Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Screening | Peter Taylor: Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

AMINI-150Thursday 24 November, 7pm
Beanbag Cinema, Belfast
Tickets £3/ £2 VAI members

Peter Taylor, BFMAF director, will present a programme from the 2016 festival.

AMINI in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland presents the second of our autumn screenings at the Beanbag Cinema. Peter joined Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in January 2015. Previously based in Rotterdam where he worked as a freelance curator, Peter has been a film programmer and researcher for the International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2006 and up until 2012 was also a programmer at WORM. He was selected by the Mondriaan Fonds for a 2015 research based residency at AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz, other recent activities include curating programmes for the DEAF Biennale and PLASTIK, Ireland’s festival for artists’ moving image.

AMINI is an artist led initiative for the promotion and critical discussion of artists’ moving image in Northern Ireland.

This event is hosted in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland with support from Belfast City Council.

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Olivier Cornet in Conversation with Yanny Petters, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin 1

walnut-august-42cm-x-32cm30 October 2016, 3pm
3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to announce a special event taking place in the Gallery on Sunday 30th October at 3 PM. Oliver Cornet, director of the gallery, will be in conversation with the artist Yanny Petters. This will be a unique opportunity to meet the artist in the context of her show ‘Come with me, I’ll show you something beautiful, Komm mit mir, Ich zeig’ Dir ‘was Schönes’. The conversation will revolve around the technique of Verre Eglomisé, and the artist’s own practice of the technique. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions too and find out more about the context of this exhibition.
The exhibition which runs till November 6 is accompanied by a catalogue with a preface by art historian and storyteller Jean Ryan.

All are welcome to this free special event, but kindly RSVP to as places are limited.



Discussion Platform | Digital Art and Education in the Anthropocene at Uillinn   Recently updated !

digital-art-and-education-in-the-anthropocene12 November, 12 noon

In association with National Digital Week (10 to 12 November 2016), the Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen and on the occasion of the exhibition at Uillinn – Et si on s’était trompé? / What If We Got It Wrong – a group exhibition of artists engaged in issues of climate change, West Cork Arts Centre presents a discussion platform on:

Digital Art and Education in the Anthropocene
The ‘Anthropocene’ has become a bit of a buzz word recently, or at least since it became officially nominated as the name for our particular geological age. It encompasses questions about the relationship between ecology and human futures, but also the extent to which technology and the digital have brought us to this point and will be instrumental in creating sustainable societies.
Four speakers, looking at three themes, Art and the Digital (digital artist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Conor McGarrigle); the Digital and the Economic (Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, Dean of Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media), the Digital and Pedagogy (Dr. Glenn Loughran, Programme Chair of the BA Visual Art Degree Programme, Sherkin Island and Dr. John O’Connor, Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, DIT presenting on access to education on Sherkin Island and in Second Life).

Booking essential, see:
Telephone 028 22090

Artist Talk | Aideen Barry at Raheen House, Clonmel   Recently updated !

aideen-barry-studioMonday 7 November, 3pm
Raheen House, Raheen Road, Clonmel, Tipperary.
Fee: €5

Hear from one of the most exciting artist on the Irish and International scene speak about her work and how she crosses over several disciplines, from multimedia and animation to performing arts to create vibrant and stimulating events. The talk will be followed by a Q and A session and cup of tea.

Aideen Barry is an artist with a national and international profile, whose means of expression is interchangeable, incorporating performance, moving image, drawing and sculptural manifestations. Barry’s performative films often involve huge physical and endurance commitments that manifest as visual fictions, meditating on feminist observations and the monstrous female. Recent projects include a solo survery of her work at the RHA and a performative response to the works of Carol Rama, commissioned by IMMA. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art until the end of the year. Other recent and upcoming projects include showing in LCA, Lismore, a solo at Luan Gallery, The 2017 Lexicon Commission Award A Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship, Solo at Block 336 London, international residencies in MARFA Texas, and commissions by the Arts and Heritage Trust UK. The artist ‘s works are in permanent collections at the Arts Council of Ireland, Art Omi Collection, New York, NUIG Collection, Galway City and County Council, Mayo County Council, OPW and at the Centre de Art Contemporary, Malaga ESP and the Banff Centre, Canada. Barry was selected for Futures 2009 at the RHA and has since shown in Mothers Tankstation, Liste Art Fair, Basel, Grafit Gallery Bulgaria, Museum des Beaux Arts, Lyon, Modern Museet Sweden, The Wexner Center, Ohio and Louse T. Bloudin, London. Awards include The Arts Council Bursary Award 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, Project New Work Awards 2008, 2010 and in 2010 she was shortlisted for the prestigious AIB Prize. Barry lectures at Limerick School of Art and Design.

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Diverse Engagements and Collaborative Practice | Discussion with Sonia Boyce at IMMA

sonia-boyce8 November, 4 to 6pm

Common Ground and Create are partnering on this discussion event as part of the Create Debates and Common Ground’s CURIOUS CONVERSATIONS.

This event will host a wide-ranging discussion exploring culturally diverse participatory art practices. Panel includes UK based artist Sonia Boyce, Vukasin Nedeljkovic of Asylum Archive and Dublin based artist Laragh Pittman who is currently working with a Muslim women’s group in the context of her CITIZEN ARTIST award. The discussion will be chaired by Anne Mulhall. Drawing on direct project experience of these artists and collaborators, the discussion will focus on a range of questions on socially engaged art practice in the context of cultural diversity, ethics and representation; politics of engagement and also on the issue of how artists work with integrity,solidarity and real partnership with culturally diverse groups, avoiding the act of ‘Othering’ or ‘Exoticism?’.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990

Reservoir | Alice Maher Talk at RDS

alice-maherOctober 27, 6.30pm
RDS Library Speaker Series “Reservoir” talk by Alice Maher.

In her illustrated talk, Irish artist Alice Maher will address the themes of mutability and metamorphosis in her multi-media approach, as well as her relationship to space, memory and materials. IMMA curator, Seán Kissane will join Alice for a Q & A session after the talk. Admission to this lecture is free to attend but booking is essential. You can visit the 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards exhibition curated by Alice Maher in the adjoining RDS Concert Hall afterwards. Reserve your place at this FREE to-attend-event now:

Dublin 4
T: 01 240 7254

Artist’s Talk | Charles Tyrrell at Taylor Galleries

Layout 1Charles Tyrrell will present an Artist’s Talk on his painting practice and his current exhibition, ‘Two Paths’, at 1pm on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at Taylor Galleries. Admission is free and no advance booking is required.

The show runs from 14 October to 5 November and brings together two strands of Charles Tyrrell’s work from the past four years: his work on aluminium and more recent 2D/3D timber constructions. Tyrrell has been engaged with aluminium to varying degrees since 2000, and from 2013 to 2015 worked exclusively with the metal. In contrast to his oil-on-aluminium technique his recent wall-mounted timber constructions come from a slower physical engagement. In the early 1980s Tyrrell worked with floorboards salvaged from St. Peter’s Church on Aungier Street in Dublin, prior to its demolition. Still having a quantity of this material in storage he decided to re-visit this arena in late 2015, more than thirty years later, to see what might develop. ‘Two Paths’ is the result.

Taylor Galleries
16 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
T: 01 676 6055

Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship Symposium | CIT Crawford

symposium-header25 and 26 October

Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship would like to invite you to join us to explore and consider creative citizenship, equality of access and participation within our cultural spaces.

Taking place over two days, the symposium is open to the public and practitioners from cultural, social and education fields.

There are a number of attendance options:
Day one offers free tours and a creative fair providing opportunities to engage with artists, art studios and other symposium delegates. This will also provide a context for engagement with the presentations on day two.
Day two provides a more formal opportunity for the public and practitioners from cultural, social and education fields to further consider creative citizenship, equality of access and participation within our cultural spaces.

25th October – Day one
Insight to art, artists and studio groups

Venue tours
11.00am-11:30amCIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
11:45am-12:15pm Cork City Hall Atrium
12:30pm-1.00pm Crawford Art Gallery

Creative fair

2.00pm-4:30pm Crawford Art Gallery
A unique opportunity to spend an afternoon in a relaxed, explorative setting, meeting artists and studio groups, interacting through conversation and creative processes. Find out more here

Evening celebration and networking

6:30pmCIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
These events are free but please book at Eventbrite

26th October – Day two

The Art of Citizenship @ Millenium Hall, Cork City Hall
9.30am – 4.30pm

Supported Studios:
A national context – Padraig Naughton
Them, Not Us:
Investigating art and active citizenship – Declan McGonagle

Supporting Active Citizenship
Supported Studios KCAT [Kilkenny], AIM [Bristol], Debajo del Sombrero, [Madrid] and GASP [Cork] showcasing their models of practice.

Re-imagining our role as creative citizens
Evelyn Grant hosts a panel discussion with Tom Clonan, Catherine Marshall, Declan McGonagle and Helen O’Donoghue.
Fee: €15/ Student €10 please book at Eventbrite

Organised by:
Crawford Art Gallery, Cork City Council and CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.

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IN CONTEXT 4 – In Our Time | Briefing Day at RUA RED

incontext4_logo_0d2a35-250x250Wednesday 19 October, 10.30am to 1.30pm
Seminar Room, RUA RED, Tallaght

The aim of the Briefing Day is to offer a wide range of information and innovative examples of the possibilities in public art commissioning. The Briefing Day will host a series of short talks by a diverse selection of arts practitioners with experience in various areas of presentation and collaboration both in Ireland and Internationally. These presentations will aid and inspire potential applicants to apply for the IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME opportunity (

10.30am – 11am – Audience arrive
Coffee/ tea and biscuits

11 am – Introduction
Aoife Tunney – Co-Curator of IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME
Rosaleen Dwyer – Heritage Officer, South Dublin County Council to give county context

Emmet Scanlon – Architecture, the Public Realm and Temporality – Architect and lecturer in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD
Junk Ensemble – Contemporary Dance Responds – Choreographers and dancers
Caroline Cowley – Public Art Programming – Curator & Public Art Coordinator, Fingal County Council
Rhona Byrne + Yvonne Mc Guinness – People and Performance – Visual Artists
George Higgs – Music Composition, Collaboration and Community – Composer and Musician
Annette Moloney – Changing Landscapes in Public Art – Curator & Public Art Specialist

12.20pm – Break for refreshments

12.40pm – 1.30pm – Questions and Answers:
Open out to the floor for Questions and answers session with audience and panel of speakers.

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Seminar | Beyond Art Activism: Rewriting Arts Neoliberal Value System at IMMA

IMMA talksWednesday 26 October, 2.00 to 6.00pm
North Range, IMMA.

As a result of the internalization of a number of values and practices that can be defined as neoliberal, the European public art landscape has been gradually depoliticized in recent years.

Questioning how artists and artists’ collectives can best navigate the passage from our current neoliberalized art landscape to a radically democratic one. The seminar presents a dynamic programme of speakers who include, Dutch artist Jonas Staal, Mel Evans/ Liberate Tate Collective, Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt, Mel Jordan/ Freee and Irish artist Kerry Guinan – all of whom experiment with the establishment of alternative, bottom-up art, pedagogic and political institutions that offer viable and much needed alternatives to their neoliberalized top-down counterparts. With these quasi- or para-institutions, they make propositions for how things could be, how public art institutions might otherwise operate if they could be liberated from their neoliberal value systems.

Contributors will consider what a post-neoliberal art system might look like and the alternative methodologies and values that could help shape it.

Beyond Art Activism: Rewriting Art’s Neoliberal Value System Seminar at IMMA, is organized in collaboration with Dr Emma Mahony, Lecturer in Visual Culture at NCAD.

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Gallery Talk | Susan MacWilliam at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Co. Down

SusanMacWilliam4-Web-Small5 November, 11:00 to 12:00

Susan MacWilliam will discuss her work in ‘Modern Experiments’, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date.

Modern Experiments presents key pieces from the artist’s career with a focus on works created from 1998 onward when the artist began working with video.

Since then, MacWilliam’s work has explored cases of perceptual and paranormal phenomena and she has made work about mediumship, ectoplasm, x-ray vision, telepathy, table tilting, clairvoyance and dermo optical perception. The work presented in this exhibition forms a unique and significant body of material exploring subjects that are on the periphery and beyond mainstream scientific and psychological study.

Modern Experiments features fifteen of Susan MacWilliam’s videos and installations including The Last Person, 1998 (Shortlisted for IMMA Glen Dimplex Award 1999), Dermo Optics, 2006 (exhibited at 2009 Venice Biennale) and KATHLEEN, 2014 (Derry-Londonderry City of Culture Commission) alongside other aspects of her diverse practice, including photographic works, stereoscopes, neon and sculptural works such as Book Spheres, 2014. Supported by a major Touring and Dissemination of Work Grant awarded through a joint initiative by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the exhibition will tour throughout 2017 to the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda; Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen and The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny.

Fostering cross-border collaboration and building on existing links between the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and institutions throughout Ireland, this tour offers a unique opportunity for audiences to experience a survey exhibition of one of our most significant artists.

F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio
200 Newry Road,
County Down, BT32 3NB
T: +44 28 4062 3322

Discussion: The Role of Royal Academies in the 21st Century | Ulster Museum

ulstermuseumThursday 13 October, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Ulster Museum, Belfast (Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor)

Panel Speakers:
Christopher Le Brun (President of the Royal Academy, London); Arthur Watson (President of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh); Michael O’Dea (President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin) and Denise Ferran (President of the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast). Chaired by writer Glenn Patterson HRUA.

Over 50 years ago, on 29th May, 1966, Sandra Blow, RA (1925 – 2006) wrote to the Sunday Times as a teacher at the Royal College of Art, putting forward her view, then, on the Royal Academy; “Being a teacher, I am often worried by talented, unfashionable painters starting their careers and not finding a gallery to support them. Without straining itself from its moorings, the Academy could accommodate these artists if they were welcomed in an atmosphere free from…fossilised antagonism.’

To what extent do Academies today embrace new and emerging artists? What factors exist which have resulted in the increasing numbers of artists submitting their work through the ‘Open Submission Process’? How do you view Academies and should they change, if at all?

Come and lend your voice to the open debate.
This is a free event however booking is essential.
Booking: Ulster Museum, or +44(0)28 9044 0000

IFI and AEMI Projections presents: 462 years of cinematography 1554-2016 by Aurélien Froment

aurelien-image-must-include-copyright-info-1-lrgSaturday 15 October, 1.30pm

Expanding the idea of cinema to other forms of projection, from the ancient art of memory to early modern education, wildlife exhibition design to life-size architectural experiments, reading to forecasting, this programme comprises a number of works by the artist Aurélien Froment, a series of provocations that will engage and occasionally refute the expectations we bring with us when we face the cinema screen. As one of France’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, this project is informed in part by Froment’s previous work as a cinema projectionist. Froment’s practice has, among other things, explored the role of the cinema within a wider history of exhibition making and ‘aemi’ is delighted to support this very special screening of the artist’s work.

Director Aurélien Froment will be in attendance at this screening.

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
T: +353 1 679 5744

Supporters Club Talk #9 | Susan MacWilliam at TBG+S

s-macw-supporters-club-image-175512Tuesday 11 October, 6.30pm

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to present artist Susan MacWilliam as she discusses her practice in the ninth talk in the series.

Using video, sculpture and photography Susan MacWilliam explores obscure and overlooked histories and narratives. Work is developed from archive research and direct contact with her subjects. Experimenting with a range of processes and approaches, Susan seeks to explore, re-present and re-consider the personal and the historical. Her work explores multiple viewpoints and considers and employs forms and processes of portraiture, interpretation, reconstruction and representation. With an interest in that which is on the periphery of the mainstream and which falls beyond conventional fields of science and psychology Susan has developed an extensive body of work exploring a range of phenomena including dermo optical perception, extra-sensory perception, table tilting, psychic abilities and mediumship.

To attend join our Supporters Club here and book your place by emailing
There will be a limited number of spaces available for non-Supporters Club members with a donation paid on the door.

Studio 6
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073

Mise Éire – Shaping a Nation through Design | Conference at the National Museum of Ireland

mise-eire-250x2504 and 5 November

A conference exploring the expression of collective and national identities in Ireland, through the lens of design and craft.
Taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, this event is part of the 2016 centenary programme and a partnership project between the National Museum of Ireland and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.

To mark the decade of centenaries in Ireland in 2016, Mise Éire – Shaping a Nation through Design has invited leading design historians, practitioners and academics to explore notions of national identities. From the historical perspective of 1916, to contemporary practice, it aims to initiate dialogue and question the impact of global influences as well as the role that cultural diversity and technology play in shaping identities – now and into the future. In addition the conference will investigate the role that museums, and ultimately the state, have played in interpreting and shaping this overall narrative.

Limited places – booking through Eventbrite:
Tickets: €45 / €65

The Craft of Eating | Talk by Akiko Hirai at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-13-45-25Thursday 27 October, 6.30pm
National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

As a special event for Savour Kilkenny we invite ceramic maker Akiko Hirai to speak about her carefully crafted ware; teabowls, teapots, sake bottles and platters in the National Craft Gallery. Akiko creates series’ of beautiful practical ceramic ware in organic hues, seeking to reflect beauty that is found in the natural world. Her work is influenced by ceramic traditions of Japan and Britain; and seems to nod to the sense of ceremony around sharing food held in both cultures.
Akiko Hirai is head of Ceramics department at Kensington & Chelsea College, London since 2013. |

Lines of Negotiation | Artists in Conversation, dlr LexIcon, Co. Dublin

patricia-mckenna_shearline-1_detailThursday 6 October, 7 to 8.30pm
Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Curator of ‘Lines of Negotiation’ Claire Behan will discuss the exhibition with participating artists Katherine Atkinson, Patricia McKenna and Bernadette Beecher.

‘Lines of Negotiation’ is a group exhibition featuring 9 artists and explores the historical and cultural readings of the mountainous landscapes of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and of land use. Works by Katherine Atkinson, Bernadette Beecher, Diana Carmaschi, Anne Cradden, Kathryn Maguire, Patricia McKenna, Ida Mitrani, Kiera O’Toole and Nicholas Ryan. |

Gone but Not Forgotten | Event on Legacies of Community Arts, NUI Galway

blue-drum-graphic17 October at 6pm and 18 October from 10am to 4.30pm
Institute for Lifecourse & Society, North Campus, Daingean, NUI Galway, Galway City

Legacies of Community Arts and Culture as agency for social justice and transformation now.
The community arts work undertaken in Ireland in the 1970s, 80s and 90s fomented new forms of empathy, resistance and solidarity. An event in October will explore the legacies and collective memories of this field of practice and will be accompanied by a set of Legacy Papers.

Following up on the challenge from Claiming Our Future’s Broken Politics event it seems timely to look back and to amplify how community arts and cultural work can be mobilised in and through civil society, in order to forge a synchronised network of activists and practitioners.

This event is free but places are limited and must be booked by October 7 (Friday), 2016. Bookings can be made by emailing your details to:

Donations to support costs associated with this event are needed including in-kind support.
For the full schedule please visit:

Gallery Tour of Lines of Negotiation, dlr LexIcon, Co. Dublin

patricia-mckenna_shearline-1_detailThursday 6 October, 5.45 to 6.30pm
Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
Free event

Join curator Claire Behan for a quick tour and chat about the work and artists involved in ‘Lines of Negotiation’.
The exhibition features the work of 9 artists and explores the historical and cultural readings of the mountainous landscapes of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and of land use.

The artists are Katherine Atkinson, Bernadette Beecher, Diana Caramaschi, Anne Cradden, Kathryn Maguire, Patricia McKenna, Ida Mitrani, Kiera O’Toole and Nicholas Ryan. |

Artist Talk | Willie Doherty at IMMA

willie-doherty-immaWednesday 28 September 2016
6.30pm to 7.30pm, Lecture Room, IMMA

Join the artist Willie Doherty who will discuss ongoing themes of memory and place in his acclaimed lens based practice and in particular his 2013 work REMAINS, currently on view as part of the exhibition IMMA Collection: A Decade.

Doherty will explore how his film based on the real events and locations of punishment shootings in 2012 in Derry, portrays the generational nature of conflict and its vicious circle.

For further information and to book a free ticket see:

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990