Join artist Dara McGrath in conversation with environmentalist Alan Moore, for a chat about how artistic creativity can help convey local environmental concerns to a wider audience. Live on our YouTube Channel on Friday 30th April @7pm.
Project Cleansweep is a long term project, with Dara beginning his research in 2011, having read a recently published report form the British Ministry of Defence. Project Cleansweep takes its name from a this MoD report, identifying sites in the UK where tens of thousands of tonnes of mustard gas, phosgene and other lethal chemicals were, since World War 1, made, processed, stored, burned and dumped in England, Wales and Scotland.
To this day such sites remain problematic even when they have been returned to civilian usage. The MoD released details of Operation Cleansweep in 2011 to provide “reassurance” that residual contamination at UK sites did not pose a risk to human health or the environment.
This work has been exhibited in numerous locations around the UK and Ireland, sometimes very close to the actual sites mentioned in the report, and in each instance has provoked discussion and awareness in local communities of the potential residual long term damage inflicted on the land by human intervention.
Visit Dara’s exhibition Project Cleansweep – currently on show at @South Tipp Arts Centre:
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