The Floating Flagtone
EXPLORE YOUR 5K
We decided to focus on the rich biodiversity that we have here in North Kerry and encouraged the community to explore and understand the richness of nature all around us. We developed and delivered 6 school workshops focusing on art and biodiversity. The children identified the animals and birds around them and we facilitated drawing exercises. Rena shared her bird photography and explained how to identify different species and their habitats.
The schools went onto do various projects including making bird boxes, installing night cameras and doing biodiversity/bird audits. Even though online workshops were a ‘first’ for all schools it was a great learning for everyone. The level of engagement and enthusiasm from the children was heart warming and inspiring.
We also set up a Facebook group called ‘Explore your 5k’ which has now over 100 members including many artists. We share photos and art relating to biodiversity during the lockdown.
LEGACY OF LIXNAW
The film ‘Legacy of Lixnaw’ was the result of a collaboration of a number of people and groups. Pat Joe Gilbert (Local Historian) and Frank Quilter took us on a tour of The Old Court in Lixnaw. Farmer Paddy Costello kindly facilitated filming at The Old Court. They brought the place alive with their stories and enthusiasm. We realised that many people did not know about the ‘palace’ in Lixnaw or simply did not believe it.
The Kerry Historical and Archaeological Society organised two specific talks on Lixnaw in October and November by John Knightly and Kay Caball, which we attended. It seemed timely to make this film available online at this time given the interest in the Old Court. We are grateful to Maura Walsh and Lixnaw Ceoltas for the beautiful version of Roisin Dubh as a soundtrack.
Legacy of Lixnaw’ was filmed at the Old Court, Lixnaw, Co Kerry. The camera takes us through the site of the ancient palace, the seat of the Fitzmaurices. Narrated by local historian, Pat Joe Gilbert, it weaves the story of this space in times long past…the decadent east and west wings, ballroom, frescoes, the dutch oven in the
kitchen, cider making and fish ponds. While humans have long since abandoned the palace, it is now rich in biodiversity and a home to birds, animals, spiders, insects, fungi, plants and trees.
Gaining Ground Symposium, Glor, Ennis
We were delighted to share the learning from the project at various events. The Gaining Ground Symposium at Glor Ennis in September was one of the only ‘real life’ art symposia this year and their was significant interest in the project.Gaining Ground, the latest phase in Clare County Council’s public art programme 2017-2020, culminated in a daylong symposium, where artist practitioners and curators examine how place, and creating work with the ‘local’ as a starting point, can provide a platform for highly innovative and challenging work.
Iveragh Learning Landscapes Seminar 2020
We presented The Floating Flagstone at The Iveragh Learning Landscapes Weeekend. This is a weekend of talks, walks and workshops encompassing local natural and built heritage, outdoor education, land stewardship and well-being.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Kate Kennelly, Sean Mulchinock, Creative Ireland Kerry and Kerry County Arts for this opportunity and look forward to working with you again in the future. We would also like to thank all the people and organisations who made this project such and enjoyable and creative experience including:
Pat Joe Gilbert, Frank Quilter, Maura Walsh, Kay Caball, John Knightly, Victoria Mc Carthy, Paddy Costello, Sean Quinlan, Barry O Donoghuue, Lixnaw Ceoltas, Architecture Kerry, Clare County Council, Iveragh Learning Landscapes, North Kerry Museum, Presentation Convent Lixnaw, Lyracrumpane NS, Kilconly NS and Ballybunion NS
Rena Blake and Lisa Fingleton