Heart of the Forest

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02/08/2018 14:00 - 19:00
03/08/2018 14:00 - 19:00
04/08/2018 14:00 - 19:00
05/08/2018 14:00 - 19:00



BABY FOREST presents Heart of the Forest

The BABY FOREST Creative Colony invites YOU to be part of an International Collaborative Art Project and explore the forest as an immersive art experience.

Come for a walk in the forest and take part in growing an ever evolving sculpture, built with the power of connection and collaborative spirit!

 Add your piece to the sculpture and experience immersive art & sound installations, art & nature trail, artists in residence as you explore the forest at the Head Quarters of the international creative community Baby Forest, based just outside Skibbereen.


Entry: Donation of €5 per person / €20 Family

OR a donation of €30 to Participate in Building Sculpture (includes entry & your piece to add to the sculpture)


If you can’t make it physically, you can even participate virtually here: www.babyforest.co/hotf 

Every participatory donation also plants a tree to help the earth breathe a little easier!


Further info on project: www.babyforest.co/hotf

Participating artists include: 

Abigail Lane, Ally Clarke, Andrew James Collins, Charles Tyrrell, Clare Smith, David Bickley, David Seeger, Fran Woolf, Georgie Hopton, Helle Helsner, Jaie Miller, Jill Tegan Doherty, Jonathan Hill, Kirsten Van Schreven, Lisa Lillywhite, Patty Hudak, Phil Heaton, Richard Lloyd-Lewis, Rob Monaghan, Sam McNicholl, Sue Crellin-McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, Una D'Aragona and William Bock.

Find out more about them by exploring The Colony on babyforest.co



Heart of the Forest: Special Guest Event Thursday August 2nd
Lewis Kenny & Aoise Tutty Perform:  Thar Na Huiscí  (A Modern Day Portrayal of Tir na nÓg)   An Experimental Spoken Word Play
Oisín is sick of life in the big smoke and craves something different. Suddenly he is approached by Niamh and offered a new life in 'Tír na nÓg'. He falls in love, eats and drinks well and finds peace in his life. But it's time to leave and it's killing him. How will he cope outside of the bubble?  Lewis Kenny and Aoise Tutty take you through forest spaces marking perceptions of time in a different pace of life and the shedding of old skins. 
Catch one of several performances during opening hours of 2pm - 7pm



Heart of the Forest: Special Guest Event August 2nd
Lisa Lillywhite Presents ‘Keep your Eyes Peeled as You Wander’ 
Lisa Lillywhite is an artist currently exploring nature’s wonders through collage and thread.  Lisa uses these skills to help children and families develop a relationship to numbers and shapes through nature through her Smart Happy Project.  Come and join Lisa and The Smart Happy Project to enjoy a nature scavenger trail around the Baby Forest - younger family members can craft forest creatures from clay.  Take your time to fully soak up the atmosphere of the forest during its summer growth spurt! For families with children aged 8 and above.  Find Lisa on your trail around the forest 

Heart of the Forest: Special Guest Event Saturday August 4th
Lewis Kenny Performs ObSession - A spoken word play
Shifty, a working class waster and dedicated session warrior documents the six stages of the evolution of an Irish sesh-head. The Streets. The Gaff. The Club. The Rave. The Festival and The Final Comedown. An inward look of an Irish youth’s strongest obsession. It’s love of the session. Is it a harmless trait? Are we swallowing poison and calling it love? Where do we draw the line between disposition and addiction?
“Simply Brilliant’  - The Irish Times     “Your man is hilarious”  The Rubberbandits  This kid's a great writer with that unique ability to write about the normal every day but make it sound magnificent" - Mike Garry
Written and performed by Lewis Kenny  Playtime: 50 mins
Catch one of several performance during opening hours of 2pm - 7pm


Heart of the Forest: Special Guest Event Sunday August 5th
Be Like A Tree:  Dancer Inma Pavon & Artist Helle Helsner Collaborate in Dance & Drawing Performance
Dancer Inma Pavon responds to the sounds of our artist in residence Helle Helsner’s live bronze casting in the forest; the wind of the bellows, the crackle of the charcoal and the gentle silence of the molten bronze pouring like a glowing sun -  all set in amongst the divine and deep-rooted trees.  Helle will capture images of Inma’s mesmerising dancing with sketches using Baby Forest Charcoal to further inform her bronze pieces.

 Inma Pavon and Helle Helsner will be performing in the forest during the opening hours of 2pm - 7pm