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  •  Lisa Lillywhite is an artist currently exploring nature’s wonders through collage and thread.  Lisa uses these skills to help children and families develop a relationship to numbers and shapes through nature through her Smart Happy Project.  Lisa and The Smart Happy Project created a nature scavenger trail around the Baby Forest - and younger family members crafted forest creatures from clay. 

    Discover more about Lisa Lillywhite here

  • LISA LILLYWHITE 

    KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED

    AS YOU WANDER

    WITH THE SMART HAPPY PROJECT

  •  We'd like to thank all those involved in the Heart of the Forest event, for their hard work, help and support.  In particular, all the creators who collaborated and made this event both special to produce and special for our audience.

    We look forward to Heart of the Forest, 2019

    We'd like to hear from any creators who would like to get involved, please email us here

    Heart of the Forest was curated by Tom McCarthy and Sue Crellin-McCarthy

  • Diagnosed at 19 years old with schizoaffective disorder, Kevin Nolan began creating to regain some of the freedom he’d lost due to his illness. ‘Hum’ is a retrospective exhibition and an intimate edit of Nolan's work. 


    PRESENTED ONLINE ON BABY FOREST TO COINCIDE WITH A LIVE SCREENING OF HUM THE DOCUMENTARY IN THE LOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL OF BFHQ HOME TOWN IN WEST CORK, IRELAND.  HEART OF THE FOREST, 2018 WAS ALSO PART OF THE SKIBBEREEN ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME.


    Kevin Nolan's exhibition is now showing in the Baby Forest Gallery here

  • KEVIN NOLAN


    HUM 

    AN ONLINE EXHIBIITION

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  • Lewis Kenny performing ObSession Written by Lewis Kenny

    Find out more here

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  • Thar Na Huiscí  (A Modern Day Portrayal of Tir na nÓg)   An Experimental Spoken Word Play



    Oisín is sick of life in the big smoke and craves something different. Suddenly he is approached by Niamh and offered a new life in 'Tír na nÓg'. He falls in love, eats and drinks well and finds peace in his life. But it's time to leave and it's killing him. How will he cope outside of the bubble?  Lewis Kenny and Aoise Tutty take you through forest spaces marking perceptions of time in a different pace of life and the shedding of old skins. 


    Performed in the Ash Grove and the Fire Pit Circle at BFHQ 

  •  AOISE TUTTY & LEWIS KENNY

    SPOKEN WORK PERFORMANCE

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  •  GOLDEN DAYS - LYNN DENNISON   A FOREST INTERVENTION

     

    This work explores the relationship between nature and decoration, consumerism and pollution. The use of recycled table decorations employing images and motifs of nature, and manufactured in made made materials, highlights our appropriation of natural imagery in home decoration, whilst also commenting on the role of manmade materials in polluting the natural environment; the plastic decoration will outlive the natural themes it depicts.

    Explore Lynn Dennison's work here

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  •  LYNN DENNISON

    GOLDEN DAYS

    A FOREST INTERVENTION

     

  • Photo: Dierdre Archibold

  • An ever growing sculpture, built in collaboration with creators and members of the general public in person AND VIRTUALLY!

    FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN TAKE PART AND HELP US BUILD OUR SCULPTURE HERE

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  • As part of our cultural programme Operation World Wide Wood, the Heart of the Forest, 2018, saw the launch of our ever growing sculpture project of the same name to the general public. Initiated by Baby Forest Creators in May of this year, visitors collaborated with us to build onto the structural starting point of the sculpture which was a Chestahedron, said to be a geometrical representation of the Human Heart.  

  •  HEART OF THE FOREST

     AN EVER EVOLVING

     COLLABORATIVE SCULPTURE

         A COLLABORATION BETWEEN BABY FOREST CREATORS AND MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC

                                                                                                                                          FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD!

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  • PRESS AND PLAY TO VIEW AN EXTRACT OF THE LIVE PERFORMANCE

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  •  Inma Pavon & Helle Helsner Collaborate in a Dance & Drawing Performance


    Dancer Inma Pavon responds to the art installations and sounds of our artist in residence Helle Helsner’s live bronze casting in the forest; the wind of the bellows, the crackle of the charcoal and the gentle silence of the molten bronze pouring like a glowing sun -  all set in amongst the divine and deep-rooted trees. 

    Helle captures images of Inma’s mesmerising dancing with sketches using Baby Forest Charcoal to further inform her bronze pieces.


    Dancer/Choreographer/Performance Artist Inma Pavon is in the process of setting up her creator space in Baby Forest.  We look forward to welcoming her very soon.

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  • INMA PAVON

    BE LIKE A TREE 

    DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER/PERFORMANCE ARTIST

    in collaboration with

    HELLE HELSNER

    Photography, Giffs & Footage: Fran Woolf

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  • Helle Helsner was our Baby Forest Artist in Residence for the Heart of the Forest, 2018.

    Experimenting with casting bronze directly into the forest using the forest floor.  Using ancient methods dating back from the bronze age Helsner aims to create a contemporary onsite art piece representing the trees and the humans of the forest.

    From making drawings to making of the moulds, kiln, fired charcoal pits, and pouring the bronze, members of the public watched Helle Helsner at work on site deep in the heart of the forest as she cast new pieces. 

    Helle will also be collaborating with dancer Inma Pavon on Sunday August 5 where she will be capturing Inma's movements through the forest in charcoal drawings.  Charcoal made from the forest here at BFHQ. 

    Explore more of Helle Helsner's work here

  • HELLE HELSNER

    ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

    SCULPTURE/BRONZECASTING/DRAWING

     

  • A selection of early David Seeger's early sculptural works on show throughout the forest.


    Explore more of David Seeger's work here 

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  • DAVID SEEGER

    EARLY WORKS

    SCULPTURE

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  • TOTEM 1, TOTEM 2, and TOTEM 3 were created from Collins' direct physical relationship with materials. A amalgamation of debris, objects and materials lying around the studio - left over from previous explorations, they represent the culmination of a particular moment within a specific space. 


    Placing the pieces in the forest imbues them with a relational life.  Relational both to each other and their surroundings allows them take on new narrative and meaning.  Rather than existing in a white cube or sterile space, they operate in an existing world, one where living things are the primary inhabitants. 


    Explore Andrew James Collins work here 

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  •  ANDREW JAMES COLLINS

    TOTEMS

  • JWORKING THROUGH - JILL DINSDALE       A SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION


    Dresses fashioned from paper occupy a shadowed, forested space. ‘Working Through’ makes visible the invisible individuals involved in closed adoptions, whilst the spectral aesthetic reflects the multitude of ghosts haunting all members of the adoption triad.


    Explore more of Jill Dinsdale's work here

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  •   JILL DINSDALE

    WORKING THROUGH

    A SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION

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    CATHEDRAL - FRAN WOOLF     A SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION

     Created from waste glass fragments and greenwood from the surrounding forest, 'Cathedral' emulates an open air stained glass window.  The site has been specifically chosen, along an ancient path to a centuries old religious site. 

     

    ‘Cathedral’ is part of Fran Woolf’s ongoing ‘Shrine’ series, that the Cork based artist has been exploring since 2010.

     

    It seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the hope, wonder and courage of the human spirit, as we strive to comprehend the metaphysical, the intangible and the sacred.

    Explore more of Fran Woolf's work here

    Giff (Right):  Fran Woolf

  • FRAN WOOLF 

    CATHEDRAL

    A SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION 

  • PRESS PLAY TO LISTEN

  •  TOM McCARTHY

    NOT TWO

     

    A SOUND INSTALLATION

  • PRESS PLAY TO LISTEN

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    BETTER PLACE - SUE CRELLIN-MCCARTHY    A FOREST INTERVENTION

     

    Using the forest as material, metaphor, canvas and gallery. 

    The forest intervened - it’s beauty, complexity, darkness and light are all incorporated into pieces of work made on site.

    Dark experiences can ultimately lead us to a better place.


    Explore more of Sue Crellin McCarthy's work here

     

  •  ABIGAIL LANE

    UNDERNEATH THE ABJECT WILLOW

    A SITE SPECIFIC SOUND INSTALLATION

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    ROB MONAGHAN

    I AM ALL THINGS

     In collaboration with  TOM McCARTHY and PHYLLIS AKINYI 

  •  TOM McCARTHY

    THE BOUNDARY MARKERS

  • RICHARD LLOYD LEWIS

    DEAD TREES

    A PHOTOGRAPHIC INSTALLATION

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  •  NOT TWO -  TOM McCARTHY     A SOUND INSTALLATION 


    ‘Not Two’ - is a Message on the nature of reality from a imaginary Tree Dryad living in the forest here at Baby Forest.


    Dryads are like all nymphs supernaturally long-lived and tied to their forest homes, there are a few that are a step beyond most nymphs. 


    These are the known as the Hamadryads, they exist as an integral part of their trees, such that if the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. 


    For these reasons, dryads and the Gods punished any mortals who harmed trees without first making peace with the tree-nymphs. 


    Explore more of Tom McCarthy's work here

  • SUE CRELLIN-McCARTHY 

    BETTER PLACE

    A FOREST INTERVENTION



  • IIn Situ at Baby Forest HQ

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    UNDERNEATH THE ABJECT WILLOW - ABIGAIL LANE                                                                                                          

    A site-specific sound installation: Speakers hidden in the canopy of a tree project the sound of birdsong toward the ground underneath where there are seats.  The audio is a sequence of four Benjamin Britten songs, recorded using the sounds of birds to replace the vocal and instrumental parts. The Britten songs are, Underneath the Abject Willow, from which the piece borrows its title, Night covers up the rigid landAsh Grove and Seascape.

    A poster announces that, “Abigail Lane presents the British Bird Orchestra”. The British Bird Orchestra is comprised of more than 50 British Birds.  The piece was presented under the Ash Grove at BFHQ. The seating comprised of five wooden logs from the Forest itself.

    The work was originally made as part of SNAP Art at the Aldeburgh Festival, 2013, in which Britten’s centenary was celebrated. 

    The work was technically achieved originally by Matty Skylab. Some of the bird recordings are courtesty of Chris Watson. 

    Abigail is building an archive of poignant work & commentary in the guise of her BF online magazine entitled 'Something Old, Something New' - a 'must see' for any serious follower of contemporary art. Take some time to explore it all here.

  •  I AM ALL THINGS - ROB MONAGHAN

    In collaboration with  TOM McCARTHY and PHYLLIS AKINYI 

    An examination of self-discovery and of evolving emotional intelligence, a meditation on environment and how we interact with it. This multi screen video work explores the idea of connectedness through engagement within landscape capturing an impromptu performance deep within the abandoned marble mines of Evora, Portugal.


    A fusion of image and sound from Monaghan & McCarthy, the pair choreograph visual and auditory alchemy.  Monaghan's visual beautifully captures a powerful performance by Akinyi; a dance of emotion, faith and acceptance; McCarthy's auditory  takes the video's audio recordings and GPS co-ordinates transforming them into numerical artefacts and alogorthimic data colours that define a multi-dimensional sonic portrait of incident.  The piece is offered up in a calm, enclosed space, projected on multi-screens in a bell tent, set deep within the forest.


    Explore Rob Monaghan's work here                Explore Tom McCarthy's work here


  • The Woodsman invites you to take a journey with him through a baby forest, stepping into the world of trees, technology, and our wild mind.


    Part walk, part meditation, part choreographed dance, Beech Bark Book is a one person audio journey devised and created by artist William Bock in collaboration with Baby Forest.  Take your shoes off, tune into your imagination and press play.

    Explore more of William Bock's work here


     



    BRING YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND EARPHONES TO ENJOY THIS PIECE.





    Explore more of Willam Bock's work here

  •  BEECH BARK BOOK

    WILLIAM BOCK

    A Guided Interactive Story 

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  •  THE BOUNDARY MARKERS - TOM McCARTHY


    The Boundary Markers are an installation of sculptural works. They are meditative investigations as expressions and explorations of form - each an enquiry into the transcendental, the ever present oneness and evolutions of being. 


    As votive offerings they are manifest recordings of the self defining recognition of being, that carry the ever evolving narrative of transition and reincarnation. Transcendent boundaries are expanded, as meditative rituals they output a fixing of that, as boundary markers, each describes something from inside within that wants to be without.

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  •  Tom McCarthy - The Boundary Markers

  • Photographic Installation: Richard Lloyd Lewis

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  • DEAD TREES  -  RICHARD LLOYD LEWIS

    A Site-Specific Giant Image Installation | Special Edition Prints Available here


    A site specific installation of the original photographic works (2016), re-contextualising the art piece in response to the ‘Heart of The Forest’ concept.


    Conceptually the work can be viewed as the ‘negative’ in response to the Baby Forest ethos, highlighting the dystopian connotations of ecological destruction by presenting them as a giant statement amongst the healthy, nurtured forest at BFHQ.


    Taking reference from the forensic, crime scene photography of the 1940’s, and historic, scientific drawings of natural history, Lewis documents the sculptural stillness of dead trees that appear motionless and lifeless in the landscape.


    ‘Dead Trees’ are held in the Contemporary Art Society of Wales' permanent collection, and were the winner of The National Eisteddfod of Wales Purchase Prize 2016, event 1 to event 6 are on permanent public display at Monmouthshire County Hall, Wales.


    Explore Richard Lloyd Lewis' work here

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  • In August 2018,  BABY FOREST creators transformed the forest here at BFHQ into an immersive art experience.  Bringing the experience online, BF highlight some of main installations of the event.

    The forest was open to the public to explore and discover immersive sound and interactive art installations, live performance, sculpture, projections, film, bronze casting, dance, and creative nature trails from international artists.   

    Showing art in such a natural and nurturing environment provided an enriching new context in which to view work, providing a strong experience that many found more powerful than some of the more formal environments in which we are used to viewing work. 

    Take a walk through the forest with us!  

     

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