Artist – At – Sea
August – September
Catalyst Arts, in partnership with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, are delighted to present Artist – At – Sea; an artist residency on board an oceanographic research vessel operating from the port of Belfast.
Using specialist acoustic technologies, fishing gear and instrumented buoys, the RV Corystes undertakes a diverse programme of marine environmental research throughout the Irish Sea. Data from surveys such as high resolution seabed mapping, and ground-truthing data collecting of marine habitats and fish stocks, is enabling AFBI to examine the impact of climate change for environmental policies in the future. The integrated marine science programme delivered by the Corystes aims to support the sustainability and development of Irish Sea fisheries.
To highlight the significant research being carried out by AFBI, Belfast based artist Alice Clark will be onboard as artist-in-residence throughout August and September. Clark’s practice reflects her own ecological ethos and investigates the way we live and its impact on the natural environment. Making objects of nature subjects of culture is at the core of her practice and she wishes to challenge where the current condition of nature resides as a subject for artistic intervention and discourse.After a medical examination and sea survival course, Clark will set sail and take residence on two research cruises; observing the scientists, engaging with the crew and developing work within a site and context specifically tailored to her practice.
Artist – At – Sea continues Catalyst Arts’ innovative and experimental public programme, developing partnerships with unconventional sites outside of the gallery walls and engaging new audiences with local contemporary art.Alice Clark will be onboard the RV Corystes between the 20th – 25th August, and again from the 27th August.
To keep up to date with Clark’s residency and her findings on the Irish Sea please follow her progress here