Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Supporters Club Talk #2 with Curator Gavin Wade at Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

temple-bar-galleryFriday 9th January 2015 | 6pm
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce the second in its series of Supporters Club Talks. Supporters Club Talk #2 features Curator Gavin Wade (UK). Gavin is an artist-curator and Director of Birmingham’s Eastside Projects, an artist-run exhibition space with many differences. Eastside Projects is a public space being imagined and organised by artists. Gavin was recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award for exceptional cultural entrepreneurs in 2010. His talk will offer a unique opportunity to hear him speak about his curatorial ideas, practices and projects, and the setting up of Eastside Projects.

Places for this talk are reserved solely for members of the TBG+S Supporters Club and are strictly limited. To become a member you can sign up on our website at Once you have signed up, you can book your place (+1 free guest) at the talk by calling Muriel Foxton or Sophie Behal on 01 6710073 or emailing If you would like to gift Supporters Club membership to a friend please email Muriel with your friend’s name, email and postal address. We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you on board!

Upcoming Talks / Lectures at The Hunt Museum

hunt-logoThe Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, Limerick

Limerick: My City My Home Series

– ‘Limerick: My City My Home’ | Friday 16th January 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Talk by Liam Irwin.

– ‘Limerick: My City My Home’ | Friday 23rd January 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Talk by Rev. John Leonard.

– ‘Limerick: My City My Home’ | Wednesday 04th February 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Talk by Javier Buron Garcia.

– ‘Limerick: My City My Home’ | Friday 06th February 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Talk by Jennifer Moore.


– Highlights of the Collection Lecture series | Monday 02nd February 2015 13:00 – 14:00
‘The Museum’s Immaculate Conception in context’, Dr Hugh Maguire, Director, The Hunt Museum.

– ‘Patrick Sarsfield: The Man and the Myth’ | Tuesday 17th February 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Lunchtime Lecture
Speaker: Liam Irwin.

– ‘Early 19c Irish Women Artists’ | Tuesday 10th March 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Lumchtime Lecture
Speaker is Dr Andy McCarthy.

National Gallery of Ireland Research Day 2015 – Call for Proposals


National Gallery of Ireland Research Day

The National Gallery of Ireland will hold a Research Day on 6th March 2015, exploring new ideas, projects and research at post-graduate level, creating opportunity for discussion and debate between institutions and organisations and students at various levels of study.

The theme for the event is “Conditions of Display: Research and Practice”.

As the NGI approaches 2016 and the re-opening of its historic buildings, it faces the challenges of re-hanging and re-imagining the collection, all of which will be informed by the myriad conditions and concerns of display.

In order to investigate this topic, applications are invited from students currently pursuing practical, historical or theoretical research on display and the conditions that inform this practice – e.g. Practical solutions for art practitioners, historical conventions, museum strategies for permanent collections, education and engagement, artist v curator, design and presentation, digital display, constraints of animating collections (financial, special, environmental) etc. Papers dealing with any aspect of the NGI and its collections will also be considered.

Proposals: No more than 250 words, 12 point font, single-spaced.
Format: Name/E-mail address/Course of Study/University/Title of paper/Proposal
Deadline: Proposals should be sent to by 20 January 2015.
Further Information: or 01 663 3504/5/6/7/9

‘Trove – more than just treasures from the NGI’ | Talk with Anne Hodge at the National Gallery of Ireland

National-Gallery-of-IrelandWeds 10 Dec 2014, 1.05 – 1.35pm
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

As part of the programme of events surrounding our exiting new exhibition Trove – Dorothy Cross Selects from the National Collections, our Exhibition partners invite you to attend the following talk that takes place at the National Gallery Ireland.

Anne Hodge | ‘Trove – more than just treasures from the NGI’.

Presented by Anne Hodge (Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Ireland) which will explore some of the paintings, drawings and sculpture chose by Dorothy Cross for the Trove exhibition.

Free Lecture, no booking necessary.

Ask the Artist with Mel Brimfield at Luan Gallery

brimfield_Page_2Saturday 6th December 2014

Claire O’Brien in conversation with Mel Brimfield

Claire O’Brien, a freelance journalist and broadcaster, in conversation with Mel Brimfield, about working on film, live performances and everything else.
Followed by a Q&A session
Location: Luan Gallery
Time: 17.00
Cost: free
All welcome If you have a question for Mel, tweet us @AthArtHeritage or send us a message through facebook

Create: Networking Day for the Collaborative Arts

createA day of networking & sharing with guest artist panels
When: 1 December
Where: IMMA Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Time: 10.00 – 17. 00
Cost: 12 euro (lunch included)

NB: For Create members the event is free of charge.

After the success of last year’s Networking Day we’re all set to gather the collaborative arts sector together again to celebrate, share, provoke and discuss.

We’re changing the pace and emphasis a little this year, focusing on quality time for discussion and providing the opportunity to engage with live performance and collaborative arts projects, emphasizing the philosophical and the reflective. The concept behind the Day is to create an open space, and loose structure, for understanding what collaborative artists are doing and why.

We’re delighted to announce that Ailbhe Murphy , Anna Furse, Anthony Haughey, Jonas Staal, Marjetica Potrc, Maddy Costa of The Guardian will all be contributing to the day – creating a rich tapestry of discussion and observation on art, politics and how to work in context.

Over the course of the day attendees will have the opportunity to connect with their peers, interact with guest artists, be inspired by dynamic and vibrant collaborative arts projects created here and elsewhere, a number of which will be programmed as part of the Day.. This year the programmed work will include projects funded under the Artist in the Community Scheme – Outlandish Theatre ( Maud Hendricks ) Between Land and Water and Making Visible, Ceara Conway’s collaboration with asylum seekers in Galway, to mention just two.

The year the day will again be curated by the artist Michelle Browne in collaboration with the team at Create. And this year we ‘re delighted to be working with the fabulous Luncheonnette / Jennie Moran and of course to be hosting the event with the support and encouragement of IMMA.

Artists across artform working in the context of participatory or socially engaged practice; arts organisations and festivals who programme socially engaged work; curators; outreach officers, cultural institutions; arts educators; community organisations.

Further details available on

Bookings via Jane O’Rourke, , 01-4736600.or on Eventbrite



‘Falsifying Narratives’ | IMMA Lunchtime Talk with Sarah Durcan

immaFriday 28 November 2014, 1.15–2.00pm, Lecture Room, IMMA

Sarah Durcan (MFA Coordinator, NCAD) explores the intersection of the fictional with the real in the film work of contemporary artists. This talk topic takes into consideration the film based practices of artists Duncan Campbell and Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler of whose work is newly presented in IMMA Exhibitions programme.

Further Information

This talk is informed by Sarah Durcans PhD research project; Falsifying Narratives: an Aesthetic beyond Fiction and Documentary – a Study of Selected Moving Image Installations by Contemporary Artists.

Since the late 1990s and 2000s, artists have been attracted to the documentary form precisely because of the uncertainty associated with it. This documentary turn is also part of a widespread fascination with the institution of cinema, film forms and genres in contemporary art practice. This research project addresses the documentary-fiction mode of moving image installations by contemporary artists, by unpacking cinematic form and self-conscious staging aspects of industrial film production. This talk will explore how the imaginative structures employed by artists in documentary-fictions opens up a critical space between the here and now of the gallery space and other locations and times of the screen image.The intersections of the fictional with the real will be explored in in the work of Duncan Campbell, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Stan Douglas, Omer Fast, Steve McQueen, Pierre Huyghe, Runa Islam and Clemens von Wedemeyer.

For bookings, please visit:

Artist Talk: Martin Gale at Taylor Galleries

martin-gale-talk27 November at 1pm
Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare St, Dublin 2

At 1pm on Thursday 27 November 2014 Kildare-based artist Martin Gale will present an informal talk about his painting practice and the work on show in his current exhibition ‘Territory’, which runs from 21 November to 6 December at Taylor Galleries. The talk is free and no booking is required.

‘Territory’ features a series of new paintings in oil and watercolour that respond to the contemporary Irish landscape, offering an often dark commentary on rural Ireland in which ordinary – even familiar – landscapes become arresting and uneasy. The figures peopling Martin Gale’s landscapes often seem absorbed in something unseen, prompting the viewer to continue the suspended narrative. His realist style is meticulously detailed in execution, with an edge derived from the psychological tension that is implicit in much of his work.

Public Audio-Visual Presentation by Mark Cullen at O’Brien Science Hub, UCD

markcullenMandala – As within, so without
Mark Cullen
O’Brien Science Hub, UCD

Public audio-visual presentation by Mark Cullen – 4pm, 12th of December 2014, O’Brien Science Hub, UCD

Mark Cullen will present an illustrated talk/discussion on the scientific, literary and cultural sources of inspiration that informed Mandala – As within, so without. He will look at aspects of aperiodicity as they occur though science and culture from the recent discovery of quasi-crystals in nature to the existence of these patterns in thirteenth century Islamic sacred art and its connection to DNA and the tree of life.

‘The Land of Zero’ | Seminar and Exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery

tloz-logoSeminar: 21 – 22 Nov, Crawford Art Gallery

Exhibition: 24 Nov – 6 Dec, Crawford Art Gallery

An international Seminar and Exhibition examining art in a recession and the changing face of artistic production which will commence with the Seminar in the Crawford Art Gallery on Friday, November 21st. The Land of Zero has been initiated by established artist Maud Cotter and will form a moment of assessment within Visual Art culture. It will also recognise a new stream of emergent practices such as Pluck Projects, curators of the Irish Avant-Garde.

The Land of Zero will open discussion on artistic practice in the context of the dual forces of recession and the changing landscape of artistic production. It is a radical school within a school, a hybrid of research within showing, a two-day seminar set within a composite installation in process. It is a place of questioning and examination on a threshold between national and international practitioners, MA:AP graduates of CIT Cork College of Art and Design and the public realm.

“I came across the phrase The Land of Zero in a documentary on the Shakers. The phrase allowed me to connect a group of ideas that I was gathering at the time: intangible moments which temper rational direction; the importance of creating intellectual flexibility around visual art practice; the changing context of visual art practice; the sustaining value of personal networks. Not a culture of definable outcomes, it welcomes the unintended consequence.” – Maud Cotter

The project will feature:

Two Curators: Maud Cotter and Pluck Projects, Cork
Ten Artists: Aisling O’Beirn; Belfast, Angela Fulcher; Cork, Bill Albertini, Clive Murphy; New York, Maud Cotter; Cork, including Five Graduates: Brian Mac Domhnaill, Cliodhna O’ Riordan, Eleanor Phillips Sarah Jayne Booth, Vena Naskrecka; CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork
Eight Speakers: Aengus Woods; New York, Dr. Ed Krčma, Maud Cotter, Padraig Spillane, Pluck Projects, Rachel Warriner; Cork, Sigune Hamann; London, The Good Hatchery; Offaly
One Moderator: Anthony Haughey, Dublin

LOCIS Seminar at The Dock

Locis_Logo_SmallThe Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November 2014

Locis is an artist in residence programme of Leitrim County Council Arts Office; the Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun, Poland; and Residence Botkyrka, Sweden designed to provide knowledge, resources and opportunities for artists to engage internationally.

The two-year programme concludes on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November with a seminar looking at the wider context of international collaboration and artists residencies.

At 5pm on Friday evening there will be a tour of the exhibition ‘LOCAL’ by the five artists participating in the 2014 residency in Ireland and a talk about the historical context which underpins the work. Chaired by critic and lecturer Declan Long, the seminar on Saturday features – Natalia Cieślak; Dobrila Denegri ; Sarah Kim; Joanne Laws; Audrey Keane; Sam Moore; Sasa Nabergoj; Seamus Nolan; Joanna Sandell; Anik See; Dominic Stevens; Johan Thurfjell; and Aleksandra Wasilkowska.

Fees: individuals – €20, members of organisations – €40.
(Includes dinner on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday)

For full programme details go to and for booking and further information contact 071 96 21694 or email

‘First Up’ at Science Gallery: Lunchtime Talks from Creative Entrepreneurs

Science GalleryFirst Up: Creative entrepreneurs on breaking through.
A series of lunchtime talks from the creative minds at the forefront of Irish culture, science and the arts.

The unique individuals in the First Up series believed in an idea and did everything possible to make that idea work. They invested in their own talent and creativity in order to create a career or lifestyle suited to their vision and personal aspirations.

The speakers will tell their own stories from the beginning, how they developed their ideas and will share their plans for the future.

Here’s a rundown of who you’ll be hearing from and where (SGD = Science Gallery Dublin, and TLRH = Trinity Long Room Hub), and links to book:

  • WED 26.11.14 13:00 – James Morris, founder of Windmill Lane Post Production (at SGD)
  • WED 10.12.14 13:00 – Nialler9, music blogger and writer (at TLRH)
  • WED 14.01.15 13:00 – Aisling Rogerson, co-founder of The Fumbally café (at SGD)
  • WED 28.01.15 13:00 – Mary Nally, independent curator and director of Drop Everything (at TLRH)
  • WED 11.02.15 13:00 – Cathal Gaffney, co-founder of Brown Bag Films (at SGD)
  • WED 25.02.15 13:00 – Una Molloy, founder of Turning Pirate (at TLRH)
  • WED 11.03.15 13:00 – Niall Sweeney, designer, & Rory O’Neill, drag queen and author (at SGD)
  • WED 25.03.15 13:00 – Avril Stanley, founder of Body & Soul (at TLRH)
  • WED 08.04.15 13:00 – Dorothy Cross, Visual Artist (at SGD)
  • WED 22.04.15 13:00 – Moya Doherty, co-founder of Riverdance and Tyrone Productions (at TLRH)

First Up is a collaboration based at Trinity College Dublin between the M.Phil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Science Gallery Dublin and Trinity Long Room Hub.

Tickets are free and can be booked at:

Israel Kessler ‘Death at Tomb St.’: Artist Talk at Golden Thread Gallery

DSC_8178Golden Thread Gallery, Great Patrick St., Belfast
Thursday 20th November 2014ce, 1-2pm

Artist and ideologue Israel Kessler will be detailing the creation of, and shadow cast by, ‘Death at Tomb St.’, a site-specific billboard project currently showing in Belfast city centre.

Featuring John Costello, a casual mail worker manifest as Death in the form of a clown, ‘Death at Tomb St.’ looms out from two adjoining billboards over the city streets at the corner of Corporation St and Dunbar Link.

Part of a photographic series generated from an original event at the National Returns Centre, the dead letter office for the United Kingdom, in the Royal Mail Tomb St depot in Belfast, ‘Death at Tomb St. gives expression to the famously black humour of the Belfast people and of the low-paid production line worker.

[there will be a closing ceremony and reading, with hot soup, at The Great Pyramid, Dunbar Link, from 5-7pm on Saturday 29th November.]

Goethe Institut + IMMA | Lunch Bytes – Life + Memory

talksandlecturesFri­day 21 November 2014, 1 – 2.30pm
Lecture Room, IMMA

Session 4 – Life: Memory

For this final edition of Lunch Bytes, artists and experts question how technologies affect individual and collective forms of recollection, memory, commemoration and museum practice. Speakers include: Gareth Kennedy and Sarah Browne (Kennedy Browne- artist duo, Ireland), Christina Kennedy (Senior Curator: Head of Collection IMMA, Dublin), Erica Scourti (artist- London) and others.

Please book here:

Governance Seminar at The Model, Sligo

listingsGovernance Seminar, 20 November, Sligo

Venue Managers, Network Members and arts organisations in the North/North-West are invited to attend a Governance training session in The Model on Thursday afternoon, 20 November. Catch up with network colleagues and friends from 3pm.

This Seminar is an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the Charities Act (2009) as well as the likely reporting, compliance and new fundraising rules and their implications for arts organisations.  Governance specialists and financial experts will be there on the day to answer your questions. If you have a specific query, e-mail in advance and if required, have a confidential discussion with one of our experts. We’ll also be publishing a Charities Act Factsheet too.

Governance Seminar
4pm-5.30pm, Thursday 20 November
The Model, The Mall, Sligo
(Coffee and tea available from 3pm)

To register fo the Governance Seminar, please click here. 

Talk and book Launch: Sean Lynch in Conversation with Caoimhín Mac Giolla Leith at VISUAL, Carlow

invite-image-S-LynchGallery Talk and Book Launch
Sat 22nd November
Free event

Sean Lynch in conversation with Caoimhin Ma Giolla Leith will discuss Lynch’s practice and work presented for the exhibition For the Birds at VISUAL, Carlow. This event also marks the launch of the accompanying catalogue for this show. Designed by Wayne Daly,featuring an essay by critic and lecturer Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith and contributions on the legacy of Buile Suibhne from Trevor Joyce, Alexandra Bergholm, James G. O’Keefe and Pádraig Ó Riain.

For the Birds runs to January 11th 2015 and includes new work commissioned by VISUAL and Carlow Local Authority Arts Office. In collaboration with sculptor Tom Fitzgerald, Sean Lynch reimagines the medieval folktale of Buile Suibhne in the context of Carlow’s contemporary agricultural industry.

For further information see

Arts Audiences Event: ‘Focus on Audiences’ Conference Centre, Dublin Castle

eventArts Audiences is holding an event- ‘Focus on Audiences’ on December 9th in the conference centre at Dublin Castle, you can see details here

One of the presentations will be on ‘Here & Now’, the ongoing exploration of gallery visitors in Ireland. Any Visual Arts organisations interested in attending can register their interest by clicking here: before November 19th.

Mark Curran Presents at International Colloquium “Sound, Vision, Action” at McCord Museum, Canada

talksandlectures“Sound, Vision, Action”
November 14–15, 2014
McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal (Quebec) Canada

This international colloquium has been convened by Prof. Jonathan Sterne (McGill), Prof. Nicholas Mirzoeff (New York University) and Dr. Tamar Tembeck (McGill) and ‘puts contemporary art and scholarship in sound studies and visual culture in direct dialogue around questions of power and politics’.

It is organised through Media@McGill, a hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture, housed within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.

Curran will present on the research project, THE MARKET, which focuses on the functioning and condition of the global markets. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, this was undertaken in collaboration with Helen Carey, Curator and Director of Firestation Artist’ Studios, the project was a central part of the visual art programme marking the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. It was installed at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Belfast Exposed, Limerick City Gallery of Art, CCA Derry-Londonderry and most recently at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris (2014).

The event will be live streamed with a publication to follow. Full details can be found here:


Instrumental or Radical? A Panel Discussion on Socially Engaged Arts at PS²

talksandlecturescommunity as artist-
Friday, 14.11.2014, 3-5pm

Instrumental or Radical? A Panel Discussion on Socially Engaged Arts.
As part of the research for ‘community as artist’, PS² invited Sarah Tuck to set the subject of socially engaged arts (community arts; participatory arts) within a wider theoretical context. For this informal conversation, a panel with Philip Napier, Sarah Tuck and others will explore the tensions that exist in thinking around socially engaged art – from the radical to the instrumental – from ideas of socially engaged arts as a form of cultural democracy to the suggestion that it can provide solutions for social change. In questioning if art has a functional purpose or a critical autonomy in dealing with the ‘social’, the panel will examine this field of practice as an intersection of art, politics and the public sphere.

community as artist// workshop as exhibition is a planned series for 2015/16. Organisations will have the opportunity to develop a new or finish an existing project with the support of PS² and use our space both as a project room and exhibition space. Art in and with the community (community arts, public art, art in social contexts…) often faces two demands, measured against different criteria and outcomes: a social agenda, geared towards better relations and- often of less importance- the artistic quality. This dilemma is increased by the separation and lack of co-operation between community arts organisations and galleries, project spaces, museums…. ‘community as artist// workshop as exhibition’ is an attempt to bridge this gap.

PS² has a keen interest in how art and cultural activities can transform social conditions and individual lives. Both in ‘indoor’ projects and more so with ‘outdoor’ interventions and long term commitments, it experiments with new forms of art in and with the public.

For more information:
Email: or 07733457772

‘The Art of Fantasy’ | Talk with William Simpson, Game of Thrones Storyboard Artist at Old Town Hall, Banbridge

talksandlecturesThursday 13 November – 7.30pm to 9pm – Old Town Hall, Banbridge
Fee: £7.50 (Friends of the Gallery Members £5/Students £2.50)
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE (available at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio)

The Friends of the F.E. McWillliam Gallery and Studio invite you to join Game of Thrones storyboard artist William Simpson for a discussion on the art of fantasy. William will be interviewed by film historian, Robert Simpson, on his career as an artist, Comic illustrator and storyboard artist for fantasy films such as the Game of Thrones. William Simpson is an international artist and the leader Storyboard artist of Game of Thrones. He began in comic strip art, working on a range of character icons: Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Batman, Transformers, Hellblazer, Tyranny Rex, Aliens, Vamps and Indiana Jones. He ran the Northern Irish animation company Rogue Rocket with his brother Ken before moving into cinema, finding storyboard work and creating conceptual art for directors such as Neil Jordan (Breakfast on Pluto) and Sir Richard Attenborough (Closing the Ring).

Much of his work on the Game of Thrones series involves sketching out the director’s vision into an initial comic strip version for visual reference. Simpson has also contributed to the concept design of various creatures in the series, such as dragons, direwolves, and particularly the Three-eyed raven.

In 2005, The Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown ran a retrospective of his art work and in 2006, a selection of his larger paintings were exhibited in the W5 Gallery at Belfast’s Odyssey Centre.