Category Art and Geography

Spatial Poetics of Gautier’s ‘Giselle’

Ballet Ireland’s creative re-working of Gautier’s nineteenth Century Classic is currently touring Ireland http://projectartscentre.ie/event/giselle/ having had its premiere in Project Arts Centre this week. Here I had the pleasure of watching bodies flesh out before me, a story that was all- too familiar. My first engagement with Giselle began twenty- two years prior, when my […]

Maynooth @ the AAG 2017

The conference of the American Association of Geographers is the largest gathering of academic geographers in the English-speaking world and this year in Boston USA (5-9 April) it: [W]ill feature over 6,900 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. (AAG, About the Meeting) This time there are ten of us going […]

A Pin on the Map: Identifying Healthy Places at Maynooth University

  Walking down a path lined with greens and browns of trees and leaves; sitting in a comfy seat, snug and cozy in our space; or sitting in a crowded room feeling uncomfortable, distracted, or alone. These experiences and others revolve around the feelings of places–how we come to love some places, feel an attachment […]

‘Squat City’ evicted again in August 2016: The battle over the Grangegorman Squat in Dublin

From 2013 to 2016, ‘Squat City’ at Grangegorman was a hub of activity and a spring for the squatting movement in Dublin. After the final closure of the squat in August 2016, Rachel Mc Ardle- an IRC-funded PhD student (#LoveIrishResearch) in the Department of Geography and the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA)- […]

Making Art and Making Place: Reflecting on the story of the Carlow Sugar Factory

This post discusses ‘Ex-Machina’, a film by Frances Hegarty and Andrew Stones, and ‘Carlow Sugar Factory’, a collection of photography by P.L. Curran, both of which are currently being exhibited at VISUAL Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Carlow until 22 October 2016. Below, Aoife Kavanagh explores the stories these art works convey, and how […]

Maser’s ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural: Street art, abortion access and the battle over public space in Ireland

After the removal of Irish street artist Maser’s ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural from Temple bar this week, Lorna O’Hara – an IRC-funded PhD student in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University – reflects on the battle over public space that has characterised the debate over abortion access in Ireland in recent years. While the […]

Reflecting on ‘Casting Territory’ by Martina O’Brien and the Dodder Anglers – The art in and of everyday life and place

Note: In February 2015, our MA Geography students attended a special workshop: a walk along the River Dodder with the Dodder Anglers, artist Martina O’Brien, and CREATE. The following blog post by Aoife Kavanagh follows up on an earlier post by Karen Till, which introduced readers to the exhibition Casting Territory created by the artist […]