Test Site

14.08.21

- 14.08.21

Architectural Heritage Seminar

Between erasure and the museum - how do we live with Cork’s architectural heritage?

Chaired by Gareth O’ Callaghan (conservation architect), we will discuss the multi-faceted nature of architectural heritage. Overlapping complexities of ecology, culture and history inform the material reality of the city: it’s built environment, it’s waterways, green spaces and gathering points. We will discuss the role of architectural heritage in informing the lived experience of inhabiting a city. The panelists are Emma Gilleece (architectural historian), Pat Ruane (conservation officer, Cork City Council) and Colin Rynne (Industrial archeology, UCC)

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking to use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie.

14th August 12pm - 3pm

14.08.21

- 14.08.21

Architectural Heritage Film Screening

Premiere of Mná and Sons by Aoife Desmond with a programme of films co-curated with aemi.

The films in this programme respond to the multiple heritages of a place. Screening here for the first time, Aoife Desmond’s new film Mná and Sons explores overlapping layers of place through an examination of built residue, feral landscapes and embodied reanimation of site through ritualised performance. This approach is echoed in different ways throughout the programme in works by Charlotte Pryce, Rosalind Fowler and Onyeka Igwe. Ranging from minute observation of a forest understory, constructed participatory rituals for an urban community and decolonisation through a re-editing of the ethnographic gaze, human heritages collide with non-human and architectural infrastructures. This film screening accompanies the architectural heritage seminar at TEST SITE and is curated by Aoife Desmond in collaboration with aemi.

Programme: Charlotte Pryce, Discoveries on the Forest Floor, 2006, colour, silent, 4 minutes Three Miniature, Illuminated, Heliographic studies of plants, observed and imagined. The individual titles of the films are: Burnt Umber/ pale ochre/ Burnt Umber, The Talk of Lichen on a Lonely Day, Those Whose Attachment to the Earth is but Tentative Rosalind Fowler & Fourthland, Breadrock, I feel like doing this, 2018, black & white, sound, 17 minutes The work is a visceral homage to cultural history, memory and universal myth. Melding experimental and ethnographic filmmaking, the 16mm work presents a series of staged vignettes drawing on the rituals and artefacts of the Estate’s diverse communities, to create new kinships, myths and culture. Onyeka Igwe, Specialised Technique, 2018, black & white, sound, 7 minutes William Sellers and the Colonial Film Unit developed a framework for colonial cinema, slow edits and minimal camera movement, no camera tricks. In an effort to recuperate black dance from this colonial project, Specialised Technique, attempts to transform this material from studied spectacle to livingness. Aoife Desmond, Mná and Sons, 2021, colour, sound, approx 80 minutes This new site-specific film directed by Aoife Desmond combines a critical essay response with inserted performative actions. The film is structured around seasonal changes, documenting evolving plant, bird and insect life, development of built works in progress and transformation of the site from a state of vacancy to temporary inhabitation. These contrasted visual elements are framed with layers of field recordings, vocal loops, acoustic interventions and where appropriate voiceover. Aoife Desmond has filmed in 16mm, with additional performance cinematography by Narayan Van Maale, Denise Woods and Andrew O’Reilly with sound design by Fiona Sheils. This layered approach is used to create a film work which captures abstract and reflective aspects of the urban research project TEST SITE. This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name.

This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking which we will use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

14th August 9:30pm

13.08.21

- 13.08.21

What is a stenchpole and where is it? A workshop with Ciara O’Flynn

What is a stenchpole and where is it? Find out with Cork City Council Conservation Officer, Ciara O’Flynn, as she invites us to slow down and look through the lens of drawing to appreciate the fragments of historic built heritage, left by our fore-bearers on the streets of Cork City. Through the medium of drawing change your perception to see their attention to detail and quality, craftsmanship and perceive the layers of time we walk through in our daily lives. Walk and draw through the Marsh and if you like, leave your permanent mark on the streets by entering your drawing into the art competition to illustrate the checkpoints for Route 2 of the Urban Orienteering Course which will wind its way through the Marsh and the South Parish… and leave knowing what a stenchpole is. * NO drawing experience required * This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

13th August 11am - 1pm

13.08.21

- 13.08.21

Architectural Heritage Workshop – Cultural and Material Resource

Workshop with Ailbhe Cunningham architect/co-creator at TEST SITE project. About this event ‘Project Ireland 2040’ earmarks Cork City for an intense period of development with projected growth of up to 50% over the next 20 years. Through the lens of a regenerative, circular economy participants are invited to draw inspiration from the resources that exist on Kyrl’s Quay - both natural and built heritage. Participants are invited to be creative in imaging a futuristic cityscape along Kyrl’s Quay - to highlight the assets and resources that exist along this vacant quay. Using the existing built and ecological heritage as a starting point, participants will be invited to create drawings and collages envisioning future, circular versions of Kyrl’s Quay. This is an afternoon workshop facilitated by Ailbhe Cunningham of TEST SITE project. Ailbhe Cunningham MRIAI is an architect, printmaker and photographer from Cork. She is co-creator of the TEST SITE project. While studying Architecture at TUDublin, Ailbhe progressed a research interest in the enhancement of natural urban environments. Since graduating in 2015 Ailbhe has expanded this research. She uses the city for testing and challenging regenerative, urban placemaking ideas. Collaboration is core to her practice – Ailbhe works with local community groups, artists and built environment specialists. Ailbhe creates visuals to initiate conversations about sustainable, urban regeneration. Ailbhe continues to work in private practice and is a guest lecturer at TUDublin. Open to all ages and abilities * NO drawing experience required * This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

13th August 2pm - 4pm

12.08.21

Vinyl Love

On Thursday we are proud to host an awareness event for Safe Gigs Ireland.

Safe Gigs Ireland is an initiative of the Sexual Violence Center which aims to make gigs and nightlife safer by promoting a zero tolerance nightlife environment.

Stevie G will present a long awaited return of Vinyl Love with a host of cork selectors spinning tunes from 6pm.

Tickets are free and booking is essential through link in bio. *This is an alcohol free event* Donations welcome to Safe Gigs Ireland.

This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this event, please get in touch before with us.

The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The event takes place out of doors and will last approximately 120 minutes.

Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography.

As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit.

Please bring protective face coverings.

If you have booked a ticket but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else.

Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

August 12th 6pm-8pm

11.08.21

- 11.08.21

TEST SITE Open Day #2

Over the next two weeks we will hold open days at TEST SITE. On Wednesday the 4th and Wednesday the 11th of August from 11am-7pm you are invited to visit the project to see what we have been creating these past couple of months. Bring your lunch, a book, a friend - take a look around and spend some time. Cuirfimid fáilte romhat.

Please note the site has limited capacity, we will take contact tracing at the door to ensure the safety of our visitors. TEST SITE is an alcohol free space. Entrance is located opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

11th August 11am - 7pm

07.08.21

- 07.08.21

Urban Planning Seminar

Who plans the city? Chaired by Mary McCarthy (Crawford Art Gallery), we will discuss all of the stakeholders - the individuals, organisations and institutions who plan our city. From the grassroots, community driven initiatives to high level spatial planning this conversation teases out the cross overs and significance of varying approaches.

We will discuss the synergies of each in the context of how a city develops and the space that is required to protect and nurture these systems developing in parallel. The panelists are Rosie Lynch (Workhouse Union), Fearghal Reidy (Cork City Council), Cian O’Callaghan (Urban Geographer, TCD) and Kate O’Shea (Artist / Activist)

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking to use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

7th August 12 - 3pm

07.08.21

- 07.08.21

Urban Planning Music Programme

Urban Planning Music Programme featuring: Bodycam (Michelle Doyle and Declan Synnott) / FIXITY / Cathal Mac Gabhann

The urban planning seminar is paired with an evening of three live performances each responding to the urban environment. Bodycam (Michelle Doyle & Declan Sinnott), FIXITY & Cathal Mac Gabhann will perform live on Kyrl’s Quay.

Bodycam captures our dystopian surroundings and holds them up for all to see. Taking influence from their punk and noise backgrounds building a sound that is heavy and intense. Bodycam want to form a world of resistance, responding to our current dystopia. A call to arms you can dance to. An insurrectionary manifesto.

FIXITY is an experimental music group led by Composer/Drummer Dan Walsh. The tunes are explored in collective improvisation with a fluid cast of musicians from various fields of intrigue. Dan is a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for percussion, Walsh is a quietly-spoken, considered yet unerringly radical presence on the Leeside scene, and his impact over the past few years has made itself evident accordingly.

Cathal Mac Gabhann (The Altered Hours) will perform a mixture of unreleased solo music alongside some improvisations using electric guitar, drum loops & a Bontempi organ. This is a a site responsive set that relates to Kyrl’s Quay and its context within Cork’s urban environment.

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking which we will use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

7th August 6:30pm

06.08.21

- 06.08.21

Urban Planning Workshop

Tools for engaging meaningfully with the Draft Cork City Development Plan 2022-2028 in the context of TEST SITE

On Monday July 26th, Cork City Council launched the second of three formal public consultations. This is a day-long workshop facilitated by Rosie Lynch of Workhouse Union. The morning will begin with an introduction to the process from Lorcan Griffin, Senior Executive Planner (Cork City Council). Lorcan will introduce us to the statutory process involved in the preparation of a Development Plan.

The City Council welcomes submissions in any respect of the Draft Plan. They encourage engagement with and shaping of the key priorities that will define the city’s future. The aim of this workshop is to encourage proactive engagement with the draft Development Plan. Rosie will present a series of tools so that people are empowered to make submissions in response to the Draft Cork City Development Plan 2022 - 2028.

We will be narrowing down the focus of the workshop to key areas that overlap with TEST SITE project. The proposed chapters for engagement are: Chapter 3: Delivering Homes and Communities Chapter 5: Climate Change and Environment Chapter 6: Green and Blue Infrastructure, Open Space and Biodiversity Chapter 8: Heritage, Arts & Culture Chapter 13: Implementation

This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

6th August 11am - 4pm

04.08.21

- 04.08.21

TEST SITE Open Day #1

Over the next two weeks we will hold open days at TEST SITE. On Wednesday the 4th and Wednesday the 11th of August from 11am-7pm you are invited to visit the project to see what we have been creating these past couple of months. Bring your lunch, a book, a friend - take a look around and spend some time. Cuirfimid fáilte romhat.

Please note the site has limited capacity, we will take contact tracing at the door to ensure the safety of our visitors. TEST SITE is an alcohol free space. Entrance is located opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

4th August 11am - 7pm

24.07.21

- 24.07.21

Biodiversity – Seminar

What is the pathway to realising a future where biodiversity and development truly coexist in our city?

Chaired by Brendan Smith (Galway National Park City), we will tease out the topic of how and why ecological issues are overlooked or not equally considered when it comes to urban development. We ask, can this change and how? This discussion will be grounded in the ecologically diverse site on Kyrl’s Quay while relating to the global climate crisis from an intersectional perspective. The panelists are Kaethe Burt O'Dea (BíUrban, Dublin) and Shane Clarke (Nano Nagle Place, Cork) with more to be announced.

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie.

24th July 12 - 3pm

24.07.21

- 24.07.21

Biodiversity – Live Music Performance

Biodiversity Music Programme featuring: Who’s Woods These Are (Natalia Beylis + Eimear Reidy) / Willie Stewart / Roslyn Steer

The biodiversity seminar at TEST SITE is paired with an evening of three live performances all relating to or developed from a connection to and awareness of nature - each performance, a response to ecology and the natural environment. Natalia Beylis, Eimear Reidy, Roslyn Steer and Willie Stewart will perform live on Kyrl’s Quay. ‘Whose Woods These Are' is an arboreal music & research project by Natalia Beylis & Eimear Reidy. The title of the project 'Whose Woods These Are' is taken from Robert Frost’s 'Stopping by Woods.' The poem entered public domain on midnight Jan 1 and now it is owned by no one/owned by us all collectively. 'The woods are lovely, dark and deep.' Who owns the trees? Who owns the woods? Is it the birds who build homes within the branches? Or the worms who create the nutrients among their roots? Or all creatures whose very lives rely on their oxygen? Imagine a public domain of trees where no one owned them & together we were their guardians. It is our hope that by bringing an audience to the trees, we will encourage people to relish time spent in nature and look after the woodlands. The project was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Music Project Award. Roslyn Steer, a member of Morning Veils, who specialises in “forgotten folk” will present an ambient vocal driven set in response to repeated walks in her rural neighbourhood. Soundmaker and DJ Willie Stewart, will present an eclectic set responding to ecology in the urban environment. This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this event, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

24th July 6:30pm

23.07.21

- 23.07.21

An Choill Bheag Workshop

Come on a nature walk to meet some of our native trees and wild plants at An Choill Bheag, TEST SITE.

Workshop guided by Niamh Ní Dhúill.

This workshop compliments An Choill Bheag, the small woodland recently installed at TEST SITE. Participants will be introduced to the various species that make up the 300 saplings and understory of wild plants growing on site.

An Taisce LEAF educator, Niamh Ní Dhúill will share her knowledge and experience with the group, guiding the workshop. Niamh is a nature and biodiversity educator based in Tralee who works with people to plan, develop and grow their own natural ecological gardens. Her work is about creating interconnected natural habitats for both wildlife and food.

This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity.

This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times.

If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event.

The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be inclued in any photography.

As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit.

Please bring protective face coverings.

If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else.

Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

An Choill Bheag at TEST SITE is sponsored by Cork Chamber.

TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

23rd July 11:15 - 12:00

20.06.21

- 21.06.21

Solstice

Solstice is the fourth performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’. Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru and Macha Shewolf mark the longest day and shortest night with movement, voice and live accompaniment on drums by Dan Walsh at dusk 10pm June 20th and dawn 5am June 21st.

These performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. They draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Solstice (June 21st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Solstice marks midsummer, the longest day and shortest night. Solstice can be translated as when the sun stands still.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru, Macha Shewolf and Dan Walsh is captured on 16mm by cinematographer Narayan Van Maale with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

June 20th & 21st

01.06.21

- 30.06.21

Thinking Alongside A River

Thinking Alongside A River is an open invitation for numerous participants to deepen their thinking and experience of living and being beside a water system. Presented by TEST SITE project and natureculture reading the research material is offered as a starting point for river meanders, small discursive group gatherings and new responses through various media. Linking to TEST SITE’s location on Kyrl’s Quay in Cork’s City Centre with the River Lee running alongside, we propose to spend some time thinking with a river as a starting point for thinking with a riverside site. We invite you to engage alone or with a friend, neighbour or relative to join you in one or all of these river responses. You can read alongside a river alone or with others, walk a river while listening to the podcast, screen or share the film with friends, listen or make music with a river.

To sign up click here.

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09.06.21

- 26.07.21

Walking Tours

We are excited to announce a series of Walking Tours taking place this month. These walking tours deepen our knowledge of the sites in and around Kyrl’s Quay in specific relation to their significant architectural heritage, biodiversity and context within the urban planning and development of Cork City. We have a great line-up of speakers leading the tours, beginning Wednesday June 9th:

Industrial Heritage with Colin Rynne Wednesday 9th June at 6pm.

Ecology & Herbalism of Kyrl's Quay with Jo Goodyear Saturday 12th at 11am.

Working Class Housing in 19th Century Cork with Elena Turk Wednesday 16th at 6pm.

Urban Planning, Change and Cork City with Brendan O'Sullivan Saturday 19th at 11am.

Trees in Cork City with Eoin Lettice Wednesday 23rd at 6pm.

Thinking about Community Land Trusts with PLoT Saturday 26th at 11am.

The Walking Tours are free however booking is necessary via eventbrite. If you would like to attend this event but have specific access requirements, please get in touch to find out more about the event and how we can support you. These walking tours are supported by the Creative Resilient Communities Grant funded by the Cork City Council through Healthy Ireland. This KEEP WELL campaign is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare fund delivered by Pobal.

June/July

30.04.21

- 01.05.21

Bealtaine

Bealtaine is the third performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’ by Aoife Desmond. Marking dusk on April 30th and dawn on May 1st, Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru, and Macha Shewolf respond to the shift in season through improvised movement, voice and drums. Visitors are invited to come to the open gates of TEST SITE on Kyrl’s Quay island with offerings of flowers, plants and seeds.

These solo and collective performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. These performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Bealtaine (May 1st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Bealtaine marks the beginning of summer, associated with flowers and particularly the Mayblossom (Hawthorn) it is traditional to lay out flowers on the eve on your or a neighbours threshold.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru and Macha Shewolf was captured on 16mm by cinematographer Andrew O’Reilly, with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

April 30th / May 1st

01.02.21

Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox is the second performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’. This performance by Aoife Desmond and Macha Shewolf marks a significant clearance at Kyrl’s Quay island through voice and movement work. They perform with a horse in recognition of the site’s former history as a timber yard with work horses used for transport.

These performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. The performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Spring Equinox (March 21st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Spring Equinox marks the midpoint of Spring, a time when day and night are equal. It is a time associated with seeds, planting and the moving of animals to grazing pastures.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Macha Shewolf and Floss (the horse) is captured on 16mm by cinematographer Narayan Van Maale with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

March 20th & 21st

31.01.21

- 01.02.21

Imbolc

Imbolc is the first performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’ by Aoife Desmond. These solo and collective performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. These performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as imbolc (February 1st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Imbolc marks the end of winter and beginning of Spring. ‘Imbolc’ means ‘in the belly’ referring to the pregnancy of ewes. Associated with milk and fire, it is a time of increased light, warmth and fertility. This day is traditionally linked with the female deity St Bridgit.

This solo performance by Aoife Desmond was captured on 16mm by cinematographer Denise Woods, with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

January 31st / February 1st

14.08.21

- 14.08.21

Architectural Heritage Seminar

Between erasure and the museum - how do we live with Cork’s architectural heritage?

Chaired by Gareth O’ Callaghan (conservation architect), we will discuss the multi-faceted nature of architectural heritage. Overlapping complexities of ecology, culture and history inform the material reality of the city: it’s built environment, it’s waterways, green spaces and gathering points. We will discuss the role of architectural heritage in informing the lived experience of inhabiting a city. The panelists are Emma Gilleece (architectural historian), Pat Ruane (conservation officer, Cork City Council) and Colin Rynne (Industrial archeology, UCC)

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking to use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie.

14th August 12pm - 3pm

14.08.21

- 14.08.21

Architectural Heritage Film Screening

Premiere of Mná and Sons by Aoife Desmond with a programme of films co-curated with aemi.

The films in this programme respond to the multiple heritages of a place. Screening here for the first time, Aoife Desmond’s new film Mná and Sons explores overlapping layers of place through an examination of built residue, feral landscapes and embodied reanimation of site through ritualised performance. This approach is echoed in different ways throughout the programme in works by Charlotte Pryce, Rosalind Fowler and Onyeka Igwe. Ranging from minute observation of a forest understory, constructed participatory rituals for an urban community and decolonisation through a re-editing of the ethnographic gaze, human heritages collide with non-human and architectural infrastructures. This film screening accompanies the architectural heritage seminar at TEST SITE and is curated by Aoife Desmond in collaboration with aemi.

Programme: Charlotte Pryce, Discoveries on the Forest Floor, 2006, colour, silent, 4 minutes Three Miniature, Illuminated, Heliographic studies of plants, observed and imagined. The individual titles of the films are: Burnt Umber/ pale ochre/ Burnt Umber, The Talk of Lichen on a Lonely Day, Those Whose Attachment to the Earth is but Tentative Rosalind Fowler & Fourthland, Breadrock, I feel like doing this, 2018, black & white, sound, 17 minutes The work is a visceral homage to cultural history, memory and universal myth. Melding experimental and ethnographic filmmaking, the 16mm work presents a series of staged vignettes drawing on the rituals and artefacts of the Estate’s diverse communities, to create new kinships, myths and culture. Onyeka Igwe, Specialised Technique, 2018, black & white, sound, 7 minutes William Sellers and the Colonial Film Unit developed a framework for colonial cinema, slow edits and minimal camera movement, no camera tricks. In an effort to recuperate black dance from this colonial project, Specialised Technique, attempts to transform this material from studied spectacle to livingness. Aoife Desmond, Mná and Sons, 2021, colour, sound, approx 80 minutes This new site-specific film directed by Aoife Desmond combines a critical essay response with inserted performative actions. The film is structured around seasonal changes, documenting evolving plant, bird and insect life, development of built works in progress and transformation of the site from a state of vacancy to temporary inhabitation. These contrasted visual elements are framed with layers of field recordings, vocal loops, acoustic interventions and where appropriate voiceover. Aoife Desmond has filmed in 16mm, with additional performance cinematography by Narayan Van Maale, Denise Woods and Andrew O’Reilly with sound design by Fiona Sheils. This layered approach is used to create a film work which captures abstract and reflective aspects of the urban research project TEST SITE. This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name.

This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking which we will use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

14th August 9:30pm

13.08.21

- 13.08.21

Architectural Heritage Workshop – Cultural and Material Resource

Workshop with Ailbhe Cunningham architect/co-creator at TEST SITE project. About this event ‘Project Ireland 2040’ earmarks Cork City for an intense period of development with projected growth of up to 50% over the next 20 years. Through the lens of a regenerative, circular economy participants are invited to draw inspiration from the resources that exist on Kyrl’s Quay - both natural and built heritage. Participants are invited to be creative in imaging a futuristic cityscape along Kyrl’s Quay - to highlight the assets and resources that exist along this vacant quay. Using the existing built and ecological heritage as a starting point, participants will be invited to create drawings and collages envisioning future, circular versions of Kyrl’s Quay. This is an afternoon workshop facilitated by Ailbhe Cunningham of TEST SITE project. Ailbhe Cunningham MRIAI is an architect, printmaker and photographer from Cork. She is co-creator of the TEST SITE project. While studying Architecture at TUDublin, Ailbhe progressed a research interest in the enhancement of natural urban environments. Since graduating in 2015 Ailbhe has expanded this research. She uses the city for testing and challenging regenerative, urban placemaking ideas. Collaboration is core to her practice – Ailbhe works with local community groups, artists and built environment specialists. Ailbhe creates visuals to initiate conversations about sustainable, urban regeneration. Ailbhe continues to work in private practice and is a guest lecturer at TUDublin. Open to all ages and abilities * NO drawing experience required * This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

13th August 2pm - 4pm

13.08.21

- 13.08.21

What is a stenchpole and where is it? A workshop with Ciara O’Flynn

What is a stenchpole and where is it? Find out with Cork City Council Conservation Officer, Ciara O’Flynn, as she invites us to slow down and look through the lens of drawing to appreciate the fragments of historic built heritage, left by our fore-bearers on the streets of Cork City. Through the medium of drawing change your perception to see their attention to detail and quality, craftsmanship and perceive the layers of time we walk through in our daily lives. Walk and draw through the Marsh and if you like, leave your permanent mark on the streets by entering your drawing into the art competition to illustrate the checkpoints for Route 2 of the Urban Orienteering Course which will wind its way through the Marsh and the South Parish… and leave knowing what a stenchpole is. * NO drawing experience required * This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

13th August 11am - 1pm

12.08.21

Vinyl Love

On Thursday we are proud to host an awareness event for Safe Gigs Ireland.

Safe Gigs Ireland is an initiative of the Sexual Violence Center which aims to make gigs and nightlife safer by promoting a zero tolerance nightlife environment.

Stevie G will present a long awaited return of Vinyl Love with a host of cork selectors spinning tunes from 6pm.

Tickets are free and booking is essential through link in bio. *This is an alcohol free event* Donations welcome to Safe Gigs Ireland.

This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this event, please get in touch before with us.

The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The event takes place out of doors and will last approximately 120 minutes.

Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography.

As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit.

Please bring protective face coverings.

If you have booked a ticket but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else.

Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

August 12th 6pm-8pm

11.08.21

- 11.08.21

TEST SITE Open Day #2

Over the next two weeks we will hold open days at TEST SITE. On Wednesday the 4th and Wednesday the 11th of August from 11am-7pm you are invited to visit the project to see what we have been creating these past couple of months. Bring your lunch, a book, a friend - take a look around and spend some time. Cuirfimid fáilte romhat.

Please note the site has limited capacity, we will take contact tracing at the door to ensure the safety of our visitors. TEST SITE is an alcohol free space. Entrance is located opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

11th August 11am - 7pm

07.08.21

- 07.08.21

Urban Planning Seminar

Who plans the city? Chaired by Mary McCarthy (Crawford Art Gallery), we will discuss all of the stakeholders - the individuals, organisations and institutions who plan our city. From the grassroots, community driven initiatives to high level spatial planning this conversation teases out the cross overs and significance of varying approaches.

We will discuss the synergies of each in the context of how a city develops and the space that is required to protect and nurture these systems developing in parallel. The panelists are Rosie Lynch (Workhouse Union), Fearghal Reidy (Cork City Council), Cian O’Callaghan (Urban Geographer, TCD) and Kate O’Shea (Artist / Activist)

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking to use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

7th August 12 - 3pm

07.08.21

- 07.08.21

Urban Planning Music Programme

Urban Planning Music Programme featuring: Bodycam (Michelle Doyle and Declan Synnott) / FIXITY / Cathal Mac Gabhann

The urban planning seminar is paired with an evening of three live performances each responding to the urban environment. Bodycam (Michelle Doyle & Declan Sinnott), FIXITY & Cathal Mac Gabhann will perform live on Kyrl’s Quay.

Bodycam captures our dystopian surroundings and holds them up for all to see. Taking influence from their punk and noise backgrounds building a sound that is heavy and intense. Bodycam want to form a world of resistance, responding to our current dystopia. A call to arms you can dance to. An insurrectionary manifesto.

FIXITY is an experimental music group led by Composer/Drummer Dan Walsh. The tunes are explored in collective improvisation with a fluid cast of musicians from various fields of intrigue. Dan is a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for percussion, Walsh is a quietly-spoken, considered yet unerringly radical presence on the Leeside scene, and his impact over the past few years has made itself evident accordingly.

Cathal Mac Gabhann (The Altered Hours) will perform a mixture of unreleased solo music alongside some improvisations using electric guitar, drum loops & a Bontempi organ. This is a a site responsive set that relates to Kyrl’s Quay and its context within Cork’s urban environment.

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking which we will use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

7th August 6:30pm

06.08.21

- 06.08.21

Urban Planning Workshop

Tools for engaging meaningfully with the Draft Cork City Development Plan 2022-2028 in the context of TEST SITE

On Monday July 26th, Cork City Council launched the second of three formal public consultations. This is a day-long workshop facilitated by Rosie Lynch of Workhouse Union. The morning will begin with an introduction to the process from Lorcan Griffin, Senior Executive Planner (Cork City Council). Lorcan will introduce us to the statutory process involved in the preparation of a Development Plan.

The City Council welcomes submissions in any respect of the Draft Plan. They encourage engagement with and shaping of the key priorities that will define the city’s future. The aim of this workshop is to encourage proactive engagement with the draft Development Plan. Rosie will present a series of tools so that people are empowered to make submissions in response to the Draft Cork City Development Plan 2022 - 2028.

We will be narrowing down the focus of the workshop to key areas that overlap with TEST SITE project. The proposed chapters for engagement are: Chapter 3: Delivering Homes and Communities Chapter 5: Climate Change and Environment Chapter 6: Green and Blue Infrastructure, Open Space and Biodiversity Chapter 8: Heritage, Arts & Culture Chapter 13: Implementation

This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

6th August 11am - 4pm

04.08.21

- 04.08.21

TEST SITE Open Day #1

Over the next two weeks we will hold open days at TEST SITE. On Wednesday the 4th and Wednesday the 11th of August from 11am-7pm you are invited to visit the project to see what we have been creating these past couple of months. Bring your lunch, a book, a friend - take a look around and spend some time. Cuirfimid fáilte romhat.

Please note the site has limited capacity, we will take contact tracing at the door to ensure the safety of our visitors. TEST SITE is an alcohol free space. Entrance is located opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

4th August 11am - 7pm

24.07.21

- 24.07.21

Biodiversity – Live Music Performance

Biodiversity Music Programme featuring: Who’s Woods These Are (Natalia Beylis + Eimear Reidy) / Willie Stewart / Roslyn Steer

The biodiversity seminar at TEST SITE is paired with an evening of three live performances all relating to or developed from a connection to and awareness of nature - each performance, a response to ecology and the natural environment. Natalia Beylis, Eimear Reidy, Roslyn Steer and Willie Stewart will perform live on Kyrl’s Quay. ‘Whose Woods These Are' is an arboreal music & research project by Natalia Beylis & Eimear Reidy. The title of the project 'Whose Woods These Are' is taken from Robert Frost’s 'Stopping by Woods.' The poem entered public domain on midnight Jan 1 and now it is owned by no one/owned by us all collectively. 'The woods are lovely, dark and deep.' Who owns the trees? Who owns the woods? Is it the birds who build homes within the branches? Or the worms who create the nutrients among their roots? Or all creatures whose very lives rely on their oxygen? Imagine a public domain of trees where no one owned them & together we were their guardians. It is our hope that by bringing an audience to the trees, we will encourage people to relish time spent in nature and look after the woodlands. The project was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Music Project Award. Roslyn Steer, a member of Morning Veils, who specialises in “forgotten folk” will present an ambient vocal driven set in response to repeated walks in her rural neighbourhood. Soundmaker and DJ Willie Stewart, will present an eclectic set responding to ecology in the urban environment. This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this event, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

24th July 6:30pm

23.07.21

- 23.07.21

An Choill Bheag Workshop

Come on a nature walk to meet some of our native trees and wild plants at An Choill Bheag, TEST SITE.

Workshop guided by Niamh Ní Dhúill.

This workshop compliments An Choill Bheag, the small woodland recently installed at TEST SITE. Participants will be introduced to the various species that make up the 300 saplings and understory of wild plants growing on site.

An Taisce LEAF educator, Niamh Ní Dhúill will share her knowledge and experience with the group, guiding the workshop. Niamh is a nature and biodiversity educator based in Tralee who works with people to plan, develop and grow their own natural ecological gardens. Her work is about creating interconnected natural habitats for both wildlife and food.

This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity.

This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times.

If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event.

The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be inclued in any photography.

As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit.

Please bring protective face coverings.

If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else.

Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

An Choill Bheag at TEST SITE is sponsored by Cork Chamber.

TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

23rd July 11:15 - 12:00

24.07.21

- 24.07.21

Biodiversity – Seminar

What is the pathway to realising a future where biodiversity and development truly coexist in our city?

Chaired by Brendan Smith (Galway National Park City), we will tease out the topic of how and why ecological issues are overlooked or not equally considered when it comes to urban development. We ask, can this change and how? This discussion will be grounded in the ecologically diverse site on Kyrl’s Quay while relating to the global climate crisis from an intersectional perspective. The panelists are Kaethe Burt O'Dea (BíUrban, Dublin) and Shane Clarke (Nano Nagle Place, Cork) with more to be announced.

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie.

24th July 12 - 3pm

20.06.21

- 21.06.21

Solstice

Solstice is the fourth performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’. Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru and Macha Shewolf mark the longest day and shortest night with movement, voice and live accompaniment on drums by Dan Walsh at dusk 10pm June 20th and dawn 5am June 21st.

These performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. They draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Solstice (June 21st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Solstice marks midsummer, the longest day and shortest night. Solstice can be translated as when the sun stands still.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru, Macha Shewolf and Dan Walsh is captured on 16mm by cinematographer Narayan Van Maale with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

June 20th & 21st

09.06.21

- 26.07.21

Walking Tours

We are excited to announce a series of Walking Tours taking place this month. These walking tours deepen our knowledge of the sites in and around Kyrl’s Quay in specific relation to their significant architectural heritage, biodiversity and context within the urban planning and development of Cork City. We have a great line-up of speakers leading the tours, beginning Wednesday June 9th:

Industrial Heritage with Colin Rynne Wednesday 9th June at 6pm.

Ecology & Herbalism of Kyrl's Quay with Jo Goodyear Saturday 12th at 11am.

Working Class Housing in 19th Century Cork with Elena Turk Wednesday 16th at 6pm.

Urban Planning, Change and Cork City with Brendan O'Sullivan Saturday 19th at 11am.

Trees in Cork City with Eoin Lettice Wednesday 23rd at 6pm.

Thinking about Community Land Trusts with PLoT Saturday 26th at 11am.

The Walking Tours are free however booking is necessary via eventbrite. If you would like to attend this event but have specific access requirements, please get in touch to find out more about the event and how we can support you. These walking tours are supported by the Creative Resilient Communities Grant funded by the Cork City Council through Healthy Ireland. This KEEP WELL campaign is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare fund delivered by Pobal.

June/July

01.06.21

- 30.06.21

Thinking Alongside A River

Thinking Alongside A River is an open invitation for numerous participants to deepen their thinking and experience of living and being beside a water system. Presented by TEST SITE project and natureculture reading the research material is offered as a starting point for river meanders, small discursive group gatherings and new responses through various media. Linking to TEST SITE’s location on Kyrl’s Quay in Cork’s City Centre with the River Lee running alongside, we propose to spend some time thinking with a river as a starting point for thinking with a riverside site. We invite you to engage alone or with a friend, neighbour or relative to join you in one or all of these river responses. You can read alongside a river alone or with others, walk a river while listening to the podcast, screen or share the film with friends, listen or make music with a river.

To sign up click here.

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30.04.21

- 01.05.21

Bealtaine

Bealtaine is the third performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’ by Aoife Desmond. Marking dusk on April 30th and dawn on May 1st, Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru, and Macha Shewolf respond to the shift in season through improvised movement, voice and drums. Visitors are invited to come to the open gates of TEST SITE on Kyrl’s Quay island with offerings of flowers, plants and seeds.

These solo and collective performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. These performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Bealtaine (May 1st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Bealtaine marks the beginning of summer, associated with flowers and particularly the Mayblossom (Hawthorn) it is traditional to lay out flowers on the eve on your or a neighbours threshold.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru and Macha Shewolf was captured on 16mm by cinematographer Andrew O’Reilly, with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

April 30th / May 1st

01.02.21

Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox is the second performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’. This performance by Aoife Desmond and Macha Shewolf marks a significant clearance at Kyrl’s Quay island through voice and movement work. They perform with a horse in recognition of the site’s former history as a timber yard with work horses used for transport.

These performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. The performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Spring Equinox (March 21st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Spring Equinox marks the midpoint of Spring, a time when day and night are equal. It is a time associated with seeds, planting and the moving of animals to grazing pastures.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Macha Shewolf and Floss (the horse) is captured on 16mm by cinematographer Narayan Van Maale with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

March 20th & 21st

31.01.21

- 01.02.21

Imbolc

Imbolc is the first performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’ by Aoife Desmond. These solo and collective performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. These performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as imbolc (February 1st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Imbolc marks the end of winter and beginning of Spring. ‘Imbolc’ means ‘in the belly’ referring to the pregnancy of ewes. Associated with milk and fire, it is a time of increased light, warmth and fertility. This day is traditionally linked with the female deity St Bridgit.

This solo performance by Aoife Desmond was captured on 16mm by cinematographer Denise Woods, with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

January 31st / February 1st

14.08.21

- 14.08.21

Architectural Heritage Seminar

Between erasure and the museum - how do we live with Cork’s architectural heritage?

Chaired by Gareth O’ Callaghan (conservation architect), we will discuss the multi-faceted nature of architectural heritage. Overlapping complexities of ecology, culture and history inform the material reality of the city: it’s built environment, it’s waterways, green spaces and gathering points. We will discuss the role of architectural heritage in informing the lived experience of inhabiting a city. The panelists are Emma Gilleece (architectural historian), Pat Ruane (conservation officer, Cork City Council) and Colin Rynne (Industrial archeology, UCC)

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking to use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie.

14th August 12pm - 3pm

14.08.21

- 14.08.21

Architectural Heritage Film Screening

Premiere of Mná and Sons by Aoife Desmond with a programme of films co-curated with aemi.

The films in this programme respond to the multiple heritages of a place. Screening here for the first time, Aoife Desmond’s new film Mná and Sons explores overlapping layers of place through an examination of built residue, feral landscapes and embodied reanimation of site through ritualised performance. This approach is echoed in different ways throughout the programme in works by Charlotte Pryce, Rosalind Fowler and Onyeka Igwe. Ranging from minute observation of a forest understory, constructed participatory rituals for an urban community and decolonisation through a re-editing of the ethnographic gaze, human heritages collide with non-human and architectural infrastructures. This film screening accompanies the architectural heritage seminar at TEST SITE and is curated by Aoife Desmond in collaboration with aemi.

Programme: Charlotte Pryce, Discoveries on the Forest Floor, 2006, colour, silent, 4 minutes Three Miniature, Illuminated, Heliographic studies of plants, observed and imagined. The individual titles of the films are: Burnt Umber/ pale ochre/ Burnt Umber, The Talk of Lichen on a Lonely Day, Those Whose Attachment to the Earth is but Tentative Rosalind Fowler & Fourthland, Breadrock, I feel like doing this, 2018, black & white, sound, 17 minutes The work is a visceral homage to cultural history, memory and universal myth. Melding experimental and ethnographic filmmaking, the 16mm work presents a series of staged vignettes drawing on the rituals and artefacts of the Estate’s diverse communities, to create new kinships, myths and culture. Onyeka Igwe, Specialised Technique, 2018, black & white, sound, 7 minutes William Sellers and the Colonial Film Unit developed a framework for colonial cinema, slow edits and minimal camera movement, no camera tricks. In an effort to recuperate black dance from this colonial project, Specialised Technique, attempts to transform this material from studied spectacle to livingness. Aoife Desmond, Mná and Sons, 2021, colour, sound, approx 80 minutes This new site-specific film directed by Aoife Desmond combines a critical essay response with inserted performative actions. The film is structured around seasonal changes, documenting evolving plant, bird and insect life, development of built works in progress and transformation of the site from a state of vacancy to temporary inhabitation. These contrasted visual elements are framed with layers of field recordings, vocal loops, acoustic interventions and where appropriate voiceover. Aoife Desmond has filmed in 16mm, with additional performance cinematography by Narayan Van Maale, Denise Woods and Andrew O’Reilly with sound design by Fiona Sheils. This layered approach is used to create a film work which captures abstract and reflective aspects of the urban research project TEST SITE. This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name.

This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking which we will use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

14th August 9:30pm

13.08.21

- 13.08.21

Architectural Heritage Workshop – Cultural and Material Resource

Workshop with Ailbhe Cunningham architect/co-creator at TEST SITE project. About this event ‘Project Ireland 2040’ earmarks Cork City for an intense period of development with projected growth of up to 50% over the next 20 years. Through the lens of a regenerative, circular economy participants are invited to draw inspiration from the resources that exist on Kyrl’s Quay - both natural and built heritage. Participants are invited to be creative in imaging a futuristic cityscape along Kyrl’s Quay - to highlight the assets and resources that exist along this vacant quay. Using the existing built and ecological heritage as a starting point, participants will be invited to create drawings and collages envisioning future, circular versions of Kyrl’s Quay. This is an afternoon workshop facilitated by Ailbhe Cunningham of TEST SITE project. Ailbhe Cunningham MRIAI is an architect, printmaker and photographer from Cork. She is co-creator of the TEST SITE project. While studying Architecture at TUDublin, Ailbhe progressed a research interest in the enhancement of natural urban environments. Since graduating in 2015 Ailbhe has expanded this research. She uses the city for testing and challenging regenerative, urban placemaking ideas. Collaboration is core to her practice – Ailbhe works with local community groups, artists and built environment specialists. Ailbhe creates visuals to initiate conversations about sustainable, urban regeneration. Ailbhe continues to work in private practice and is a guest lecturer at TUDublin. Open to all ages and abilities * NO drawing experience required * This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

13th August 2pm - 4pm

13.08.21

- 13.08.21

What is a stenchpole and where is it? A workshop with Ciara O’Flynn

What is a stenchpole and where is it? Find out with Cork City Council Conservation Officer, Ciara O’Flynn, as she invites us to slow down and look through the lens of drawing to appreciate the fragments of historic built heritage, left by our fore-bearers on the streets of Cork City. Through the medium of drawing change your perception to see their attention to detail and quality, craftsmanship and perceive the layers of time we walk through in our daily lives. Walk and draw through the Marsh and if you like, leave your permanent mark on the streets by entering your drawing into the art competition to illustrate the checkpoints for Route 2 of the Urban Orienteering Course which will wind its way through the Marsh and the South Parish… and leave knowing what a stenchpole is. * NO drawing experience required * This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

13th August 11am - 1pm

12.08.21

Vinyl Love

On Thursday we are proud to host an awareness event for Safe Gigs Ireland.

Safe Gigs Ireland is an initiative of the Sexual Violence Center which aims to make gigs and nightlife safer by promoting a zero tolerance nightlife environment.

Stevie G will present a long awaited return of Vinyl Love with a host of cork selectors spinning tunes from 6pm.

Tickets are free and booking is essential through link in bio. *This is an alcohol free event* Donations welcome to Safe Gigs Ireland.

This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this event, please get in touch before with us.

The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The event takes place out of doors and will last approximately 120 minutes.

Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography.

As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit.

Please bring protective face coverings.

If you have booked a ticket but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else.

Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

August 12th 6pm-8pm

11.08.21

- 11.08.21

TEST SITE Open Day #2

Over the next two weeks we will hold open days at TEST SITE. On Wednesday the 4th and Wednesday the 11th of August from 11am-7pm you are invited to visit the project to see what we have been creating these past couple of months. Bring your lunch, a book, a friend - take a look around and spend some time. Cuirfimid fáilte romhat.

Please note the site has limited capacity, we will take contact tracing at the door to ensure the safety of our visitors. TEST SITE is an alcohol free space. Entrance is located opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

11th August 11am - 7pm

07.08.21

- 07.08.21

Urban Planning Seminar

Who plans the city? Chaired by Mary McCarthy (Crawford Art Gallery), we will discuss all of the stakeholders - the individuals, organisations and institutions who plan our city. From the grassroots, community driven initiatives to high level spatial planning this conversation teases out the cross overs and significance of varying approaches.

We will discuss the synergies of each in the context of how a city develops and the space that is required to protect and nurture these systems developing in parallel. The panelists are Rosie Lynch (Workhouse Union), Fearghal Reidy (Cork City Council), Cian O’Callaghan (Urban Geographer, TCD) and Kate O’Shea (Artist / Activist)

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking to use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

7th August 12 - 3pm

07.08.21

- 07.08.21

Urban Planning Music Programme

Urban Planning Music Programme featuring: Bodycam (Michelle Doyle and Declan Synnott) / FIXITY / Cathal Mac Gabhann

The urban planning seminar is paired with an evening of three live performances each responding to the urban environment. Bodycam (Michelle Doyle & Declan Sinnott), FIXITY & Cathal Mac Gabhann will perform live on Kyrl’s Quay.

Bodycam captures our dystopian surroundings and holds them up for all to see. Taking influence from their punk and noise backgrounds building a sound that is heavy and intense. Bodycam want to form a world of resistance, responding to our current dystopia. A call to arms you can dance to. An insurrectionary manifesto.

FIXITY is an experimental music group led by Composer/Drummer Dan Walsh. The tunes are explored in collective improvisation with a fluid cast of musicians from various fields of intrigue. Dan is a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for percussion, Walsh is a quietly-spoken, considered yet unerringly radical presence on the Leeside scene, and his impact over the past few years has made itself evident accordingly.

Cathal Mac Gabhann (The Altered Hours) will perform a mixture of unreleased solo music alongside some improvisations using electric guitar, drum loops & a Bontempi organ. This is a a site responsive set that relates to Kyrl’s Quay and its context within Cork’s urban environment.

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. Please note we require a mobile phone number for booking which we will use for contact tracing.

For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

7th August 6:30pm

06.08.21

- 06.08.21

Urban Planning Workshop

Tools for engaging meaningfully with the Draft Cork City Development Plan 2022-2028 in the context of TEST SITE

On Monday July 26th, Cork City Council launched the second of three formal public consultations. This is a day-long workshop facilitated by Rosie Lynch of Workhouse Union. The morning will begin with an introduction to the process from Lorcan Griffin, Senior Executive Planner (Cork City Council). Lorcan will introduce us to the statutory process involved in the preparation of a Development Plan.

The City Council welcomes submissions in any respect of the Draft Plan. They encourage engagement with and shaping of the key priorities that will define the city’s future. The aim of this workshop is to encourage proactive engagement with the draft Development Plan. Rosie will present a series of tools so that people are empowered to make submissions in response to the Draft Cork City Development Plan 2022 - 2028.

We will be narrowing down the focus of the workshop to key areas that overlap with TEST SITE project. The proposed chapters for engagement are: Chapter 3: Delivering Homes and Communities Chapter 5: Climate Change and Environment Chapter 6: Green and Blue Infrastructure, Open Space and Biodiversity Chapter 8: Heritage, Arts & Culture Chapter 13: Implementation

This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity. This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event. The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station. The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes. Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Please bring protective face coverings. If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else. Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

6th August 11am - 4pm

04.08.21

- 04.08.21

TEST SITE Open Day #1

Over the next two weeks we will hold open days at TEST SITE. On Wednesday the 4th and Wednesday the 11th of August from 11am-7pm you are invited to visit the project to see what we have been creating these past couple of months. Bring your lunch, a book, a friend - take a look around and spend some time. Cuirfimid fáilte romhat.

Please note the site has limited capacity, we will take contact tracing at the door to ensure the safety of our visitors. TEST SITE is an alcohol free space. Entrance is located opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

4th August 11am - 7pm

24.07.21

- 24.07.21

Biodiversity – Live Music Performance

Biodiversity Music Programme featuring: Who’s Woods These Are (Natalia Beylis + Eimear Reidy) / Willie Stewart / Roslyn Steer

The biodiversity seminar at TEST SITE is paired with an evening of three live performances all relating to or developed from a connection to and awareness of nature - each performance, a response to ecology and the natural environment. Natalia Beylis, Eimear Reidy, Roslyn Steer and Willie Stewart will perform live on Kyrl’s Quay. ‘Whose Woods These Are' is an arboreal music & research project by Natalia Beylis & Eimear Reidy. The title of the project 'Whose Woods These Are' is taken from Robert Frost’s 'Stopping by Woods.' The poem entered public domain on midnight Jan 1 and now it is owned by no one/owned by us all collectively. 'The woods are lovely, dark and deep.' Who owns the trees? Who owns the woods? Is it the birds who build homes within the branches? Or the worms who create the nutrients among their roots? Or all creatures whose very lives rely on their oxygen? Imagine a public domain of trees where no one owned them & together we were their guardians. It is our hope that by bringing an audience to the trees, we will encourage people to relish time spent in nature and look after the woodlands. The project was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Music Project Award. Roslyn Steer, a member of Morning Veils, who specialises in “forgotten folk” will present an ambient vocal driven set in response to repeated walks in her rural neighbourhood. Soundmaker and DJ Willie Stewart, will present an eclectic set responding to ecology in the urban environment. This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol and drug free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this event, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The event takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

24th July 6:30pm

23.07.21

- 23.07.21

An Choill Bheag Workshop

Come on a nature walk to meet some of our native trees and wild plants at An Choill Bheag, TEST SITE.

Workshop guided by Niamh Ní Dhúill.

This workshop compliments An Choill Bheag, the small woodland recently installed at TEST SITE. Participants will be introduced to the various species that make up the 300 saplings and understory of wild plants growing on site.

An Taisce LEAF educator, Niamh Ní Dhúill will share her knowledge and experience with the group, guiding the workshop. Niamh is a nature and biodiversity educator based in Tralee who works with people to plan, develop and grow their own natural ecological gardens. Her work is about creating interconnected natural habitats for both wildlife and food.

This is an outdoor, socially-distanced workshop, with limited capacity.

This workshop is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult at all times.

If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this workshop, please get in touch before the event.

The workshop takes place at TEST SITE, Kyrl's Quay. Gates are opposite the Bridewell Garda Station.

The workshop takes place out of doors and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Ticket holders should take weather conditions into account and wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

Please note that photographs and footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be inclued in any photography.

As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit.

Please bring protective face coverings.

If you have booked a place on the workshop but cannot attend please let us know in advance so your place can be made available to someone else.

Email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie

An Choill Bheag at TEST SITE is sponsored by Cork Chamber.

TEST SITE is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office.

23rd July 11:15 - 12:00

24.07.21

- 24.07.21

Biodiversity – Seminar

What is the pathway to realising a future where biodiversity and development truly coexist in our city?

Chaired by Brendan Smith (Galway National Park City), we will tease out the topic of how and why ecological issues are overlooked or not equally considered when it comes to urban development. We ask, can this change and how? This discussion will be grounded in the ecologically diverse site on Kyrl’s Quay while relating to the global climate crisis from an intersectional perspective. The panelists are Kaethe Burt O'Dea (BíUrban, Dublin) and Shane Clarke (Nano Nagle Place, Cork) with more to be announced.

This is a seated, outdoor, socially-distanced event, with limited capacity. Maximum 6 tickets per purchase/per seating pod. If you wish to sit in a pod please book under the same name. This event is open to people of all ages provided children are accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol free event. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend this seminar, please get in touch before the event. Please note that photographs and film footage will be taken during the event, please advise if you do not wish to be included in any photography. Please bring protective face coverings, we advise audience members to wear a mask until seated. The seminar takes place outdoors. We advise ticket-holders to wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. As Kyrl's Quay is an industrial site of significance we have retained as much of the original surfaces as possible. We advise visitors to walk respectfully through the site. We have also maintained the natural features of the site and ask that you respect this when you visit. Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show being cancelled or a change of date and time. For any queries please email: hello@testsitekyrlsquay.ie.

24th July 12 - 3pm

20.06.21

- 21.06.21

Solstice

Solstice is the fourth performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’. Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru and Macha Shewolf mark the longest day and shortest night with movement, voice and live accompaniment on drums by Dan Walsh at dusk 10pm June 20th and dawn 5am June 21st.

These performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. They draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Solstice (June 21st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Solstice marks midsummer, the longest day and shortest night. Solstice can be translated as when the sun stands still.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru, Macha Shewolf and Dan Walsh is captured on 16mm by cinematographer Narayan Van Maale with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

June 20th & 21st

09.06.21

- 26.07.21

Walking Tours

We are excited to announce a series of Walking Tours taking place this month. These walking tours deepen our knowledge of the sites in and around Kyrl’s Quay in specific relation to their significant architectural heritage, biodiversity and context within the urban planning and development of Cork City. We have a great line-up of speakers leading the tours, beginning Wednesday June 9th:

Industrial Heritage with Colin Rynne Wednesday 9th June at 6pm.

Ecology & Herbalism of Kyrl's Quay with Jo Goodyear Saturday 12th at 11am.

Working Class Housing in 19th Century Cork with Elena Turk Wednesday 16th at 6pm.

Urban Planning, Change and Cork City with Brendan O'Sullivan Saturday 19th at 11am.

Trees in Cork City with Eoin Lettice Wednesday 23rd at 6pm.

Thinking about Community Land Trusts with PLoT Saturday 26th at 11am.

The Walking Tours are free however booking is necessary via eventbrite. If you would like to attend this event but have specific access requirements, please get in touch to find out more about the event and how we can support you. These walking tours are supported by the Creative Resilient Communities Grant funded by the Cork City Council through Healthy Ireland. This KEEP WELL campaign is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare fund delivered by Pobal.

June/July

01.06.21

- 30.06.21

Thinking Alongside A River

Thinking Alongside A River is an open invitation for numerous participants to deepen their thinking and experience of living and being beside a water system. Presented by TEST SITE project and natureculture reading the research material is offered as a starting point for river meanders, small discursive group gatherings and new responses through various media. Linking to TEST SITE’s location on Kyrl’s Quay in Cork’s City Centre with the River Lee running alongside, we propose to spend some time thinking with a river as a starting point for thinking with a riverside site. We invite you to engage alone or with a friend, neighbour or relative to join you in one or all of these river responses. You can read alongside a river alone or with others, walk a river while listening to the podcast, screen or share the film with friends, listen or make music with a river.

To sign up click here.

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30.04.21

- 01.05.21

Bealtaine

Bealtaine is the third performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’ by Aoife Desmond. Marking dusk on April 30th and dawn on May 1st, Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru, and Macha Shewolf respond to the shift in season through improvised movement, voice and drums. Visitors are invited to come to the open gates of TEST SITE on Kyrl’s Quay island with offerings of flowers, plants and seeds.

These solo and collective performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. These performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Bealtaine (May 1st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Bealtaine marks the beginning of summer, associated with flowers and particularly the Mayblossom (Hawthorn) it is traditional to lay out flowers on the eve on your or a neighbours threshold.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Kanako Haru and Macha Shewolf was captured on 16mm by cinematographer Andrew O’Reilly, with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

April 30th / May 1st

01.02.21

Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox is the second performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’. This performance by Aoife Desmond and Macha Shewolf marks a significant clearance at Kyrl’s Quay island through voice and movement work. They perform with a horse in recognition of the site’s former history as a timber yard with work horses used for transport.

These performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. The performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as Spring Equinox (March 21st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Spring Equinox marks the midpoint of Spring, a time when day and night are equal. It is a time associated with seeds, planting and the moving of animals to grazing pastures.

This performance by Aoife Desmond, Macha Shewolf and Floss (the horse) is captured on 16mm by cinematographer Narayan Van Maale with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

March 20th & 21st

31.01.21

- 01.02.21

Imbolc

Imbolc is the first performance in the ‘gold woman never said this would be easy series’ by Aoife Desmond. These solo and collective performances respond to the 'island' site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego; 'gold woman'. These performances draw on a shared contemporary discomfort in responding to ecological and social crisis. The significance of performing these works at key points within the solar and earth calendar such as imbolc (February 1st) is pivotal to harness moments of renewal, increased light, growth and potential. Imbolc marks the end of winter and beginning of Spring. ‘Imbolc’ means ‘in the belly’ referring to the pregnancy of ewes. Associated with milk and fire, it is a time of increased light, warmth and fertility. This day is traditionally linked with the female deity St Bridgit.

This solo performance by Aoife Desmond was captured on 16mm by cinematographer Denise Woods, with sound recording by Fiona Sheils and digital documentation by Cáit Ní Dhúinnín.

January 31st / February 1st