Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Performative Lecture with Amanda Ralph at Modern Art Oxford

25th April
Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP, United Kingdom

Artist Amanda Ralph presents a response to the Sean Lynch exhibition at Modern Art Oxford on Friday 25th April, reflecting on the theme of Irishmen working in Britain, through a short performative lecture including live fiddle and flute playing of the sean nós tune The Rocks of Bawn and a film screening of The Irishmen: An Impression of Exile, Dir. Philip Donnellan 1965.

Thanks to Irish Film Institute International supported by Culture Ireland.

‘EAT | TALK | ART’ Event at Talbot Gallery & Studios

eat-talk-artTalbot Gallery & Studios, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1

Talbot Gallery & Studios are proud to present: EAT | TALK | ART Saturday April 26th 2014 @ 11am

The second in our series of events in the Talbot Gallery EAT | TALK | ART.

A small, informal gathering of folk interested in eating, talking and art. This breakfast event on Saturday 26th April at 11am features a conversation between Colin Martin and Joe Scullion, about his current exhibition at the Talbot Gallery, ‘Waiting to Materialise’

The exhibition runs April 11th – May 3rd. Our first breakfast took place on 12th April and was a delicious success!

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Artist Response with Dennis Mc Nulty at IMMA

imma16 April | 6pm – 7pm
The Johnston Suite, IMMA

Dennis McNulty (artist) presents a media essay titled Samples for ears and pixels for eyes in response to Haroon Mirza’s exhibition.

In Mc Nultys words; ‘Reality is analogue. It is continuous. Or at least thats the way it seems. Contemporary media technologies, the mechanisms that are currently used to produce and store representations of this reality, are almost entirely digital. They clip the continuous flows of sensation to make samples for ears and pixels for eyes. Occasionally, it is desirable to bridge the gap between these two realms, to synchronise the time flows of the analogue world with the crystal heartbeat of its digital ghost. This is one such moment.’

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True Detection Symposium in association with Darklight Film Festival

29 April – 6-10pm
The Generator Bar, Smithfield Sq., Dublin

Aligning criminal detection and nihilistic terror, Nic Pizzolatto’s TV series True Detective saves the significance of detection from forensic positivism and restores its essential negativity (de-tect) to the immanent cosmic and existential horizon, that is, to the diurnal hell that is ‘you’. Against the anglo-historicist forensic norm of truth as something still there to be known, the crime show refreshingly advances the essential negativity of knowing, namely, the fact that truth is not an object of knowledge, but a swampy, lived matter of uncovering and exposure which perforce must stay open to its own most pessimal possibilities. The true detective, a secret friend of the irreligious saints of cosmic pessimism (Cioran, Ligotti, Thacker, et al.), is here one who entertains and contemplates the absolute worst. If he offers any salvation from evil, if he fulfills his duty to protect and to serve, it is at best in the name of the personally terrifying principle that there is no one to be saved.

This symposium, taking shape around the dark intellectual subtexts of this mass entertainment, and in the midst of not knowing how the story does or should end, seizes itself as an opportunity for spontaneous reflection upon the shared fate of crime, investigation, and cosmic horror. It offers, on the formal grounds of True Detective’s narrative double frame, a speculative detection of detection upon the precipices of the true abyss.


  • Daniel Colucciello Barber, “Affect Has No Story.”
  • Edia Connole, “Contemplating the Crucifixion: Cohle and Divine Gloom.”
  • Caoimhe Doyle & Katherine Foyle, “The Flat Devil Net: Mapping Quantum Narratives in True Detective.”
  • Paul J. Ennis, “Consciousness is an Error.”
  • Daniel Fitzpatrick, “True Dick . . . the Accelerated Acceptance and Premature Canonization of True Detective.”
  • Nicola Masciandaro, “I Am Not Supposed to Be Here: Sorrow, Birth, and Mystical Circumspection.”
  • Niall McCann, “‘This May Well Be Heaven, This Hell Smells the Same’: Dissecting True Detective’s Aesthetic through Burroughs, Passolini, and Tarr.”
  • Fintan Neylan, “Detecting Expiration’s Artifice: On Time’s Growing Frail Worlds.”
  • Scott Wilson, “The Nonsense of Detection: Truth between Science and the Real.”
  • Ben Woodard, “‘Nothing Grows in the Right Direction’: Scaling the Life of the Negative.” |

Afternoon Talk with Michael Somoroff at Crawford Art Gallery

August Sander and Michael SomoroffThursday 17 April 1:00 – 2:00pm
Crawford Gallery, Cork

Sirius Arts Centre in collaboration with Crawford Gallery present an afternoon talk with photographer Michael Somoroff.

Mr Somoroff will also be present at the opening reception of the exhibition ABSENCE OF SUBJECT Photographs by August Sander and Michael Somoroff at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh on Wednesday 16 April at 7:00pm

For more information on BOTH events please contact Sirius at: 021 481 3790 or email at:

Art, Conflict and Development: The Role Played by the Visual Arts in Development Coverage | Panel Discussion at TCD

art-conflict-developmentApril 14th – 6pm
J.M. Synge Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, TCD

A panel discussion with audience participation, staged by the Trinity International Development Initiative, to address the influence of visual arts and development establishments in shaping narratives of conflict and how these narratives inform public perceptions of conflict at home and abroad


Brian Maguire – Contemporary artist, dealing with issues of sexual and political alienation in Latin America
Tim O’Connor – Former Secretary General to the President, former Consul General, New York,
former Director of the Africa Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Vice-Chair of Limerick National City of Culture 2014
Eilish Dillon – Co-ordinator of Education and Training Programmes, Kimmage DSC. Board member of Debt and Development Coalition and Dóchas working group on Code of Conduct on Images and Messages
Sean Hoy – Deputy Director in the Africa Section in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Yvonne Scott – Director of Trinity Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC), Chair of Advisory Board for Volume V of the Art and Artists of Ireland project, RIA and Programme Director of MPhil in Irish Art History, TCD
Declan Power – Security and Defence analyst and Civil-Military adviser with the Irish Aid Rapid Response Register
Chair: Dr. Padraig Carmody – Associate Professor in Geography, TCD, Editor-in-Chief of Geoforum and Co- director of TCD-UCD Masters in Development Practice

Interest in this event is very high and seating is limited. To reserve a space please RSVP to

FIND Artist Talks 19 April |

findMayo County Council Arts Office Public Art Programme in collaboration with The Linenhall Arts Centre are delighted to announce an afternoon of artists talks in relation to the recently launched FIND project. 

On Saturday 19th April at 2pm, artist Alice Maher, who was one of the mentors for the FIND artists, will give the first talk of the afternoon. This will be followed by the artists each giving brief 15 minute talks about their practice, and specifically their project for FIND. 

There will be a break in between the talks for tea/coffee and the afternoon will finish with an informal Q&A session in the gallery/studio space, with wine and refreshments. 

FIND is an exciting artistic venture presenting a series of temporary artworks/installations/events in and around the town of Castlebar, with the Linenhall Arts Centre acting as central focus for participating artists and audience alike. 

This special public art programme created by County Mayo based artists was launched in March and included a performance and re-enactment of a tug of war that used to be an annual event for workers at the Old Hat Factory. The artist searched out descendants of the hat factory to take part, along with students from St Joseph’s school in the town. Other artworks to be found include a series of miniature drawings in business environments, an outdoor film projection, a building that lights up and interacts with passers by, a side street crammed with flags and text relating to the old Linen industry and the old Castlebar Star Cinema rediscovered and represented in a very unexpected way. 

The Mayo artists who were selected for the commissions are Nuala Clarke (with Crystal Gandrud), Alice Dixon (with Anthony Champa), Joanna Hopkins, Chris Leach, Amanda Rice and Ian Wieczorek. 

An accompanying exhibition at The Linenhall exposes the studio work and processes behind the production of these artworks. The gallery space will in effect become a living installation of artist’s studios during the month of the exhibition and audience members throughout April will have the opportunity to observe and meet the artists working in the space.

Full details of the project, the artists and their artworks are available via including a downloadable brochure, with location map for the artworks. 

This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. Artist’s talks start at 2pm in the Linenhall Arts Centre theatre, Saturday 19th April.


Artist Response with Caoimhe Kilfeather at IMMA

sheela-gowdaFriday 11 April | 1.15pm – 2.00pm
East Wing Galleries, IMMA, Kilmainham, Dublin.

Caoimhe Kilfeather gives an artists response on her overlapping interests with Gowdas sculptural installations, and explores similar pre-occupations with minimalism, abstraction, form, space and materials, as tools to develop sensual and thought provoking artworks.

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Symposium: Engagement Between the Higher Education and the Arts Sectors

GreenEngagement Between the Higher Education and the Arts Sectors – Why is it important, how does it happen, and how do we benefit?
Friday, May 9th, 2014 at Croke Park Dublin, (9am to 4.30pm)

Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Ruairí Quinn TD Minister for Education and Skills, will host a day-long symposium (Engagement between the Higher Education and the Arts Sectors – Why is it important, how does it happen, and how do we benefit?)

This symposium – organised with the assistance and support of the Higher Education Authority – will involve a range of speakers including those drawn from the Higher Education and Arts Sectors.

The symposium will examine the engagement between the Higher Education sector and the Arts Sector and pose three core questions:

· Session 1 – Arts in Higher Education: Why is it important?
· Session 2 – Arts in Higher Education: How does it happen? By sharing positive experiences, can we learn from each other?
· Session 3 – Arts in Higher Education: How can Ireland benefit from the Creative Europe 2014 – 2020 programme to deepen the engagement between the Higher Education and the Arts Sectors?

Session 3 will include the involvement of an international guest speaker with considerable experience in relation to Creative Europe 2014 to 2020 – Mr Callum Lee – who will offer advice to institutions and arts organisations on how to make applications for support from this scheme. Over the course of the symposium, poster board presentations – that showcase the extent and breadth of engagement between the sectors – will also be available to view.

Speakers and Session Chairs will include:

· Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Ruairí Quinn TD, Minister for Education and Skills
· Professor John Coolahan, Professor Emeritus NUIM and Chair of the Implementation Committee of the Arts in Education Charter
· Tom Boland, Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority
· Sheila Pratschke, Chair, Arts Council
· Orlaith McBride, Director, Arts Council
· Michael Starrett, Chair, Council of National Cultural Institutions
· Dr Annie Doona, President, IADT
· Dr Imelda Lambkin, Director of Ireland’s National Support Network for Horizon 2020
· Professor Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, School of Humanities, NUI Galway
· Professor Mícheál Ó’Súilleabháin, University of Limerick Founding Director, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
· Dr John O’Flynn, St Patrick’s College Head of Music, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
· Mr Callum Lee, BOP Consulting
· James Hickey, Chief Executive, Irish Film Board

Space is restricted and early registration is advised.
Those wishing to attend are asked to register at
Telephone Enquiries can be directed to 064 66 27213.