Mary Conroy

Mary Conroy’s work investigates humans’ connection with nature through socially-engaged practice, including participation and intervention. For the Memory of Water podcast, she talks us through her three projects developed during the international residency programme in Levadia, Gdańsk and Govan, engaging with the natural environment in three distinct locations. She also shares how she adapted her contribution in Scotland through a remote but authentic engagement with local community following COVID-19 restrictions on travel.

Mary’s other current and recent projects include An Urgent Enquiry (2019), a residency programme with Wexford County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council supported by the Arts Council’s An Invitation to Collaboration scheme; Materials Matter (2020), the inaugural Art Links Collaboration Award from Wexford County Council, Carlow County Council and Kilkenny County Council, for a collaborative research and education project with Laura Ní Fhlaibhín and Clare Breen on sustainability and environmental awareness within the process of art production; and Folkstone Fringe (2021), representing EVA International on the Creative Europe project, Magic Carpets.

About Memory of Water:

Memory of Water (2018–2021) is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of community development and urban planning. Over two years, the participating artists and partners from six countries are collaborating on twenty-three interconnected activities including City Labs, an international residency programme, and a filmed documentary.

Funded by Creative Europe, the project is developed and delivered by members of the River Cities Platform Foundation. Ormston House is responsible for the Artistic Direction of the project supported by the Creative Europe Ireland Desk, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Limerick Culture & Arts Office, Limerick City & County Council. Our partners are Stad Ostend in Belgium, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, Fablevision in Scotland, and Intercult in Sweden.




Image: work-in-progress by Mary Conroy, a stencil of Hogback Stone #12 being installed remotely in Govan by Inês Cavaco and Hamish Rhodes in partnership with the Govan Stones Trust. You can view a portfolio of Mary Conroy's workshops, projects and installations for Memory of Water here.
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