Third Space Galway is an interdisciplinary ecosocial arts collective, a community space for critical reflection and regenerative cultural and creative practices. Our current objective is to foster and cultivate a deeper awareness of the need for regenerative and ecoart practices in relation to all aspects of contemporary life and culture, by acting as a creative platform for action research, participative and socially engaged arts practices and public engagement.
Our current project ‘Permaculture in the City’ aims to regenerate vacant or underutilized pockets of public land for creative community, food and biodiversity interventions, highlighting regenerative, biodiverse food growing platforms, acting as sites for contemporary socially engaged ecoart practices, that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue, with the aim to foster an inclusive practical discourse and activist interventions and further the ecological, democratic and sustainable focus for the region and its communities
Our work is very much concerned with co-creating in partnership with others, a more just, ecological and peaceful world, highlighting the radical interdependence of all phenomena while addressing climate change, ecological collapse, biodiversity loss, community resilience, and the transition to more sustainable and regenerative ways of living.
Volunteers Welcome – Weekly Times of Meet Ups
Every Monday @ 11am
Every Thursday @5pm
Please contact us if you’re interested in volunteering or would like to know more about our work.
Everyone is Welcome to join us for our ongoing series of ‘Permaculture in the City’ public interventions at Westside, Shantalla and on the City Centre Eglington Canal…. incorporating Regenerative Education, PermaCultural Design, Urban Farming, Public Events, Discussions, Workshops and Potluck Picnics, exploring different thematics on how we undertake to cocreate a regenerative culture that’s conducive to life for the whole community of life
TSG takes part in co-creating Electric Picnic’s ‘Pop Up’ Community Garden, as part of Cultivates Global Green Arena, Aug. 29th – Sept 1st…. come visit our local organic herbal tea installation and regenerative cultural and permaculture stall for talks, walks and workshops throughout the weekend…
Rest your weary roots and shoots in Electric Picnic’s ‘pop-up’ community garden and activity tent. Green your fingers and get the mycelium running with growers from Community Gardens Ireland, GROW Place Ireland, Third Space Galway, OURganic Gardens, Greenside Up, Donegal Community Garden Network, An Gairdin Beo, Foxford Community Garden, Friends of Merlin Woods, Ards Community Garden, Ballinfoile Mór Community Garden, East Clare Community Co-Op, Young Friends of the Earth, Cloughjordan Community Farm, and Irish Seed Savers. Celebrate soil, seeds, biodiversity, food sovereignty and citizen science. Each day artists and activists will host games, discussions, activities and experiments to inspire and inform you. Get nourished at the Sheelagh na Gig radical bookshop and Full of Love Kombucha Bar, and at night chill out with films, music and spoken word curated by the Blue Door.
As an eco-social arts platform, we work in partnership with the local Community, Youth Groups, City Council, Voluntary Groups, Education Sector and local Businesses, embracing living ecosystems thinking and the principles of Permaculture – ‘People Care, Planet Care & Fair Share
Exploring Arts, Culture, Regeneration & Transformation – Addressing Climate Change, SDGs, Ecological Emergency & Cultural Crisis
National Biodiversity Week May 25th Event – Sat 2-5pm
We wish to celebrate our City Centre projects and the flourishing Biodiversity Canal Projects with the local community
In partnership with National Biodiversity Week, we are exploring the ideas of Ecosystems Restoration and a revitalized ‘Lush’ City, a Living City, thriving with wildlife by cocreating habitats conducive to all of life, where ourselves together with other species can flourish and thrive.
Biodiversity Week Event 2019-
Native Wild Flower Seed Bomb and Permaculture Workshop and Potluck Picnic at Parkavera, Galway Canal
lush (lʌʃ) adjective (of vegetation) growing luxuriantly;
synonyms: luxuriant, rich, abundant, superabundant, profuse, exuberant, riotous, prolific, teeming, flourishing, thriving, vigorous
Our workshops aim to explore cocreating the possibilies for the ‘Lush City’ through the role of Permaculture and Wildflower Seed Bombing, Nature and biodiversity friendly farming and Cooperative Community solidarity practices in creating healthy hospitable places to live.
Workshops include a Permaculture workshop with Jimmy Arnold, visiting from the USA and a workshop making Wildflower Seed Bombs with Luke Goodman, Extinction Rebellion
Please feel free to bring along and share in some locally grown organic food for Potluck Picnic before the workshops 2-3pm
Come along and join us in our City Centre Canal gardening space and permaculture project farming demo, cocreated with the local community.
“Better farming practices aren’t just about producing food without chemicals; regenerative agriculture is all about engaging in a process that actually gives back to the earth and the wider community of life, creating home and habitat for all, leaving it in a better condition.”
Farming and food production in Ireland entails a land use with devestating biodiversity impacts and there is a special focus on food and health this year Biodiversity Week , our events involves championing regenerative agri/cultural practices that supports all life including pollinators (bees, bats and butterflies) in biodiversity rich gardening and city spaces such as ours.
Pollination specialist Prof Jane Stout said one in every three species of bee in Ireland is threatened with extinction, with 50 per cent continuing to see population decline, and said the worrying decline was at a higher rate in Ireland than in mainland Europe.
‘Farming practices and urbanisation have placed insect world in acute danger,’ says Irish president ahead of World Bee Day
President Michael D Higgins has joined the call for action saying:
“Humanity depends on pollinators. They are vital to the global food chain. “ we must acknowledge that our actions – including farming practices, urbanisation, land management, environmental pollution and the climate crisis – have placed our insect world in acute danger,” in a recent statement to mark World Bee Day.
More than 90 per cent of protected habitats are classified as being of “unfavourable conservation status”…
The NPWS says… ‘the factors contributing to the declines include agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, and the ambitious growth targets set for these sector by the Foodwise 2025 strategy, in combination with the lack of sufficient environmental safeguards,
Decline in bees, butterflies and other insects “has largely resulted from the effect of monoculture and the drive to ever higher levels of productivity characterised also by a loss or neglect of hedgerows, farmland edges and scrub”, a recent NPWS report to UN Convention on Biodiversity concludes.
We are delighted to share this opportunity to showcase the many benefits of our Permaculture City Centre ‘Postcard’ Gardens and organic and regenerative demonstration food growing project, which are healthier and more beneficial for ourselves but are also key contributors to the health and biodiversity well being of the wider community of life around us.
Talk on Permaculture by Jimmy Arnold. TSG Member
Jimmy has studied ecology in the University of Utah and has spent this last summer living a permaculture lifestyle. Having spent many years gardening with his mom he has been many years practicing and educating himself in permaculture principles and design.
His next step is to work in education for a botanical garden in the US.
Seed Bomb work shop.. With Luke Goodall From Galway XR
.. Lots of Wildflower seeds will be available.. With thanks to Sandro Calafola, from Design by Nature
Together with compost and clay..
“BirdWatch Ireland and the Irish Wildlife Trust have joined with An Taisce in calling on the Government to move quickly to arrest “a species extinction crisis in Ireland”.
Biodiversity loss and climate change must be tackled together while habitat restoration could assist with climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as helping restore populations of threatened wildlife, they added.” should CVG organise ourselves to add weight to this call for immediate action?
Humanity is rapidly destroying the natural world upon which our prosperity – and ultimately our survival – depends, according to a landmark United Nations assessment of the state of Nature.
“A rising crescendo of warnings about collapsing biodiversity has culminated this week with the release of a blockbuster United Nations report that shows almost every aspect of natural life to be in decline worldwide, as a result of human activity. Behind the alarming headlines — such as 1m out of an estimated 8m living species being at risk of extinction — lies a complex web of causes that takes in climate change and extends far beyond it.
As the UN Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) shows, the size and complexity of the environmental crisis make it hard to tackle coherently on the global level. Yet the world must act, because the degradation of nature is not just an aesthetic or spiritual shame. It directly threatens human health and prosperity — for example through the loss of insects that pollinate crops worth billions of dollars a year and fish stocks on which hundreds of millions of people depend for nutritious food.
The next big date for agreeing global action will be the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting scheduled for October 2020 in Beijing”
Vast areas of Earth have been degraded by human activity…
We want to help manifest a local movement and join thousands who are building Ecosystem Restoration Camps to restore lands to ecological health and vitality.”
TOGETHER WE CAN RESTORE THE EARTH
We are a growing, grassroots movement of everyday people dedicated to restoring degraded land.