Tropical Ravine House, Botanic Gardens, Belfast
In September 2019 I was delighted to install 6 porcelain Cryptolaemus montrouzieri in the ground floor area of the Tropical Ravine House, Botanic Gardens, Belfast as a permanent installation.
The Australian Mealybug, or Mealybug Ladybird, is used as an ecological predator in the Tropical Ravine House, Palm House and greenhouses.
After several visits to the gardens and the greenhouses I was curious about the white dots on some of the plants. The experienced gardeners were very helpful and explained how the larvae, that look the same as the pests to the naked eye, are the preferred method of pest control, reducing the need for pesticides in the delicate environment maintained for the plants.
The porcelain bugs will be employed as part of the educational aids during school visits to the House.
They were being named as I left, I heard one getting called Bruce and another getting called Sheila.....
ULSTER STAR INTERVIEW
ENGAGE STUDIO BLOG
Engage Studio Blog including recorded closing event and In Conversation with curator, Moran Been Noon
In March 2019 I ran a beginner ceramics workshop in R-Space Gallery in Lisburn. I prefer to encourage participants to make their own pieces from scratch so that they really feel the work is their own. It was lovely to have Julie-Ann and the others come up with their own designs working the the templates provided and their imagination.
A couple of weeks after the workshop the participants were ready to collect their finished, glazed and fired craft works.
As play is an important part of my own material research it was lovely to read that Julie-Ann was able to recapture her own playfulness during the workshop.
Goose Lane Gallery receives a a positive mention for exhibition and atmosphere at Belfast Culture Night 2016
Goose Lane Gallery was a voluntary project providing exhibition opportunities for emerging and student artists. Co curators Zara Lyness and Jenny Davies
DOCUMENTATION OF 2 YEARS OF EXHIBITIONS
Coffee table book documenting the first two years of exhibitions by Artistslegup (Zara and Jenny) at Goose Lane Gallery
IN FLUX -REVIEWS
Circa Art Magazine, writers choice review by Moran Been Noon
Degree Show review on art blog - Slavka Sverakova
December , 2015. Sound performance at Pollen Studios and Gallery
Video excerpt from a durational sound performance at Pollen Studios and Gallery in Belfast. A site responsive performance taking inspiration from the local starling murmuration that gathers not far from the studio. Participating artists include Jayne Cherry, ALice Clark, Karine Talec and Zara Lyness. A live sound Performance. Seven starlings are being watched by seven starlings each, this is Murmuration. Listen and follow, watch and follow and let the sound tell you how to fly.
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL 2015
Performance art workshop with Helge Meyer
BIFPA 2015 Presentation of student Performance art workshop with Helge Meyer. 11 March 2015. Pollen Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland.