Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Debate | Brexit: Ireland, Britain and the Arts in the Years Ahead

Friday 24 November at 7.30pm, in English

Many Irish artists rely on showing their work in the UK. In turn, the European Union makes up over half of all international activity in the British arts sector and is an important source of funding while the implications for Brexit on Northern Ireland’s cultural sector could make co-production and co-funding between agencies North and South of the Border impossible. These complexities will be discussed by Clymene Christoforou, Co-Director of ISIS Arts in Newcastle; Tom Creed, Dublin-based theatre and opera director, Noel Kelly, Director of Visual Artists Ireland and journalist Shona Murray (chair).

Tickets: €5

Centre Culturel Irlandais
5 rue des Irlandais
75005 Paris

Afro in Diaspora Center Conference at Cavan Crystal Hotel   Recently updated !

Afro in Diaspora Center provides a key networking opportunity for Africans Caribbeans and Irish cultural business network to engage in opportunities in Africa Caribbean continent and identify areas for mutually beneficial trade, cultural exchange, and investment network for all. We engage all Africans Caribbean base in Ireland and project a positive shared history with Ireland.

On behalf of the organization, we are extending an invitation to you all our friends, fans, collaborators, similar non-profit charitable groups or organisation and networks to join us at the “Africa Caribbean History Month Ireland National Conference on the 24th November 2017 starting at 6 pm at Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Road, Cavan Town.

This conference features “Way Paver’s Recognition Award” and the “Launch of our collective book published from our “Creative Writing to Publish” workshop to engage the community to use the act of writing as a cultural exchange in communicating their diaspora experience. We also invite you all to the opening ceremony of our National Conference Stall Exhibition from 20-24th November at the Johnston Cavan Central Library at 3pm.

Artist Talk | David Quinn at Taylor Galleries

Thursday 23 November, 1pm

Taylor Galleries invites you to join gallery artist David Quinn for a lunchtime walk-through of his current exhibition, ‘undersong’, in conversation with editor, critic and broadcaster Niall MacMonagle. Quinn will discuss his influences and work practices in this informal insight into his meditative abstract paintings on paper, plywood and Perspex.

Free event. No booking required, all welcome.

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

Lecture | Digital Cultural Heritage and the Limits of Preservation

30 November, 6.15 to 8.00pm

Speakers: Anna Gerber and Britt Iverson, who run Visual Editions, a London-based “creative studio and reading lab”
Dr Amber Cushing, assistant professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin

Trinity College Library are excited to welcome expert speakers from nearby and overseas, who will explore the meaning of digital preservation from two angles. Amber Cushing (UCD) will give an overview of the challenges facing the owners and curators of digital cultural materials, with particular reference to her recent research on the digital curatorial landscape in Ireland. Anna Gerber and Britt Iverson (Visual Editions) will then present some of their projects at the cutting edge of digital narration, resulting in forms of publishing that might resist preservation. Together, the speakers and audience are invited to play with the question: What are the limits to long-term preservation in the digital world?

Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin main campus

Please use the link to register for this free event here:

Screening Event | SIDINGS at the Station, Mohill, Leitrim

19 November 2017

Djeribi organizes the active occupation of a long disused station which saw the last train pass through on 31 March 1959, turning it into a community space for a day of shared food, films and conversations.
The station-masters office becomes a cinema where documentaries are shown to spark discussions. The entrance/waiting room becomes a place to share tea, coffee, soup, bread, sweet things. The first-class waiting room has regained its lost door and is now boasting a constructed compost toilet that uses woodshavings from the local sawmill.

Sidings, borrowing its name from the off-shoot tracks for inspection and repairs of machinery, is an invitation to reflect on the march of progress and the things that challenge the idea of community, if community is what humans do to survive together.


Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts, NUI Galway

1 December, 10am to 5.30pm

Selina Thompson, Rick Lowe, Seamus Nolan, Eve Olney, Jijo Sebastian, Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUIG) and Chris Baldwin

This year Create’s National Networking Day will focus on art, diversity and transformative practice. At the level of geopolitics globally we are witnessing vulnerable populations on the move at an unprecedented scale. At the same time, at the level of the nation state, we see the consolidation of some familiar exclusionary discourses around notions of national identity. How can artists working collaboratively respond? How can collaborative arts and cultural practices challenge dominant and exclusionary narratives? How can we engage in inclusive ways to democratise public space at the level of the neighbourhood and the city? Over the course of the day we will explore the politics of identity and how it defines our bodies, ways of integrating the narrative of Traveller history, approaches to making large-scale interdisciplinary performance reflecting the diversity of place and collaborative arts practice connected with question of race, neighbourhood and displacement.

The day is interactive, with opportunities to reflect together on ideas of transformative practice that engages with diversity in all its meanings. Additional break out spaces in the afternoon will facilitate further exchange and talks with the programmed artists exploring insights and experiences gained from the day and the latest innovative collaborative arts projects taking place nationally and internationally.

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O’Donoghue Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance,
NUI Galway

Art, Ecology and Urban Spaces | Create / Common Ground – Critical Conversation at IMMA

14 November, 3pm to 5pm

Seoidín O’ Sullivan, Dr. Gregory Sholette, Fiona Woods, Emmanuel Pratt

Create and Common Ground are pleased to partner on this panel discussion which will explore the issue of sustainable cities, land access, food access, and spaces of commoning and public sites in urban space. It will seek to explore the potential of collaborative practice to make critical interventions in the urban landscape in order to reveal alternative futures and propose new forms of collective co-operation among diverse publics.

The event draws on artist, Seoidín O’ Sullivan’s HARD/GRAFT project as part of her Common Ground CITIZEN ARTIST award and her recent experience of the inaugural Hyde Park Art Center and Sweet Water Foundation residency exchange programme with Irish Museum of Modern Art and Create. Chaired by internationally renowned artist educator Dr. Gregory Sholette, the panel comprises of artist Seoidín O’ Sullivan, artist Fiona Woods and Chicago-based artist architect Emmanuel Pratt from the Sweetwater Foundation situated in Chicago.

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

Screenings at Dublin Art Book Fair 2017, TBG+S

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
23 November

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios have partnered with the Irish Architecture Foundation to deliver a film screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in the IAF theatre as part of Dublin Art Book Fair: Art and Architecture Interwoven, sponsored by Henry J Lyons. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, directed by Robert Wiene, has been selected and will be introduced by David O’Mahony, Head of Programming at the Irish Film Institute.
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Wings of Desire
25 November

In Wings of Desire, director Wim Wenders’ (Paris, Texas, Alice in the Cities) most metaphysical work, a guardian angel desires nothing more than to be human. Every day, Dammiel (Bruno Ganz, The American Friend, Downfall) listens to the thoughts of mortals who play their lives out on the streets of West Berlin. He finds himself entranced by a trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin, Until the End of the World) whose eloquent expression of her doubts and fears makes him yearn for a life where he can feel happiness and love.
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Frederic William Burton and The West | Lecture with Dr. Marie Bourke at The Model

Thursday 16 November, 6pm

Dr. Marie Bourke (former Keeper-Head of Education), curator of the exhibition: Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art will reflect on the life achievements of Burton, including his work in the West of Ireland.

Bourke will shed light on this leading water colourist of the Pre-Raphaelite era.

Tickets €5

Book here:

The Model
The Mall, Co. Sligo
T: 071 914 14 05

IMMA / NIVAL Seminar | ROSC 50 Artist Research at IMMA

Saturday 11 November, 2.00 to 5.00pm

Showcasing new ROSC50 Artist Research Commissions by Amanda Coogan, Emma Haugh, Christodoulos Makris, Nathan O’Donnell and Suzanne Walsh.

An important part of the IMMA/ NIVAL ROSC 50 collaboration is to generate new research and new perspectives from both artists and audiences today, and to record these for future generations. Audiences are invited to attend a seminar comprising of artists’ performance, lecture presentations, screening and a panel discussion. This includes research projects in response to the Rosc exhibitions: ‘Prologue’ by artist Amanda Coogan, ‘Poverty of Vision’ by Emma Haugh and a collaborative project titled ‘Inflamatory Speech’ by Christodoulos Makris, Nathan O’Donnell and Suzanne Walsh. Each artist has taken as their starting point the material relating to the Rosc exhibitions in the NIVAL archive, and are responding to themes relating to the ambition, memory and legacy of Rosc and also the critical and public engagement with the exhibitions.

Other contributions will be presented by Brenda Moore-McCann, art historian, writer and appointed researcher of the IMMA/NIVAL: ROSC 50 – 1967 / 2017 project, and Valerie Connor, curator and educator, D.I.T.

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

The Artists’ Estates Conference 2017, RHA, Dublin

Thursday 23 November, 10am to 5pm

Artists’ estates are an integral part of managing an artist’s legacy and yet little attention has been given to this area in Ireland. The sudden responsibility for an artistic legacy is not an easy role to manage. There is a role for diverse partners in this. Private and public as well as academic institutions have an important part to play.

The Artists’ Estates Conference will bring together participants with experts from the relevant fields of artists’ legacy planning and management. Sessions will address legal and financial considerations as well as providing practical advice around preserving, promoting and enhancing the legacy. The event is designed to provide knowledge from industry professionals sharing their insights as well as a networking opportunity for legal and financial advisors, artists, estates and art-world professionals. As well as legal and tax issues, sessions will look at the art market and the role played by museums, archives and commercial galleries. The day-long event will be essential for professionals who advise those entrusted with an artist’s legacy and will be eligible for Continuing Professional Development Points.

This initiative is a collaborative venture between the Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation (IVARO) and Visual Artists Ireland (VAI).

Tickets: €80 (IVARO / VAI Members) | €160 (non members)
Location: RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

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Artist Talk | Hannah Bloom, Cará Donaghey and Aideen Farrell at Ormond Studios

Tuesday 14 November, 7pm

Join Ormond Studios for their third series of talks with emerging Irish artists.

This event will feature shortlisted artists from our Graduate Award, Cará Donaghey and Aideen Farrell, alongside Graduate Artist Residency Recipient Hannah Bloom.

Please note this event is free but registration is required:

Ormond Studios
4 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin

Digital Studies Seminar Series | Studio 6 Open at TBG+S

21 November, 5 and 19 December

Digital Studies is a seminar series that meets every two weeks with a view to discussing a text circulated in advance of the meeting. The seminar is affiliated with the Digital Studies Network inaugurated by the Institute for Research and Innovation, at the Pompidou Centre (Paris), with the aim of building an international forum for cultural critique and debate around all things digital.

Digital Studies concerns research and discussion about the new pressures brought to bear, without exception, on all sectors of knowledge and professional practice, as a result of the proliferation and penetration of digital technologies.

The goals of the seminar are:
· To promote interdisciplinary discussions in relation to digital technologies. Digital Studies is conceived to encompass the impact of digital technologies on the construction of knowledge in both techno-scientific and arts–humanities domains.
· To explore the implications of digital techniques on academic and professional practice, and to conceive new modes of conversing, interacting, teaching, researching, working and expressing by repurposing and reinventing digital technologies.
· To establish an international, bilingual and interdisciplinary publication with regular outputs relating to findings discussed in the seminars.

The outputs of the seminar series are regular publications and practice-based exhibitions.

Digital Studies is hosted by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as part of the Studio 6 Open programme.

The Interaction Between Art and Architecture | Panel Discussion at TBG+S

25 November

As part of Dublin Art Book Fair: Art and Architecture Interwoven, sponsored by Henry J Lyons, a panel of leading artists, architects and writers will consider how art and architecture, physical and material things in the world, are interconnected. How these two distinct disciplines inspire and overlap, and how they diverge. Speaking from personal experience and their artistic and architectural practices, they will consider ‘the interwoven’; the ways they see; how, through material and experimental making, they gain particular insights into a material world – made and inhabited – that might appear fragile as well as an infinitely potent source for imagination and inspiration.

Panel: Chair Hugh Campbell (Professor of Architecture, UCD)
Shelly McNamara (Grafton Architects), Niamh O’Malley (Artist), Brendan Earley (Artist), Peter Carroll (A2 Architects), Gavin Corbett (Writer).

Book here:

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

Same difference: constructive ambiguity and contemporary art from post-conflict Northern Ireland | Dr Declan Long Lecture at UCD

13 November, 3pm to 4pm

All are welcome to the inaugural lecture in the new UCD Humanities Institute Research Series ‘Media, Encounter, Witness: Troubling Pasts’, co-organized by Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald (Art History and Cultural Policy) and Dr Emilie Pine (English, Drama and Film):

Dr Declan Long, National College of Art and Design
‘Same difference: constructive ambiguity and contemporary art from post-conflict Northern Ireland’
Humanities Institute Seminar Room
(UCD map:

This lecture coincides with the publication of Dr Long’s new book Ghost-haunted land: Contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2017)

UPDATED DATES | Photobook Publishing Seminar with Eanna de Freine at The Library Project   Recently updated !

PhotoIreland Foundation has launched Critical Academy, which opens up a new space to learn, research and examine contemporary art practices around Photography and their contexts, as much as the arts management and cultural policy that affect them.

The first upcoming seminar is Photobook Publishing with Éanna de Fréine. This seminar is aimed at photographers who see the book as the final form of their projects, but want to retain more economic and creative control over the publishing process. Photographers interested in this seminar should also be interested in how to make professional books using the best materials and practices. The seminar is not intended for photographers looking to make one-off photobooks with services such as Blurb, or handmade books. It is ideal for photographers who want to create photobooks of their own work, while retaining full control over the process.

The purpose of this seminar is to inform and advise photographers on the best practices for self-publishing photobooks. The seminar is aimed at photographers who wish to have more economic and creative control over their publishing, and are looking for guidance on where to begin.

The seminar will be presented by Éanna de Fréine. Éanna is the founder of The Velvet Cell, an independent photobook publisher with a focus on urban photography, and IndiePhotobooks, an educational site dedicated to sharing knowhow, ideas and strategies about photobook publishing.

Dates: 3 and 4 February 2018
Fee: €300 per person
Location: The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin.

Workshops and Lecture | Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection 2017, the Hunt Museum

29 November

This year sees three new additions to the Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection. Work by Marcus O’Mahony, Christy Keeney and Anne Butler will join this all-island collection, a joint project between Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT) and the Hunt Museum, Limerick. To coincide with the acquisition of new works, LSAD will host two full days of workshops and lectures, which are open to all.

The lectures will take place in the Church Gallery, Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare St, Limerick from 10am – 3.30pm, followed by a reception at the Hunt Museum from 4pm – 6pm where the new additions to the collection will be unveiled.

In addition, this year, with the support of the Design and Craft Council of Ireland and Applied Arts Ireland, Christy Keeney and Anne Butler will demonstrate their making techniques on Tuesday 28th November at Limerick School of Art and Design Ceramics Programme from 10am – 4.30pm.

Now in its third year, it is envisioned that this joint project between Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT) and the Hunt Museum, Limerick, where the collection is housed, will grow annually to reflect the richness, diversity and creativity of contemporary Irish ceramic practice. Works from the collection are on permanent display in the Hunt Museum and include pieces by Sara Flynn, Jack Doherty, Deirdre McLoughlin, Frances Lambe, Henry Pim, Claire Curneen, Ingrid Murphy, Katharine West and Cormac Boydell.

Both events are free, but booking is required. Please contact to reserve a place.

James White Lecture 2017 with Dr Tristram Hunt at Dublin Castle

30 November

The Irish Museums Association and ICOM Ireland have invited Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert museum, as Guest Speaker at the annual James White Lecture 2017 at Dublin Castle, under the title ‘Embracing the past, preserving the future’.

Dr Tristram Hunt became Director of the Victoria and Albert museum in February 2017. Formerly the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central, he served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

He has a First Class degree in history from Trinity College, Cambridge (1995), served as an Exchange Fellow at the University of Chicago (1996) and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, on ‘Civic Thought in Britain, 1820-1860′ (2000). Between 2001-2010, Tristram combined his post as Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London, with work as a history broadcaster and author. Tristram has served as a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the History of Parliament Trust. He is President of the British Ceramics Biennial and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

The Irish Museums Association and ICOM National Commitee for Ireland would like to acknowledge the support of Dublin Castle, Office of Public Works – Historic Properties, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Heritage Council.

See website for further information or contact Gina O’Kelly, Irish Museums Association,
Admission is free but booking essential. Bookings close midnight, 29 November 2017:

In conversation | Breda Lynch with Prof. Colin Graham at the RHA

Wednesday 1 November, 6pm

Professor Colin Graham, Head of the Department of English at Maynooth University, will be in conversation with artist Breda Lynch about her current exhibition showing in the RHA Ashford gallery, Witch and Lezzie and the wider concerns that are dealt with in her practice, such as the place of women and queer culture in Ireland, lesbian identity and the visibility of peripheral histories and narratives.

Royal Hibernian Academy

Ely Place, Dublin 2

T: (01) 661 2558



Samuel Laurence Cunnane | Basic Talks at The Hugh Lane

Friday, 10 November,1 pm

Samuel Laurence Cunnane is an artist based in Co. Kerry. He has had a number of solo exhibitions in Ireland and abroad, including the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2016) and the Kerlin Gallery (2015) and most recently in Istanbul (Oktem & Aykut, 2017)

Samuel will give a presentation about recently made photographic work while abroad and older previously unshown work with a particular focus on the camera as an apparatus of perception and as a tool to elucidate and cloud our vision.

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art. BASIC TALKS is a collaboration between Basic Space and The Hugh Lane, exploring alternatives in the dissemination of contemporary art and its discourses.


Gallery 18
Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
T: + 353 1 222 5550