Field Exchange 2022
Field Exchange is where relationships between agriculture and creativity are examined and invigorated to combat climate change.
The first edition of Field Exchange took place between June and September 2022 and was presented on Brookfield Farm on the shores of Lough Derg, Co Tipperary by farmer and climate ambassador Ailbhe Gerrard. An exchange programme of creative agricultural topics was facilitated on the farm and were further contextualised and amplified by Model Plot, a sculptural planting by artist Deirdre O’Mahony in collaboration with the Loy Association of Ireland. Artist John Gerrard contributes a unique presentation of his simulation titled Corn Work.
The Exchanges provided farmers, food producers, artists, experts and the interested public space, time and community to collaborate. Field Exchange engaged vision, knowledge and practical action to come together to solve our urgent challenges in agriculture, biodiversity and climate. The Field Exchange Programme launched on the Summer Solstice, June 21st 2022 and was followed by twelve weeks of public open days + Exchanges, culminating in a Final Gathering and Harvest Feast on September 16, 2022.
The Exchanges imparted and shared knowledge on agriculture between participants on topics including farm design, soil fertility and inclusion. Each exchange supported farmers and interested parties to implement agricultural concepts and practices that combat climate change in the soil and above it. Sharing local food together as part of the exchanges was facilitating conversations and developed a sense of community of participating farmers, creatives and participants.
Field Exchange was proud to be a recipient of the inaugural Creative Climate Action fund, an initiative from the Creative Ireland Programme in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications that supports creative, cultural and artistic projects that build awareness around climate change and empower citizens to make meaningful behavioural transformations.
To view all exchanges, view our Field Exchange 2022 Learning Resource, click on images below