Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Artists’ Discussion | ROSC 50 – 1967 / 2017 at IMMA

Wednesday 31 May, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of ROSC, IMMA invites artists to come together in conversation to reflect on the direct experiences of a particular generation of artists associated with the ROSC exhibitions. To assess the impact of this major cultural art event on Irish art and artists, this discussion offers the chance to hear directly from artists whose work was represented in one of the ROSC exhibitions from 1967 – 1988. Artists speaking include: Katy Prendergast, Nigel Rolfe, Robert Ballagh, and Eilis O Connell. Chaired by Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA.

Prior to this discussion, you can visit IMMA/NIVAL ROSC 50 – 1967 / 2017, presented in the IMMA Project Spaces – remains open until 6.30pm.

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

Unpacking the Collection Talk at dlr LexIcon

Wednesday 31 May, 6.30 to 8.00pm

A presentation and discussion on the collection of the Arts Council: its history, purpose, management and future. Chaired by curator Martin Drury with Dr. Éimear O’Connor HRHA, art historian and member of the Arts Council; Claire Doyle, Head of Visual Arts and Architecture at the Arts Council; and Helena Gorey artist and manager of the Arts Council’s collection.

To book this free talk go to and search for dlr LexIcon Gallery
Part of the Exhibition Learning Programme for SurprEYES! Works from the Arts Council

Image Credit: ‘Invisible and Unheard’ (1986) by Jacinta Feeney: Collection of the Arts Council

LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
T: 01 2362759

Artist Talk | Garrett Phelan in Conversation with Caroline Cowley at Stoney Road Press

Thursday 25 May 6.00 to 6.30pm.

Garrett Phelan will discuss THE HIDE SUITE in conversation with Caroline Cowley, Public Art Co-ordinator for Fingal County Council before the opening at Stoney Road Press.

As part of THE HIDE PROJECT, a major public art commission by Fingal County Council, THE HIDE SUITE is a set of 28 individual prints on Japanese paper presented in a solander box and accompanied by a commissioned text by Isabel Nolan. Each print features a detailed drawing of a bird recorded by the artist that is associated with THE HIDE PROJECT. THE HIDE SUITE is produced in association with Stoney Road Press fine art print studio.

Further information on THE HIDE PROJECT is available at

Stoney Road Press
Stoney Road,
Dublin 3.
T: 01 8878544

Artist Talk | Kate McElroy at A4 Sounds

Wednesday 24 May, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Kate McElroy is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work encompasses drawing, video, ceramics, photography, mixed media and performance. Themes of growth, tension and release and the mind/body relationship are integral to her work.

In this talk, Kate will introduce her practice and discuss her ideas, processes and reasons for making.

For more information about Kate’s work please visit:

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1

Port Perspectives Seminar | The Artist as Witness at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane

Wednesday 24 May, 2pm

The Artist as Witness uses the work of acclaimed Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem as the starting point to discuss artists as witnesses to key events in society.

This half day seminar will look at the role of artists as witnesses to contemporary issues such as climate change, labour migration and globalisation. What is the responsibility of the artist and the art process and how can they meaningfully fulfil their role of witness?

These questions and more will be discussed by a range of experts in a half day event at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Guest speakers will include Erwin Joos, Dr Niamh Ann Kelly, Alaina Clare Feldman and Prof. Declan McGonagle.

Admission is free but booking is essential:

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

FIRST EDITION Print Symposium at Millennium Hall, Cork

23 and 24 June

Cork Printmakers is delighted to present the FIRST EDITION Print Symposium, a two day event featuring over twenty high calibre international and national speakers at Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall. The theme is Multiple Dimensions: Exploring Printmaking as an expanded practice in contemporary visual culture. It also includes a citywide trail of exhibitions and is presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

Speakers include; Susan Tallman; Editor in Chief, Art in Print, Chicago, USA; Michael Kempson; Convenor of Printmaking Studies and Director of Cicada Press, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Dr. Angela Griffith, History of Art and Architecture Department, Trinity College, Dublin; Jason Urban and Leslie Mutchler, both of The University of Texas, USA, Jason co-founded award winning print website Printeresting; Dr. Carinna Parraman, Professor in Design and Colour Print, UWE, Bristol; Co-Director, Centre for Fine Print Research (IMPACT is the CFPR’s main Symposia); speakers from the main Print Studios around Ireland and many more.

Tickets price range: from €40 (students / limited early bird tickets) – €65 (standard) for the two day event. Tickets are on sale now from Cork Midsummer Festival online box office –

A trail of exhibitions will accompany the Symposium, in six venues across Cork City Centre: CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery; Triskel Arts Centre; The Foyer, The Glucksman Gallery, UCC; The Foyer, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design; The Etching Room, Cork Printmakers and The Print Showroom, Cork Printmakers.

Symposium Venue: Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall, Cork City

Artist Talk | Jens Sundheim at Marsh’s Library, Dublin 2

Friday 19 May, 2pm

Jens Sundheim will be doing a walkthrough of his exhibition and an Artist Talk, followed by a presentation. His solo show Of Ants and Polyhedrons is currently on at Marsh’s Library until 31st May, as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2017.

Sundheim photographed at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, a complex built in the 1960s following ideas of the 1920s era of modernism. At the time it was praised as “the university of the future” – and later considered a horrific architectural failure that drives students into suicide.

Marsh’s Library
St. Patrick’s Close,
Dublin 2

Curator’s Talk | Sabina Mac Mahon at Solstice Arts Centre

Saturday 20 May, 1.30pm

Join Solstice Arts Centre’s curator in residence Sabina Mac Mahon for an informal walk-through of the current exhibition ‘A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917)’. Find out out more about the themes in Ledwidge’s poetry that informed the selection of artworks for the show, the work practices of the invited artists and the various ways in which art and poetry allow us to make sense of our lived experience. The exhibition runs until 16 June 2017.

No booking required, all welcome. Admission free.

Solstice Arts Centre
Railway St, Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath
T: (046) 909 2300

Basic Talks – Ali Kirby, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin 1

12 May 2017, 1pm
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Artist Ali Kirby will introduce her practice and talk about recent projects in relation to architecture and other disciplines.

Ali Kirby creates sculptural assemblages and installations that physically respond to the built environment. Her approach to materials and colour is intuitive, often employing a muted palette, soft textures and hard edges to create the various surfaces and forms normally associated with architecture. These soft-edged fabrics and forms butt up against concrete or wood in an attempt to draw our attention to the relationships between materials, how they connect, support, become damaged or distressed and ultimately reveal their potential for transformation.


Artist Conversation with David Coyne, Hunt Museum, Limerick

24 May 2017
The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, Cork

Join us at the Hunt Museum on May the 24th at 11am for an informal discussion with David Coyne where he will talk about his artistic practice. This is a great way to meet a professional artist and be able to ask him questions about his work in a friendly and relaxed environment.

David is a self-taught painter who works with oils as his chosen medium. All his work is conducted with the palette knife. |

Artists’ Talks at Wexford Arts Centre

19 May 2017

Join us at Wexford Arts Centre to mark the end of one of our Bealtaine Artists’ Residencies with a public event. This event will feature the artists – Vivienne Dick, Kevin Gaffney and Kathy Prendergast, along with local historian, Denis Collins. Presented in partnership with Wexford Arts Office, the artists will discuss their practice and the experience of working in Wexford in the context of their Bealtaine Residency, which runs from 7 to 20 May in CowHouse Studios, Wexford. There will be an opportunity for critical engagement with the artists themselves and one-on-one mentoring sessions for professional artists.
This is a public event and admission is free. No booking required. With the support of Wexford Arts Office, Wexford Arts Centre and the Cow House Studio

For more information contact Age + Opportunity Arts and Culture, T: 01 8057709

Artist Talk | Justyna Kielbowic – Dr Nadia Kelbova at A4 Sounds

Wednesday 17 May, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Justyna Kielbowicz, A4 DIT Graduate Award recipient 2016, will talk about her exhibition Dr Nadia Kelbova. Justyna is a contemporary photographer whose work is mostly conceptual.

Within her projects she urge the viewer to slow down and consider the choices and changes made in everyday life and how these influence the world and people around us. She likes to challenge the photographic authenticity and to examine the nature of reality by questioning our socially constructed norms. Kielbowicz also found her passion for documentary photography while traveling around the world.

In 2016 she was selected for the RDS Art Award exhibition as one of the best 13 emerging artists in Ireland for her project Dr Nadia Kelbova. This project documents the research undertaken by Dr. Nadia Kelbova in the areas of electromagnetic, gravitational and light waves using her Psychotronic Weapon Deflector and her goal of protecting humanity from the sinister influences of these mechanisms of social engineering.

Dr Nadia Kelbova, the exhibition and talk, form part of the programme for the PhotoIreland Festival 2017.

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A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1

Curatorial Directions Public Lecture | Juliet Jacques at The MAC

24 May

A public lecture by Juliet Jacques, presented in conjunction with Curatorial Directions 2017. Juliet Jacques is a writer, critic and filmmaker. In this public talk, held as part of our Curatorial Directions programme, Juliet will discuss her approach to writing in relation to art, culture and the self.

Jacques’ fiction has appeared in Five Dials, The London Magazine, 3:AM, Necessary Fiction and elsewhere. Her Transgender Journey series for The Guardian documented her gender reassignment between 2010 -12 and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2011. Her journalism and essays have featured in Granta, TimeOut, The Washington Post, The London Review of Books and other publications. Her book, Trans: A Memoir, was published by Verso in 2015, and was runner-up in the Polari LGBT First Book Award in 2016.

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MAC Belfast
10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960

ROSC 50 – 1967 / 2017 | Opening Talk at IMMA

Friday 5 May, 1.00 to 2.00pm

Join Sean Kissane (Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA) for an opening introduction of ROSC 50 -1967 / 2017, a research project presented in IMMA’s Project Spaces from 05 May – 18 June 2017. ROSC 50 – 1967 / 2017 coincides the 50th anniversary of the first ROSC, a series of major exhibitions of international art in Ireland between 1967 and 1988. Presented in partnership with NIVAL, IMMA displays a curated selection of archive material, screenings and research that draws on previous ROSC exhibitions, revisiting its major influence on key developments in the visual arts in Ireland.

Continuing throughout 2017, an expanded programme of talks, artists’ commissions and symposium will further asses the legacy of the ROSC exhibitions on Irish art history. Presented at IMMA, in partnership with NIVAL.

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Exhibition continues until 18 June.

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

Film Screening | Amanda Coogan: Long Now, IFI, Dublin 2

9 and 23 May 2017
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

After a sold out screening at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival in February, the new feature documentary Amanda Coogan: Long Now will have two more screenings at the IFI cinema, Dublin. First is next Tuesday the 9th of May with a Q&A with director Paddy Cahill and Amanda Coogan after the screening, and another on the 23rd of May with a live interpretation by Amanda Coogan in Irish Sign Language.

IFI+IMMA Screenings | As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits+Mystics

6 to 31 May 2017
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’ is a major international exhibition taking place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from April 13th to August 27th which examines the role of spirituality in visual art from a wide range of perspectives.

In keeping with the artworks in the exhibition, the films that feature here, from directors as diverse as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ingmar Bergman, Barbara McCullough and Robert Altman, transcend the limitations of and expand upon what is conventionally understood as spiritual to embrace ideas around mysticism, ritual, human consciousness, the otherworld and the occult. While a direct correspondence or through-line can be discerned in some instances – Alejandro Jodorowsky and Kenneth Anger feature both in the exhibition and in this film selection, thereby providing the opportunity to engage with their extraordinary work in different contexts – in other cases, the connections are less explicit, giving the viewer the chance to perceive for her or himself possible kinships between specific films and artworks.

‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’ is co-curated by Sam Thorne, Director, Nottingham Contemporary, UK, and Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator, IMMA. For more details on the exhibition see

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Digital Traces | A /Glitch Seminar, Rua Red, Dublin

Wednesday 17 May, 6.30pm, FREE
/Glitch Festival 2017 at Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre

Featuring Hugh McCabe, Bernie Masterson, Theo M. Honohan & Pierre Jolivet.
Digital Traces – A /Glitch Seminar comprises of four presentations in response to digital artworks which are interactive, divisive and political, and at their core leaving a significant residue. Past and present participants of Dublin’s NCAD Art in the Contemporary World and IADT’s Art & Research Collaboration masters programmes will open a discussion around artistic practices which directly engage with digital technology.

Featuring: Hugh McCabe’s ‘Ghosts In The Machines: Digital Archaeologies and Viral Art’ , Bernie Masterson’s ‘Bold Writing’ – A Video & Presentation analysing the act of writing as leaving a resonating footprint, Theo Honohan’s ‘Product & Sum: Putting processes together; composition in digital art’ and a presentation from Pierre Jolivet on ‘Intermedia Art & Self-Generative Processes.’

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New Now Next talk with Peter Bishop at Royal Irish Academy

Thursday 11 May

New Now Next is about disseminating NEW Ideas, regarding contemporary issues relevant NOW that can impact on the NEXT generation, curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation and sponsored by ARUP.

We’re delighted to be joined by Peter Bishop on May 11, who over the past 25 years has been a planning director in four different Central London Boroughs and has worked on major projects including Canary Wharf, the development of the BBC’s campus at White City and the Kings Cross developments, one of the largest and most complex sites in London. He was appointed as the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architecture and design studio, in 2006, the Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency in 2008 and in 2011 he carried out a review of national architecture and design policy on behalf of the Government and the Design Council.

Live Scores for Silent Films | A4 Sounds, Dublin 1

Sunday 30 April 2017 | Doors 7pm | €10 Entry fee
A4 Sounds Gallery, St Joseph’s Parade, Dublin 1

A4 Sounds’ Secret Sonic Cinémathèque: Bealtaine Edition. We’re back with another seasonal iteration of our live scores for silent films audiovisual spectacular. Following on from from our Samhain Special, this time we’ll being celebrating May Eve, marking the beginning of Summer and the halfway point between Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.

Four musicians will once again explore the relationship between moving image and live sound, as they perform specially-prepared live scores for a selection for short silent films.

Players: Robyn Bromfield (synthesist, feline envoy) // Fergus Cullen (saxophonist, punctuation executor) // Diarmuid MacDiarmada (loopstation manager, auxillary absurdist) // Andy Mooney (e-bow stringer, lunar-energy wrangler).

BYO | Complimentary popcorn



Seminar | A Walk in the May Dew, National Library of Ireland

A Walk in the May Dew is a seminar exploring the customs, folklore and songs surrounding the Month of May in Ireland.

The seminar is organised by and builds upon the hugely successful ‘Vizzards and Collicks’ seminar in October 2016 which was based around Hallowe’en folklore and customs in Ireland.

For this event, Michael and some of our country’s leading practitioners and academics take us for a stroll across the May dew where they will examine the rich folklore associated with the month of May in Ireland including its cures, superstitions, customs and rituals.

Speakers will included Michael Fortune (, Clodagh Doyle (National Museum – Country Life), Nev Swift (The Fading Year), Jonny Dillion and Fionnán Mac Gabhann (The Folklore of Ireland Society), Robbie Sinnott (TCD), Paul Horan (School of Nursing, TCD), Maria Finucane (Limerick School of Art and Design) PLUS songs from traditional singers Padraigín Ní Uallacháin and Aileen Lambert.

Following the event in the National Library, An Goilín Singers’ Club will host a specially themed traditional singing session based on the coming of summer and the month of May.

The NLI event is free but booking is essential, while there is a €3 entry fee for the singing session.

Please email or phone/text 087 6470247 to book your place at the NLI, while no booking is required for An Goilín Singers’ Club.

National Library of Ireland
Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 2