Cathy Fitzgerald

Cathy Fitzgerald

An artist and researcher exploring eco-social wellbeing by bringing art and non-art practices together in creative practice and offering Ecoliteracy learning for the arts.

I explore new ideas and practices for eco-social wellbeing by bringing art and non-art practices together in my creative practice see I also offer Ecoliteracy learning for the arts at haumea.

Through my practice and my PhD by Practice The Ecological Turn... (2018), I have developed a guiding theory-method framework to articulate the context and workings of long-term eco-social art practices. These vital practices activate ecoliteracy and agency for environmental change in communities. My thesis and accompanying audiovisual ebook are on my page.

Much of my PhD drew on my experiences and challenges, and the review of others' pioneering creative practices that are responding to ecological concerns. My own transversal practice reflects on the transformation of the small conifer plantation that I live with, Hollywood forest, toward new-to-Ireland, Close-to-Nature forestry. I bring previous experience in biological science research and interests in environmental philosophy, policy development and ecocide-Rights of Nature law developments into the mix.

Somehow an eco-social art practice allows me to connect and move across these various strands of interest to create a new agency for myself and the human and non-human neighbours I depend on and live with.

Hollywood forest is the smallest Close-to-Nature forest in Ireland; it's growing happily near Mt Leinster and the Blackstairs mountains in South East Ireland. 

Cathy is one of our members featuring their work as part of the ClimateCultures Quarantine Connection series. We shared her blog post, Haumea Online Pilot Ecoliteracy Course for Creatives and Art Professionals, on Day 33 of the 40-day series.
Creative Showcase

Cathy has contributed a piece on her online Essential Ecoliteracy course to our Creative Showcase portfolio, an evolving collection of new and recent works from our members. See Haumea Online 7-week Essential Ecoliteracy for Creatives & Art Professionals.