Lisa Fingleton will be working in partnership with Creative Ireland over the three days of the National Ploughing Championship 2022 She will produce a large-scale Interactive drawing project (over 20 metres in length) called The Future Is In The Fields which will respond live to the solutions for climate change offered by farmers. This will be at the Government of Ireland tent. She will interact with farmers at the event and draw their ideas onto the wall with the support of a team from Corca Dhuibne Inbhunaithe and Waterford Walls. She believes in the power of visualisation to spark the imagination and create real transformation. This drawing will then be transported to the Irish Museum of Modern Art for the Earth Rising Festival in October.

This project is an exciting development of her role as the embedded artist with Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe / A Creative Imagining, one of 15 projects being funded by Creative Ireland’s Creative Climate Action fund. In this project, managed by catriona Fallon, she is working with farmers on the Dingle Penninsula to creatively look at ways in which they can diversify to address climate change with The Green Arts Initiative, The Dingle Hub and Marei.

As part of the National Ploughing Championships the farmers from Dingle will be involved in 2 Climate Conversations with Hannah Quinn Mulligan and Mark Gibson:

Government of Ireland Stage (Block 3, Row 20, Marquee 327):16:30 – 17:00 Creative Climate Conversation moderated by Mark Gibson – Corca Dhuibhne

Culture, Creativity and Innovation Marquee Stage (Block 3, Row 19, Marquee 308):12:00 – 12:30 Creative Climate Conversation moderated by Hannah Quinn Mulligan – Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe – A Creative Imagining

The future is in the fields

A Creative Imagining: Farmers ideas on climate change solutions, Drawing by Lisa Fingleton 2022

Lisa recently completed another large scale drawing, a 10 metre Sandwich Project as part of the current Meat and Potatoes exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork. You can watch the time lapse video here :

The Sandwich Project, Crawford Art Gallery, Lisa Fingleton 2022, Credit:Jed Niezgoda


Lisa Fingleton is an eco-social artist, writer and organic farmer. Living and working on a small organic, social farm near the sea, she has spent many years cultivating deep-rooted connections between art, food and farming

The Last Hug For a While is her most recent publication, charting the emotional rollercoaster of the pandemic and climate change through drawings and rhyming couplets. At the launch of her book, the author Michael Harding described how “her exuberance and her love of human beings is complemented by the same exuberance for the earth”.

Her previous book The Local Food Project explores the power of growing and eating local food. 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. For the last number of years, she has undertaken the 30-day local food challenge, when she eats only food grown on the island of Ireland, for the month of September. The Portlaoise Pizza Project and The Sandwich Project also explore issues  around resilience, food sovereignty and sustainability.

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 on The Barna Way, an ecological art and biodiversity project on their farm. In 2020 they planted 10,000 native trees on their land.

As a socially engaged professional artist, Lisa brings almost 20 years’ experience of creating work, installing exhibitions, editing films, engaging with communities/audiences and delivering public art projects. Lisa received an MA in documentary film at Goldsmiths College, London in 2015. She is also a Fine Art graduate from NCAD.

Lisa recently completed the Haumea course with Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald and contributed to the Breaking Cover, art and ecology programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She is working with Studio 10 artists at IMMA as part of Bealtaine 2022.

Through drawing, observation and eco literacy, Lisa has worked with artists of all ages to connect with the world around them. Lisa was the Kerry Visual Artist in Residence 2021. The residency was supported by Creative Ireland, The Arts Council and Kerry County Council Arts Office. Over 1400 people attended virtual workshops and events during the short residency, which Lisa believes is a testament to the power of art and the imagination to spark public engagement around the big issues of climate change and biodiversity loss.