Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Art in the AM | Talk with Locky Morris, The Pocket, Belfast

cloudy-sml1Friday 9 December 2016, 9.30 to 10.30am
The Pocket, 69 University Road, Belast

Locky Morris will discuss his work in conversation with the Naughton Gallery’s Ben Crothers as part of the gallery’s ‘Art in the A.M.’ series at the pocket, 69 University Road.

‘Stop Lookin at Photographs!’ is an exhibition by Locky Morris at the Naughton Gallery, Belfast.



All welcome. Coffee and conversation are free. |

Asylum Archive Exhibition Panel Event at NCAD Gallery

ncad-galleryTuesday 6 December, 6pm

In response to the Asylum Archive and exhibition at the NCAD Gallery a public event is organised to take the format of ten minute presentations by invited guest speakers followed by response and questions open to the floor. This event includes presentations from Dr Ronit Lentin, Associate Professor in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin (TCD); Joe Moore, anti-deportation activist; Vukašin Nedeljković, artist and researcher, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT); Prof Aislinn O’Donnell, Professor of Education, Maynooth University.

Asylum Archive is an exhibition of accumulated documents, artefacts, oral histories and photography created by Dublin based visual artist and researcher Vukašin Nedeljković. Asylum Archive engages directly with the everyday realities of asylum seekers, drawing on Nedeljković’s personal experience of being an asylum seeker and living in direct provision centres in Ireland between the years of 2007-2009. Please find more exhibition information on the webpage

No booking required. All welcome.

The Asylum Archive exhibition continues until 25 January 2017 (extended). NCAD Gallery opens Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm. Closed Fri 23rd Dec 2016 – Mon 2nd Jan 2017.

Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre
National College of Art and Design, Dublin (NCAD)
100 Thomas St, Dublin 8
T: (01) 636 4390

AMINI Artists Screening | Kristina Cranfeld + in conversation with Rose Baker

AMINI-150Thursday 15 December, 7pm
Beanbag Cinema, Belfast
Tickets £3/ £2 VAI members

Born in Uzbekistan (formerly USSR) Kristina Cranfeld is a London based artist and filmmaker. She took her Bachelors degree at Goldsmiths and went on to obtain a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. Her work is a combination of speculative narratives, performances and social experiments, which investigate and challenge societal and political systems and their impact on human lives.

Rose is a freelance film programmer with a background in special events. She has created her own initiatives (Filmgoer, Late Night Art Film) and worked with existing organisations (Belfast Film Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, Film Hub NI, NI Screen). Working alongside individual filmmakers has enhanced her focus on exhibiting experimental film and artist’s moving image.

This event is hosted in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland with support from Belfast City Council.

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Artist Talk | Damien Flood and James Merrigan at Green on Red

damien-floodSaturday 26 November, 1.15pm
Talking in Brackets: Research and Reaction in Painting

On the penultimate day of Damien Flood’s current exhibition at Green on Red Gallery, and almost three years on from their legendary discussion ‘Painting in Parentheses (In Brackets!)’, Damien Flood and James Merrigan return to the gallery to critically discuss Flood’s current work and critically explore painting practice in general.

The hook for the last discussion was: painting can no longer be just painting anymore, it also has to be an Idea, or at the very least, dress itself in an Idea. The hook for this discussion is: what is the difference between a painting born of research and a painting born of instinct?

Like last time around we ask you to come armed with your own opinions and questions, because like you, we are looking for answers to the questions posed, and in some ideal cases, solutions.

After this conversation the gallery will host a Listening Party of music that influenced and inspired the work, on Sunday, November 27 at 2pm as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend, 2016.

Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1
T: +353 87 2454282

Artist’s Talk | Jason Ellis at Oliver Sears Gallery

jason-ellisFriday 25 November, 1pm

Jason Ellis Artist’s Talk in association with Dublin Gallery Weekend.

Jason Ellis’ second exhibition in the gallery sees a progression of the sculptor’s continued curiosity with figuration. Having gained access to an extraordinary collection of plaster casts kept by the Department of Anatomy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ellis has chosen a number of items, human and animal, and remade them using varieties of limestone, marble, slate and sandstone. In transforming each piece of Old Anatomy into an object of art, Ellis draws references from five hundred years of sculpture. Michelangelo, Japonism, Victorian curiosity and contemporary morbidity are all evoked in fourteen individual subjects. Above all, Ellis succeeds, with all his technical expertise, in bringing the viewer into close contact with elements of their own, human biology and presenting the animal kingdom through a private lens of art history.

Jason will discuss the project, the works on show and will endeavour to answer any questions you may have.

Oliver Sears Gallery
29 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 644 9459

Saying the Unspeakable | Artist Talk with Deirdre Ronan at A4 Sounds, Dublin 1

004-2Wednesday 30 November, 7.30 to 8.30pm
A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1

Deirdre Ronan will join us at the A4 Gallery to talk about her practice as both an art therapist and visual artist. This talk will provide an introduction to art therapy as a therapeutic intervention and will be of interest to those which may be considering a career in art therapy or working in a similar context as an artist.


As an art therapist she believes that the art process and product are unique in creating a container for that which is unsayable. Similarly, as a psychotherapist she acts as the container for her clients. She is the holding space. As such her work is multi-layered, seeking to mirror the dynamic essence of systems and relationships and her various roles within these. In engaging with her process she seeks to explore and repair. |

Radical Actions Seminar at King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

bernadette_lo-res2 December 2016, 11am | Adm: €10 inc lunch
King House, Boyle

Radical Actions Seminar
Bernadette is the Irish iteration of the three part International Project ‘Radical Actions’ curated by Linda Shevlin. Supported by Culture Ireland, Roscommon County Council and Galway County Council, the ‘Radical Actions’ exhibition featuring Kennedy Browne, Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones and Seamus Nolan was presented in RMIT Gallery, Melbourne in September 2016.

The final part of this project will take the form of a seminar in the historic setting of King House, Boyle. This seminar will look at the legacy of revolution & activism in Ireland and the artists’ role in shaping future states with speakers including Professor Luke Gibbons, artists Sarah Browne, Jesse Jones, Gareth Kennedy & Seamus Nolan, film maker Treasa O’Brien and photojournalist Paula Geraghty.

It will also feature a screening of the film “Eat Your Children” directed/written by Treasa O’Brien & co-directed/written by Mary Jane O’Leary. Eat Your Children documents the evolution of protest in modern day Ireland.

For bookings contact: 090 66 25 824


Craft NI Creative Business Management and Planning Seminar, Belfast

new-heirlooms-3_no__5Monday 28 November 2016, 9.30am to 1pm | Free
Belfast Metropolitan College, Community Learning Centre, 400 Springfield Road, Belfast, BT12 7DU

Seminar 8 – Creative Business Management & Planning. Guest Speaker: Cj O’Neill
Craft NI’s new two-year Business Development Programme (2015 to November 2016) is made up of eight free half-day modules over the course of 18 months, and is facilitated by Francis Verling, Verling Consulting, and includes a range of guest speakers.

Are you an NI-based craft professional wanting to develop your business and looking for guidance which is specially tailored to the craft industry?

The Business Development Programme 2015/2016 is FREE to attend – and will only involve a half day (morning). The benefit is the opportunity to gain business development skills tailored to suit craft business under the direction of a business consultant experienced in working to support craft enterprises.

This seminar will cover:

• Studio location
• Tenancy management
• Employment
• Suppliers
• Refining the plan for your business
• Facilities, premises and equipment
• Sources of funding
• Market development and expansion

As a result of attending the seminar participants will:
• Have an understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements on tenants and landlords in relation to premise renting,
• Have an understand of HR issues and employer requirements when taking on staff
• understand how to maximise relationships with suppliers for improved purchasing margins and security of supply
• Be able to identify the most appropriate sources of funding.
• Have created a strategic objectives matrix which will guide the activities of the business over a medium-to-longer term timescale.

Attendance is free but please reserve a place here:

For more information contact Craft NI T: 028 9032 3059, E:

This seminar, funded by Invest Northern Ireland as part of the making it 2015/17 programme, is final in a series of 8 seminars.

Lecture | All Through the Years at Dublin Castle

untitled-10-001Thursday 1 December, 6pm

Dr Eimear O’Connor will present a talk on the social and political artworks in The Crawford at the Castle exhibition; an exhibition that is currently taking place in Dublin Castle’s State Apartments and Coach House. This talk will be held in Dublin Castle’s Bedford Tower at 6pm.

It is a free event, but booking is essential.
To reserve a place, please contact us at:

Light Years from Here | Stargazing + Screening by Aisling O’ Beirn at TULCA 16

web-linkThursday 17 November, 6pm
The Twelve Hotel Barna, Co Galway

Light Years from Here by TULCA 16 artist Aisling O’Beirn – is about looking at stars, telling stories about stars and thinking about the connection between time and stars. Aisling has been working with groups around Galway on a specially-commissioned new work, Light Years From Here since September 2016. All of the stars in the night sky are at different distances from the earth, ranging from the nearest, Proxima Centauri, at a mere 4 light years away, to early generations of stars, billions of light years from us. Depending on where we look we can see light ranging from the start of the Islamic Hijri calendar (622) to the launch of Sputnik (1957).

Galway residents from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds contributed dates and related anecdotes that have a special significance for them. Join TULCA and Galway Astronomical Society to find the stars that match these dates, and watch two of O’Beirn’s recent video works.

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2016, entitled ‘The Headless City’, asks two questions: What’s gone wrong with our cities? And what are we going to do about it? Festival curator Daniel Jewesbury says, “There’s so much that’s uncertain about the future of our cities, and the artists in The Headless City have approached the theme with great openness – they want to help us form questions and work out how we feel about our own future, not give us any easy answers”.

This is a FREE event, booking is required. Meet in the car park of the Twelve Hotel Barna at 6pm where you will be guided to the stargazing location. A FREE bus will leave Galway City on Thursday 17 November at 5.30pm sharp – limited seats please email to reserve your place- to reserve tickets to the event please book via the festival website here:
NOTE: This event is dependent upon clear skies. Please check the website for updates as poor weather may change the location or time.

Artist Talk and Screening | Paul Webster + Conor Maguire, A4 Sounds, Dublin 1

borderland-poster-online-version-1Wednesday 16 November, 7.30 to 8.30pm | Free admission
A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1

A4 are delighted to host a screening of Borderland at the A4 Gallery. Borderland explores the Syrian refugee crisis along Europe’s borders, the result of the greatest mass migration since World War II. The film features interviews with refugees, volunteers, Colm O’ Gorman of Amnesty International, Sue Conlan of The Irish Refugee Council and Eva Schloss, holocaust survivor and step sister of Anne Frank. The film is produced and directed by two Dublin based filmmakers, Conor Maguire and Paul Webster.

After the screening, Co-Directors, Paul Webster and Conor will discuss the inspiration for the film, as well as the production and distribution process. |



Open Studio Crit at MART Studios Residency Space, Dublin 6

vai-mart-squareMonday 14 November, 6pm
MART Residency Space – Coach House behind The MART Gallery 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines Dublin 6

Each month MART Studios Rathmines holds a studio crit open to its members and the public to attend, discuss and present current art and creative practices.
MART will host 4 Visual artists working in multi disciplinary visual art fields, curated by Austin Hearne,

Frances O’Dwyer –
Michelle Hall –
Austin Hearne –
Mags O’Dea –

Each presentations is 10/15minutes with a 10 minute discussion. Thirsty? We’ve Tea, Biscuits and on occasion some pink punch.

Meet the Artist with Fiona Lowe Brunell, ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

fiona-lowe-portait1Thursday 19 November 2016, 4 to 5.30 pm
ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

Meet the Artist soirée with Fiona Lowe Brunell (Part of C.S. Lewis Festival). Enjoy a glass of wine and relax for an hour or so in the company of Fiona Lowe Brunell as she chats about the life and work of C.S. Lewis and other literary greats. Fiona is happy to answer questions posed to her by us and other art lovers.

Fiona has carried out extensive research on her subjects and has gained an intimite knowledge of their lives and works. Her unique Biographical Lifecycles (Bio-cycles for short) are composed of ringed segments that represent the vital dates of the writer, while the colours employed in the works are representative of the themes that occur in their life and in their writing.

E:, Ken: 079 053 395 69, Ann: 077 263 263 90

Cultural Policy Observatory of Ireland Lecture with Professor Eleonora Belfiore, University of Limerick

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-14-54-13Wednesday 16 November 2016, 4 to 5.30pm
Registration/ tea and coffee: from 3.30pm
University of Limerick

The Cultural Policy Observatory of Ireland, in collaboration with the MA Festive Arts Programme (UL), is delighted to present a keynote lecture with Eleonora Belfiore, Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University.

Eleonora Belfiore is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University. She has published extensively on cultural politics and policy, and particularly the place that notions of the ‘social impacts’ of the arts have had in British cultural policy discourses. With Palgrave she has published, with Oliver Bennett, The Social Impact of the Arts: An intellectual history (2008) and co-edited with Anna Upchurch a volume entitled Humanities in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Utility and Markets (2013). More recently, her research has focused on researching the politics of cultural value, and she was Director of Studies of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value (2013-5), and co-author of its final report, Enriching Britain: Culture, creativity and growth, published in February 2015.

The event will be chaired by Dr. Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Cultural Policy at the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast.

This lecture takes place as part of the Tower Seminar series organised by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. For further information on our seminars, concerts, and programmes, please visit

Free, all welcome. Please reserve a ticket in order to facilitate planning and catering:


The Art of Presenting Craft with Craft NI | Seminars and Workshops

art-programmeThe Art of Presenting Craft with Craft NI

The Art of Presenting Craft is a bespoke workshop programme aimed at mid-career designer-makers. It consists of four workshops focusing on personal and professional development as well as business development issues pertinent to more established craftspeople. The workshops will take place fortnightly in February and March 2017.

The underlying theme of the workshop series is the professional presentation of craft in order to further the careers of designer-makers. By emphasising the importance of the high quality presentation of work for retailers, galleries and in applications (for funding, awards, trade shows etc.) we will help mid-career makers develop the quality of their work, hone their brand identity, identify and connect with new markets, and grow both as practitioners and as businesses. The workshop series will be practical and interactive, and will ‘join the dots’ between making, marketing and selling.

The Art of Presenting Craft Seminars

This seminar programme aims to inspire makers by presenting talks that include ‘Product Development’, ‘Application Clinic’, ‘Portfolio Presentation & Brand Building’, and ‘Connecting with the Art Market’.
The seminar talks will be open to the public and FREE to attend – and will only involve a half day (10am-1pm) for each seminar. Craft NI strongly advises that those interested in attending commit to attending all four modules to get the most out of taking part in this programme. The time commitment is a half day every fortnight over two months.

One-to-one Workshop Opportunity: Application Deadline: November 11th at 4pm.

*While the seminar series is open to the public and those working within other disciplines throughout the creative sector, these one-to-one workshops that are only open to makers, and require an application*

Craft NI will be accepting applications for designer-makers who want to take part in the FULL DAY Seminar Programme that includes participation in:
•The half day (10am-1pm) seminar talk
•A practical and interactive one-to-one workshop with each seminar presenter in the afternoon (2-4pm).

The one-to-one workshops will offer tailored advice and specific feedback on work, proposals and applications, business plans, portfolios and websites, depending on the seminar. Attendance in both morning and afternoon sessions is mandatory for selected designer-makers who are participating the full day programme equating to 10am-4pm every fortnight over two months.

For more information please visit:


Seminar – British Art Now at The Model, Sligo

seminarSaturday 12 November, 3 to 6pm | Free
The Model. The Mall, Sligo

On the occasion of Ghosts of Other Stories, The Model presents a seminar that examines key developments in British art since the mid-nineties. The seminar has a particular focus on artist films and their move from the underground and fringes to the centre of the British art scene.

Chair: Dr. Maeve Connolly
Speakers: Simon Bedwell, Francis McKee, Elizabeth Price and Stephen Sutcliffe


Writing for Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle | Seminar, University of Limerick

img_17129 and 10 November

The MA Festive Arts is delighted to present a series of events around Writing for Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle. These events are presented in collaboration with ISACS, the Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle Network.

Critical responses and reflections are crucial for the development of any cultural sector. Reviews, critique and written responses play an essential role in the visual arts, music, dance and theatre, providing a space for reflection and development, as well as an archive of work carried out for future researchers to trace and explore. In Ireland, we need to develop a strong traditional of critical response to street arts, circus and spectacle. Outdoor arts are integral to our cultural life, from the magic of the Macnas parades to the spectacular performances that take place during the Waterford Spraoi festival each year. Outdoor arts animate our streets, towns and cities, they engage with and creatively explore public spaces, and they connect with audiences from all walks of life. In order to contribute to the development of a culture of writing about, reviewing and reflecting on these essential, exciting and innovative art forms, the MA Festive Arts programme is presenting a series of events, free to all, on the subject with a range of international and national invited speakers.

These seminars are open to all, and will be of interest to art critics, writers, performing artists, academics.

Tower Seminar, Wednesday 9 November 2016, 4pm – 5.30pm.
Floriane Gaber, Lucy Medlycott, Kim Tilbrook and Paschale Straiton.

LOGOS Seminar, Thursday 10 November 2016, 10am – 12 noon.

Practical skills in arts journalism with Cristín Leach, Thursday 10 November 2016, 1pm-4pm.

For full programme and to book tickets see:

Irish World Academy Building
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick

Screening | Peter Taylor: Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

AMINI-150Thursday 24 November, 7pm
Beanbag Cinema, Belfast
Tickets £3/ £2 VAI members

Peter Taylor, BFMAF director, will present a programme from the 2016 festival.

AMINI in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland presents the second of our autumn screenings at the Beanbag Cinema. Peter joined Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in January 2015. Previously based in Rotterdam where he worked as a freelance curator, Peter has been a film programmer and researcher for the International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2006 and up until 2012 was also a programmer at WORM. He was selected by the Mondriaan Fonds for a 2015 research based residency at AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz, other recent activities include curating programmes for the DEAF Biennale and PLASTIK, Ireland’s festival for artists’ moving image.

AMINI is an artist led initiative for the promotion and critical discussion of artists’ moving image in Northern Ireland.

This event is hosted in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland with support from Belfast City Council.

To book tickets visit:

Olivier Cornet in Conversation with Yanny Petters, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin 1

walnut-august-42cm-x-32cm30 October 2016, 3pm
3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to announce a special event taking place in the Gallery on Sunday 30th October at 3 PM. Oliver Cornet, director of the gallery, will be in conversation with the artist Yanny Petters. This will be a unique opportunity to meet the artist in the context of her show ‘Come with me, I’ll show you something beautiful, Komm mit mir, Ich zeig’ Dir ‘was Schönes’. The conversation will revolve around the technique of Verre Eglomisé, and the artist’s own practice of the technique. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions too and find out more about the context of this exhibition.
The exhibition which runs till November 6 is accompanied by a catalogue with a preface by art historian and storyteller Jean Ryan.

All are welcome to this free special event, but kindly RSVP to as places are limited.



Discussion Platform | Digital Art and Education in the Anthropocene at Uillinn

digital-art-and-education-in-the-anthropocene12 November, 12 noon

In association with National Digital Week (10 to 12 November 2016), the Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen and on the occasion of the exhibition at Uillinn – Et si on s’était trompé? / What If We Got It Wrong – a group exhibition of artists engaged in issues of climate change, West Cork Arts Centre presents a discussion platform on:

Digital Art and Education in the Anthropocene
The ‘Anthropocene’ has become a bit of a buzz word recently, or at least since it became officially nominated as the name for our particular geological age. It encompasses questions about the relationship between ecology and human futures, but also the extent to which technology and the digital have brought us to this point and will be instrumental in creating sustainable societies.
Four speakers, looking at three themes, Art and the Digital (digital artist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Conor McGarrigle); the Digital and the Economic (Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, Dean of Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media), the Digital and Pedagogy (Dr. Glenn Loughran, Programme Chair of the BA Visual Art Degree Programme, Sherkin Island and Dr. John O’Connor, Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, DIT presenting on access to education on Sherkin Island and in Second Life).

Booking essential, see:
Telephone 028 22090