SAC - Special Area of ConVersation, 2019


A temporary art installation on Portrane Beach as part of An Urgent Enquiry artist residency commission, by Joanna Hopkins and Mary Conroy. This temporary public artwork and site specific theatre performance represents an amalgamation of ideas and concepts that were processed through the artist & 3 month residency in Fingal. The artwork draws attention to the conservation efforts being carried out in the Fingal area for both humans and wildlife, to highlight the existence, fragility and importance of all the creatures who call the Fingal coastline 'home'.

Image credits and courtesy of Brian Cregan

Wexford County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council initiated a research project in 2017 titled 'An Urgent Enquiry' with funding from the Arts Council under the ‘Invitation to Collaboration scheme’. Each local authority hosted a Think Tank at which artists, scientists and biodiversity experts presented approaches to Art, Biodiversity and Climate Change. The research project and enquiry has led to the next logical step with three significant artist residency commission opportunities in Wexford, Fingal and Dublin City funded through Arts Council Phase Two – Invitation to Collaboration Award.