Eco Showboat Project Inauguration, Kilkenny


Eco Showboat Project Inauguration, Kilkenny Date/Time
Date(s) - 22/08/2021

Kilkenny County Hall grounds





Floating art studio and science lab will aim to connect communities to build a zero-carbon future.
August the 22nd will see Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan launch the Eco Showboat project – an ecological floating arts lab which, when it is built, will connect communities along waterways across Ireland to help spark climate action.

The project is the brainchild of artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly of the School of Looking in Kilkenny and has received an Arts Council Open Call Award for 2021, an SFI Discover Award, as well as support from Creative Ireland and local authorities around the country.

August 22nd, Water Heritage Day, will see the launch of the Eco Showboat website and an exhibition of the Showboat design drawings as part of a unique event bringing together artists, scientists and the community in the open air on the banks of the River Nore in Kilkenny. Limerick based artist collective, Silent Sea (Chelsea Canavan and Deirdre Power) and Galway based artists Anne Marie Deacy and Joanna McGlynn will share their poetic vision of the waterways through specially designed participative workshops, while Aoibhéann Bird, Phil Smyth and Lorna Byrne, the team that brought you RTÉ’s Home School Hub Lab, will buoyantly showboat their way through the science and engineering behind what keeps you afloat.

The Eco Showboat itself will be ready in 2022. The aim of the project is to spark a countrywide artistic response to climate change. Those involved in the project will collaborate with the creative, scientific, and wider communities they meet along the way, to awaken a better understanding of the beauty, possibilities and problems of fresh water. Ultimately they will aim to spark widespread action in response to the challenges we face in the climate crisis.

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