HARD/GRAFT towards community orchards and sustainable cities
Panel discussion and presentation on the issue of sustainable cities and land and food access
Common Ground is delighted to host a panel discussion and presentations on the issue of sustainable cities, greening Dublin City, land access, food access, spaces of commoning and public sites in urban space.
The Speakers are: artist Seoidin O’Sullivan HARD/GRAFT, Professor Gerald Mills and Dr. Mary Forrest from UCD.
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WHAT IS HARD/GRAFT?
It is a sustainable community orchard proposed for community sites across Dublin 8 that is in tune with the seasons. Seoidin O’Sullivan, artist, began HARD/GRAFT in 2017 while she was based in studio 468, St Andrew’s Community Centre, Rialto Dublin 8 as part of the studio’s CITIZEN ARTIST awards one of Common Ground’s programmes of work. In the studio Seoidin worked with local groups and residents including D8 Men’s Shed and Rialto Men’s Gardening and Social group, resulting in 80 grafted heritage apple trees from UCD Lamb-Clarke Collection. These trees are currently housed in local community gardens in Rialto for planting across future Dublin 8 orchard sites including Dolphin House Flats Complex. During 2018 and 2019 Seoidin and Common Ground seek to establish strong links with local groups across Dublin 8 including Kilmainham, Inchicore and Bluebell that will progress the establishment of local community orchards.
GREENING DUBLIN CITY
In 2019 Common Ground & Seoidin will be partnering a new research initiative by UCD’s Department of Geography. This research will document greenspace between the Canals and identify ‘gaps’ in green cover based on local ecosystem needs and population characteristics. This talk and presentations event are an introduction to this initiative.
HARD/GRAFT will invite local communities to participate in this research that will map and contribute to the future greening of our inner city neighbourhoods. It will explore the potential of collaborative arts practice in partnering with academic research to make critical interventions in the local urban landscape in order to reveal alternative futures and propose new forms of collective co-operation across neighbourhoods.
In early 2019 Common Ground is pleased to announce that it will be located in the Lodge at Goldenbridge Cemetery Inchicore where it will house two new artist workspaces that will host Seoidin O’Sullivan with HARD/GRAFT, and artist Pat Curran.
Common Ground and Seoidin O’Sullivan’s project HARD/GRAFT is resourced and funded by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council Arts Office and Creative Ireland Dublin City Programme 2018