Aerial/Sparks an interdisciplinary art project for radio created by Louise Manifold

Aerial/Sparks will explore radio connectivity and its relationship to the unknown. Aerial/Sparks has been created by artist Louise Manifold to create reflections of radio as means to explore ocean landscapes. Artists from Ireland and Europe have been invited to develop new work from the experience of spending time at seas on research surveys, carried out by the Marine Institute research vessel, The Celtic Explorer – one of the few marine research vessels with sonic capabilities.

In 2020, Aerial/Sparks will present a series of acoustic projects that survey human relationship to the ocean.



Bid Book Process/ Consultation/Project conceived/Submitted to Galway 2020  


Research and development phase. Funding secured from the Arts Council. Artist Louise Manifold working on board the Celtic Explorer Research vessel. Traveling to Rockall on Ocean Climate survey, and Passage from Galway to New Foundland.  

Making work in film, photography, water and radio.  


The project begins to unfold for other artists, which includes artists talks at the MI, printed and sonic material released as a means of introductions  

Artists Carol Anne Connolly (IRL) and David Stalling (IRL/DEU) on board the Celtic Explorer 

Introduce 2019 artists to the Marine Institute, including travel for artists outside of Ireland. Artists include Robertina Sebjanic (SL) Magz Hall (UK) Alilis Ni Rian (IRL) Kennedy/Brown  

Series of seasonal talks that presents participating artists’ practices to the communities at the Marine Institute.  


Continue artistic relationship with the Marine Institute, which will include artists talks and residencies on the ship. Artists on residencies on the RV Celtic Explorer. Individual artists will work with and engage with science team. Develop public dimension for the broadcasts of work. Design and build listening spaces  


A once off broadcasting event that aims to create immersive listening environments, work  performed and broadcast nationally and internationally  

Project Partners

The Marine Institute Galway, Galway Arts Centre, Áras Éanna, Inis Óirr  

Project Funders

The Marine Institute & The Arts Council of Ireland

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