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IMMA is excited to present EARTH RISING, a four-day festival of free events and experiences aimed at addressing the climate crisis and inspiring collective action towards a sustainable and hopeful future. 

The festival programme offers a diverse array of events, including over 50 artists and collaborators who will showcase their work via installations, screenings, workshops and tours; a talks stage that brings together influential voices in the fields of science, design and creativity; a dedicated food-themed site that will explore challenging topics curated by Gerry Godley and Jennie Moran; a Screening programme that includes the ground-breaking film series Leviathan Cycle by Shezad Dawood that examines climate change, migration and mental health; an exhibition by American artist Jo Baer inspired by the artist’s stay in the archaeologically rich countryside of Co. Louth; and a Future Generations Tent curated especially for children and young adults by ECOUNESCO. Throughout the festival visitors can enjoy Music in the Courtyard, including an Eco Ceilí brought to you by Martin O’Donoghue and Damhsa Liomhsa, and a wide variety of food vendors. 

As a space for dialogue and understanding, IMMA recognises the significance of the climate crisis as one of the greatest challenges of our time. EARTH RISING will be a catalyst for creative thinking, imagination, and individual agency in tacking this urgent issue, reimagining a more sustainable and liveable future for generations to come.  Join us for what promises an unforgettable experience that seeks to provoke, inspire, and empower audiences to become agents of change. 

Culture Night Activities
Friday 22 Sept
6pm - 9pm

Exhibitions / Galleries / 10am – 8pm / Free, Drop in 
Late opening of our exhibitions, Howardena Pindell A Renewed Language; Coming Home Late: Jo Baer In the Land of the Giants; Anne Madden: Seven Paintings, and Influence and Identity: Twentieth Century Photography from the Bank of America Collection.

SEANCHOÍCHE / The People’s Pavilion/ 7pm – 9pm
Booked out!
Started in Dublin 8, and now taking Amsterdam and London by storm, Seanchoíche is described by its founder, Ciaran Gaffney, as a storytelling night where people with little or lots of experience get up and tell a story. Seanchoíche is a night for people from all corners of the city to come and listen and engage with spoken stories, ranging from personal anecdotes, monologues, fictional narratives, to poetry pieces and anything in between.  This special edition of Seanchoíche will revolve around the theme of ‘Creativity for Change’, inspired by EARTH RISING. Hosted by Ciaran, the voices of artists and creatives who can truly speak to the power of creativity as a changemaker. This intimate evening will feature stories from: Joe Caslin , Louise Bruton, Jess Majekodunmi , Kyle Sven, Asbestos, MayKay Geraghty.

Cooking for Freedom Culture Night Party / Field Kitchen/ 7pm – 9pm
Free, Drop in
Cooking for Freedom is a group of asylum seekers living in the Direct Provision system who meet in borrowed kitchens around Dublin to cook together. Join us this Culture Night for celebratory collective cooking with demonstrations, stories and music.

Smoke House/ Meadows/ 11pm – 9pm
Free, Drop in
Smoke House is a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist William Bock (Land Art Meitheal) and artisan Max Jones (Up There The Last). It is a communal experience for the hands, head, heart and belly. The Smoke House is centred around an outdoor wood fired smoking pit and an ever growing Sugán rope sculpture crafted from wild grasses harvested on the Kilmainham grounds. Bock and Jones invite you into a unique creative space to share conversation while working your hands and tasting freshly smoked natural, ethically sourced produce.

Understanding my Mind / Future Generations Tent /7pm- 8pm
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Film screening + Q&A with filmmaker Caoimhe McGrath
This short film, Understanding my Mind, offers a unique perspective and a deep insight into Dyspraxia, through powerful storeytelling and compelling visuals.

The Birdwatchers Trip to Alpha Centauri / Studio 12 / 7pm – 8pm
Free, Drop in
The Birdwatcher’s Trip to Alpha Centauri is a Sci-Fi Film by Colm Higgins with live experimental performance, space music from strange instruments, costumes of the future, and way too much citrus fruit.

Leviathan Cycle/ Screening Room/ 4pm – 8pm
Free, Drop in
Leviathan Cycle is set 20-50 years into the future, envisaging a future eerily like our present to consider possible links between borders, psychological trauma, and human and marine ecologies. every film in leviathan cycle is a universe unto itself, and follows the journeys of a cast of characters who are the survivors of a cataclysmic solar event.

Moreclaylessplastic Workshop / Studio 8 / 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Free, Drop in
Moreclaylessplastic host an immersive hands-on workshop with sound and clay materials provided. Create a collection of swifts using clay, basic tools and bamboo sticks to take home. Suitable from age 8 upwards.

Cord Making Workshop / Studio 13 / 7pm – 8pm
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Learn how to make one of the world’s oldest technologies: cord!  in this workshop artist Helena Doyle will teach you how to make cord from plant materials while discussing how this ancient technology shaped history and culture through the ages. interested participants can go one step further and make a Celtic love knot. This workshop is an introduction to cord making, and so suitable for all!

Deep Listening workshop/ Studio 13 / 6pm – 7pm
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Extending his group listening practice from interface to the earth rising festival, artist brett sroka is seeking participants to join him in a guided listening session. we will sit somewhere on the grounds of imma to actively listen to its sonic environment, using some basic ideas from music, meditation and mindfulness. afterwards we’ll discuss what we’ve heard, and observations on our own perception. people of all ages are welcome!

Stray Penguin / Studio 9 / 11am – 9pm /
Free, Drop in

Stray Penguin project, brought to you by Sihong Chen and Dan Ouyang, is a bicycle somatosensory interactive game. in a world where glaciers are melting due to global warming, the game’s antarctic glaciers are collapsing on a massive scale. The world’s last emperor penguin is fleeing in search of its next habitat in a melting glacier.

Woven from our soil Workshop / Workshop Tent / 11am – 9pm
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Woven from our soil is an interactive crafting experience that invites participants to collaboratively create a tapestry using irish-grown fibres dyed with irish-grown plants. while helping craft this tapestry, participants will also learn about fibershed’s “soil-to-soil” model for local textile production, which champions the use of natural fibres and natural dyes which can be safely decomposed back to the soil at the end of their usable life.

Youghal Blue & Green Community & Creative Led Climate Action Hub / Workshop Tent / 11am – 7pm
Free, Drop-in
Visit the unique town of Youghal, in the video work Youghal Naturally Immersive, using high-res Immersive Virtual Reality Video with full Spatial Audio. Experience the amazing landscapes, seascapes, rivers, wetlands, wildlife, flora and fauna of this historic town. Get insightful guidance from the legendary Birdman of Cork, Patrick Smiddy. See how a town, under immediate threat of floods and coastal erosion from climate change, is working together to preserve, clean, protect and enhance their environment and ecosystems.

The VR experience was recorded and produced by leading VR developer and filmmaker Paul Cullen of SkyWatcherVR.

Music in the Courtyard: Equipoise / 7pm – 9pm
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Curated by Seán Carpio, Equipoise is a series of musical performances of song, sound and improvisation across the four days of earth rising. it will feature established and new collaborations between seán and ‘bog bodies’ (robert stillman & anders holst) sharon phelan, mark garry, natalia beylis, joachim badenhorst, jasmine wood, cian nugent, dylan kerr and eomac.

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Festival Opening Hours

Thursday 21 Sept: 11am – 7pm

Friday 22 Sept: 11am – 9pm (Culture Night)

Saturday 23 Sept: 11am – 7pm

Sunday 24 Sept: 11am – 7pm

Open Call Artists 2023

The mission of IMMA is to connect audiences and art, providing an extraordinary space in Ireland where contemporary life and contemporary art connect, challenge, and inspire one another. While artists reflect and respond to the social, political, and environmental concerns of contemporary society, it is the museum’s role to create a generative space for the public to explore and contextualise these events, to see the world differently and to reimagine its future.

Through the lens of the global climate crisis, the unique role of arts and cultural organisations in supporting the shift in attitudes needed to address climate change has become more apparent. At IMMA, our unique creative mindset highlights how culture has a pivotal role to play in climate justice, through citizen engagement and community support by exploring sustainable arts practice and offering regenerative solutions.

Through an open call IMMA has provided funding to support over 50 artists who will showcase their work during EARTH RISING 2023.

These artists are: Amelia Caulfield: Nature Doesn’t Do Binaries, Only Spectrums; Andrew McSweeney:Trap; Astraea – Pam and Tom Butler: Feast Upon the Earth; Blueway Studios – Angelina Foster: Brigid’s Circles; Ann Ensor: Eco-Shelter; Anthony O’Connor: Some American Pines; Ben Readman: Ouroboros; Brandon Lomax: Speak; Catherine McDonald + David Bickley: Point NEMO; Cathy Fitzgerald, Grace Wells, Phoebe Cope + Michael Cronin: A Quickening; Holism: Creativity as an Act of Love; Charleen Hurtubise, Tina Claffey, Paola Catizone, Kathrine Geoghegan + Fergus; O’Hagan :The Peatlands Immersive Experience; Colm Higgins:The Birdwatcher’s Trip to Alpha Centauri; Damhsa Liomsa: Eco Céilí; David Beattie + Michelle Darmody: Bó Mhór; Éidín Griffin, Micheal Collins, Siobhan Quinlan, Abigail Joffe + Mary Burke: Timber – #loveinthepark; Elida Maiques + Ruaidhrí O’ Sullivan: Plantwerk – Plants in Concert; Erin Redmond: Plastikos; Fiona McDonald: Hedgerow; Gabriel Coleman: Handiwork; Goal Next Gen: The Climate and Food X-Change; Hannah Clare de Gordun: The Hut; Interface: The Woodland Symposium; Irene Tanner: Coillte; Janine Davidson: Study in Grey; Jonathan Mayhew: Life in the Folds; Kathryn Crowley: Creative Remedies; Laragh McCann: Where is She Project; Laura Skehan: Imithe Leis An Taoide (Gone With The Tide); Leanne McLaughlin: The Futurist; Lee Nutbean: Auto-coprophagy; Lisa Fingleton: Climate Artivist + Voices from the Field; Fibreshed: Woven from our soil; Marina Dmitrick: Seaweed; Max Hendrickson: Atlas; Mayumi Nakabayashi: Unity in Diversity – Community Nature Mandala Making; Michelle Boyle: Conversations from the fountain – what would water say if it could speak to us; Monkeyshine: The Listener; Olive Barrett: Drawing by Nature; RE-PEAT: Moss Pit; Robert Coleman: The IMMA Timescapes Soundwalk; Rediscovery Fashion: Rediscover the ART of Repair; Sadbh Grehan: Deiseal; Samuel Arnold Keane: Foraging Dreamscapes; Shock of Grey – Sarah Carroll Kelly: Creating wearable art + accessories from waste products; Sihong Chen + Dan Ouyang: Stray Penguin; Simona Roveda: Trilogy of Motherhood; Sky Dixie Synnott: Black Swan; Sophie von Maltzan: The Great Willow Weave; Tanya de Paor:Fables for a Reconstruction – A Toolkit to Imagine the Symbiocene; Steven Doody: Let’s talk hemp; Vardit Goldner: Swimming Lesson; William Bock + Max Jones: Smokehouse; Youghal Blue & Green Community Network: Workshops, panel, screening + VR experience; Zoë Uí Fhaoláin Green, Simona Roveda, Ilaria Del Cane + Silke Michels: OIKOS.

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