. Together they are consciously focusing on the ‘local’, organising projects and events on the home farm such as community tree growing, foraging, ‘meitheall’s’ and other ways of engaging local people in global issues around food and sustainability.
Lisa as just published her first book ‘The Local Food Project’ which will be launched at Listowel Food Festival on the 12th November.
Fingleton is more interested in a fluid creative process than in any rigid adherence to media. Ideas like seeds are foraged, germinated and fertilised before coming to fruition. Plants become drawings. Conversations and stories weave their way into documentaries and immersive installations. Though careful nurturing, grafting and cross pollinating, she believes we can create new paradigms a more kind, peaceful, sustainable and creative future.
Fingleton received an MA in documentary film at Goldsmiths College, London in 2015. She is also a Fine Art graduate from NCAD. In May 2015 the Irish Film Institute hosted a special retrospective screening of her work entitled “The Power of The Personal Story”. Her recent solo exhibition ‘Holding True Ground’ (2018) at An Taín, Dundalk, builds on her previous food projects with farmers and growers, supported by Siamsa Tire and Kerry County Council Arts Office.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”-Mahatma Gandhi
THE LOCAL FOOD PROJECT
‘The Local Food Project’ is an inspiring new book exploring the power of growing and eating local food. Incorporating drawings, photography and text, it is the culmination of three years of work by the artist. ‘The Local Food Project’ charts the journey of the average BLT sandwich which has around 45 ingredients from around the world. It asks us to think about how we eat and who pays the price? Is there any such thing as cheap food? The artist Lisa is concerned about the fact that we are importing so much of our food and losing the capacity to be self sufficient, despite what we know about climate change and carbon footprint. The book is creatively presented ( journal style) and is filled with ideas and actions for people who think global and want to act local. The book is launched at 7pm on the 12th November at the Listowel Food Fair (Listowel Arms Hotel)
INSITES/ÓN CHEAPACH (TOURING EXHIBITION 2018)
A touring exhibition supported by the Art Council, with artists Monica
De Bath, Lisa Fingleton and Gareth Kennedy.
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare, Oct-Dec 2018
THE 30 DAY LOCAL FOOD CHALLENGE
The 30 Day Local Food Challenge takes place every September. It’s a great way to eat good food, support local food producers and raise awareness about community resilience, climate change and carbon footprint.
This year, with the support of Transition Kerry and other groups, lots of people joined the challenge.
This community page has been created to share ideas, menus and the experience of eating food only from the island of Ireland…
THE SANDWICH PROJECT @ VISUAL, CARLOW
ENCOUNTERS WITH THE LAND @ VISUAL, CARLOW
HOLDING TRUE GROUND (SOLO EXHIBITION 2018)
An Taín, Dundalk, 20th February – 31st March 2018
The exhibition is simultaneously funny and deadly serious. Fingleton presents a sumptuous, visual feast of drawings, found objects, documentary and immersive installations. The work responds to the specificity of the gallery as an ex prison and articulates connections between freedom and food.
Holding True Ground (Solo Exhibition)
Power of the Personal Story:Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Film Ireland Interview
2018 Creative Development Work Bursary, Kerry County Council
Artist in The Community Mentoring Award, Arts Council of Ireland/CREATE
Creative Work Development Bursary, Kerry County Council Arts Office
Visual Artist Award, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo
Royal Television Society Award for ‘ Best Postgraduate Factual’ Film, London
Grierson Trust Nomination for Best Student Documentary, London
Audience Choice Award, Dingle Film Festival, Kerry
Spirit of Gaze (Joint winner), Gaze Film Festival, Dublin
Bursary Award, Arts Council of Ireland
Embracing Diversity Award, Voices Across Cultures, Laois
Emerging Artist Award, Claremorris Open Exhibition
Community Arts Award, Cork City Council
Travel Award, Arts Council of Ireland
Patronage Award, Laois County Council
Tyrone Guthrie Centre Award, Laois County Council