Body Nature -Culture Night 2016 in Terryland Forest Park

Third Space Galway, in partnership with Terryland Forest Park Alliance, are    delighted to invite you to their Culture Night event with dance artist Aisling Richmond and environmental activist Brendan ‘Speedie’ Smith.
Time: 17:00–18:30, Terryland Forest Park
Speedie will open the event with an introduction to Terrylands transformative cultural heritage project, that’s turning Terryland Park into a unique urban forest in the heart of Galway city. The Terryland Forest Park was established in early 2000 as a “People’s Park” where all sectors of society would work together to develop a unique urban forest in the heart of Galway city. Since that time there has been over 100,000 trees planted in this area, alongside a major biodiversity, rewilding and flower planting project in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Galway.

This will be followed by a participatory dance and movement event set in nature with dance artist, Aisling Richmond.

‘Through a guided sensory embodiment journey, we will explore the dynamic relationship between our-selves and nature. By awakening our senses through sight, touch, movement, and sound, we can cultivate the capacity to be fully present- awake, attentive, and responsive. Through our bodies and our movement, we can learn about ourselves, one another, and the natural world. We can explore our inner and outer landscapes, discovering the bridges in between.’

Aisling Richmond ( B.A Arts, M.A Movement Research) is a dance artist, and a Somatic therapist and educator. For the past ten years, she has guided community groups in therapeutic, environmental, and developmental contexts. She currently holds private practice in Galway.

Terryland Forest Park a 70 hectares riverine parkland achieves its original objectives of becoming a native tree forestry, a wildlife sanctuary, a location for arts events, a facility for the utilisation of traditional rural skills/crafts such as drystone-walling, coppicing and organic gardening, an outdoor classroom for schools, an outdoor research laboratory for third level colleges, a recreational amenity and the hub for the development of a network of city-wide ecological corridors and pedestrian/cycling greenways. Working together with local community and environmental organisations they are making the vision of a “Green Lungs of the City” into a reality.

This project was initiated by Third Space curator, Martina Finn, Interested in sharing ideas, stories and research around regenerating our diverse knowledge systems and diverse ways of knowing, and reconnecting people to nature, place and community.

Third Space, is a Galway based, grassroots, arts research collective, an interdisciplinary, curatorial and community space for critical reflection and creative practice, that aim to stimulate an arts and cultural environment that actively explores the intersection of art, society and ecology. Our objective is to foster and cultivate a deeper awareness of art in relation to all aspects of contemporary life and culture, acting simultaneously as a platform for action research, collaborative and socially engaged arts practices, cultural discourse and public engagement, serving to bridge strands of contemporary creative practice with sustainable eco, community and cultural development.

Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership with regional arts offices, local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland.

Location: Quincentenary Bridge entrance – or Entrance near Currys – to Terryland Forest Park