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Creative Ireland is going to The Ploughing 20th – 22nd September

It’s been while but Creative Ireland are delighted to announce that we’re going back to The Ploughing Championships and we’re taking a lovely programme of creative events with us.

Over the three days artist Lisa Fingleton will produce a large-scale Interactive drawing project (2.4m x 33m) which will respond live to the solutions for climate change offered by farmers.

For the last 6 months Lisa has been working with ten farming families on the Dingle Peninsula on Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe: A Creative Imagining is a Creative Climate Action project working with ten farming families on the Dingle Peninsula. The aim is to identify ways in which farmers might diversify and adapt in the face of climate change

Creative Ireland are bringing Junk Kouture back to the Ploughing to show off their creative recycling skills in several fashion shows. These stunning fashions by local transition year students have been created from the things we throw away. Harnessing the power of youth activism and education, Junk Kouture is a year-round programme for secondary schools that challenges students aged 13-18 to create couture fashion from 100% recycled materials, before ultimately showcasing their creations to a global audience.

Leitrim legend Edwina Guckian will also be at Ratheniska with her Modern Day Mummers. Not only will they be performing in the Creative Ireland tent they with also be sharing the straw hat making secrets with straw grown especially for the Ploughing in small plots around Leitrim

Creative Climate Conversations

Hannah Quinn Mulligan (Irish Farmers Journal) and Mark Gibson (Teagasc) will also host a number of conversations on the topic of Creative Climate Action during the National Ploughing Championships 2022. Contributing to the debates will be the participants of on Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe: A Creative Imagining, the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Worker’s Villages project and Field Exchange.

Field Exchange was a series of farm based creative events on Brookfield Farm, Tipperary which supported farmers to implement agricultural practices that combat climate change. Field Exchange methodology integrates art, creativity, food, gathering and agriculture to help make positive change for farming communities and climate impact.

Workers’ Villages is a commemoration of the legacy of three Bord na Mona villages in the Irish midlands. The project is an exploration of what can be learnt from these villages and their designs as we move towards a sustainable future. The project has been hugely successful in engaging the local community and has hosted several community engagement events including ‘visioning workshops’ on the future of the village.

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