This Sunday the Eco Showboat Mayfly will dock at Carrybridge Marina in rural County Fermanagh, providing a wonderful afternoon of performance, art and science.
The project is the brainchild of artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, aka “School of Looking”.
The Mayfly will moor at Carrybridge Marina on Sunday 21 August for their fascinating Eco Sunday event – an afternoon of waterside events in the extraordinary Pangolin Pavilion, a pop-up shelter made up of 30 striped umbrellas.
A spokesperson for the project said: “Join us at 2:30 p.m. for the world premiere of a newly commissioned performative artwork, ‘The Science of Place’, featuring a live interactive drawing by Diane Henshaw and a performance by Patrick McEneaney of Exit do Theatre, accompanied by creative collaborators Michael Cummins (light/technology/drawing) and Valerie Whitworth (sound performance) in association with the Eco Showboat and the public.
Throughout the afternoon, the School of Research will open people’s eyes to the rich biodiversity around them with a Slow Looking experience, accompanied by marine biologist Rachel O’Malley, who will show People present some of the intriguing creatures that live under the rocks in lakes and rivers – these invertebrates are indicators of water quality.
Additionally, attendees can enjoy a glimpse of the opening scenes of Cleary and Connolly’s epic “River Movie” – the ongoing filmed diary of the Eco Showboat expedition, and see Ireland’s first solar electric boat at make this historic journey.
The Eco Showboat project has received the Arts Council Open Call Award, SFI Discover Award and Limerick Arts Strategic Award and is supported by Creative Ireland, Waterways Ireland, Dublin City Council, Local Authority Waters Programme, Leitrim County Council Arts Office and a range of other local authorities and universities.