On Sunday 10 July the Mayfly solar boat will dock at Banagher Marina,County Offaly. You are invited to join us for an afternoon of art, science, workshops and talks.
The Eco Showboat expedition is a four month arts voyage from Limerick to Enniskillen aboard the Mayfly, flagship of the Eco Showboat project, and the first solar electric boat to make this journey. The project is the brain child of artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, aka School of Looking.
The Eco Showboat Mayfly will be moored at Banagher Marina On Sunday 10th July for an afternoon of fascinating waterside events in the extraordinary Pangolin Pavilion, pop up projection space made from 35 striped umbrellas.
We meet artist artist Alan Phelan who will make a fabric intervention in the Marina in his signature red, green and blue colours. These relate to the Joly screen colour photography process which was invented by Offaly native John Joly in the 1890s – one of the first colour images. Alan has invited Prof Patrick Wyse Jackson from the TCD Department of Geology where Joly also worked to discuss “How Rocks Can Save the Planet”. This will be a broad ranging discussion on geological discoveries and histories that relate to climate change and art. Specifically how Joly’s scientific papers contributed to contemporary knowledge in the field from the minerals used in solar cells, lithium found in granite, carbon sinks, geological time.
Later in the afternoon the School of Looking opens your eyes to the wealth of biodiversity surrounding us with an experience in Slow Looking, and project the first scenes from Cleary and Connolly’s epic River Movie.
The Eco Showboat project has received the Arts Council Open Call Award, the SFI Discover Award, the Limerick Arts Strategic Award and is supported by Creative Ireland, Waterways Ireland, Dublin City Council, the Local Authority Waters Programme, Offaly County Council Arts Office and local authorities and universities right across the country.