Everyone is Welcome - The Farm Gate is Open to All - 28th June - 10am - 4pm
In this dynamic and interactive exchange; journalist/farmer Hannah Quinn Mulligan and artist/famer Lisa Fingleton and Mariana Colman representing immigrant communities lead. We will explore the issues facing women and new entrants in farming and some creative responses in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss.
This day will focus on female and new entrant participation in agriculture and food production. You will hear from pioneers and strong voices on their experiences of farming and ideas for the future. Moving away from characterising farmers as men with fixed assets + lots of machinery. Art is open to all, so is agriculture - and we feel that women are quicker to focus on climate change mitigation in agriculture. The experts will lead a discussion on the role of women in agriculture, how it is changing, and where it needs to go.
Hannah Quinn-Mulligan and Lisa Fingleton.
Artist: Deirdre O'Mahony
Hannah is an award-winning journalist and radio reporter, with a strong background in investigative features. She has produced and presented documentaries and reports for RTÉ and the BBC, particularly on rural life, farming and nature. Hannah is also the chair of the Women in Agriculture Stakeholders Group - a group made up of all the leading farm organisations to ensure the inclusivity of women in the next CAP. Hannah currently works with RTÉ CountryWide and freelance for a number of other publications, along with operating the home-farm in Limerick with her grandmother. Hannah has previously worked with the Irish Farmers Journal and the BBC working in TV and radio across a range of their flagship shows in London and Belfast.
Lisa is an eco-social artist, writer and organic farmer. Living and working on a small organic, social farm near the sea, she has spent many years cultivating deep-rooted connections between art, food and farming. Lisa is currently the embedded artist with Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe / A Creative Imagining, one of 15 projects being funded by Creative Ireland’s Creative Climate Action fund. She is working with farmers on the Dingle Penninsula to creatively look at ways in which they can diversify to address climate change.
The Last Hug For a While is her most recent publication, charting the emotional rollercoaster of the pandemic and climate change through drawings and rhyming couplets. At the launch of her book, the author Michael Harding described how “her exuberance and her love of human beings is complemented by the same exuberance for the earth”. Her previous book The Local Food Project explores the power of growing and eating local food.
As a socially engaged professional artist, Lisa brings almost 20 years’ experience of creating work, installing exhibitions, editing films, engaging with communities/audiences and delivering public art projects. Lisa received an MA in documentary film at Goldsmiths College, London in 2015. She is also a Fine Art graduate from NCAD. Lisa recently completed the Haumea course with Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald and contributed to the Breaking Cover, art and ecology programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Mariana graduated in MSc in Sustainable Development from TU Dublin with research on Sustainable Consumption with Practice Theory approach. She is passionate about Sustainable Consumption, Just Transition, Community Development and what can be done to fight Climate Change. Mariana strongly believes in creating engaged, cohesive, and strong communities through environmental education and programmes that enhance equality and social justice.
She is a member of the Latin America Solidarity Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to development education, cultural promotion and active solidarity with Latin America.
Mariana is a proud participant of Climate Ambassador Programme 2022.