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Announcing 23 Spark Creative Climate Action Fund II projects

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Announcing 23 Spark Creative Climate Action Fund II projects

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Announcing 23 Spark Creative Climate Action Fund II projects

The Creative Climate Action Spark fund will fund 23 projects piloting new ideas for public engagement at a local, community level, or communities-of-practice. These projects will be completed by the end of 2024.

Mountmellick Christmas Tree Committee, the Mountmellick Embroidery & Heritage Museum, Yarnbombing Mountmellick and artist Martina Coyle will reimagine the iconic Mountmellick Christmas Tree through the lens of eco-design and renewables, the use of local lace and embroidery crafts alongside energy efficient lighting to engage the community in rethinking their lifestyle and energy use.

Turas – Journeys in Stewardship is a year-long series of creative events led by Burrenbeo Trust with artists Anja Murray, Jane Clarke, Jack Talty and Edwina Guckian. The project will work with farmers and rural communities in a journey towards better environmental stewardship in response to the growing climate and biodiversity crises.

Dublin City Sustainable Energy Communities – from Planning to Prototyping our Climate Context Design together with Cabra Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) in Dublin, Zero Carbon, CODEMA and Dublin City Council are working together to co-design and prototype scalable mechanisms to move from intent to action on climate change.

Creating a Climate for Change in Limerick is a dance project led by Dance Limerick in partnership with Moyross Sport & Physical Activity Hub, Moyross Community Hub, Watch House, Cross Library, Limerick City Library, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Organic Growers Ireland, Croom Family Resource Centre. Together they want to break down the academic work on climate change into new formats of hearing, seeing & moving. 

The Greenhouse at the Theatre Royal is a site-responsive, interactive theatre event which will promenade through the iconic Theatre Royal building in Waterford to explore ways to reduce the theatre’s carbon footprint.

Music for Galway and Galway Atlantaquaria’s will work together on Galway Bay is Calling which will combine music and ocean literacy workshops to raise awareness amongst local choirs and music groups about the impacts of climate change in their immediate surroundings.

We Built This City on Rock and Coal brings scientists and theatre makers, led by co-creators Jessamyn Fairfield and Katy Schutte, to rural locations on the Irish coast for a series of interactive events about climate change driven by research, comedy and what matters most to each community.

Design Declares Ireland targets the design community through signing a declaration and supporting design practitioners to reduce emissions through the provision of toolkits and demonstrations on how design agencies can be a positive influence with their clients. Led by the Institute of Designers in Ireland with their partners in TOTEM, On the Dot, Lands Design Studio and Portion Collaborative.

Renew Bunratty is a series of place making projects, that will develop a sustainable approach to tourism and local development through community-led, hands-on collaboration between creative practitioners and the public. It will be led by Bunratty Local Development Association with support from the Technological University of the Shannon.

Áit Productions and Studio Weave, Fennelly’s of Callan, UAL, Hometree’ initiative Till Now will hold a series of workshop and community events with local residents that will produce proposals for the use of outdoor public space in Callan, County Kilkenny.

Islander Architects and the School of Architecture, Building and Environment, TUD will demonstrate what a year’s worth of construction waste looks like with a public installation entitled Demolition – Who Knows, Who Cares? This will focus on building awareness of demolition processes by engaging directly with architects, planners, construction industry along with the general public. 

Urban Food Sanctuary will empower the people of north Louth with the skills to develop local food resilience. Working with local creatives, this project will promote and demonstrate the importance of micro geographic food security by embracing the changing diet of Louth through the arts. Louth County Council will work with Farmer Tony McGuinness, Creative Spark Dundalk, DKIT and Groundswell on this county-wide project.

Youghal Blue and Green Community Network’s Pathways to Building Community Resilience to Climate Change will enable community engagement, creativity and connections to the biodiversity crisis, coastal erosion and rising sea levels through on-site workshops, textile art, bronze casting, audio & visual recordings.

Artist Julie Forrester has devised Gleann na Phúca with Producer Claire Ryan and community groups in the Glen, which will celebrate the Glen river as it runs its course across the north-side of Cork city with a series of creative engagements that aim to inspire positive action for stewardship of the river.

Four Seasons in Cranmore Community Co-Op Garden: A Yearbook Over the course of a year the Cranmore Community Garden in Sligo will host artists and scientists to facilitate conversations with a multi-generational community group. As well as exhibitions and events throughout the year, the project will also produce a garden yearbook publication. Kids’ Own Publishing will work with Cranmore Community Co-Op, ATU, soil science expert Dr Agnieszka Piwowarczyk and artistic advisor Vanya Lambrecht Ward.

The BluePrint Project is an All-island exchange between Derry and Mayo, that will produce a ‘creative co-creation’ toolkit that will target local governments working with flood affected communities.  University College Cork, The Playhouse, Derry City and Strabane District Council, and Mayo County Council will all work together on this.

Rewetting Cavan’s Boglands Cavan composer Ian Wilson will create a public engagement project which aims to encourage landowners in west Cavan to rewet their boglands. Wilson will create a series of field recording charting the progress of wildlife on boglands which will all contribute to a new composition. Project partners include West Cavan Bogs Association, Heather Bothwell and Dr Francis Mackin.

Siobhán Enright working with photographer Michael Durand and environmental scientist and sustainability expert Janet McKennedy will deliver Plan-it-Play. Together they will host a series of educational and fun workshops through the Wicklow Library service to consider how we can move to a circular toy economy.

Room With A View will transform a disused rural town property in Co. Clare into an interactive portal to witness two critical points from the late 20th century to the late 21st century. Through the front window subtle changes will emerge that will offer hopeful and inciting ideas about the world beyond the window. Artists involved include Maeve Stone, Alex Gill, Lisa Lomax and Brandon Lomax and their mentors Quentin Crowley, Sarah McCormack and Jerry Murphy.

Cycle to the Sea is a collaborative art project that will map out cycle routes from the village of Cloyne to the sea with sculptural artworks installed as distance markers along the way. The project was devised and will be delivered by Aoife Banville, Esther Gerrard, Ed Coveney  and Isabel Power .

The Eco-Makers Workshop is part of Kerry’s eco-visual arts programme. Through innovative and creative workshops, people with intellectual disabilities will be empowered to bring recycled-art and sustainability together to make alternative products that can reduce energy use and demand on finite resources. AK Inspired Ability will work with artists Amanda Bentley Curran, Lena Haverkamp and Rosemary Kavanagh and Balyroe Candle Makers. 

Artist Marie Gordan will celebrate the Kilcoole Little Tern conservation scheme along the Dublin-Rosslare Railway line in Wicklow. This lovely project will be supported by Irish Rail, Bird Watch Ireland and artist Laura McMahon.

Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears Studio (Derry) and the Heritage Council will bring a touring exhibition is based on the much loved Puffin Rock TV series. This project is aimed at families with young children (4-8) as well as the wider community and  focuses on habitat and biodiversity awareness and protection.

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