Artists at ISSA programme

During lockdown, artist and grower Giulia Canevari, a long-time supporter and seed to seed trainee, approached Irish Seed Savers seeking a mutually supportive collaboration.

This sowed the seed of our new ‘Artists at ISSA’ programme. By collaborating with artists who are exploring connections with nature we remember why we do this work, tending to the creative fire and building soulful relationships with the land.

Below you will find more information on the featured artists who are part of the ‘Artists at ISSA’ programme.

Giulia Canevari –

I am a supporter of Irish Seed Savers and member of Talamh Beo, Irish Flowers Farmers, Irish Botanical Artists and the Biodynamic Association. My art has been highly influenced by these associations. My work reflects the life I want to live, being conscious of the environment, the produce we consume and use within our homes.

Fabacea mix by Giulia Canevari

Our soil is the most important ingredient of life on Earth. We must respect it, knowing that it is not necessarily permanent, which may not be immediately apparent. We can respect, co-create and understand the circles of life, which the soil requires to regenerate and become fertile. I want you to feel good with what you have, reflecting your ethos and respect for the natural world.

To see a selection of the paintings that are on display in our café click here

Giulia’s exhibition runs till Sunday 17th July.

For each of the paintings sold Giulia will donate 25% to Irish Seed Savers.

Rachel Doolin –

Irish Seed Savers Association are delighted to be collaborating with visual artist Rachel Doolin to create a national exhibition. This exciting project is part of our focus to raise awareness about the importance of seed sovereignty, biodiversity, food security and our food heritage. 

Fragility of things by Rachel Doolin

The exhibition titled HEIRLOOM will be launched in the Lexicon Cultural Centre in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin in December 2022. This is a super exciting collaboration and celebration of seeds with an artist who has been working in the background with Irish Seed Savers for the past two years. The concept behind the exhibition stems from Rachel’s visit to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault during an artist residency in the high arctic in 2017. In 2019, Rachel contacted Irish Seed Savers to discuss the potential for creating a seed focused exhibition that will present many aspects and stories relating to the ‘seeds of today’. This project is supported through the DLR Lexicon Visual Arts Commission Exhibition Award and an Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Project Award. 

Will Bonsall who featured in the documentary ‘Seed the Untold Story’ and is director of the Scatterseed Project in the US is just one of the contributors of this exhibition. We were really excited to connect with Will through this creative collaboration and discuss his work, our own work, and thoughts on preserving crop diversity.

A unity of opposites by Rachel Doolin


For this exhibition Rachel is creating a sculptural installation titled SEEDARIUM. Rachel envisions this work to manifest as a sacred space where viewers will be able to enter and ponder the beauty and profundity of seeds. For this sculptural piece, artist Rachel Doolin and Irish Seed Savers Association would like to invite our community of growers, seed advocates, individuals, cultivators, weeders, waterers, minders, and seed savers to be a part of this exhibition. 


We are looking for seed contributions for the exhibition. These can be multiple seeds, a seed, or dried seed heads/pods, which are to be exhibited within the SEEDARIUM sculpture. These might be seeds that resonate with you in some way, maybe you have a particular connection to the seeds or quite simply you are drawn to the aesthetic qualities of a particular seed.  We are looking for a wide variety of seeds and/or dried seed heads/pods to become part of the exhibition. These do not necessarily have to be food seeds; however, the artist has asked that they are not too tiny…for example the seeds of a foxglove would be very small but could be exhibited if submitted within the dried seed head.  


If you would like to be part of the HEIRLOOM exhibition all you have to do is register your interest by filling in your details via the online HEIRLOOM sign up page –  SIGN UP HERE

The artist will then send you a welcome pack that will include seed envelopes, information, and a prepaid addressed envelope for you to submit your seeds to the exhibition. 

We would love for you to become a part of the exhibition and look forward to receiving your contributions.