Supported by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council


Kunstverein Aughrim is pleased to present our Summer Preview with Deirdre O’Mahony.

Taking place on Sunday 11 June, from 11am–3pm, the event consists of a talk (Deirdre O’Mahony in conversation with Kate Strain), a walk (a guided foraging trail with local forager Geraldine Kavanagh), a picnic (by artist and cook Brenda Kearney following a week-long studio/kitchen residency in Aughrim), and a live rehearsal of The Song of the Farmer and the Dung Beetle (featuring the voice and sounds of Siobhán Kavanagh and Michelle Doyle). These activities have been devised to share insight into O’Mahony’s working process as an artist, by offering a glimpse into The Quickening, a major new body of work currently in development.

Tickets are available via eventbrite. Tickets cost €10/20 and include light lunch and return transport to Aughrim from Dublin City Centre. If you wish to come but can’t purchase a ticket please get in touch.


11am: Artist Talk at Kunstverein Aughrim
12pm: Foraging Walk up Jim’s Way
1pm: Picnic at the Pavilion
2pm: Live Rehearsal at the Bandstand

Getting to Aughrim

A chartered bus departing from Dublin City Centre (Merrion Square North) at 9:30am on Sunday 11 June will bring passengers to Aughrim, and have them back in Dublin for around 5:30pm that evening. Anyone travelling by car can avail of on street parking around the town centre. Anyone availing of public transport from Arklow or Carlow can use the local link Sunday service, timetable here.


Kunstverein Aughrim is unfortunately not currently wheelchair accessible, due to a series of stone and concrete steps at the threshold. However other venues (the National Disabled Angling Facility and the Pavilion) are access friendly. The foraging walk lasts approximately 45 minutes and involves slow paced uphill walking.

Artist biographies

Michelle Doyle is a visual artist and musician from Wicklow, who creates work exploring culture, space and politics. For the last ten years, Doyle has worked across art, design, writing, and music. This sculptural practice includes pirate radio, performance, digital reproduction and video compositing. Doyle's work is experienced in institutional and extra-institutional spaces and questions the power dynamics found within them. Doyle's recent research centres on music communities that self-build and operate rehearsal practice spaces. Doyle is also a musician and sound artist, making work under the moniker, Rising Damp. In 2022, she developed this project into a live band with drummer Sarah Grimes and synth musician Ivan Pawle. They have played TBG+S, Electric Picnic and Feile na Greine. She plays solo under this title, in shows often improvised in nature. She also plays in bands Dreamgirls, The Healers, Bodycam and Sissy.

Siobhán Kavanagh is a multi-disciplinary vocal artist and singer working with voice, composition, songwriting, and experimental performance.  As a collaborative artist working across disciplines- Siobhán has been commissioned by visual artists, filmmakers, composers, musicians, and dancers to feature on their projects as a performer and composer. Siobhán has an eclectic musical background; performing original music with bands such as - Doom Opera, Lotus-Eater, experimental cabaret with Sisters Hyde and the Pesky Magpies and The Underworld Orchestra. As a solo artist – Siobhán creates immersive music performances that combine experimental soundscapes, vocalisations, song and visual storytelling.

Geraldine Kavanagh is a Wicklow-based experienced foraging enthusiast with Wicklow Wild Foods, running seasonal foraging walks and workshops. She also works with the award-winning Glendalough Distillery as Ireland's only full-time botanical forager. In her unique role she sources wild herbs and natural ingredients from all over county Wicklow to make their gin.

Brenda Kearney is a Leitrim-based multidisciplinary artist whose work centres around domestic practices, ideas of community and collaborative care. Drawing on experiences as a cook, fishmongre, student of anthropology and ongoing ceramic work, she creates projects that prompt conversation, collaborative curiosity and exchanges of ideas. Brenda is a founding member of Fairland Collective, a socially-engaged art collective based between Ireland, the UK and France.

Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist with whom Kunstverein Aughrim is collaborating across 2023.

Summer Preview with Deirdre O'Mahony is produced by Kunstverein Aughrim. The event features a live rehearsal of The Song of the Farmer and the Dung Beetle performed by Siobhán Kavanagh and Michelle Doyle, and commissioned by the School of Looking as part of Deirdre O’Mahony’s contribution to the Eco Showboat tour, July 2023.

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