VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

SPUD Reboot

An Gairdín Beo & VISUAL Steps. Inspired by the The Persistent Return by Deirdre O’Mahony

23 May - 31 Aug 2018 |

Would you like to learn more about growing and harvesting potatoes?

Spud Reboot is an activity about sustainability, food security and growing. The participants involved are from communities using Carlow’s community garden An Gairdín Beo and supported by Carlow County Development Partnership. In March this year seed potatoes were planted at An Gairdín Beo and VISUAL. Varieties include Rooster, Imagine, Infinity, Cara and Setanta. Over the coming months we will be tending these potato plants, sharing recipes, talking about sustainability and watching out for blight! This project will culminate with a public Spud Feast on the 28th of July. If you would like to join the acitivites come along on the dates outlined below or for further information contact info@visualcarlow.ie

Spud Reboot was inspired by artist Deirdre O' Mahony's new work The Persistent Return; a large scale, two-screen film installation that reflects upon the history of the potato and the role it played in consolidating and concentrating power in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The potato brought with it a possibility of freedom from recurring cycles of famine, but also a precarious dependency on monoculture. The Persistent Return runs at VISUAL in the Digital Gallery 6 June - 9 September 2018.Co-produced by Workhouse Union, Callan and VISUAL Carlow

Spud Reboot and Spud Feast are collaborative projects coordinated by VISUAL, Carlow County Development Partnership, Greenside Up and An Gairdín Beo. Kindly supported by Teagasc.

Dates to watch!

Earthing Up and Recipe Swap
Thursday 31st May, 6.30pm
An Gairdín Beo

Expert organic gardener Dee Sewell will demonstrate the best ways to earth up your potatoes. We’ll also be chatting about containing blight.

Garden Time
Body Mind Centring with Maria Kerin
Saturday 7th July, 11am
An Gairdín Beo

Take a break and breathe. This outdoor workshop will equip participants with breathing techniques and gentle movements that can be used to centre the body and mind.

Harvest & Feast
An Gairdín Beo, Saturday 28 July, 3pm, Free

Join us to share in a communal feast of potato dishes from around the world, accompanied by conversations and presentations about food, sustainability and rural life.