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Art, Food Security and Climate Change

14 and 15 Aug 2015

By Sat 15 Aug 2015April 3rd, 2021Events, FOOD & FARMING

This event is now over.

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Event Details



Green European Foundation, with the support of
Green Foundation Ireland, hosted a Symposium

“Art, Food Security and Climate Change” as part of The Burren Annual Exhibition 2015 “Beyond Sustainability”


Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August 2015

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€20 TICKET included entry to the morning Seminar and afternoon Workshop (including the simultaneous tasting dishes), as well as lunch and tea/coffee.

€15 TICKET included entry to the Celebratory Feast.

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– early booking is advised.


ACCOMMODATION in the Ballyvaughan area (list supplied by the Burren College of Art), last updated on 17 July 2015.

Event Programme



The morning Seminar, which commenced at 10:00am, was a conversation with artists and others about potatoes and other staple foods which can secure human survival in the context of climate change. Those featuring were exhibiting artist Deirdre O’Mahony, Eileen Hutton (an American artist whose work is environmentally-based), Oscar Rando (Fundació Nous Horitzons, Catalonia), Christian Bettini (Food Cultura, Barcelona) and Dutch food artist Esther Boukema.

This was followed after lunch by an afternoon Workshop presented by Esther Boukema entitled De Smaak te Pakken (“Getting a Taste for It”). Around ten years ago, Esther Boukema, who is also a graphic designer, developed a mobile culinary laboratory where children could learn, hands-on, everything about food – flavours, colours, where it comes from and when it’s in season. She later added a more serious teaching programme for primary schoolchildren, to be carried out with her team in school gardens. This initiative, titled De Smaak te Pakken (“Getting a Taste for It”), has enjoyed growing recognition, and now forms part of a collaboration called Mijn eten (“My Food”).

The Symposium culminated with a Pan-Atlantic simultaneous tasting of regional sweet potato dishes framed by a live Skype conversation between Deirdre O’Mahony in the Burren and Frances Whitehead in Chicago.

Further updates on this event will appear on this page

This event is financially supported by the European Parliament.

The Burren Annual Exhibition is supported by
the Clare County Council “Creating Space” initiative.



On Saturday evening we gathered in the Burren College of Art for a shared supper of Burren produce. Please bring your own wine, if required – no corkage charge!


Our PROGRAMME OF EVENTS (last updated on 13 August 2015) is available here.


Burren College of Art

Is culture the fourth pillar of sustainability alongside the ecological, economic and social aspects? How does culture act as a catalyst for ecological sustainability, human well-being and economic viability? What would our future look like if sustainability was embedded in the multiple dimensions of culture?

The Burren Annual Exhibition 2015 showcased POTATO/BATATA, which is a collaborative project between local artist Deirdre O’Mahony and Chicago-based artist Frances Whitehead. The Exhibition was a reflection on sustainability, food security, landscape and human relationships and included community-based projects developed by the artists.

The Burren Annual Exhibition opened to the general public
with a reception at 7:00pm on Friday 14 August 2015

The Symposium comprised:

SEMINAR and WORKSHOP commencing at 10:00am
on Saturday 15 August 2015 – COST: €20 (includes lunch and tea/coffee)

CELEBRATORY FEAST taking place on Saturday evening – COST: €15 extra