Exhibition: Cré - Believing Earth - The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Gallery, April 20th to May 28th - Visit North Mayo

Cré – Believing Earth, draws attention to human interaction with the Irish boglands, focusing on the folklore, mythology, traditions and the materiality associated with the bogs. 

About the Exhibition

The Irish rural landscape is shaped by wetlands: raised bogs formed in the midlands region while mountain blanket bogs define Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard. Over ten millennia sphagnum mosses and plant debris have accumulated at a rate of 1mm per year, fuelled by the relentless rain approaching from the Atlantic Ocean. This slow process changed the Irish landscape gradually but surely over time. Human intervention contributed further to this change, using turf as a domestic and industrial fuel source and harvesting peat as a growing medium. Accelerated by machine cutting, however, more than a third of Irish wetlands are now lost through cutting for turbary. Now our understanding and use of boglands needs to change again, given their crucial role as carbon sinks in the age of climate collapse.

The exhibition draws attention to human interaction with the Irish boglands, focusing on the folklore, mythology, traditions and the materiality associated with the bogs of Uíbh Ráthach. For this collaborative project, Karen Hendy brought together artists and performers working with each other, often outside the comfort zone of their familiar work environments and teams – a process that sparked creative dialogue across disciplines: painting, photography, poetry, calligraphy and performative drawing – marks created by dancers in charcoal and peat on paper scrolls. They all take their inspiration from dance movements that take the repetitive, almost ritualistic task of turf cutting as a starting point. The Irish word Cré means both earth and clay but also refers to system of belief or principles.

The exbibition opens at 5pm Saturday 20th April in the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Gallery, and runs until May 28th.

For more info please visit Ballinglen Museum of Art website.

John Minihan and the performers of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Title: Liminal, Medium: Black and white photography. 

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