This Poisoned Isle-Canterbury Cathedral May 2019

This Poisoned Isle-Canterbury Cathedral May 2019

This Poisoned Isle- is a series of 10 pop up exhibitions throughout the United Kingdom 2018-2020. It aims to bring the complex history of chemical and biological weapons to the very rural communities that were affect by them
The exhibition is a collaboration with Prof Ulf Schmidt of the Dept of History at the University of Kent in Canterbury
For those of you who know, this is my ‘Project Cleansweep’, in a different format and content

This was presented as part of the conference ‘Chemical and Biological Weapons in the Public Realm’, organised by University College London and the University of Kent at Canterbury Cathedral

This Poisoned Isle- Penclawdd, Swansea March 2019.

This Poisoned Isle- Penclawdd, Swansea March 2019.

The Ministry of Defence dropped a 30-pound anthrax bomb onto the hard beach here in 1942. It burst on contact and released a fine mist that infected nearby sheep, which died soon afterward. Having demonstrated the effectiveness of anthrax as a lethal agent in warfare, and the testing on Gruinard Island, the military began Operation… Continue Reading

This Poisoned Isle-Bridport/West Bay, Dorset, Oct 2018.

This Poisoned Isle-Bridport/West Bay, Dorset, Oct 2018.

The next instalment of the project, This Poisoned Isle at The Salt House in West Bay, Dorset Oct 2018. The Dorset Biological Warfare Experiments were conducted in the south Dorset area between 1963 -75. They took place under the control of the Microbiological Research Establishment from Porton Down. Numbering scores of individual trials, where both… Continue Reading

This Poisoned Isle-St Agnes, Cornwall. Sept 2018

This Poisoned Isle-St Agnes, Cornwall. Sept 2018

This is the first of 10 planned pop-up exhibitions that are traveling throughout the UK 2018-2020. First off is The Miners and Mechanics Institute at St Agnes, Cornwall. Located nearby, Nancekuke was the main site for nerve gas production in the 1950s. Closing some 5 years later many of the contaminated buildings and equipment were… Continue Reading

The Hidden Histories Project

The Hidden Histories Project

Hidden Histories is a community art project devised by the Glucksman Gallery to mark 100 years of Irish women’s right to vote. Through interviews with senior citizens from Mahon Community Development Project, Dara McGrath created a series of photographic portraits and a short film that invite us to reflect on individuals who lived in the spirit of the suffragettes,… Continue Reading

Artists Talk at UCC

Artists Talk at UCC

Interdisciplinary conversation about art and toxic waste with artist Dara McGrath about his photo series Project Cleansweep: Beyond the Post-Military Landscape Nov 2017 Extremely happy to be in discussion with:  Dr. Sabine Kriebel (History of Art), Dr. David Fitzgerald (History), Dr. Inge Niewstraten (Applied Psychology, Dr. Elizabeth Gilchrist (Chemistry) and Dr. Frank van Pelt (Pharmacology)   Continue Reading