The work is Cyanotype photography on Saunders and measures 10cmx10cm
RECONNECT ART EXHIBITION
People can buy and take the work away with them, so this recreates the visual image of the extinction of the curlews in Ireland. The work raised awareness and I've had some fascinating conversations with viewers and buyers of the work and feel that there is a conversation of the diminishing numbers of Curlews that the public weren't aware of.
The exhibition runs until the 28th of March in Johnstons Court Shopping Centre, Sligo Town in our Pop up Gallery.
'Now You See Us – Soon You Won't'
For this exhibition, I chose to combine Cyanotype with the imminent fate of a bird that is very close to my heart – the curlew. As a child I would lie in bed at my grandparents' home and listen to the haunting cry of these birds, so I felt a familiarity of home when I discovered the Irish native curlews when I moved to Sligo. But they are an increasingly rare sight these days.
They are in decline everywhere, but in Ireland, numbers of native curlews have fallen by 97% since the 1980s. The bird that is found throughout Irish culture, folklore and literature may well have disappeared by 2025 – there are only 123 breeding pairs left in the country. This is due to loss and impoverishment of habitat, afforestation and predation.
An inaugural World Curlew Day was held on 21 April last year, and I wanted to create a work that might help raise awareness of what is happening, and muster support for the Curlew Conservation Programme, set up in 2017 to try and save this beautiful bird before it disappears completely. Of the 8 species worldwide, 2 are already lost – let's try not to lose any more.
So far, there is no charitable organisation raising money for the curlew, but 25% from each of my 123 pictures sold – one for each breeding pair left in Ireland - will go to
Little Wings Bird Sanctuary in Co Sligo – the only haven for injured wild birds in the county.
Thank you to Lorely Forrester for her writing and Mary Foley for her photography.
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