‘What if we got it wrong?‘

A Centre Culturel Irelandais touring exhibition on climate change

F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, Co Down, Northern Ireland. 12th February – 16th April 2016.

"This exhibition presents some sixteen artists whose work explores the impacts on the environment of our society and globalised economy.
Et si on s’était trompé ? What if we got it wrong?, as the performance-poet Lemn Sissay asks us, in measuring progress by levels of industrialisation, expansion and accumulation. The ice and water of the Arctic, veritable barometers of the catastrophic effects of this “progress”, form one of the key elements of this exhibition. A further important strand is geopolitics and its direct links to questions of energy and biodiversity. Video and multi-media installations, photography, works on paper and canvases bring the complexities and implications of climate change to the fore in the lead up to the United Nations Conference in Paris.
This exhibition is curated by Nora Hickey M’Sichili, director of CCI and will tour to Ireland in 2016."

- Centre Culturel Irelandais

Artist Anna Macleod at the exhibition space, F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio

'Till It's Gone,' group exhibition at Istanbul Modern

An exhibiton on nature and sustainability

Anna Macleod's work has been included in the upcoming exhibition "Till It's Gone" at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, which will take place between 13 January and 5 June 2016. Her work will be in the 'Art Speaks Out' selection of video works.

"Till It's Gone" will focus on the way in which the art explores and represents the current ecological crisis our planet is suffering.

"Till It's Gone" making of: 

'Dam Empty? Damn Right!,' performance by Anna Macleod & Wendy Murray

  • Location: Speakers Corner, The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Sydney, NSW
  • Date: Sunday, 29th November 2015 from 2pm

In solidarity with Broken Hill, Menindee Lake: WE WANT ACTION group and all rural communities in Australia facing water shortages.
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and SCA, Sydney College of the Arts.

'Embassy For Water,' Conceptual Public Art Project

Anna Macleod's work was included in the 'Embassy of Water' - Paddington Reservoir event in Sydney last 6th November.

"Embassy for Water is a conceptual art project that appropriates the traditional form of the embassy and transforms its function. The term embassy was first given to a group of people representing territorial interests. In the modern era, the embassy model developed into a global bureaucratic and political infrastructure of the nation state. This infrastructure fixes place, emphasizes protocol, and protects national interests. In contrast, Embassy for Water explores how meta/physical forms flow into one another. Here, the symbolism and presence of water become a space for an exploration of aesthetic and social interests. Embassy for Water does not observe boundaries, rather like water the project emphasizes movement, porosities and metamorphosis.

The forms that Embassy for Water takes are open-ended, according to collaborations it may be: a curatorial hub, a nomadic reality, a series of satellite art works, a building, a publication, a residency, a conversation across diverse fields. 

The project was founded in 2010 by the artist James Geurts, and developed as a collaboration with artist and curator Julie Louise Bacon. To date, it has resulted in projects in the Middle East, Australia, Canada and Europe, where it formed part of the core programme that saw the Dutch city Leeuwarden named European Capital of Culture 2018."

- Embassy For Water

Exhibition opening at Broken Hill Art Exchange

  • Location: Broken Hil Art Exchange 3 / 149 Duff Street Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
  • Date: Friday 23rd October, 6pm 

From 'Water Conversations - Broken Hill' exhibition at Broken Hill Art Exchange, "Value the Rain" bags are a collaborative project between Susan Thomas, Georgie Watts and Anna Macleod as a fundraiser for thi art centre which is a non-profit voluntary organisation for the Arts in Broken Hill. 

Exhibition Launch - ‘Staid na Talún - A State of Land’

An Artist in Residency Exhibition by Anna Macleod 

Opening Reception: Friday 21st August at 5-7pm

Exhibition opens until Thursday 3rd September at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton

Photo: Anna Macleod

Photo: Anna Macleod

A State of Land takes the 1840's & 1850's Geological Survey of Ireland as a starting point to explore historical and contemporary attitudes to rural landscapes in a time of climate change uncertainty. The GSI field sheets were mapped during one of the greatest catastrophes to befall Ireland, The Great Famine. While the survey approach was primarily scientific in mapping the geological formations of the Irish landscape, another mapping function was resource speculation and the identification of potential mineral wealth. 

As a counterpoint to the scientific and economic narrative, an interview with historian Proinnsíos ó Duigneáin in plots the influence of the Land League and how mass mobilisation of the population eventually led to better conditions for tenant farmers, sowing seeds for the Irish Independence movement. The project thus juxtaposes the dispassionate language of mapping with the emotional connections to land by those who own and care for it and further sets out to chart the contemporary social movements that have developed in the face of more recent economic threats including depopulation and climate change.

In developing the project the artist invites participation from local people and custodians of the land to contribute their own stories, memories and attitudes to the land they care for, including their hopes and concerns for the future in these uncertain times. The artist will be in the Gallery every open day except Saturday 29th August.

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

12am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

Saturday 22nd August

Tuesday 25th - Saturday 29th             

Sunday 30th  / Inspirational Homes event     

Wednesday 2nd  - Thursday 3rd September  

Exhibition closes 4th September 2015.



Anna Macleod is a visual artist and independent researcher based in Leitrim, Ireland. Her work utilises various methods and processes to mediate complex ideas associated with contemporary, historical and cultural readings of place, the legacies of colonialism and differing cultural policies and understandings of land use. Her work employs quasi-scientific methods, interdisciplinary collaboration and research and socially engaged activism to critique contemporary urban and rural scapes and to build metaphoric spaces for re-imagining the future. Macleod has participated in numerous artist residencies and exhibited widely nationally and Internationally. 

Her exhibition Water Conversations: A survey of Works 2007-2015 is currently running in The Dock, Carrick on Shannon until 12th September 2015 and her work is included in a group show, ET SI ON S'ETAIT TROMPÉ at the Centre Cultural Irelandais in Paris in September.

Light refreshments will be served, everyone welcome.

Exhibition supported by the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council and made in association with dearclimate.net.

LSC acknowledge the financial support of the Arts Council.


'Water Conversations. A survey of works 2007-2015'

Exhibition at The Dock, Leitrim, Ireland

  • Opening Friday July 3rd 6pm 
  • Exhibition continues until Saturday 12th September
  • Installation views in galleries 1, 2 & 3. 

See Water Conversations project.