Wonder, They Wander | Saidhbhín Gibson at Muine Bheag Arts, Co. Carlow


Wonder, They Wander | Saidhbhín Gibson at Muine Bheag Arts, Co. Carlow Date/Time
Date(s) - 22/08/2021

Muine Bheag Arts





Muine Bheag Arts is delighted to present Wonder, They Wander led by artist Saidhbhín Gibson. Wonder, They Wander is an iteration of an online project by Saidhbhín Gibson whereby more-than-human life living along the River Barrow was documented and then disseminated using an Instagram feed.

You are invited to join the artist to walk a stretch of the River Barrow, commencing in Muine Bheag, Co. Carlow. Riverine flora and fauna will be the main focus of the walk. The event coincides with the completion of the artist’s online project.

Saidhbhín Gibson has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows most recently including Hindsight is 2020, Rua Red, Dublin 2020, A Vague Anxiety, IMMA, Dublin, 2019, Encounters with the Land, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, 2018 where she was awarded the Éigse Graduate Award, Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo, 2018, Loping Towards Darkness, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art (solo), 2017 and ‘Make it OK’ touring to seven UK venues, 2015-17

Saidhbhín Gibson’s work explores the commodification of Nature for and by humans. Her work focuses on human-centric attitudes to the environment. Multifarious methods of production are employed in the manufacture of the work including video, photography, sculpture, needlepoint lace and text.

This event is part of the Grass Roots programme which runs from 30 July – 29 August. Grass Roots is the first public programme initiated by artist-run organisation Muine Bheag Arts. Grass Roots refers to the act of self-organising, nurturing ideas and facilitating dialogue on a local level. The programme embeds itself deep into the soil of the community, cultivating growth from the roots up.

Grass Roots is situated in public spaces throughout Muine Bheag, Co. Carlow. Sprawling across the fields, river banks and buildings it utilises the town’s infrastructure to host a temporary network of offsite projects, public interventions and events.

The programme includes contributions from Bog Cottage, Saidhbhín Gibson, Carl Giffney, Mary O’Leary, Nollaig Molloy, Rory Mullen, Cliodhna Timoney and Katie Watchorn. The artists were invited to respond to Muine Bheag and the rural context as a space of artistic production. The works examine and investigate notions of the land, craft, industry, community and place.

This programme is kindly supported by Creative Ireland.



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