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Waking the Seeds. Art and ecology engagement project. I am collaborating with Maura Brennan from the Acron Project on an exciting new project. We are bringing both of our strengths to the project combining monthly Art Workshops in Butler Gallery and Forest workshops in Kilkenny Woodlands. We will explore our human connection to nature and how we can hold a group vision for nature and her restoration through creative practice, ritual and nature connection practices.. It is an invitation to play and create, to restore and be restored and spend some time in nature.
The Waking the Seeds collaboration will explore our human relationship to forests and nature through creative practice and nature immersion . The collaboration will be a blend of creative practice in the Butler Gallery and nature based workshops with the Acorn Project in the woods. Project is commencing February 5th 2022 and running till Autumn 2022.

2021 New work, experimenting with pencil and acrylic ink on wood. ‘Invisible Lines‘ documenting my local area during the 5km restrictions, the invisible lines of the boundaries around our homes.

2020 Custodians art engagement project exhibition and book launch in Threecastles Hall, County Kilkenny on December 5th-13th 2020. Project is funded by Creative Ireland and Kilkenny County Council.

Kilkenny farmers the focus of an exhibition
The paintings by Rachel Burke are on display until Sunday

History, heritage and stories of a group of farmers from one Kilkenny townsland have been captured by a locally based fine artist.

For the past year Cork-born Rachel Burke’s been working on the engagement project with a number of individuals in her adopted home of Threecastles after she was awarded funding to create greater community access to the arts.

The project recognises the importance of those who maintain the land and pass down traditions from generation to generation.

Funded by Creative Ireland and Kilkenny County Council, it’s been done in collaboration with the farmers who decided on how they wanted to be represented in the paintings.

Participants include Pat and David Burke, Ruairí Carroll, Jim Cleere, Johnny Dalton, Mary Butler-Earley, Frank Keoghan, Patsy and Paul Mullan, John Hennessy, Tom Hennessy and Mary Teresa Walsh. While the students of St Lachtain’s National School took part in a response project, supported by their teachers. And there’s poetry from Margaret Hickey-McCarthy and Ava Burke Roche.

The result is 26 acrylic inks on canvas, depicting farms and home places from the area, which were then reproduced in a custodians artbook, the proceeds of which will be returned to the community.