Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

CHANGING TRACKS European Public Art Project in Mayo – Seminar at GMIT

changingtracksFollowing on from the huge success of the launch of the CHANGING TRACKS project on the Greenway in Co Mayo this summer, a two day seminar will take place on  Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September.

CHANGING TRACKS is a contemporary visual and digital art project consisting of new temporary outdoor artworks on walking and cycling routes that used to be railway lines, by three international artists, Aideen Barry(IRE) Xevi Bayona(CAT) and Noah Rose (UK). The artworks respond to the former railway lines, their heritage and local environment, considering the railway’s original impact on the community and the environment and examining how the change of use has now impacted on local economies and lifestyles.

CHANGING TRACKS is a partnership project between Mayo County Council (IE) Northamptonshire County Council (UK), and Consortium Transversal, Cultural Activities Network from Catalonia (CAT) and is a recipient of funding from the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013.

The seminar will take place on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September and is aimed at artists, curators, arts professionals and organisations. During day 1 the CHANGING TRACKS artists will discuss the process of creating the artworks, there will be an independent reflection on the project by Irish Times Art Critic Gemma Tipton, an artist’s case study on developing a career internationally and an open Q&A session with all speakers and project managers from the three regions.

The second day will include a tour of the artworks and finish with extremely useful and practical information and presentations from EU funding experts, with information and advice on accessing EU culture funding and how to write good applications.

This is a free event and all are welcome. Booking is essential. For full programme and to book contact Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator via or Tel 094 904 7561.

For further information on CHANGING TRACKS see


An Introduction to Parallel Visions – Curator’s Talk at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery

long_imma.184 September 2014 at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio.
11.30am – 12.15pm
Curator’s Talk: An introduction to the exhibition – Parallel Visions
F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Newry Rd, Banbridge, Down BT32 3NB, United Kingdom

Join Claire Dalton, curator of the exhibition Parallel Visions, to hear more about the works on display.

Admission Free

Tel. 028 4062 3322

In Conversation | Isabel Nolan + Sally O Reilly at IMMA

immaWednesday 27 August 6.00pm

Lecture Room, IMMA

Isabel Nolan (artist) discusses her artistic approach for the current exhibition The Weakened Eye of Day with Sally O Reilly (writer for art and culture publications, including Art Monthly, Cabinet and Frieze).

Sally O Reilly is a writer who publishes and distributes text in print and performative formats, from art magazines and lectures to video and opera. Her book The Body in Contemporary Art was published by Thames & Hudson in 2009 and her monograph on Mark Wallinger will be published by Tate in February 2015. She has also curated and produced numerous exhibitions and performative events and was writer in residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (2010–11). She is currently writing a novel, Crude, about academia and the oil industry, as well as an opera libretto, The Virtues of Things, which will premiere at the Royal Opera House in May 2015.

Booking is essential. Free ticket s are available here:

‘Radical Undercurrents: The Story of the Daniel Egan Gallery’ | Coffee Lecture by Dr Eimear O’ Connor at Marsh’s Library

radical-undersurrants30th August | 11am to 12pm
Seminar room, Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8

As part of Heritage Week 2014, Dr Eimear O’Connor, on behalf of the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), will deliver a lecture examining the role of the Daniel Egan gallery in Dublin in the 1920s and some of the issues around researching and conserving the Egan gallery collection. The collection was donated to the National Irish Visual Arts Library by the Egan family and it provides a rare and unique insight into the Irish art scene during early twentieth century.

The lecture will take place in Marsh’s library and will last approximately one hour, followed by tea/coffee.

Free but booking is essential.

Contact NIVAL: or (01) 636 4347 |

Performing Space: Dublin Theatre Festival Symposium

talksandlecturesVenue: Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin
Date: 9 Oct 2014, 9.00 am
Tickets: €15. Early booking is advised due to limited capacity. Includes light lunch, refreshments and wine.

Co-organised by Siobhán O’Gorman and Noelia Ruiz, with Gail Weadick and Brian Singleton, this day-long symposium examines the power of performance to transform any space into a kinetically-charged place. A series of exciting panels will respond to the idea of ‘making scenes’ in relation to identities, politics, geographies, technologies and histories. Bringing together a range of practitioners, designers and academics from Ireland and beyond, Performing Space explores the landscape of scenography in its evolution from past to contemporary applications.

Speakers include: Sodja Lotker, director of the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space; a roundtable of performers and performance designers; a special guest panel encompassing members of Pan Pan theatre company; and many more Irish and international experts on the subject of performing space.

Performing Space offers a range of perspectives relevant to contemporary and historical performance design, in addition to issues of space, place and evental processes. Topics for discussion include: scenographic compositions; performance, architecture and public space; documenting scenography; bodies in space; and practice-based considerations of space and scenic production. Ongoing throughout the symposium will be an exhibition of Pan Pan Theatre’s scenography. Performing Space will be of particular interest to theatre-makers, students and researchers. This public event, presented in association with Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, is kindly supported by Fáilte Ireland and the Trinity Visual and Performing Arts Fund.

Following the symposium, at 7pm, The Irish Society of Theatre Research will launch a selection of new volumes on Irish Theatre and Performance – including Irish Theatre International 3.1, edited by Miriam Haughton and Maria Kurdi and containing an essay on Irish scenography by Siobhán O’Gorman.

Booking: Online , by phone +353 1 677 8899 or in person at the Dublin Theatre Festival box office, 44 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

For Further information:

International Academy of Ceramics Three-Day Conference at Dublin Castle

talksandlecturesDublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2

The International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) General Assembly will be hosted at Dublin Castle this autumn and will include a three-day international conference 9th – 11th September 2014. Entitled ‘Moving Objects – from Geographic Pasts to Virtual Presence’, the conference will explore contemporary ceramic practices within four key themes – Past; Hybrid Practice; Identity and Influence; and Future. Full details of the programme here.

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) has negotiated concession rates for their registered clients and member organisations. To avail of these special concession rates when completing the online registration form please contact

For further details on the conference and to access the registration page click here.

To coincide with the General Assembly, DCCoI is coordinating an exhibition trail through Dublin city including several key international exhibitions as well as a number of presentations of work by Irish practitioners.

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

relatively-speakingTuesday 19th August | 12 noon
Meeting Point: Project Arts Centre

Would you like an opportunity to introduce your friends and family to contemporary art? Three of Dublin’s most well-known city centre contemporary art galleries, Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and The Douglas Hyde Gallery are joining forces to offer a guided walking tour that takes place across these venues. 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 will take about 60 minutes (approx.), with 15-20 minute tours taking place in each gallery.

Starting at Project Arts Centre, visitors will be treated to a guided tour of the exhibition ‘The Centre for Dying on Stage #1’ by Assistant Curator Emer Lynch. This exhibition features work by Karl Burke, Dina Danish, Dan Graham, Krõõt Juurak, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Meggy Rustamova. Emer will then walk the visitors to the next venue, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, where Assistant Curator Sophie Behal will give an introduction to the exhibition ‘this attentive place’ by Caoimhe Kilfeather. Finally, visitors will be led to The Douglas Hyde Gallery, where Gallery Assistant Rachel McIntyre will give a short tour of ‘Dukkha’, a group show featuring artists Aleana Egan, Jaki Irvine, Fergus Feehily, Sam Keogh, and Paul Mosse, as well as give some background information to the early 20th century Irish silent films on show in Gallery 2.

For those who want to continue on the art trail, ask in The Douglas Hyde Gallery for instructions on how to follow Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty’s intriguing walking tour of Trinity College Dublin; a Gallery 3 project running for one week only.

We’ll meet Tuesday 19th August at 12 noon at Project Arts Centre. Book a spot for your parents, friends, cousins, housemates and anyone who you think might like to learn more about the things you love.

Booking is essential, please click here to book your free place.

Support for Individual Artist Programme | Surgery Session in the Queen Street Studios

acni20 August | 12pm – 1pm
Queen Street Studios, 31-33 Bedford St., Belfast, BT2 7GH

Visual Artists are invited to attend an information session on the Support for Individual Artist Programme in QSS Bedford Street on Wednesday 20th August, 12-1pm.

A talk on the awards currently open will be followed by an open surgery session with Joanna Harvey and Deirdre Robb. To book a place, please rsvp to

‘Beckett and the Wake’ | John Minihan in Conversation at Samuel Beckett Theatre

beckDate: Thursday 14 Aug, 6.00pm
Tickets: €10
Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College campus.

A conversation with the artist who took some of the most enduring photographs of Beckett, featuring rarely seen images alongside classics.

John Minihan is an Irish photographer, born in Dublin in 1946 and raised in Athy, County Kildare. Over his 50 year career Minihan developed close relationships with many writers including Samuel Beckett, and his images show a particular affinity between the two men. Minihan’s photos of Beckett are some of his best known, one in particular being described as one of the greatest photos of the twentieth century. Minihan first encountered Beckett in London in 1980, while Beckett was working on a production of Endgame. The two met on a number of occasions over the next few years, but it was not until 1985 that they met in Paris, where Minihan took some of his most iconic Beckett photographs.

This event is part of the Samuel Beckett Summer School 2014 series of public events.