Film, Kerry County Council, Projects

Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017


I commenced my residency as Kerry Filmmaker 2017 in September and am working on two projects.

In relation to my own artistic practice I will be researching and gathering footage for a new documentary based on the Kerry Cow, one of Ireland’s rarest breeds of Cattle. As a former Kerry Cattle breeder I have always had an interest in the preservation and also maintaining of this ancient breed of cow. I am a member of the Kerry Cattle Society, which is based in Killarney, Co. Kerry. For the duration of my residency I will be based in a cottage located in the National Park, kindly provided by the Trustees of Muckross House and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.


My second project involves a number of secondary schools in Kerry. My aim is to give young people a voice, by allowing them to express themselves through the medium of film.
I am currently  working with 5 schools. The interest and response from young people has been phenomenal and the project is proving to be exciting as it develops. Students are engaging with the concept, showing a willingness to collaborate and a keen interest in what is happening around them. I look forward to the months ahead and seeing the ideas and imagination unfold through the medium of film.

The Filmmaker in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and The Arts Council. It is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Trustees of Muckross House. As an expanded partnership it demonstrates the ethos of Creative Ireland, enabling creativity in every community.

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Screenings at FiLiArt 2017

I will be partcipating in an exhibition ‘Lass Struggle’ curated by Alison O’Neill and Jane Hellings at FiLiArt 2017.

FiLiArt is part of the FiLiA conference taking place from 14-15 October 2017, at the Institute of Education in London.

I will be showing two video works, ‘Epona’ and ‘No Glass Slipper” and also as a member of the group SoftTack, our collaborate work  ‘Diving the Wreck’.




collaboration, Desperate Artwives, Performance

Desperate Artwives Public Takeover

A Desperate Artwives Public Takeover was held outside TATE Modern on 6 August 2017. The event was led by curator and artist Amy Dignam and artist Susan B. Merrick, Desperate Artwives all over the world participated in the event. As a member of The Desperate Artwives collective living in Ireland, I participated via social media.


My part in Desperate Artwives Public Takeover from Mieke Vanmechelen on Vimeo.

Desperate Artwives Public Takeover

collaboration, Film, Projects, Screenings

The Core Project

The Core Project  is a contemporary visual art project, led by Artist/Curator Matthew Nevin. The project will feature 200+ Videos; that will be showcased online, through an experimental film, and in a large scale installation in September 2017 in RUA RED Gallery Dublin.

As a participant in the Core Project, I have made an impromtu film along the Schelde Promenade in Antwerp Belgium.

Core Project | Antwerp Belgium from Mieke Vanmechelen on Vimeo.

Each video contains a single person representing each of the sovereign states of the world. These participants are provided instructions which include an previously unseen question,  the film itself will serve as an answer. This question will only ever be revealed to the participants of the project.

The project focuses on the accumulation of an ephemeral art public, analysing the process of each of the participants understanding of the question, exploring their visual set up [how they set up the camera, their ‘visual scene’], their method and practice in participating in the project. Rosalyn Deutsch proposes that an art public does not pre-exist, in contrast to an art audience, it is produced by “participation in political activity”.

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Kerry County Council, Talks & Lectures, workshops

On The Verge

On The Verge…Exploring Potential With Visual Artists was a seminar held at Siamse Tíre (Jan 2017) and was organised by Artist and Filmmaker Lisa Fingleton. The seminar was aimed at professional and semi-professional visual artists looking to find ways to develop their practice. The day included a series of practical talks and workshops and offered valuable opportunities for networking. Artist Aideen Barry gave an indepth talk, Catríona Fallon, CEO of Siamsa Tíre explored ways in which the organisation can better support artists and Lisa Fingleton presented her Vision From The Verge.

The event was supported by Kerry County Council.

Exhibitions, Projects, works on paper

DAW Exhibition 5th Edition

Desperate Artwives Exhibition runs from 14-23 January at Granby Space, 114-118 Lower Marsh, London.

I am currently showing work with the DAW collective in ‘Desperate Artwives – 5th Edition’.

Desperate Artwives is the brainchild of Italian born conceptual artist Amy Dignam, a St Martins College of Art and Design graduate. In becoming a mother and finding herself torn between her art practice and her maternal and domestic responsibilities she set up Desperate Artwives in September 2012 to create an opportunity for women like herself. Besides running Desperate Artwives, Amy has recently joined the Procreate Project as Vice Director and co-founded the Mother House.

DAW is a collective of accomplished female artists whose creative practice interrogates their experience of being wives and mothers and questions social expectations and values which frame this role. The collective provides the encouragement, the opportunities, the validation and the contextual political framework and lightens the load saving time and providing the resources needed to exhibit and promote their work.

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Film, Kerry County Council, Projects

Rath, a documentary film

I began working on this project in November 2015, it is a project I had been considering for many years.




A wealth of information is in danger of being lost, as knowledge which has been passed down orally through the generations has never been recorded. This film chronicles the story of Brendan O’Sullivan Rath, the last person with this particular wisdom, born and bred in the townland of Rath. The film follows his journey through nearby fields and places where he spent time as a child. It focuses on the historical facts but also his personal story and information passed on to him through his parents and grandparents. The film catalogues the names and locations where hedge schools took place, the site of an ancient milestone beside the road as well as spots with particular associations along the river and in certain fields. Many of these names are in Irish. The film highlights our interconnectedness with place and the value of our ancestry.

I received a Creative Work Development Bursary and Equipment and Materials Bursary from Kerry County Council in 2016 for this film. I also received a huge amount of support from a number of people, without whom this project would not have been possible.

The official screening will take place in early 2017, details will be available closer to the time.

Exhibitions, Institutions, Projects

ProCreate Project Photozine Archive at LSBU

The photozine archive, which included my work, originally displayed at the launch event for the ProCreate Project will be shown as part of an exhibition at London Southbank University from May 24th- June 24th 2016

Photobook publishing at the School of Arts & Creative Industries / LSBU launched two new projects in Elephant & Castle: 103 Borough Road + 126 London Road



ə-books [uh-books] a project space for material publishing
A yearlong programme exploring paper publishing as artistic practice
103 Borough Rd SE1 0AA [Students Centre at the London South Bank University]
with the ProCreate Project Photozine Archive


Curating, Exhibitions, Institutions, Presentations, Projects

Exhibition at Modemuseum Hasselt

The Story of Bivolino
Modemuseum Hasselt

As curator of ‘The Story of Bivolino’  at Modemuseum Hasselt,  my objective was to reveal the history of Bivolino and highlight the company’s natural relationship with the textile industry and fashion history of Hasselt.

The exhibition looked into the story of the two brothers Louis and Jacques Byvoet who founded the business in 1954 and their grandfather who had been in the linen trade since 1900. The family run business offered customers an alternative to the classic white shirt and delivered fashionable styles and fabrics. The logo, always featuring the squirrel has been handed down through the generations and arose from the location of the brothers’ workshops close to the sandy pine forests of Hasselt. The company has continually adopted advancing technologies and pioneered the ergonomic measurement system in 1969, allowing each shirt to be individually fitted to the body.
‘The Story of Bivolino’ presented an archive collection of objects, photographs as well as artwork and bespoke shirts from the business and art ranges, accompanied by digital and slide presentations.

TV Limburg Interview | Het Verhaal van Bivolino at Modemuseum Hasselt

Film, Presentations, Projects

The Kerry Filmmakers Forum at Dingle International Film Festival

Dingle International Film Festival presented the Kerry Filmmakers Forum in association with Kerry County Council Filmmaker in Residence Lisa Fingleton, co-funded by Arts Council Ireland. There were four presentations. Brian McEvilly  spoke about ‘The Home of Rock’ (Live-Action Short Comedy) Abigail Joffe presented her project ‘Serengheti’ (Collaborative film, dance and drawing) and Des Whelan presented ‘The Last Prophet’ (Feature Fiction Film). I spoke about my proposal for a documentary project ‘Brendan Rath’ as part if the forum. There was a ‘Peer Feedback, Q&A and Discussion Session’  followed  by a screening of  ‘Earthsong’ by  Director Christopher Barret.

Dingle Film Festival – Filmmakers Forum

Exhibitions, Projects

ProCreate Project and Launch at Goldsmiths

The Women´s Art Library at Goldsmiths University hosted the launch of the ProCreate Project on 15th of December 2015. I was one of  the selected Mother-Artists to participate in a one-day installation of photozines, visual poetry and presentations redefining the art of motherhood.



The ProCreate project created an exhibition in the Special Collections Study Space showcasing all of the contributing artists. The installation referenced the Women´s Art Library by creating an alternative, interactive archive for the Procreate Project.

The archive is officially part of the Women´s Art Library special collection. This is a touring archive and there will be future exhibitions.








Presentations, Talks & Lectures

Participation in ICT2015 in Lisbon, The innovation revolution: Creativity & Arts in ICT

ICT 2015 took place in Lisbon from 20-22 October and  hosted the biggest Information and Communication Technologies event (ICT) in Europe. ICT 2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform is an initiative of the European Commission and the event was co-organised with the Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT).

For three days Lisbon acted as the European hub of ICT, bringing together politicians, national and European decision-makers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and artists, to debate the latest policies and initiatives of the European Commission on ICT.

As collaborative partner with working on iART, Michel Byvoet and I were included in the session looking at  Driving Innovation through Creativity and the Arts. The main question being dealt with was,  how creative ideas can be brought in from the edge to transform how we live and work.

Plenary 6  took place in Auditorium 1,  21/10/2015 (14:50-16:20), and included guest speakers,

Robert Madelin (European Commission, Belgium), Moderator
Simona Maschi (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), Denmark), Keynote
Gerfried Stocker (Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, Austria), Keynote
Alexander Mankowsky (Daimler AG, Germany), Speaker
Sara Jones (City University London, Cass Business School, United Kingdom), Speaker
Irini Papadimitriou (V&A, Learning and Visitor Services, United Kingdom), Speaker
Ignacio Perez Dolset (UTAD, Spain), Speaker

Plenary 6 – Auditorium 1, 21/10/2015 (14:50-16:20)

The aim of the session was to discuss how stimulating the crossovers of creative ideas, particularly from the Arts, can drive innovation in Europe. Speakers should address how crossovers from culture/the Arts to innovation is done in industry, in education and in academia.

Our panel discussion took place as Session 7C – Auditorium 7, 21/10/2015 (16:40-18:10)

The session covered the topic of creative/cultural industry (CCI), Arts and the creativity industry. (e.g. the STARTS initiative but more generally how CCI can contribute to innovation).

As participants we shared views on how culture, CCI, and the Arts can stimulate creativity and catalyse innovation – specifically, how the take up of new technologies and innovative ICT solutions can stimulate new business models in CCI and the Arts world and more generally innovation in all industry. H2020 innovation through the START (Science & Technology & ART) activity and support of growth of ICT innovative CI SMEs in the framework of H2020 was also discussed.


The moderator was Professor Noel O’Connor (Dublin City University, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland), speakers included Laura Beloff (IT University Copenhagen, Culture & Games, Denmark), Michel Byvoet (, e-commerce, Belgium), Professor Steven Kyffin(Northumbria University, Arts, Design and Social Science, United Kingdom), Michela Magas (Stromatolite LTD, United Kingdom) and I spoke as an independent artist working on iART in collaboration with