26 July, 8 to 9pm.
Karin Dubsky is one of Ireland’s leading marine ecologists. She works at Trinity College Dublin and is coordinator and co-founder of the NGO Coastwatch Europe. She speaks and campaigns regularly on environmental issues, with interests varying from coastal zone management, citizen science and environmental law to implementation of biodiversity policies. Themes of public information, participation and access to justice are key to her approach.
Following the recent Coastwatch Europe exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels, she will describe her work and how a greater understanding and inclusive vision of an area such as the Shannon Estuary area could be gained. This is relevant to EU marine spatial planning and an increasing focus in Askeaton Contemporary Arts’ programming since 2017’s international conference The Algae Summit.
About Askeaton Contemporary Arts:
Since 2006, Askeaton Contemporary Arts commission, produce and exhibit contemporary art in the locale of a small town in County Limerick, Ireland. An annual residency programme entitled Welcome to the Neighbourhood situates Irish and international artists in the midst of Askeaton each summer, while thematic exhibitions, publications and events often occur. Through these methods, over a hundred artists projects have been realised.
With no ‘white-cube’ gallery spaces in Askeaton, artists work in public spaces throughout the town. This form of engagement focuses on the existing dynamics of the locale, intending to bring forward the diverse layers of daily life and create a rich framework for subjective encounters. A local audience are often actively implicated into the development of projects through their assistance or participation. Such an approach is built on a belief that contemporary art can be used as an active hub for local society, as a form of critique, investigation and celebration where artists are at the center of these dialogues playing a primary and fundamental role.