Lisa Fingleton is an award winning multimedia 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.
Fingleton 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 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 an sustainability.
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
NEWS AUTUMN 2018
THE 30 DAY LOCAL FOOD CHALLENGE SEPTEMBER 2018
Would you like to join the ’30 day local food challenge’ this September? A great way to eat great food, support local food producers and raise awareness about community resilience and food miles?
This year, with the support of Transition Kerry and other groups, lots of people are joining the challenge. This community page has been created to share ideas, menus and the experience of eating food only from the island of Ireland…From the 1st-30th September 2018…
Find out more in this previous Irish Times Feature Article.
INSITES/ÓN CHEAPACH (TOURING EXHIBITION 2018)
A touring exhibition supported by the Art Council, with artists Monica
De Bath, Lisa Fingleton and Gareth Kennedy.
Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Birr, Co Offaly, Opening on Culture Night, Sept-Oct 2018 http://www.birrtheatre.com/visualarts
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare, Oct-Nov 2018
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