An increasing number of Irish artists are engaging with nature in ways that go beyond recording its beauties, whether by travelling to witness fragile ecosystems, collaborating with scientists or creating powerful polemics…..Read Full Irish Times Article Here by Gemma Tipton

Lisa Fingleton

“Interested in finding ways to work locally – rather than travel the world to explore the negative effects of world travel – the artist, film-maker, writer and grower Lisa Fingleton is fascinated by the (ahem) deep-rooted connections between art, food and farming. Based on an organic farm in Co Kerry, she and her partner, Rena Blake, run the Barna Way, an eco-social arts project. “I am interested in slowing down, being more present on our own land and really connecting with nature,” she says. Her work with Creative Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art at last year’s National Ploughing Championships resulted in a huge wall drawing incorporating farmers’ ideas for tackling climate change and her film, created with Dingle farmers, will screen at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork in May. The Barna Way will host a dawn-chorus walk and a drawing-with-nature workshop for the Ballybunion Moya festival on Saturday, April 29th”.



Drawing With Nature

With artist Lisa Fingleton

In this creative and interactive workshop you are invited to become present with nature and use drawing as a meditative tool to really see what is around you.

We will start with a short meditation and a brief introduction to drawing with nature. Then you will have time to observe and draw. No drawing experience is necessary, just an openness to the experience.

The workshop will take place in the beautiful gardens, native woodlands and meadows at The Barna Way just outside Ballybunion.

Lisa brings over 20 years of drawing experience to this workshop and has most recently worked on large scale drawing projects with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Crawford Art Gallery and Creative Ireland.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring wellies if you have them.

All materials are provided but if you have your own preferred drawing materials please feel free to bring them. Lisa will demonstrate some unique drawing materials she has created from the plants and trees at Barna as part of the Creative Work Development Bursary 2023 from Kerry County Council.

All proceeds from workshops support biodiversity projects at The Barna Way. 10,000 native trees were planted in 2020 and there is a beautiful woodland walk.

⏰ When: Saturday, April 29th, 2022 from 10.00-12.00
📍 Location: Barna Way, Ballybunion, Ireland. V31YK68

Advance Booking: / 087 783 7448 (€20 pp)

The Barna Way

Moya Festival Ballybunion 2023

Earth Day: 11 Irish visions of the future, Gemma Tipton, Irish Times, 20th April 2023


Drawing with Nature, MOYA Ballybunion