A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony.
January - March 2020.
Across 2020 Deirdre O’Mahony will work collaboratively with groups and individuals in a series of talks, walks and workshops. Using St Carthage Hall as a base, the group will return from investigative trips to produce a deep mapping process of the complex human, natural and social ecology of the forests around the Lismore region.
The information gathered during the physical experience of the forest will be further informed by discussions led by individuals with different experiences of the forest- history, commercial use, plant life, animals, insect life, flora, fungi and mushrooms. This will feed into workshops, botanical drawing and other ways of recording the forest ecosystem.
By working in Lismore over a three – month period the intention is to map the traces of human and non-human histories that still remain in the land. Deirdre hopes to meet and engage with farmers, forestry workers, hunting enthusiasts, wildlife experts, recreational users, foragers, and anyone with an interest in the estate forest.
The project will result in an installation and archive exhibition from 29 February to 8 March at St Carthage Hall.