Creative Drummin launched on 2 December 2017, with an inaugural participatory post-card and online Hidden Reveal exhibition fundraiser event to celebrate Drummin bog and Irish wetlands at VISUAL Carlow to support and promote awareness of the newly formed Drummin Bog Project. The Hidden Reveal event was organised by Jules Michael, with Cathy Fitzgerald and the active and generous support of the Drummin Bog Project Committee.
In the following four years, Carlow-based community artist and painter Jules Michael and ecological artist and educator Dr Cathy Fitzgerald teamed together, with the active support of the Drummin Bog Project Committee, to develop and apply for funding to create, design and deliver a long-term, embedded-in-place, arts-led ecosocial programme: Creative Drummin.
Creative Drummin will be a platform for a range of art practices, from artists’ responses to Drummin Bog itself, to collaborative practices, cumulatively providing a meaningful and inclusive programme. This will engage nearby residents of Drummond and St Mullins in South Carlow, and the communities across Carlow, to the unique and important natural and cultural heritage that is Drummin Bog. Such creative and artist-led inter-connecting activities have much social power to inspire understanding that thriving, healthy places are essential for personal, collective and planetary wellbeing.
As Drummin Bog is the last remaining raised bog in the South East of Ireland, it has real and symbolic importance, and still further potential to foster deep community engagement to care for its place whilst addressing local, national and global efforts for urgently needed ecosocial education and ecosystem restoration. Globally, increasing focus for ecosystem restoration is a priority for this UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 as a crucial means to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Creativity as never before can empower, inspire and guide us in imaginative, inclusive ways so we meaningfully think and act for sustainable cultural renewal.
Although small, the Drummin Bog project is advancing two important strands:
1) It presents a template of how an innovative, inclusive creative-led ecosocial art programming can connect and engage communities to care for place. This further deepens understanding of how thriving environments are fundamental for personal, collective and planetary wellbeing.
2) it also advances conceptions of how collective co-creative participatory art practices that evolve over the long-term depend on skilled ecosocially-fluent creative workers . These are durational embedded-in-place ecological “ecosocial art practices” (Fitzgerald, 2018, summary here) that have been developing on the margins of contemporary art practice since the early 1970s. Carefully leading such multi-faceted constellations of creative participatory activity (that may comprise aesthetic-scientific-local heritage aspects) within community cultivates everyone’s innate creativity so no-one is left behind. These ecosocial art practices in community celebrate often inspiring, yet hard-to-predict outcomes that are not only about creating new artworks per se, but which have immense social power to creatively change the conversation– across a community– for a better, fairer and more life-sustaining world.
Community ecosocial art practices therefore arguably present a strong case for additional, newer models of artistic funding – a commitment to support creative practitioners over the long term, as they build and maintain connections across place and between people. Deeply knowing the social landscape is invaluable as it fosters authentic and meaningful creative community engagement with place. Ecological art practices with community embody collective ‘transformative learning’ that is a priority in the urgent shift in global learning toward ESD (Education for Sustainable Development)*.
We are proud that Creative Drummin is helping build awareness of a new strand of creative practice that is increasingly valuable for today’s intersecting environmental and social challenges. We hope this work highlights the social dexterity, as well as the ecological insights and aesthetic capabilities, often developed over many years, that skilled ecosocial community art practitioners possess.
We also wish to deeply thank all the Drummin Bog Committee members for their trust and generous support in helping develop Creative Drummin.
* 2021 Berlin Declaration on ESD
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Creative Drummin is led by:
Jules is a Carlow-based community artist and painter. To date she has been the primary project designer and co-ordinator on Creative Drummin.
She has a particular interest in how knowledge is shared, how new relationships are formed and how common ground is found through practical, physical tasks. Anchoring these creative collaborations with a physical place turns that specific place into a platform – a transformative site – for methods of sharing, engaging and enabling co-creativity and collaboration, while building awareness of conservation strategies and biodiversity preservation.
Jules is returning the 3-acre field where she lives in rural Co. Carlow back to old pasture.
Hi, Kia Ora!
I am a Carlow-based Aotearoa New Zealand ecological ‘ecosocial’ artist, sustainability educator and research and have been living in the home of my Irish ancestors since the mid ’90s. I have long witnessed the special deep magic that creativity has to inspire and engage people to connect to their place for their personal, collective and planetary wellbeing. With a background in both science and art my new passion is teaching other creatives all about ecoliteracy and holistic values for these very unprecedented and urgent times.
From my earliest involvement in Crann – Releafing Ireland in the late 90s, to my ongoing Hollywood Forest Story –of the little Carlow wood that dares to become a forest – to Creative Drummin, I love thinking, communicating and standing up for the vision, values and social power of creative-led projects that might just very well change the world.
2022: Creative Ireland – The Banner Project – Phase 2: details to be announced
2022: ArtLinks Carlow Arts Office Award for Cathy Fitzgerald to create a strategic vision and values document for Creative Drummin.
Projects to Date:
Further details on all projects in the links to posts below:
2021: Creative Ireland – The Banner Project – Phase 1: 2-day programme of events, exhibition at Drummond Hall and activities on Drummin bog
2021: Creative Ireland – An Fraughan photo book by Jules Michael, launched for 2021 World Wetland day
2019: “A revolution in how we live?’ presentation by Cathy Fitzgerald, for the IRC 2-day ‘An interdisciplinary Workshop on Creative Approaches to Education for Environmental Understanding and Responsibility, Glucksman, Cork.
2018-2019: Creative Ireland An Fraughan and Bog Rosemary three-schools project and photo book by Jules Michael
2017: Hidden Reveal Exhibition at VISUAL Carlow & Online Exhibition and fundraiser event
see posts on all CREATIVE DRUMMIN to date below:
- Creative Ireland 2-day event draws enthusiastic crowds & Minister for Carlow Bog Banner Project 21/10/2021 - PLEASE NOTE: Access to Drummin Bog is limited due to the sensitive nature of the habitat and its status as a wildlife reserve. Great precaution must be taken in visiting the bog due to its unmarked deep drains, and other hazards. It is therefore recommended people do not walk on the bog alone. Children must...
- The Drummin Bog: Banner Project (Phase 1) Schedule Announced- ALL WELCOME! 14/10/2021 - The Drummin Bog: Banner Project (Phase 1) Schedule Announced- ALL WELCOME to Drummond Hall, Drummond, Co. Carlow 15-16 Oct!
- A talk and walk about the ecological botanical wonders of Carlow’s Drummin bog 13/10/2021 - As part of the upcoming Creative Drummin Bog programme this weekend, we are delighted that Dr Fiona MacGowan will be leading a walk on Drummin bog on Sat 16 Oct at 3pm (see the event schedule below) Fiona conducted the first 2020 ecological botanical survey of Drummin bog, the report you can read and download...
- Make a spoon from Drummin Bog with woodwright Eoin Donnelly 12/10/2021 - We are thrilled and not surprised that the traditional wood spoon-making workshop with master woodwright Eoin Donnelly is booked out ahead of the events on Sat 16 Oct., 2021 at Drummond Hall, to celebrate the cultural and restoration activities for Drummin Bog – the last remaining area of raised bog in the SE of Ireland....
- Creative Drummin – Save the Date! 17/09/2021 - SAVE THE DATES! CREATIVE DRUMMIN Banner Project (Phase 1) – an exhibition and schedule of supporting events – will be happening in Drummond Hall (beside Drummond Church, near St. Mullins, SouthCarlow) on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October 2021 UCC/Wet Futures paleo-archaeologists Ben Gearey and Rosie Everett carried out peat and pollen surveys during July...
- Get the Drummin Bog book for World Wetland Day and UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 01/02/2021 - There is great excitement in the South Carlow national schools of St. Brendan’s, Drummond, Scoil Moling, Glynn and St. Michael’s, Newtown this week as the “An Fraughan” eBook is launched. The eBook commemorates the ecosocial art project also called “An Fraughan” that ran in the three schools in 2019. Funded by Creative Ireland with the...
- A further 2-year Creative Ireland programme for Carlow’s Drummin Bog announced on 50th anniversary of Earth Day 22/04/2020 - Update: The Drummin Bog Project committee are pleased to confirm a 2-year programme of creative projects to raise awareness of this unique wetland habitat will continue later in 2020 and into 2021. At present, the programme is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 virus restrictions. Sadly, fire has also recently damaged part of Drummin Bog but fortunately...
- “A revolution in how we live? An interdisciplinary workshop on creative approaches to education for environmental understanding and responsibility” on peatlands. 06/12/2019 - Originally posted on The Hollywood Forest Story : An EcoSocial Art Practice | Co. Carlow Ireland:
#FridayArt4Emergency Trans-Disciplinary Conversations on Peatlands A UCC Research IRC Funded Project #LoveIrishResearch An interdisciplinary Workshop on Creative Approaches to Education for Environmental Understanding and Responsibility Irish Research Council Creative Connection Scheme18-19 October 2019 – The Glucksman, Cork Co-hosted by Dr. Maureen…
- An Fraughan: Three Neighbouring Schools Exhibition Creates Buzz for Carlow’s Little Drummin Bog 12/06/2019 - At the opening of the An Fraughan 3-schools art exhibition on Thursday 6 June 2019 - a lovely sunny day, 128 children, parents, siblings, just about managed to fit into the small local Drummin Hall. Drummin Bog, Carlow’s only raised bog (and the last remaining in the South East of Ireland) was truly celebrated from the creative efforts of children who live in the Drummin area of County Carlow, Ireland!
- An Fraughan Art Exhibition for Drummin Bog: Drummond, Co. Carlow, Thurs 6 June 2019 28/05/2019 - The Drummin Bog Project is delighted to announce an exhibition to celebrate the work of the children from the national schools of Drummond, Glynn and Newtown, Co. Carlow. The An Fraughan project, led by artist Jules Michael, supported by Cathy Fitzgerald, Annabel Konig and Emma McGrath, is a collaboration between the pupils of the schools, South Carlow artists and Drummin Bog, St. Mullins.
- Creative Ireland Carlow supports two Drummin Bog eco-social art projects 12/06/2018 - The Drummin Bog Project committee are delighted to announce that two proposals for the Drummin Bog Project are to be supported by Creative Ireland Carlow: The Bog Rosemary and Fraughan Projects, listed, build on the initiative of the Drummin Bog Project that created a successful community Hidden | Reveal art event at Visual Carlow, December 2017.
- Celebrating Carlow’s Drummin Bog legacy landscape at VISUAL Carlow 03/12/2017 - On Saturday last, 2 Dec 2017 we were absolutely delighted as over 200 people came out to celebrate and support Drummin Bog at VISUAL, Carlow. The response to the artworks, the information desk and the event overall was absolutely wonderful, with people coming from Carlow town and county but also further afield from Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Wexford.
- Hidden: REVEAL See artworks online for Carlow Drummin Bog Project fundraiser Saturday 2 Dec, 5.30-7pm VISUAL Carlow 24/11/2017 - View artworks online kindly donated to the Drummin Bog Project Fundraiser Art Event. Artworks on sale Sat 2 Dec, 2017, 5.30-7.30pm at VISUAL Carlow.