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ECO SHOWBOAT at Acres Lake

ECO SHOWBOAT at Acres Lake

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Acres Lake Floating Boardwalk

Acres Lake

Drumshanbo

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Artist Christine Mackey shows her project for Acres Lake, Mesocosm, and Dr. Dolores Byrne talks about plant extinction in Ireland.

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THE ECO SHOWBOAT EXPEDITION 2022

ARTISTS UNDERTAKE SOLAR POWERED EXPEDITION ON THE SHANNON TO SPARK CLIMATE ACTION THROUGH THE ARTS

The Eco Showboat Mayfly expedition is a four month arts voyage from Limerick to Enniskillen on the Mayfly, the flagship of the Eco Showboat project, and the first solar electric boat to make this journey.

On Sunday 7th August the Mayfly will dock at Acres Lake. You are invited to join us for this wonderful afternoon of art,workshops and talks.

14:30

Christine Mackey discusses her project for Acres Lake, Mesocosm, where she constructs a number of small floating Islands with indigenous willow. These water gardens are seeded with plants grown out from Mackey’s own seed collection further establishing the biosecurity and lineage of the plant materials. Bullrush, Yellow flag iris and Purple loosestrife amongst others all act as phytoremdiators that is they extract, purify and heal damaged water systems. These islands will also attract and provide an alternative place of rest and source of food for multiple land and water species whilst creating an alternative space for vulnerable plant communities - whose ‘natural’ habitats are under pressure from environmental change - to claim shelter.

Mesocosm is a scientific modelling term defined as a “bounded and partially enclosed outdoor experiment to bridge the gap between the laboratory and the real world in environmental science”.

15:30

PLANT EXTINCTION IN IRELAND

Dr Dolores Byrne is a project ecologist on the EU Results based Agri-environment Pilot project. An experienced ecologist and botanist with over 14 years practice in environmental consultancy and biodiversity conservation, working mainly in UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Germany, Dolores also runs a sustainable farm in Dromahair, Co. Leitrim, which supports species-rich grassland, semi-natural woodland and heath.

5PM

SLOW LOOKING

Workshop with the Eco Showboat artists

Cleary and Connolly believe that learning begins with looking. Looking closely at things - for the purposes of observation and accurate documentation, or just for the simple pleasure of engaging your mind with the world - affords a deeper learning experience by fixing attention and setting up a remarkably complex and active investigation that begins with the eye and progressively engages the whole mind. The Slow Looking workshop invites you to use a range of simple viewing devices - bug boxes and magnifying glasses - to observe closely samples of biodiversity found on site, and to draw these using the materials provided, in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to conversation.

6PM

RIVER MOVIE - First Scenes

Screening

River Movie will record the first expedition of the Mayfly - a series of encounters with artists, activists and scientists as we travel upriver from Limerick to Enniskillen, discovering the beauty of the Shannon and the Erne waterways, exploring scientific and artistic ideas for how we can save this environment from everything that threatens it today - pollution, invasive and endangered species, climate change… Using a 4k drone, a 4k gimbal camera, an IR camera and other devices for macro-photography and sound recording, River Movie will document a unique collaboration of art and science addressing the great problem of our time.

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