Supported by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council


A screening of The Quickening by Deirdre O’Mahony will take place at 3pm on Saturday 27 April at the Foresters’ Hall, Aughrim, Co Wicklow.

The Quickening is a powerful new artwork by ground-breaking artist Deirdre O’Mahony which responds to urgent issues facing farming, food production and the environment. Developed over three years, this unique work gathers voices which together communicate the reality of farming life and the centrality of soil to human, animal and insect life.

The Quickening is presented at six rural locations, including the Foresters' Hall Aughrim, as part of a Walls & Halls tour. This tour sparks conversation about the local environment in recognition of the multiple voices and perspectives at play in our communities. It is part of an ambitious exhibition at The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art, Trinity College, Dublin, from March 29 to June 23, 2024.

Following the screening at the Foresters' Hall in Aughrim, Ray Ó Foghlú, Farm Programmes Coordinator at habitat restoration charity Hometree, will respond to the work as part of a post-screening Q&A. Ó Foghlú will discuss the added value potential for farmers to integrate native trees into farm systems, drawing from his experience running the Illaun Farm-Forest Program for Hometree.

This screening of The Quickening coincides with Kunstverein Aughrim's Spring Preview with Marielle MacLeman (1pm–3pm). 

Entrance is free and all are welcome. Advance booking via Eventbrite is recommended. Picnics will be available to purchase and light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to attend via Eventbrite.

The Foresters' Hall is located off Main Street in the village of Aughrim. There is limited on-street parking around the town. A short concrete ramp leads to the entrance. There are no steps. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has bathroom facilities. If you have questions or specific access requirements please contact us by email and we will do our best to facilitate your full participation.

More about The Quickening
Artist Deirdre O’Mahony’s The Quickening is a sound and moving image work, commissioned by The Douglas Hyde, that has emerged from a series of gatherings to talk about the issues faced in food production and farming today. O’Mahony’s Sustainment Experiments feasts held in Kilkenny and Dublin generated open and frank discussions between farmers, scientists and politicians which, transcribed, have become a libretto for this impactful new work. Developed by O’Mahony and writer Joanna Walsh, the libretto is voiced by singers and musicians, Branwen Kavanagh, Michelle Doyle, Siobhán Kavanagh, Ultan O’ Brien and Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, each with a distinctive pitch, style and pace. This aural feast is accompanied by moving imagery captured across rural Ireland, showing varied viewpoints of the land and its many inhabitants affected by the unseasonal droughts, floods, and erosion, brought on by accelerating climate change. As O’Mahony states, “The Quickening represents a polyvocal response to the most urgent questions affecting land and its inhabitants, giving voice to the invisible protagonists that shape our earth’s future and an idea of being-in-common that encompasses all earthly inhabitants.”

More about Deirdre O’Mahony
Deirdre O’Mahony has an impressive 30-year track record in making work across sculpture, painting, installation and participatory projects. At the centre of this work is her interest in the politics of landscape, rural/urban relationships, rural sustainability and food security. She has investigated the political ecology of rural places through public engagement, exhibitions, critical writing, and cultural production. From setting up community spaces amongst a charged local conflict to her large-scale paintings produced by tracing the shadows of boulders on Mullaghmore Mountain in the Burren National Park, she deftly considers the role of art in bringing together diverse communities, forming alternate forms of knowledge, and embraces art as a critical space to help us see things differently.

Kunstverein Aughrim’s ongoing collaboration with Deirdre O’Mahony is made possible with the support of The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.