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AerialSparks is an interdisciplinary art project created by artist Louise Manifold that seeks to foster creative connections between art, science,and radio anthropology.

Working collaboratively with the Marine Institute, Irelands national agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation.The project aims to commission artists of exceptional nature to create compelling stand alone art works for radio broadcast in Ireland and Europe.

From 20 17- 2020 AerialSparks will work with the Marine Institute to develop a program for national and international artists to work in on board the Marine Institute research vessel “The Celtic Explorer. To manifest as a new platform for creative engagement between contemporary art practices and scientific research.

Through building an established relationship between cultural practitioners and marine science, Aerial Sparks hopes to contribute to debates in Marine research, making a case for right of existence of ocean discoveries independent of any current or future use.

AerialSparks invites audiences to experience the unknown of our ocean through radio listening : taking reference from Russian Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov on the utopian potential of radio to artist Bas Jan Ader’s final and infamous attempt to cross the Atlantic, to rethink human relationship to the ocean as one that is constantly rethought and never fully understood.

The AerialSparks outcomes will be presented as part of Galway's European capital of culture program in 2020 to produced as a series of broadcasting experiments, defined as stand alone art works that are being shared through the medium of radio.


AerialSparks invites Irish and European listenership to rethink modern wireless imagination to reconnect with our ocean wilderness one of the last remaining unknowns.

Aerial Sparks project is an ongoing process, evolving from 2017-2020, with more information to be added as the project develops.



Louise Manifold

Louise Manifold is a visual artist who works film, sculpture, collage and text, her multi disciplinary practice includes the creation of dynamic collaborative projects that frequently manifest as unique once off experiences.

Born in Co. Galway, Louise studied at Central St Martins Collage London and GMIT Galway. She has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland, and internationally in exhibitions at ISCP, New York. Proximal Distances Chicago, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Red House Arts Centre Syracuse New York, Candid arts centre, London. 411 Galleries Shanghai, China. She has been awarded residencies with Galway City Council (2007) Tyrone Guthrie ( 2008) SIM Iceland ( 2008) ISCP New York ( 2010/11) The Botin Foundation, Santander, Spain.( 2013) The Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin, Ireland( 2014/15). Louise has been the recipient of awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, and local authorities.In 2009 she was one of the four artists short-listed for Allied Irish Bank Art prize. Recent events and projects include Cuirt 2017,Wild-Screen and Trauma at the Science Gallery, Dublin.

AerialSparks! Is funded Galway 2020, The Arts Council of Ireland & The Marine Institute Galway.