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Waking the Seeds. Art and ecology engagement project. I am collaborating with Maura Brennan from the Acron Project on an exciting new project. We are bringing both of our strengths to the project combining monthly Art Workshops in Butler Gallery and Forest workshops in Kilkenny Woodlands. We will explore our human connection to nature and how we can hold a group vision for nature and her restoration through creative practice, ritual and nature connection practices.. It is an invitation to play and create, to restore and be restored and spend some time in nature.
The Waking the Seeds collaboration will explore our human relationship to forests and nature through creative practice and nature immersion . The collaboration will be a blend of creative practice in the Butler Gallery and nature based workshops with the Acorn Project in the woods. Project is commencing February 5th 2022 and running till Autumn 2022.

2021 New work, experimenting with pencil and acrylic ink on wood. ‘Invisible Lines‘ documenting my local area during the 5km restrictions, the invisible lines of the boundaries around our homes.

2020 Custodians art engagement project exhibition and book launch in Threecastles Hall, County Kilkenny on December 5th-13th 2020. Project is funded by Creative Ireland and Kilkenny County Council.

Kilkenny farmers the focus of an exhibition
The paintings by Rachel Burke are on display until Sunday

History, heritage and stories of a group of farmers from one Kilkenny townsland have been captured by a locally based fine artist.

For the past year Cork-born Rachel Burke’s been working on the engagement project with a number of individuals in her adopted home of Threecastles after she was awarded funding to create greater community access to the arts.

The project recognises the importance of those who maintain the land and pass down traditions from generation to generation.

Funded by Creative Ireland and Kilkenny County Council, it’s been done in collaboration with the farmers who decided on how they wanted to be represented in the paintings.

Participants include Pat and David Burke, Ruairí Carroll, Jim Cleere, Johnny Dalton, Mary Butler-Earley, Frank Keoghan, Patsy and Paul Mullan, John Hennessy, Tom Hennessy and Mary Teresa Walsh. While the students of St Lachtain’s National School took part in a response project, supported by their teachers. And there’s poetry from Margaret Hickey-McCarthy and Ava Burke Roche.

The result is 26 acrylic inks on canvas, depicting farms and home places from the area, which were then reproduced in a custodians artbook, the proceeds of which will be returned to the community.

Workshops & Events

WAKING THE SEEDS

Waking the Seeds. Art and ecology engagement project. I am collaborating with Maura Brennan from the Acron Project on an exciting new project. We are bringing both of our strengths to the project combining monthly Art Workshops in Butler Gallery and Forest workshops in Kilkenny Woodlands. We will explore our human connection to nature and how we can hold a group vision for nature and her restoration  through creative practice, ritual and nature connection practices.. It is an invitation to  play and create, to restore and be restored  and spend some time in nature.  
The Waking the Seeds collaboration will explore our human relationship to forests and nature through creative practice and nature immersion . The collaboration will be a blend of creative practice in the Butler Gallery and nature based workshops with the Acorn Project in the woods. Project is commencing February 5th 2022 and running till Autumn 2022.

Waking the Seeds
Waking the Seeds, My monthly Creative Workshops in Butler Gallery, Jan-July 2022

CREATIVE SPACES, KCAT and Butler Gallery Art collaboration. As KCAT Artist Facilitator I run Creative Workshops in the Learning Centre in the Butler Gallery. Funded by Community Education, Kilkenny ETB. Current courses running till Easter. New courses every term on Thursday evenings and Friday mornings. Contact alice@kcat.ie for details.

Creative Spaces
Creative Spaces 2022, KCAT and Butler Gallery Art collaboration funded by Community Education, Kilkenny ETB.
KCAT POP-UP OPEN STUDIO PROJECT. KCAT and Butler Gallery collaboration. Funded by Creative Ireland. KCAT Pop-up Open Studio will be hosted by Butler Gallery on Thursday evenings. Facilitated by Rachel BURKE and commencing January 2021.
CULTURE NIGHT 2020 in Butler Gallery, facilitated Life drawing.
KCAT Pop-up Open Studio project funded by Creative Ireland. It is a KCAT and Butler Gallery collaboration. The Educational Centre of the Butler Gallery is hosting KCAT Open Studio on thirteen Thursday evenings. Initiated in October 2020 and running till Spring 2021. Rachel Burke sourced funding and is facilitating KCAT Pop-up Open Studio project.

Custodians is an Art Engagement project funded by Creative Ireland and Kilkenny County Council. In 2019, Rachel Burke was awarded funding to create greater community access to the arts. The project consisted of collaborating with a group of farmers, becoming an artist-in-residence in St. Lachtains N.S., holding an exhibition of final works and producing an Artbook.  
During the year long project, Burke met with individual participants in their home places and gathered stories, images and photos to support her resulting artwork. Farmers collaborated with Burke on how to document their homes and farms in paintings, deciding on how they wanted to be represented. As a body of work, the compilation reveals a visual story of the Threecastles area both past and present.

Rachel Burke Artist Facilitator
2010- Facilitator of Workshops, Events and Artist-in-Residence for Butler Gallery
2019- Facilitator of Open Studio and Roots courses for KCAT Arts Centre, Callan
2019- Facilitator of Workshops and Events for Recreate, Dublin
2020 Facilitator of Adult Workshops for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office in Dlr
Lexicon Gallery, Dublin

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2022 Responding to Forest and Woodlands. Investigating biodiversity, seasonal changes, time and space within the woodland. I am connecting to nature through creative processes, collecting source material and drawing and painting from nature.

Through collaborating with the Acorn Project on Waking the Seeds project it has enabled me to reconnect with nature in the woods. I am the Artist Facilitator in the Butler Gallery Creative Workshops responding to the forest workshops lead by Maura Brennan of the Acron Project. This collaboration commenced in January and is funded by the Department of Agriculture till July 2022.