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This is a one-day event, held on Friday 12 November 2021, for visual artists and those in the cultural industries who are actively engaged in, or whose work responds to, different aspects of rural life.


This event is part of the larger research project developed by Dr Ciara Healy-Musson and Professor Mary Modeen (University of Dundee), and is supported by Lismore Castle Arts, The Royal Irish Academy and The Royal Society of Edinburgh. It aims to enrich connections and establish new links between Irish and Scottish artists and writers whose creative practices focus on rurality. A series of talks will be presented in the morning at St Carthage Hall by key stakeholders invested in rural life, water quality and community wellbeing.


A coach will take participants to visit a local dairy farm in the afternoon, where it will be possible to meet with farmers to discuss creative ways of acknowledging the rich tapestry of narratives around heritage, biodiversity, animal welfare and production yields in agricultural practices.

Practicum Itinerary | 12th November 2021
Starting at Lismore Castle at 9.30am with Tea, Coffee and Welcome by Dr Ciara Healy and Lismore Castle Arts Curator Paul McAree

Dr Aine Mackenwalsh, Senior Research Officer at Teagasc’s Rural Economy and Development Programme.

Richard O’Callaghan, Ecologist at National Parks and Wildlife Service.


Tea, coffee & comfort break


Katie Hart Potapoff, PhD Researcher University of Dundee

Ewan Allinson, PhD Researcher University of Dundee

Adam Stead, PhD Researcher Art & Agriculture IT Carlow

Miriam O’Connor, Artist and Beef farmer

Orla Ni Dhuill, Poet and Irish Native Woodland Trust


Lunch in the gardens


Coach to CoolyDoody Farm for a tour and to sample their produce in Ballyduff. Then onto An Siopa Beag in Ballyduff to warm up with a hot beverage and biscuits. Returning to Lismore for informal drinks and conversation at The Red House Pub.

For their gracious support of this event, we would like to offer our special thanks to 

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