Marine Institute Award TULCA Explorers Education Programme Art – Science Project

The Marine Institute is pleased to announce that TULCA will support the marine primary Explorers Education Programme™ in a collaboration with artist Louise Manifold as part of the TULCA OFFshore programme which aims to contribute to the promotion of our maritime heritage and strengthening our maritime identity.

Louise Manifold will work with the 4th class students of Cregmore national school on a visual art and science project titled “Build your own Unknown”. Students will create an installation and a short film that reenacts the Irish-led marine scientific discovery of the Moytirra deep-sea hydrothermal vent field, the first to be explored along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, north of the Azores in 2011. The project will be exhibited at SeaFest 2017.

Speaking about the project Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute welcomes the collaboration saying “This project through the Explorers Education Programme provides an innovative opportunity for artists, scientists and educators to engage and increase our awareness about the value, opportunities and societal benefits that the ocean provides us”.

Chief scientist Dr Andrew Wheeler from UCC, who lead the discovery the hydrothermal vent field named Moytirra after a mythological Irish battlefield (meaning plain of pillars), is 3000 metres deep under the ocean and is a unique ecosystem that reveals gigantic rock formations, lava vents over ten metres high, and unusual species that call the bottom of the ocean home.

Working with Dr Wheeler and highlighting his experiences on the Marine Institute’s research vessel, the RV Celtic Explorer during the discovery of the hydrothermal vents. The students from Cregmore will make their own expedition by building on the documentation of the remotely operated vehicle ROV Holland I– that has captured rarely filmed digital stills, photography and high definition video footage of the depths of the ocean.

Louise Manifold said, “As an artist I have always been fascinated by relationship between science and cinema, often our connections to ocean space is formed through our childhood imagination, from  sci-fi films to childhood games and mythical stories. “Build your own Unknown  is not only about understanding our connections to the Ocean, it is about valuing human curiosity, and I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work with the students of Cregmore to make amazing work that celebrates this.”

Commenting on arts in education Joanne McGlynn, TULCA Education coordinator said, “Arts in education nurture the development of essential life skills, transferable across multiple sectors of life.  Learning through the Arts encourages reflective thinking, problem solving, decision making, self expression, experimentation and communication. Let us hold the space for Arts in our classrooms as an equal and integral part of a vibrant education experience.”

The project will also result with the development of an art science project module, education lesson plans and resources for the Explorers Education Programme™ which will be available on later this year. “Build your own Unknown video and installation will be completed for SeaFest 2017 June 30th – July 2nd.

The Explorers Education Programme is supported by the Marine Institute, and funded under the Marine Research Programme by the Irish Government.

For more information or interview requests please contact, Heather Mackey,

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