Art in the Landscape – Walks & Workshops

We are delighted to be partnering with Creative Ireland to deliver an exciting programme of workshops & walks, starting on Sunday 26th May.

Art in the Landscape invites you to participate in a series of workshops partnering ecologist Marie Louise Heffernan & archaeologist Michael Gibbons with individual artists Helena Doyle, Lelia Ní Chathmhaoil, Órla Mc Govern & Aoife Carry. Take a walk in the incredible Connemara landscape, guided by one of our experts, and follow up with a workshop at Interface, exploring the findings of the morning.

bush craft | creating sculptures from marine waste | storytelling | light installation

Price per workshop: €25
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Archaeology & Bushcraft – 26th May
Sanctuary – Helena Doyle with Michael Gibbons
Helena Doyle is a multi-disciplinary artist working across mediums including installation, sculpture, video, textiles, street theatre and land art. Helena believes in crafting as a tool for healing and community building and facilitates workshops where participants create collective installations together. She will work together with the group to explore and reimagine folk/bush crafts as a way to find the common, universal threads that bond us to each other and the land.

Coastal Archaeology -13th July
She Sells Sea Shells – Lelia Ní Chathmhaoil with Michael Gibbons
Lelia is an enthusiastic and motivated textile artist and weaver with decades of professional and voluntary experience in fabric production, the arts and community sectors. Her current practice explores eco-systems, place, home and challenges the way we see materials. Her session will involve creating sculptural installations from shore waste.

Ecology & Storytelling– 14th September
Tell me a Story – Órla Mc Govern with Marie Louise Heffernan
Órla Mc Govern is a performer, storyteller and writer. As a performer she has worked extensively in scripted and improvised theatre around the world, and in film, tv and radio. She also provides creative workshops in Storytelling and Improvisation. Órla’s session will involve group improvisation based on the stories and place visited by Marie Louise in the morning.

Archaeology & Light– 19th October
Playing with Light – Aoife Carry with Michael Gibbons
Aoife Carry has worked internationally on large scale circus and spectacle shows since 2014. Since moving to Connemara she works site-specifically with light and spectacle. Her session will use light to explore ideas of space and light inspired by the places explored in the morning.


Marie Louise Heffernan is a chartered environmentalist with the Society of the Environment UK and a training provider for, and full member of, the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM).

She has worked as an environmental consultant ecologist since 1997 establishing Aster Environmental Consultants in 2002 and the Ecology Centre in 2012. She was formerly a biochemist and briefly a farm planner and has interests in bird ecology, landscape management, riverine ecology, freshwater ecosystems, wild food foraging and in sustainability.

Michael Gibbons is one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists. Born and raised in Clifden, Connemara where he still lives with his family, Michael is a graduate of University College Galway with a degree in History and Archaeology. He is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland with thirty years of experience as an archaeologist and completed a 5 year term on the Archaeology Committee of the Heritage Council. He has worked with the Department of Antiquities in Jerusalem and for the Museum of London City Excavation Programme.

In Ireland, he worked on the Donegal Archaeological Survey and Galway Archaeological Survey before being appointed as co-director of the National Sites and Monuments Record, Office of Public Works for a period of ten years. He has directed surveys and excavations on Croagh Patrick and has mapped the uplands and islands of the Connacht Coast.

Michael is a member of the Nautical Archaeology Society and his current research interests include the archaeology of Irish uplands and islands, in particular the maritime pilgrimage tradition. He has carried out detailed research on some of the most important of these including Skellig Michael World Heritage Site, St MacDara’s Island and Caher Island. Recent archaeological work has included mapping the intertidal zone of the Galway and North-Burren Coast with a particular focus on the prehistoric midden complexes, vernacular quays, harbours and seaweed farms.