Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Objects and Revolution| MAKE 2016 Symposium, Stack Theatre, Cork   Recently updated !

Make-2016-banner5  March, 10am to 5pm (registration opens 9:30) | Cost:€55 /  €25 with Student price (50 max available at student price)
Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork

MAKE 2016 Symposium: Objects and Revolution. Hosted by the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, MAKE 2016 will be the third in a series of annual Symposia that explore issues of making and materiality. MAKE 2016 will honour the centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Rising by examining the role of objects in personal and political trauma and change.

Programme of speakers:
– Professor Catherine Harper, editor of Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture, UK. Dean of Creative and Cultural Industries and Professor of Textiles at University of Portsmouth, UK
– Rita Duffy Artist; Belfast native; BA, MA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster.
– Brian Hand Artist and lecturer in art and design at IT Carlow.
– Eglė Bogdanienė Artist; Vice Rector for Studies and Associate Professor, Textile Dept., at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania.
– Sarah Kelleher PhD candidate in the History of Art department at University College Cork and Government of Ireland Scholar.

Sarah Kelleher will also head a curating team to create an accompanying exhibition of recent CIT CCAD graduate work responding to the themes of MAKE 2016. This show, ‘Affective Entities’ will open after the Symposium on 5 March at 6pm in the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, and runs until 26 March 2016.

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Social Cinema | Fortnightly Screenings On line   Recently updated !

social cinemaThe first series of ‘Social Cinema’ is set to launch on the 24th February 2016 with a programme of online cinema screenings. This is the first event in the South East Cultural Centre’s new outreach programme – ‘Fortnights’. The purpose of the ‘Fortnights’ programme is to make leading cultural events accessible to those who may not be in a position to access or attend live events held in the cultural capitals, arts centres, theatres or cinemas.

From February to May 2016, series 1 of ‘Social Cinema’ will be screening films from Oscar nominated director Hanna Polak, internationally renowned artists Brian Maguire and Ai Weiwei, as well as films highlighting the current Syrian refugee crises and some home-grown sensations such as The Pipe.

Once a fortnight on a Wednesday at 7pm, people around the country are invited to log into the interactive viewing room, located on the South East Cultural Centre’s website. There they can view the film and participate in discussion as everyone experiences the film screenings together. Curated by Richard Carr.

For further information please visit the South East Cultural Centre’s website where you can find the full programme of upcoming screenings:

Get A Real Job | Visual Art Symposium at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co.Laois   Recently updated !

get a real job20 February, 11am to 5 pm | Cost: €10
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Art Department and Dunamaise Arts Centre present ‘Get A Real Job’, a Visual Art symposium.
This event challenges the perception of ‘the poor artist alone in the garret’ and presents case studies of career options in the arts. Committing to a career in art is often a daunting prospect. As an art student, where do I go now? Will I have a job or a career? What will my family say???
Speakers at this one day symposium include artists now working in fashion, tattooing, special-effects, animation, curation, arts administration and traditional studio based artforms. Join us in celebrating the diversty of artists and arts careers available to graduates from Abbeyleix FEC and other third level institutions. An ideal opportunity to research a career in the arts sector.

’30 Years, Artists, Places’ | Jenny Brady Gallery Talk at Ballina Arts Centre   Recently updated !

talksandlectures12 February at 7pm
Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Throughout the month of February, Ballina Arts Centre is presenting 30 Years, Artists, Places, an exhibition celebrating thirty years of Local Authorities delivering art services, at the Ballina Civic Offices. The exhibition features works drawn from Local Authority art collections from allover the country and includes works by many of Ireland’s best known artists including Sean McSweeney, Alice Maher, Tony O’Malley, Robert Ballagh, Norah McGuinness and many more.

As part of the exhibition there will be an extensive education and outreach programme with schools visits and workshops, as well as a Gallery Talk by Jenny Brady, whose video piece ‘The Known World’ features in the exhibition. The Gallery Talk will take place on Friday 12th February at 7pm. Jenny will talk about ‘The Known World’, as well as about her ongoing practice.

‘The Known World’ is an experimental nature documentary with voiceover, tracing the relationship of swan to notions of ‘uncertainty and doubt’. Described as ‘concerned with the fragility of knowledge’, the video presents a natural history of transition and change. Using images of Lough Lannagh, in Castlebar, and the family of Mute Swans that live on it, the work operates in the space between documentary and fiction. Its protagonist reveals a world where reality is a constantly evolving set of ideas. The piece was commissioned by Mayo County Council for Landmark, a public art programme for Lough Lannagh, Castlebar.

Curator Talk: Sumesh Sharma at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios   Recently updated !

TBGS-Logo-250Monday 22 February 2016 | 6.30pm
Studio 6

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Bombay-based curator Sumesh Sharma will present a talk introduced by TBG+S Studio Artist Aurélien Froment.

Artist Talk: Amie Siegel in Conversation with Megs Morley at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios   Recently updated !

TBGS-Logo-250Artist Talk: Amie Siegel in conversation with Megs Morley
Tuesday 23 February 2016 | 5pm
Studio 6

On the occasion of her exhibition Imitation of Life at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, we are pleased to welcome renowned American artist Amie Siegel, who will participate in a public conversation with curator Megs Morley.

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Upcoming IFI & TBGS Film Screenings | ‘DDR/DDR’ by Amie Siegel & ‘Daisy Chain’ by Polly Devlin   Recently updated !

TBGS-Logo-250Irish Film Institiute, 6 Eustace St, Dublin 2

– ‘DDR/DDR’ by Amie Siegel – Tuesday 23 February 2016 | 6.30pm

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Film Institute presents a screening of Amie Siegel’s film DDR/DDR. This film was selected by curator Megs Morley and artist Amie Siegel as part of her exhibition Imitation of Life at TBG+S running from 19 February to 2 April.

DDR/DDR explores the German Democratic Republic and the remnants of its collapse. The politics of representing such a complex past is explored through this multi-layered, beautiful film essay. Challenging the conventions of documentary and narrative film through a montage of staged and performed moments, archived Stasi surveillance footage and interviews with former citizens and agents, Siegel examines the relationship between the development of cinema, psychoanalysis and the Stasi’s surveillance of its citizens, creating a work that self-consciously connects the technology of state control and art.

Prior to this screening, artist Amie Siegel will participate in a free public conversation with curator Megs Morley at 5pm in Studio 6 at TBG+S.

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– ‘Daisy Chain’ by Polly Devlin – Wednesday 24 February 2016 | 6.30pm

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Film Institute presents a screening of ‘Daisy Chain’ by Polly Devlin. This film was selected by curator Megs Morley and artist Amie Siegel as part of her exhibition Imitation of Life at TBG+S running from 19 February to 2 April 2016.

Directed as a film school project by Irish-born author and journalist Polly Devlin, the film is conceived as a ‘traditional’ documentary but explodes into a whirl of ethical contradictions when Daisy, Polly’s young daughter and main subject of the film, apparently withdraws her co-operation. In front of the cameras, an emotional battle for power unfolds and the documentary enters a realm where accepted notions of objective observation collapse. Amid the accusations of manipulation and betrayal, the viewer can never be certain of the truth, never sure when the protagonists are performing for the camera and when they are genuinely its victims.

Polly Devlin, artist Amie Siegel and curator Megs Morley will participate in a post-screening Q&A

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Artist Talk with Maurice Gunning and Alice McDowell Artist Talk at Glor   Recently updated !

talksandlectures18th Thursday at 8.30pm
Glor, Causeway Link, Ennis, Clare

On Thursday 18th of February Glór welcomes Photographer Maurice Gunning and Documentary Filmmaker Alice McDowell to present their exhibition Riverine: Stories from The Gambia.

Combining photography, film and text, the project offers a unique perspective on the age-old practice of female circumcision in The Gambia, focusing on 9 women who are intricately linked to the tradition and its course of abandonment. Sharing stories from their journey and a selection of images and clips from their relevant documentary work, the pair will explore both the beauties and the complexities of using arts practice to investigate and interpret human rights issues. |


‘Exploring Kingerlee’ Panel Discussion at the Luan Gallery   Recently updated !

John-Kingerlee13 Febraury at 12pm
Luan Gallery, Grace Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Following the successful launch of ‘Beyond the Beyonds’ exhibition by John Kingerlee earlier this month, Luan Gallery is delighted to announce ‘Exploring Kingerlee’ a discussion based event as part of the gallery access and education programme.

Beyond the Beyonds features a selection of works which survey the artistic career of John Kingerlee since 1962. Featuring figurative, abstract and sculpted works the exhibition includes samples of Kingerlee’s well known: ‘Heads’, ‘Sriks’, and ‘Pneuma Grid’ series as well as earlier lesser known examples of his work.

Organised in celebration of John Kingerlee’s 80th Birthday this February, the exhibition is on display at Luan Gallery until the end of February 2016. As always the gallery team are putting heavy emphasis on access and education and urge school and community groups to visit the exhibition for a free guided tour before it closes.

A discussion panel, chaired by Dr Medb Ruane, will take place in Luan Gallery on 13th February at 12pm. Invited speakers from the academic and art worlds will engage with the topic ‘Exploring Kingerlee’ and delve into the themes and execution of his work. Panellists include: writer, critic and psychoanalytic practitioner Dr Medb Ruane, Longford based visual artist Gary Robinson, lecturer, writer and broadcaster Professor Mike Catto, Gerard Gibson, educator and poet, playwright, screenwriter, art critic and novelist Brian Lynch.

The discussion will be held in front of an audience and discussion, engagement and questions will be welcomed and encouraged. This promises to be an illuminating afternoon and Luan Gallery recommends that those planning to attend this free event register their interest early on 0906442154. It is suitable for second and third level students, art teachers, artists, art enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in learning more about the work of John Kingerlee.

Performance Art in Ireland: A History | 2016 United States Speaking Tour   Recently updated !

performance-art-2016-us-tourÁine Phillips had been funded by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme to travel to Boston, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland Oregan during February promoting Irish Performance and Live Art.

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Phillips will present illustrated lectures on performance art in Ireland from the 1970’s to the present day, focusing on political artists responding to the ‘Troubles’ (the military and civil war in Northern Ireland in the 1980s – 1990s), feminist performance from the 1980s to the present day, the evolution  of Irish sound art and current live art that is often radical, socially engaged and collaborative.

Cork Photo Gathering at Sample Studios   Recently updated !

Cork-Photo-Logo12 February | 6pm – 8pm
Former Government Buildings, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork City, Co. Cork

Cork Photo is happy to announce the first Cork Photo Gathering scheduled for February 12th in the amphitheatre at Sample Studios from 6-8pm.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the festival, share ideas, make plans and connect with fellow exhibitors. A few past participants will also be joining us to share their experiences: Claire Ryan, Stephane Bruchet and John Sunderland.

Studio Talk with Barbara Knezevic at TBG + S, Dublin   Recently updated !

TBGS-Logo-25010 February, 6pm
Studio 10, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

As she approaches the end of her studio tenure, TBG+S invites visitors to Barbara Knezevic’s studio to view her recent work and to participate in a discussion between the artist and TBG+S Programme Curator Rayne Booth. Barbara Knezevic makes sculptural work that is concerned with how objects function materially, philosophically and economically in the world.

Free event, booking essential. Book your free ticket here:

E gress Screening, Marie Brett and Kevin O’Shanahan, Co.Cork   Recently updated !

E-1.gress_Film_Still_Photography_by_Marie_Brett-2-lower-res11 February, 9.30am to 6.30pm
Mobile Cinema, Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Bessboro Day Care Centre, Blackrock, Co. Cork

E.gress: A Film Exploring the Twilight World of Dementia is a film produced by artist Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan following an intensive collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
Following an all-day screening in the Cinemobile, there will be a special live music & discussion event in the ASI Boardroom at 6.30pm. Ann Davoren, Director of West Cork Arts Centre, will join Jo Calnan and Jon Hinchliffe from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and artist Marie Brett to discuss the artwork and the collaborative process of the making of E.gress. Live music will be presented by Kevin O’Shanahan with members of the Happiness Ensemble, as an improvised response to the artwork. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to view E.gress in the adjacent mobile cinema prior to this event.

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Artists Chat for Visual Artists at Townhall Cavan   Recently updated !

spray-tan-baby-VAI-Ebulletin9 February, 6.30 to 9pm
Townhall Cavan Arts Space, Townhall Street, Co.Cavan

Artists Chat for Visual Artists is a space for artists to come and share the workings of their Visual Arts Practice. The first half of the evening invites artists to introduce the group to their practice. 10 minutes introductions that are organised in advance. The second half is a chance to chat. We will have tea and coffee, maybe beer. €5 suggested donation.

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Essence of Design Conference 2016 at The Leitrim Design House

TheEssenceofDesign250pxThe Essence of Design – Design, Craft & The Consumer.
27 February | 10am – 3.30pm (lunch included)
The Leitrim Design House, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim

Eddie Shanahan: Branding, Fashion, Craft and Retail Consultant
Bridget Varadi: Artist
Jean Whitfield: Jewellery Designer
Erika Marks: Jewellery Designer
Karishma Kusurkar: Print & Accessories Designer
Patrick Mc Hugh: Web Developer & Photographer

Following on from success of “The Essence of Design 2015”, The Leitrim Design House is pleased to invite you to the “Essence of Design 2016”, an exciting and relevant conference chaired by Eddie Shanahan well known expert in brand and product development for the fashion, craft and homewares industry.

Featuring a panel of speakers representing dynamic and inspiring designers and artists, the conference will explore various aspects of developing your business. Themes will include the relationship between craft and design; advice on submitting work for adjudication; observations on online marketing; technology as an aide to telling a story; the design process and business development.

Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to a really interesting panel of speakers.

SHE DEVIL Discussion at the Golden Thread Gallery

she-devil2 February | 1pm – 3pm
Golden Thread Gallery, 84- 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU

TIME: 1-2 pm (Talk) with Stefania Miscetti and Manuela Pacella
TIME: 2–3pm (Discussion) with Emma Campbell, Sara Greavu & Daniel Jewesbury

We will be joined by both Stefania Miscetti and Manuela Pacella in a discussion about the SHE DEVIL project, with contributions from invited guest curators and writers, further details to follow.

Manuela will give a brief introduction to Stefania Miscetti and her role in the Roman art scene. She will also discuss her own involvement with SHE DEVIL, the 3d edition that she contributed to, and how the connection with Belfast and the idea to let the project travel evolved.

Stefania will talk about the origins of SHE DEVIL, its history and its development. She will also discuss the reasons for and the importance of organising new editions and the new formula which lets it travel and grow, adding new points of view from other countries and cultures.

The SHE DEVIL project was created in Rome in 2006 by ​​Stefania Miscetti and involves artists and curators, both Italian and international. The project has embraced both emerging and established artists who work with moving images. The various works and the different critical perspectives coexist within a discourse of many voices, in which emerge the multiplicity of worlds and visions.

The First Friday Series with Tanya Harris, Glor, Co.Clare

glor ennis5 February, 11am
Glor Causeway Link, Ennis, Causeway Link, Co. Clare

First Friday Talk Series: Tanya Harris
Tanya Harris will present her work which explores the concept that sound is not only what you can hear, it is a primordial force that holds physical reality in form.
Glór, in collaboration with the Artists’ Resource Room, and supported by the Clare Arts Office, presents the First Fridays, a series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and artists. |

Revolutions, Revolts, Revolvings | 7th Irish Psychotherapy Film Festival

7th-Psycoanalytic-Film-Fest-201629 and 30 January 2016
Venues: Carmelite Centre, 56 Angier St, Dublin 2 and Collins Barracks Museum

The 7th Annual festival of Psychoanalysis and Film takes the theme of Revolution in all its rich etymological resonances. In 2016, Ireland celebrates 100 years of independence, and commemorates the events of 1916 and the revolution that led to Ireland’s status as Nation state.  Cinema has long dedicated itself to the framings and reframing of what is and has been ‘revolutionary’ for the human condition. The 7th festival brings together films and documentaries which portray or seek to represent the essence of what has constituted the revolutionary turn in one sense or another, both at home and further afield.
We welcome Ruth Barton (Film Studies, TCD) as our distinguished guest Lecturer, and Rory O’ Neill and Conor Horgan who will be present to discuss the ‘The Queen of Ireland’.


Relatively Speaking: A Guided Walking Tour Across Three City Art Galleries

TBGS-Logo-250Thursday 4th February | 1pm | Free Event
Meeting point: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Booking is essential. To book your free place please click here.

Would you like an opportunity to introduce your friends and family to contemporary art? Relatively Speaking is the guided walking tour that takes place across three of Dublin’s most well-known contemporary art galleries, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Project Arts Centre and the Gallery of Photography. The tours introduce their current exhibitions to those who might not be so familiar with contemporary art and offer an interesting insight into the work for those who are. The whole tour, contained within Temple Bar, will take about 60 minutes (approx.), with 15-20 minute tours taking place in each gallery.

Beginning at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, you will be introduced to the solo exhibition Stoneymollan Trail by Charlotte Prodger. Visitors will be guided to the next venue, Project Arts Centre, for an introduction to Núria Güell’s solo exhibition Troika Fiscal Disobedience Consultancy. Finally, the tour will end at the Gallery of Photography, where you will be guided through the exhibition of photographs by Ted Russell, Bob Dylan, NYC 1961-64.

We’ll meet on Thursday 4th February at 1pm at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Book a spot for your parents, friends, cousins, housemates and anyone who you think might like to learn more about the things you love.

Extending Architecture Public Talk with Todo Por La Praxis at Sean O’Casey Community Centre

foto_colectivo-todo-praxis-small5 February | 7 – 9pm
Sean O’Casey Community Centre, St Mary’s Road East Wall, Dublin

The first of the Public Talks as part of Extending Architecture will take place on 5 February with international Madrid based architects Todo Por La Praxis.

The Arts Council’s Extending Architecture is a new training initiative for cultural practitioners with an interest in programming, exploring and sharing the cultural and artistic value of architecture with the public. Leading international practitioners, Todo Por la Praxis, Kate Goodwin and Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman will provide interactive training sessions in Dublin, Galway and Cork in 2016 as part of the Extending Architecture Training Initiative. In addition, each of the three practitioners will make a rare Irish appearance, giving talks which will be free for the public to attend.

These renowned international practitioners Todo Por la Praxis (Madrid), Kate Goodwin (London) and Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman (San Diego – Tijuana) will share their expertise and insights with training in how to programme, present, collaborate, mediate and work in new ways in architecture. |