Seán O Sullivan is a writer and curator whose work focuses on the politics and preservation of localities. He has curated projects and written critical texts dealing with subjects such as architecture, ecology and the bonds between people and places. He is a former chairman of Black Church Print Studio, Dublin. He holds an MA in Curation and a BA in Fine Art from IADT, Dún Laoghaire. He is currently Visual Arts Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland / An Comhairle Ealaíon.

This page: The Red Stables Summer School 2013 includes newly commissioned artworks by Jenny Brady and Rhona Byrne in collaboration with Vaari Claffey and Ciara Moore.

The Red Stables Summer School 2013

  • Image by Rhona Byrne
Image: Rhona Byrne
Image: Rhona Byrne

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This book was published following the Red Stables Summer School 2014.
This book was published following the Red Stables Summer School 2014.

The Red Stables Art and Ecology Summer School took place in St. Anne’s Park, Dublin 3 and North Bull Island, a UNESCO protected biosphere reserve. The project included workshops, presentations, film screenings, walks and talks taking place throughout July 2013. A book on the project was published in November 2013, it included contributions from Jenny Brady, Rhona Byrne, Vaari Claffey, Ciara Moore, Dr. Niall Connolly, Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser, Fergus Kelly, Fiona McDonald, Méadhbh O’Connor, Seán O Sullivan, Denise Reddy and Brendan Sayers.

The Red Stables Summer School 2013 was curated by Seán O Sullivan and Denise Reddy, and was kindly supported by Dublin City Council Arts Office and the Arts Council of Ireland.

A review by Paddy Woodworth was published in the 7 December 2013 issue of the Irish Times, and is available to read at this link.

Talks and Walks:

5 July: ‘Biosphere Interactions’, 4:00pm at the Red Stables:

  • Fergus Kelly, sound artist, on ‘Wildlife Sound Recording’ with Chris Watson in Iceland.
  • Méadhbh O’Connor, artist, undertaking an Art and Science residency at UCD: ‘A Dialogue on the Values of Nature’ with Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser, Lecturer at the UCD School of Biology and Environment Science.
  • Fiona McDonald, artist and architect, ‘Mapping Place’, a temporary intervention on Bull Island based on Captain Bligh’s proposal for the North Bull Wall in the early 1800s.

15 July: Brendan Sayers, Orchid Specialist at the Botanic Gardens, an ‘Orchid Walk’ with the Irish Orchid Society, departing from Bull Island Interpretive Centre at 6:30pm; limited to fifteen attendees.

Workshops:

16–17 July: Rhona Byrne, Vaari Claffey, Ciara Moore, ‘The Interpretive Project Workshops’, ringing programs, costume making and rehearsals. At the Red Stables from 2:00–5:00pm.

18 July: Jenny Brady, ‘Natural Kinds’, talks by Brendan Sayers and Dr. Niall Connolly, and screenings with Donna Haraway, Paper Tiger TV and Jenny Brady. At the Red Stables from 2:00–5:00pm.

Commissioned Artworks:

20 July: Rhona Byrne, Vaari Claffey, Ciara Moore, ‘The Interpretive Project’, a participatory performance; meet at the Bull Island Interpretive Centre at 3:00pm.

20–31 July: Jenny Brady, ‘Carve Up’, film screening, The Red Stables Gallery, St. Anne’s Park. Shown between 12:00–5:00pm daily.