Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Communicating Through Design Talk, Dublin Castle   Recently updated !

global irish designThursday 23rd June
The Coach House, Dublin Castle

Communicating through Design.  As part of the programme around Global Irish Design Challenge exhibition, we present a series of design talks, in which designers speak about innovative two projects connecting within a common theme. Communicating through Design brings together Alison Hackett and Garrett Bennis who produced the Visual Time Traveller a project telling 500 years of history, art and science through a hundred graphic designs; along with Damien O’Connor of Brown Bag Films speaking about how serious narratives can be shared through animation: ANYA a short film telling the story of the life of a Russian orphan, as a unique initiative with To Russia With Love to help raise funds for the charity. |

Self Assemble | Open Invitation to Artists in Wicklow   Recently updated !

self_asembleWednesday 22 June, 2- 4.30pm, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

This is an opportunity for Wicklow Arts to gather and actively create our own cultural prospects, an opportunity to come together, activate or support new intiatives.

Artists, makers and the general public are invited to join us to participate in a session where we consider and problem solve through Open Space (for those of you who haven’t heard of it, Open Space is a simple yet sophisticated way for groups of people to self organise their own conference.)

No topic, frustration, or passion need to be off the agenda. This is the final in the Outpost Studios 2015/2016 Series of talks, which were kindly supported by Wicklow County Arts Office and Mermaid Arts Centre.

Attendance is free, booking is essential. Ring Mermaid Box Office on 2724030.
For further information, email
or visit:

Kevin Gaffney – Artist Talk at the RHA, Dublin 2   Recently updated !

rha gallery22 June, 5.30pm
Friends Room, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

To coincide with his residency at the RHA School Studios, Kevin Gaffney will talk about his work practice, methods, approaches and preoccupations.

This lecture is open to the public and will be held in the Friends Room of the RHA starting at 5.30pm.

Symposium | Research and Collaboration in Art History and Practice, NGI

Pathos-of-Distance23 June, 14:00 to 17:30
Sir Denis Mahon Reading Room, No. 90 Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.

A public symposium at the National Gallery of Ireland organised by the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art.

To celebrate the exhibition Sarah Pierce: Pathos of Distance a collaboration with the ESB CSIA , this public symposium reflects on the role of research in art history and contemporary art practice and their potential relationships.

Created by Sarah Pierce, ‘Pathos of Distance’ is a large scale installation at the National Gallery of Ireland exploring the representation of Irish migrants and diaspora in visual art. It is the product of a research project in which the artist worked with art historians and curators at the ESB CSIA to investigate the visual history of Irish Diaspora. In ‘Pathos of Distance’, Pierce presents and interprets some of the project’s research findings through the medium of her contemporary art practice. This approach to the presentation of art historical research provides opportunities for diverse and distinct methods of communication and public engagement.

Employing this project as a point of departure, a panel of speakers including: Dr Brian Fay (DIT), Dr Sinead Hogan (IADT), Dr Declan Long (NCAD), Dr Sarah Pierce, Dr Yvonne Scott (TCD), and Logan Sisley (DCGHL) will explore the similarities and differences in research and presentation in art history and practice, as well as the opportunities presented through their interaction and collaboration.

This event is free, but booking is required: /

National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
T: +353 1 661 5133

Workshop, Talk and Panel Discussion at Sirius Arts Centre, Co. Cork

LNielsen-Space-Totem-2015-Analog-Chromogenic-Photograph-50”-x-40”_VAI223 June 2016
Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, County Cork

Photogram workshop with Liz Nielsen, Curator & artists’ talk and panel discussion.

Workshop with Liz Nielsen, 10am
Hands-on workshop with the artist as she explains her creative process while guiding you to make your own cyanotype sun print. To book email with subject title Liz Nielsen Workshop.

Artist & Curator Talk, 2pm
Max Warsh discusses his artistic practice and his experience of running a non-profit gallery in New York City. Jessamyn Fiore talks about her curatorial practice including her role as co-director of the Gordon Matta-Clark Estate, curator of the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation in Dubai, and director of Thisisntoashop, a non-profit gallery that was based in Dublin 2006-2009.

Panel Discussion – That 70’s Influence, after Artist & Curator talk
Jessamyn Fiore, Liz Nielsen, Max Warsh and Katie Holten. This panel will expand upon the current exhibition by Liz Nielsen and Max Warsh to explore the influence of 1970’s art on today’s practicing artists, with particular reference to Gordon Matta-Clark and Brian O’Doherty.

T: 021 4813790, E:

Sixty-Six Screening + Conversation with Lewis Klahr at IFI and TBG+S, Dublin

Aemi-Lewis-1-lrg28 June, 6.30pm
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

In the vein of Peter Horvath, Winston Smith, or William Burroughs, Lewis Klahr can be considered among the great cut-up/collage artists of his generation. His latest work, Sixty Six, which premiered at MoMA last year, will be screened at the IFI. IFI and AEMI Projections are delighted to have Lewis Klahr here to introduce his film and to take part in a discussion about his work after the screening at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

International Council of Museums | ICOM-Ireland Annual Lecture

ICOM-IrelandFriday 17 June, 6pm

ICOM-Ireland are delighted to announce Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director, National Gallery, London as this year’s annual lecture guest speaker. Dr Finaldi will deliver an illustrated talk on:
‘How to form a national collection: The Prado Museum, Madrid, and the National Gallery, London’

Free event, to reserve your place please go to:

For further information please contact Jessica O’Donnell, Hon. Secretary ICOM-Ireland, email

Venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

IMA Forum: Education and Outreach Forum 2016, National Museum of Ireland

Copy-of-DSC_0026-2-640x426Friday 1 July, 9.30 am to 3.30pm.
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 1

The Irish Museums Association’s Education and Outreach forum is a key event in the calendar for museum educators to meet and discuss topics of interest to their programmes. From resources to individual projects, the IMA forum provides an informal learning exhange opportunity to share your findings and engage with your colleagues working in museums, galleries and cultural institutions. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas, where a lasting contribution can be made to the development of education in the museum context.
Speakers will be presenting examples of new and innovative access, outreach / education project that is happening on the ground – or have an example of creative engagement and learning – in museums and galleries across Ireland and the UK.

Dea Brikett, Creative Director, Kids in Museums, UK
Ellen Byrne, Creative Director and Cofounder Festival of Curiosity
Liz Johnson, Artist and Educator
Sarah McEvoy, Programme Administrator, Learning Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
Helen Beaumont, Education and Outreach Officer, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
Fiona Byrne, Acting Curator of Education and Outreach, The Hunt Museum
Edith Andrees, Project Coordinator, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
Arlene Bell, Social Inclusion Programme Manager, National Museums Northern Ireland
Gretta Halpin, Education Officer, National Print Museum, Dublin
Catherine McGuinness, Museum Educator
Aoife O’Toole, Education Assistant, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life

For more information on past forums and activities of the Irish Museums Association, visit or contact Gina O’Kelly, Director Irish Museums Association on

MART Studio Crit at MART Residency Space, Dublin 6

Studio-Crit-20th-June-220 June, 7pm
MART Residency Space – Coach House behind The MART Gallery 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines Dublin 6

Each month MART holds a studio crit open to its members and the public to attend, discuss and present current art and creative practices.
On June 20th MART will host performance, live art and spoken word performers who will present and begin an open dialogue their current and past work. Featuring: Lisa Freeman, Eleanor Lawler, Jenny Minniti Shippey and Katherine Nolan. Presented by Matthew Nevin. Each presentations is 10/15minutes with a 10 minute discussion. |


What are you looking at? | MONTO Curator-Led Arts Tour

MONTOFriday 10 June, 11.00am

Join in on a guided tour of the arts spaces in the north inner city MONTO. The tour begins at Talbot Gallery and Studios, above Graingers Pub (opposite Connolly station) at 11am, and onto curator-led tours of the latest exhibitions in The LAB Gallery, Oonagh Young Gallery and ArtBox. The tour also includes a walk-through of Fire Station Artists’ Studios on Buckingham Street.

Tickets available here on Eventbrite FREE:

Tour Schedule:

Talbot Gallery and Studios
Talbot Street (above Graingers Pub)
‘Lightworks’ – Sean Grimes

Sean Grimes presents works on paper alongside photography and sculpture. The photographs in the exhibition mainly focus on abstract and graphic play of light; either manipulated or happened upon. The works on paper are generally delicate in nature and tone and draw on a range of sources; from portraits and still life, to holographic imagery. As a backdrop to the works Grimes has constructed blinds which will gently illuminate and isolate the environment. Also presented are a grouping of small sculptural works which use a language code generated by the artist.

Fire Station Artists’ Studios
A tour of the artists’ workshop space in the historic Fire Station on Buckingham Street.

The LAB Gallery
Foley Street
‘So Through the Singing Land He Passed’

Curator Sabina MacMahon will give a special tour of her exhibition developed in collaboration with the LAB and the National Gallery of Ireland to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising and looking at the 1966 exhibition held to mark the Golden Jubilee at the National Gallery.

Oonagh Young Gallery
1 James Joyce Street
‘Suki Tea Art Prize’ – Colin Darke, Vera Klute, Clodagh Emoe, Elaine Leader, Michael Hanna

Together with with Visual Artists Ireland and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast,Oonagh Young is pleased to present an exhibition of the winner and finalists of the Suki Tea Art Prize 2015.

3 James Joyce Street
Adam Gibney: Euclid, I miss you..

“But this map of what surrounds the present, like all maps, is only a surface; its features are but abstract signs and symbols of things that in themselves are concrete bits of sensible experience.”
ArtBox presents a new body of work by artist Adam Gibney.

Researching Roger Casement | Lecture with Jeffrey Dudgeon at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane

CasementThursday 16 June, 18:30

In this lecture Jeffrey Dudgeon will unpack how he approached researching Casement for his 2012 publication Roger Casement: The Black Diaries and how he found a research path within the crowded field that is Casement’s life. He will also consider whether Casement’s separatist politics exacerbated the national conflict, taking Ireland inexorably down the path to partition.

Jeffrey Dudgeon was the successful plaintiff at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg whose 1981 judgment relating to the right to a private life led to the passing of the 1982 law decriminalising male homosexual behaviour in Northern Ireland. He was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to the LGBT community in Northern Ireland. He is the author of Roger Casement: The Black Diaries and has continued to write and research areas of Casement’s life and controversies. His book Roger Casement’s German Diary is due to be published shortly.

Free, no booking necessary.

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

Screening | Alan Phelan’s Our Kind at Centre Culturel Irlandais

alan-phelan-our-kindThe film Our Kind will be screened at the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris on Wednesday 8 June at 19:30

The screening is part of an event where three artists in residence will present and discuss their work. Guitarist Benjamin Dwyer will be giving a short recital and writer actress Sonya Kelly will be reading some recent texts.

Our Kind is a new film by Alan Phelan concerned with the legacy of Roger Casement who was one of the leaders of the rebellion in 1916 in Ireland against British rule known as the Easter Rising. He was executed in August 1916 several months after the other fifteen leaders. Despite the failure of the rebellion it did set in motion events that lead to the Republic and is commemorated this year.

This film seeks to circumvent usual commemoration tactics by fictionalising alternatives and shifting timelines while navigating historical and revisionist assessments of Casement. Recent writing contrast him as a naive nationalist or flawed gay icon; an imperialist champion of human rights or self-accepting humanitarian. The history of Roger Casement is much contested and filled with many of the contradictions that surround the entire 1916 commemoration itself.

The 30 minute film imagines a future for Roger Casement had he not been executed in 1916. It is set twenty-five years later in 1941, where Casement is in exile in Norway with his former manservant and now partner Adler Christensen. They are visited by Alice Stopford Green, a close friend and supporter of Casement. The story unfolds as Adler and Alice both betray their relationships with him, paralleling the isolation of Casement from his homeland, beliefs and the ideals of the Rising.

Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais
75005 Paris
+ 33 1 58 52 10 30

Artist’s Talk | Tadhg McGrath at Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

TadhgMcGrathSaturday 11 June, 4.00pm

An artist’s talk with Tadhg McGrath coinciding with the opening of his exhibition The Way Things, at the Linenhall Arts Centre. The Way Things is an exhibition of large textural fresco secco paintings exploring memory and contemporary history, applying traditional techniques to current mediated reportage.

Talk and Q/A moderated by visual artist Joanna Hopkins.

Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
T: 094 9023733

Dragana Jurisic Talk at dlr LexIcon, Co. Dublin

bosnia-copy-2Thursday 16 June , 6.45 to 7.45pm
Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The Royal Photographic Society will present a talk by  Dragana Jurisic on YU: The Lost Country. Photographer Dragana Jurisic will present her project inspired by author Rebecca West’s journey from her book ‘Black Lamb and Grey Falcon’. Through a collection of beautiful colour images and text, Dragana captures her own personal experience of travelling through the former Yugoslavia.

Free talk but booking required.

Special Lecture for Bloomsday at the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

Bloomsday-image-for-web16 June 2016, 1 to 1.45pm
National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

To celebrate Bloomsday this year Jennifer O’Mahony from the National Museum of Ireland will give a special lecture which will explore the numerous mentions of the Museum in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Discover the historic ‘handsome building Sir Thomas Deane designed’ and find out more about the collections that were on display at the National Museum at the beginning of the twentieth century, including the famous ‘goddesses’.
This event will take place in the Ceramics Room, first floor at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street. Regrettably, this event is not wheelchair accessible. Booking is required, T: 01 648 6334 or E:

Constellations | Jordi Fornies and Olivier Cornet in Conversation

Jordi ForniésReception and Talk | Sunday 5 June, 3pm.

‘Constellations’ by Jordi Forniés is an exhibition based on photographs taken between 2014 and 2015 in different cities of Asia. Textures found as part of buildings and made naturally with materials like plaster, paint, bricks, stone, metal and paper. All the photographs were taken with a Pentax 645z medium format camera using 55mm and 120mm lenses. Photographs were processed using Adobe Photoshop CS6, sized 100×75 cm, and print using mineral pigment print in cotton rag paper and over-painted with ink.

Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
T: 087 288 7261

Global Challenges – Design Solutions | Seminar the Coach House, Dublin Castle

global irish designWednesday 15 June 2016, 2 to 5pm, registration from 1.30pm
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Global Irish Design Challenge [GIDC] was launched in 2015 to celebrate Irish design innovation and activate a global network of talent across Ireland and extending worldwide. Representing the best of Irish design innovation in every form – 80 selected entries will be showcased in an exhibition at the Coach House in Dublin Castle opening on June 15th, continuing until August 27th 2016.

This seminar Global Challenges – Design Solutions coincides with the GIDC exhibition launch exploring three of the prominent themes, which arise from the GIDC entries. Nine of the designers represented have been invited to discuss their innovative designs, which we feel have the power to change our lives and address global challenges. Key Note addresses will be presented by two of the Global Irish Design Challenge judges; Hideichi Misono eminent automotive and industrial designer from Japan and Ailbhe McNabola Director of Policy & Research at the UK’s Design Council.


Intimate Insights | June Artist Talks at StArt Studios, Co. Leitrim


Intimate Insights – A programme of artists talks and workshops taking place at StArt Studios in June, July and August.

Immerse yourself in unique art worlds – professional talks of interest to artists, lecturers, arts officers, curators, gallery owners and journalists.  The series is being filmed for release as a documentary.

June Artist Talks:


– Saturday 11th June, 10am to 5pm, Kathryn Maguire – An indepth talk about her practice with open discussions on recent projects relating to place and material. From the precious to the plastic Maguire challenges the everyday.  She will discuss her questioning of place and materials, exploring the right and want to convene in Nature, which is under threat, giving rise to an enclosure not only of place but also of mind.

In her work, Maguire seeks to unfold this through discussions and collaborations with various experts, such as geologists and scientists.  Recent work shown in Platform Arts Belfast, questioned time via several projects, including melting basalt – recreating magma to understand time.

– Thursday 16th June, 10am to 5pm, Sean Hillen – A lively talk and presentation about his art projects, from Londonewry via Irelantis to WHAT’S WRONG? and everything else, exploring the genesis, his understandings, and how it all relates to him and the world.

Born in 1961 in Newry, N.Ireland, Hillen lives and works in Dublin. He studied at Belfast College of Art, London College of Printing and the Slade School of Fine Art.  A ‘traditional’ collagist whose work has both popular and intellectual appeal.

– Monday 20th June, 10am to 5pm, John Dinan – The Artist as Small Business – sharing his successful experiences in a workshop format, to be professional, artists effectively must be one-person small businesses. John Dinan has been both, he will share his experiences and advice in this wide-ranging workshop, essential for both experienced and emerging artists.

Participants will be guided to develop a practical, Personal Art Business Plan for the years ahead, while keeping true to their art perspective. John is a full-time painter and tutor, having worked previously at senior level in a semi-state organisation, with the Irish Management Institute, as a business consultant, as owner of Corporate Art managing art collections, owner Kinsale Art Gallery and now with Cong Gallery.

– Thursday 23rd June, 10am to 5pm, Leo Scarff – A presentation covering his public art works, his work lecturing at colleges, his product designs, curating international shows, and facilitating public arts programs. Leo is a director of Leitrim Sculpture Centre and collaborates with Fablab Manorhamilton.

– Monday 27th June, 10am to 5pm, Richard Hearns – Two Ways of Working – brain versus body. Richard will demonstrate his painting methods and studio practice, with a photo & video presentation.  He will share insights about his successes internationally, engaging with galleries and staging shows.

The fee to attend is €20, for artists fees, and includes tea / coffee and a light lunch.
These talks are being filmed as a documentary for public release, so your attendance requires agreement that you may feature in the film.

StArt Studios, Convent Lane, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Tel: (071) 96 325 83

Panel Discussion | Dis-Ruptive Movements | Create and DDF

Euripides-LaskaridesDate: 26 May, 2 to 4pm
Venue: Fringe LAB, Sycamore Building, Sycamore St, Dublin

It’s time to think about those who are absent. It’s time to discuss how art and artists can reach across political, cultural, geographic and socio-economic divides and approach the urgent matters of today: migration, identity, mobility, territory – absence and silence.

Create and Dublin Dance Festival invite an international panel of arts practitioners to discuss some of the issues which find expression in the 2016 Festival programme – through interdisciplinary collaborations and cross fertilisations of form, idea and inspiration.

Panel includes: Eckhard Thiemann, an independent international curator, producer and arts manager and Artistic Director of Shubbak, the London-wide festival of contemporary Arab culture; Karthika Naïr, an award-winning French-Indian poet and dance producer, and principal scriptwriter of Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh; and festival artist Euripides Laskaridis, a Greek stage director, short-filmmaker and performer (Relic); Philippa Donnellan Coisceim. Chair: Dr Sarah Tuck
Free but Booking through Dublin Dance Festival website here:

Curator’s Lunchtime Talk Series, IMMA

IMMA talksFriday 27 May 2016, 1.15 – 2pm | Meeting Point, Main Reception, IMMA

Join Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA for an exhibition walk through exploring the curatorial context of works on display, consisting of purchases, donations and loans in the past decade.

IMMA Collection: A Decade provides a snapshot of how the National Collection of modern and contemporary art has developed over the past 10 years, presenting art works by Philip Taaffe, Willie Doherty, Pierre Huyghe, Niamh O’Malley, Eva Rothschild, Basil Blackshaw, Tim Robinson, Peter Hutchinson, Howard Hodgkin, Maria Simonds Gooding, Amanda Coogan and others.

No Booking Required

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