A plant with distinctive green leaves against a dark background.

The Cavanoids Dance

A troubling sound that has accumulated over many years suddenly stops. In the strange silence that follows, new beings emerge from the depths of Shannon Pot.

Cavan Arts Office and Ormston House warmly invite you to the opening of The Cavanoids Dance by boredomresearch at Townhall Cavan on Culture Night. The Cavanoids Dance is a new film created following a research residency supported by the teams at the Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark, Cavan Adventure Centre, Corralea Activity Centre, and members of the community in West Cavan. Please join us from 7pm to watch the short film and for refreshments.

In this experimental film, you will experience the beauty of the Cavanoids, fictional creatures created by boredomresearch. The Cavanoids have been asleep in the rocks of the underworld for millions of years, during which time an insidious and disturbing sound has grown to fill the Cavan Burren. In the depths of Shannon Pot, their song can be heard as the waters become infused with a vitality carried by this stream from the world above. The inky waters now come alive with sparkling particles, a message from Manannán mac Lir, calling to awaken the sleeping Cavanoids.

About the artists

boredomresearch is a collaboration between British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith. Inspired by natural environments, collectively they create artworks that explore the diversity that exists in nature and more recently the fragility of these ecosystems. boredomresearch has been collaborating with world-leading science institutions since 2014, creating award-winning artwork, including projects exploring natural systems, biodiversity, critically endangered and extinct species, environmental conservation, and human and animal diseases. Fascinated by human interaction with landscape, their artwork brings together innovative science, creative use of digital technology, and a deep understanding of the complex interplay between human culture and natural systems.

About the River Residencies

The River Residencies are funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration scheme, led by Limerick Arts Office in partnership with the Arts Offices in Cavan, Clare and Tipperary. The River Residencies are curated by Caimin Walsh and Mary Conlon at Ormston House, as part of the Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2017-) about, along and on the River Shannon.


Exhibition dates: 24 September-4 November 2022. For directions and opening hours, please visit
Ormston House and the artists would like to thank Catriona O'Reilly and Rhonda Tidy at Cavan Arts Office, and the team at Townhall Cavan. Image: still from The Cavanoids Dance (2022), a film by boredomresearch ©
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