Zoë Uí Fhaoláin Green has been awarded this year’s Visual Arts Residency at Siamsa Tíre. This residency aims to reflect creatively on the impact of Climate Change on Siamsa Tíre’s local community and to use cultural practice as a way to communicate an imagined future with a local and international audience. Zoë will take up her residency on the 1st of July and the residency will culminate in a public event for Culture Night on the 20th of September.Born in Hull, Yorkshire, for the past 12 years, she has been living and working in West Kerry.Zoë’s practice covers a wide range of artforms, particularly dance and visual arts.
Most recently, Zoë performed in Cláirseach ina dTost (The Harp Silenced) devised and performed by Giorria theatre collective at the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway in May of this year.
Zoë is passionate about nature and biodiversity and tries to live sustainably. Zoe plans to engage with the local community in Tralee and around Siamsa Tíre. As part of the residency, Siamsa Tíre will work with Zoë to calculate the carbon footprint of any associated travel. Every effort will be made to minimise the residency’s carbon footprint and there will be regular updates on social media as the residency progresses. Over the last number of years, Siamsa Tíre has been working to reduce its environmental impact, in particular, its carbon footprint.
Climate Change will have a potentially very significant impact on towns like Tralee if sea levels rise as much as is predicted, and on organisations like Siamsa Tíre which is situated in an area at risk from future flooding.
“As a cultural institution, and as part of our Greening Siamsa initiative, we want to support artists who creatively address the culture shift which will be necessary in order to adequately confront Climate Change.”