Cathy Fitzgerald, creative practice-thesis doctoral scholar from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, was invited by TheGallery, Bournemouth Arts University, UK to take part in a 'Text+Work' public talk on 14 Feb 2013. TheGallery's 'Text+Work' talks are designed to further developed the conversation and narrative surrounding exhibitions at TheGallery. Currently the exhibition is Jane Wilbraham's wood sculptures.
Cathy's talk was described as an 'Art in Context session on Land management' at TheGallery.
With a background in biological research and visual culture, Cathy reviewed the growing ecological crisis; discussed contemporary art & ecology practice, ecocriticism of cultural works (visual culture and nature cinema), radical permanent forest management and new national forest policy in Ireland that is moving towards permanent, non clearfell forestry. Cathy's background in these areas, have fed her arts practice that is resulting in a long term art & ecology forest project based in her immediate environment, a small woodland in rural Ireland. From this work Cathy is developing an applied, transferable philosophy of deep sustainability, rooted in actions, theory and the many lessons from the forest in which she lives.