SAC - Special Area of ConVersation

Fingal County Council’s Arts Office is delighted to present new work resulting from An Urgent Enquiry.  The project, funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme joins Fingal with partners in Dublin City Council and Wexford County Council. It consists of three artist residencies, where artists have been commissioned to consider the effects of climate change along the east coast and its influences on biodiversity locally.

Fingal County Council selected Joanna Hopkins and Mary Conroy who were interested in exploring the Fingal context, with a focus on the unique bird colonies, prominent coastal erosion and an environment that is constantly changing as determined by a human need for housing and how natures challenges our definitions of home. Since June 2019, the artists have been located at our Resort Residency, located at Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane. They have been researching locally and nationally with specialists in particular species, liaising with our Biodiversity and climate education departments in Fingal to develop their reflection on the theme and the location, which will be presented during The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival 2019.

SAC - Special Area of ConVersation is a temporary art installation on Portrane Beach as part of An Urgent Enquiry artist residency commission, by artists Mary Conroy and Joanna Hopkins. This temporary public artwork and site specific theatre performance represents an amalgamation of ideas and concepts that were processed through the artist's 3 month residency in Fingal. The artwork draws attention to the conservation efforts being carried out in the Fingal area for both humans and wildlife, to highlight the existence, fragility and importance of all the creatures who call the Fingal coastline 'home'.


Special Area of ConVersation  Performance

Date: Saturday Sept 14th 2019
Time: 2pm
Location: Starting in front of the Brook Pub, Portrane.
Installation on view to the public 14th 2pm – 6pm & 15th 10am – 6pm

To book the performance please contact Caroline Cowley,

Public Art Co-ordinator,
t: 087 1201924
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