Special Area of ConVersation

Fingal County Council’s Arts Office is delighted to present new work resulting from  An Urgent Enquiry.  The project, funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme joins Fingal with partners in Dublin City Council and Wexford County Council. It consists of three artist residencies, where artists have been commissioned to consider the effects of climate change along the east coast and its influences on biodiversity locally.

Fingal County Council selected Joanna Hopkins and Mary Conroy who were interested in exploring the Fingal context, with a focus on the unique bird colonies, prominent coastal erosion and an environment that is constantly changing as determined by a human need for housing and how nature challenges our definitions of home. Since June 2019, the artists have been located at our Resort Residency, located at Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane. They have been researching locally and nationally with specialists in particular species, liaising with our Biodiversity and Environmental Education departments in Fingal to develop their reflection on the theme and the location, which will be presented during The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival 2019. 

SAC – Special Area of ConVersation is a temporary art installation on Portrane beach as part of An Urgent Enquiry artist residency commission, by artists Mary Conroy and Joanna Hopkins. This temporary public artwork and site specific theatre performance represents an amalgamation of ideas and concepts that were processed through the artist’s 3 month residency in Fingal. The artwork draws attention to the conservation efforts being carried out in the Fingal area for both humans and wildlife, to highlight the existence, fragility and importance of all the creatures who call the Fingal coastline ‘home’.


Special Area of ConVersation Public Art Artwork

  • Date: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September
  • Time: 10am – 6pm
  • Location: Portrane Beach

Special Area of ConVersation Theatre Performance

  • Date: Saturday Sept 14th
  • Time: 2pm
  • Location: Starting in front of the Brook Pub, Portrane.