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Seed STUDIO Reading, with IMMA Residency artist Clodagh Emoe and guests, is a series of events exploring our connectedness with the natural world touching on urgent issues of our biodiversity crisis, nature deficient disorder and the climate crisis. The event invites participants to wander and wonder; comprising of a short orientation on site followed by a reading by invited experts/writers from their own work and conversation.

The next Seed STUDIO Reading takes place on Friday 08 July, from 7 – 8 pm, and is hosted by Clodagh Emoe with invited guest, IMMA Resident James Bridle, who will read from their new publication Ways of Being, 2022. Further details and booking to follow.

The first Seed STUDIO Reading was held in June with Charlotte Salter-Townshend. Participants were invited to the plot that inspired Salter-Townshend essay Reflections on a Radical Plot, 2022. A film of the same title weaves together the fascinating journey of Emoe’s IMMA residency to date, commencing this new chapter of her sited research and practice through the pilot residency which is Seed STUDIO. Watch this new short film here.

There are three Seed STUDIO Reading sessions, each with a different expert/author who reads from their own work. Participants are welcome to attend one or all three events. This is a free ticketed event and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Seed STUDIO has its home in Studio 14 at IMMA. Book your place here.

Seed STUDIO Reading Dates & Times:

Date Time Guest Location
Friday, 03 June  7 – 8 pm Charlotte Salter-Townshend Meet in Studio 14
Friday, 08 July  7 – 8 pm James Bridle Meet in Studio 14
Thursday, 04 August  7 – 8 pm TBC Meet in Studio 14



Seed STUDIO emerged from a recent residency with artist Clodagh Emoe as part of IMMA’s A Radical Plot programming. During her residency Emoe proposed a mission to further embed the artist experience of biodiversification by piloting a dedicated studio space at the museum for this urgent knowledge and experience.

Seed STUDIO is an ecological space for IMMA’s Green Cube and addresses an overwhelming need to explore new ways of deepening and celebrating our connection with the natural world. Seed STUDIO utilises IMMA as a substantial urban green site to cultivate, nurture and sustain individual and collective research and artistic practice that foregrounds nature and biodiversity.

James Bridle

James Bridle is a writer, artist and technologist. Their artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. Their writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. They are the author of ‘New Dark Age’ (2018) and ‘Ways of Being’ (2022), and they wrote and presented “New Ways of Seeing” for BBC Radio 4 in 2019. Further information on their work can be found here


Charlotte Salter-Townshend

Charlotte Salter-Townshend has worked at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland since 2013, running themed tours, educational workshops, and social media. Her primary objective is to share her enthusiasm for the natural world and draw attention to overlooked corners of it. This summer Salter-Townshend is working as a naturalist on expedition cruises exploring islands and coastal areas of Britain. Her research interests include plant folklore, the history of botanical colonialism, and biophilia. She has a MPhil in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College Dublin and is currently a PhD candidate at TU Dublin where she is researching the Botanic Gardens as a visitor site.

Clodagh Emoe

Clodagh Emoe initiates collaborative projects and creates works that explore how meaning is formed through our connection with each other and the natural world. Her practice draws on ritual to create moments or spaces that invite thought and instill agency. Her exercises, a term she uses to describe her event-based participatory works foreground experience and perception creating instances where ideas might be played out and felt.

Clodagh has initiated numerous collaborative projects; Mystical Anarchism (2009-2013) with philosopher Simon Critchley (Prof. of philosophy, New School for Social Research), Creating the Common/The Unveiling (2010) a theatrical event parodying a failed unveiling of a monumental sculpture in sheltered housing for the elderly, The Plurality of Existence… (2015-2017) public audio works for Dublin, Cork, Carlow and Galway and Crocosmia (2018) exploring metaphor through horticulture to cultivate inclusion and belonging with individuals seeking asylum.

Clodagh’s work has been commissioned by Serpentine Gallery, London; Taipei Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Nylo, Reykjavik; Documenta XIII, Kaisel; Visual, Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow; Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery; Project Arts Centre; IMMA, Dublin and Maynooth University. She has been recently nominated for the David and Yuko Juda Award UK.

Watch 'Reflections on A Radical Plot'