Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Outpost Studios Winter Talks Series, Bray, Co Wicklow   Recently updated !

talksandlecturesArt is Mightier than the Sword
Thursday 8th October, 12pm – 2pm

Outpost Studios, Bray, invite you to a lunch-time talk on art-in-community Art is Mightier than the Sword with artists Fiona Whelan and Community Youth Worker, Nichola Mooney.

Over the last 11 years Fiona Whelan has collaborated with community and youth workers including Nichola Mooney developing an arts and community practice exploring broad societal issues which have contributed to important discussions around authority and power.

Fiona Whelan is a Dublin based artist committed to exploring power relations through durational engagements with people and place. She is joint Coordinator of the MA Socially Engaged Art in the School of Education at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin where she co-developed the TransActions publication series,

Outpost are interested in supporting space for Bray’s community workers, volunteers and artists to meet, debate and explore ways in which they might collaborate together around shared values.
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Speculate This! | Reading Group, Belfast   Recently updated !

talksandlecturesWednesday 14 October, 7pm

The Belfast-based Ulster Research Salon will begin a new series of its Speculate This! research strand this coming October, with a renewal of its fortnightly reading group. This platform will continue to discuss ideas and concepts of recent continental philosophy in the context of contemporary art practices, including speculative realism, new materialism, posthumanism and accelerationism.

New members are most welcome, please email for further details, times and locations.

Eoin Mac Lochlainn in Conversation with Claire Halpin at the Oliver Cornet Gallery   Recently updated !

talksandlecturesThursday 8 October, 6.30pm
Oliver Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Gallery artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn will be in conversation with visual artist and curator Claire Halpin at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. The conversation will revolve around Eoin Mac Lochlainn’s current show ‘Diaspora’, its themes, subject matter and the techniques used in this body of work. A great opportunity to hear the artist talk about his practice and to see the exhibition before it finishes on October 11.

This is a free event but booking is recommended.
E:, T: 0872887261 |


Soilsiú │ Enlightenment – GSoI Symposium 2015 at NCAD   Recently updated !

12-11 NCAD Logo (Rec Col) 2Monday 19 October | Tickets: €35. GSoI Members: €30
National College of Art and Design, Thomas St, D8

‘Soilsiú │ Enlightenment’ is the 2015 Glass Society go Ireland Symposium. Speakers: Joseph Cavalieri (Keynote. USA), Kate Maestri (UK), Jessica Loyd-Jones (UK), Jeremy Winterbert (France), Chris Wood (UK).

While we are all conscious that 2015 has been declared the Year of Irish Design, it has also been dedicated as the International Year of Light by the United Nations. Light technology has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of global society. Glass, throughout history, has been intrinsically linked with light. The special relationship between them has allowed for enormous scientific and artistic development.

Brought to you in Partnership with the Firestation Artist Studios and NCAD with the generous suport of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland

Contact: for more information!soilsiu-symposium-2015/cn4v

Sarah Pierce Lecture At Project Arts Centre   Recently updated !

project-arts-centre-logo-650x28613 October 2015, 5pm
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

I rebel — therefore we exist: Lecture 3 The Community of the Exhibition is the final in a series of lectures by Sarah Pierce throughout 2015, developed for and commissioned by Project Arts Centre. The title of this lecture series, ‘I rebel — therefore we exist’ draws upon key concepts in Pierce’s dissertation, where rebellion describes a way of knowing that rubs against regimes of legibility, efficacy and legitimacy.

The lectures are a combination of reading and performance. Throughout the series, Pierce will navigate the terms for rebellions that involve people as well as materials.

Places are limited, booking is advised.
To book visit:

For more information please visit:

Artist Talk with Piet Stockmans, GMIT

Thursday 8 October, 12noon
The Centre for Creative Arts & Media, GMIT, Monivea Road, Galway

Piet Stockmans will give an artist talk at The Centre for Creative Arts & Media. Stockmans is exhibiting in the group show ‘Dualitiy of Function’ at the Galway Arts Centre.

All are welcome, for further information contact: 0861923969

Demystifying EU Funding Information Sessions with The Wheel   Recently updated !

logoWith an estimated €320 million available to the community and voluntary sector in Ireland, it is just madness to ignore EU lucrative funding streams. The Wheel, in collaboration with EU experts Access Europe, is inviting you to a series of short and useful information sessions outlining grants available to Irish civil society groups.

Overall EU financial and policy background for 2015-2020
Funding Opportunities per EU Programme (Horizon2020, ESF, Interreg, Creative Europe etc.)
The Europe for Citizens Programme
How to assess your potential to access EU funding
Training and Support Resources Available.
Geared towards statutory and institutional fundraisers or anyone simply interested in learning more, the Demystifying EU Funding events are free but require registration.
Book your place here.

Further Information:
Deirdre Finlay | Europe for Citizens Information Officer
T: 01-454 8727
The Wheel, 48 Fleet Street, D02 T883 Dublin 2

Talk with Fiona Whelan and Nichola Mooney, Outpost Studios, Bray

outposttalks8 October, 12pm – 2pm
Unit 3, Southern Cross Business Park, Wurtzburg Ave, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Outpost Studios, Bray, invite you to a lunch-time talk on art-in-community, Art is Mightier than the Sword with Artists Fiona Whelan and Community Youth Worker Nichola Mooney.

Over the last 11 years Fiona Whelan has collaborated with community and youth workers including Nichola Mooney developing an arts and community practice exploring broad societal issues which have contributed to important discussions around authority and power.

For further info:

Susan Connolly in conversation with Dougal McKenzie, Dun Laoghaire

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWednesday 14 October, 1.15 – 2.15pm
Gallery, Level 3, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire.

Susan Connolly will discuss her work to date in conversation with Dougal McKenzie. McKenzie is currently lecturer in Painting at the University of Ulster, Belfast and is based at QSS Bedford Street Studios.

This is a free event, please go to and search for Susan Connolly, dlr LexIcon for booking.

For more information about the exhibition and Learning Programme please visit:

Designing Commemoration: Performance, Process and Participation Conference

talksandlectures8 October: University College Limerick
9 October: Trinity College Dublin

Conference exploring commemoration and creativity, with keynote speakers Professor Ronald Grimes (Director of Ritual Studies International and Professor Emeritus of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University), Noeline Kavanagh (Artistic Director, Macnas), and Dr. Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch (art historian and author).

In 2015, we are nearing the mid-point of what has been termed Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’. This period has already seen the development of several large-scale commemorative projects, such as that around the centenary of 1913 and of the beginning of the Great War, as well as many conferences, lectures and events contextualizing and exploring these events and their broader symbolic meaning.

In the current conversation around the Decade of Centenaries, the emphasis has been on the historical events themselves and their larger political impact and position. This conference seeks to move beyond this narrative, focusing on the participatory, performative, visual, material and social aspects of commemoration. ‘Designing Commemoration: performance, process and participation’ will explore and reflect on the experience of designing and creating commemorative events, works of art or places, as well as the experience of participation in commemoration in visual and material culture.

A full list of speakers can be found here:

These events are free. Please book here:

Guided Tours of A World to Win at the National Print Museum

talksandlecturesNational Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
3, 10, 17, 31 October and 7 November, 3pm | Cost: €3.50 adult/ €2 concession

To celebrate the year of design, Irish Design 2015 and the National Print Museum host the Irish debut of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London touring exhibition, A World to Win, Posters of Protest and Revolution. A World to Win is an exhibition of posters of protest and revolution exploring a century of posters agitating for political change.

The exhibition comprises of approximately seventy posters drawn from the V&A collection and features a diverse array of artists, graphic designers and print collectives.

Booking is essential. T: 01 6603770 |



Artist Talk by Siobhan McDonald, IFSC, Dublin

talksandlectures2 October, 4 – 7pm, 3 October, 11am – 2pm
CHQ Building, IFSC, Dublin

Expedition 2016: A conference as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2015
A presentation from “future historians” entitled ‘ Expedition 2016.’ Siobhan McDonald will talk about her current collaboration with Programme for Experimental Climates at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Part of a theatre development project in Dublin Theatre Festival by The Performance Corporation (Ireland) and Boca Del Lupo (Canada).
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Screening/Discussion in Association with LUX Critical Forum Dublin, TBG+S

temple-bar-gallery13 October 2015, 6.30pm
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Templebar, Dublin 2

LUX Critical Forum presents a screening of recent acquisitions, in the field of Artists’ Moving Image, by Oberhausen Festival of Short Film.

Oberhausen has been a key innovator in terms of curatorial approaches to moving-image practices for over fifty years. The Oberhausen Manifesto, authored in 1962, still represents a key text in this regard an argument for the more radical possibilities contained within non-conventional film forms. Lars Henrik Gass has been Director of the festival since 1997 and has taken the festival in new and interesting directions in recent years. Following this screening of recently acquired works in the field of artists’ moving image Lars will be available to answer questions about the works themselves as well as his ongoing work at Oberhausen. This screening features the following five short works recently selected for acquisition by Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

Please book your free ticket here:

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Artist Talk | Marc Guinan in conversation with Maeve Connolly

talksandlectures3 October, 1 to 2pm
Ground Floor Gallery, Draiocht Blanchardstown

Draíocht invites you to join us for a closing discussion, with artist Marc Guinan and Maeve Connolly (Co-Director MA in Art and Research Collaboration, IADT Dun Laoghaire). Using his current exhibition in Draíocht entitled ‘What is Painting …?’ as a springboard for discussion, Guinan and Connolly will explore the artist’s own practice including questioning the traditional and conventional ways of thinking about painting and its presentation within gallery spaces. Guinan will also touch on his experience of working with a publicly-funded Gallery, and the transition from being a recent graduate to professional artist.

Places are free but seating is limited so booking is essential through Draíocht’s Box Office, T: 01 8852622, through our website  or E: at

Pecha Kucha Leitrim 2015

talksandlecturesPecha Kucha Leitrim 2015
23 September – Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton
6 and 20 October – Leitrim Design House, The Dock, St George’s Terrace, Carrick on Shannon
All presentations 6 – 9pm.

The second series of Pecha Kucha talks at the Leitrim Design House/ Dock and the Leitrim Scupture Centre will take place to co-incide with the Year of Design 2015.
There are speakers lined up from within Leitrim, surrounding counties and overseas with a diverse range of topics each night.
Speakers include: Róisín Loughrey, Derval McGovern and Susanne Bosch.

T :071 985 5098, E: office@leitrimsculpturecentre

Panel talk – Collecting and Keeping Artworks, Dun Laoghaire

panel-discussion-dlrWednesday 23 September, 6.30 – 8.00pm
The Studio, dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire.

Join a panel of experts to explore the notion of collecting artworks. The panel includes Christina Kennedy, Professor Ciaran Benson, Kevin Kavanagh, Donall Curtain and Muirne Lydon. To book go to and search for ‘Uncovering a Collection’.

For further information please visit: or T: (01)236 2759

Stephen McKenna and Richard Demarco in conversation, Hugh Lane Gallery

talksandlectures24 September, 7pm – doors open at 6.30pm | Free; no booking necessary although early arrival is recommended as places are limited
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.

This event brings together two eminent artists for a lively conversation inspired by Stephen McKenna’s current exhibition, ‘Perspectives of Europe’. This exhibition features a group of McKenna’s portraits of cities and landscapes from the last thirty five years, reflecting his engagement with the cultural histories of Europe by observing their visual impact on the environment. The discussion will consider how city structures grow through the interaction of politics and culture with physical geography.

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Artist Talk with Mel French at Luan, Athlone

WeanAsk the Artist
Episode 7
Saturday 26 September 2015 2pm to 3pm.
The artist Mel French will give a guided tour of her work followed by artist in the community, Clodagh Kelly Q and A session. Simultaneously traditional and contemporary, French’s work is interesting and occasionally uncomfortable and is Luan’s first sculpture exhibition.

The talk is open to the public, free of charge, with tea and coffee served. No booking is required but places are limited.
Further information:
T: 0906442154

Creating Collaborations and Growing Audiences: Conference, Belfast


Creating Collaborations and Growing Audiences:
Conference in partnership with Creative Europe Desk Ireland
Friday 25 September 2015

12:30pm to 5pm
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street, West Belfast BT1 2NJ

Arts and heritage organisations, local authorities, higher education institutions and others working in the creative field are invited to this free all-Ireland conference, which takes a closer look at Creative Europe’s funding and opportunities for the creative sectors.

The main themes of the conference are international collaboration, an essential part of most applications to Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme, and audience development, one of the key priorities of Creative Europe. During the afternoon, we will consider how the Creative Europe’s priorities could be realised, identify how to incorporate audience development into projects, and learn about how to build creative partnerships and manage collaborative projects.
Further information and bookings, CLICK HERE

Arts Council of Ireland Arts Audiences News

Arts Council LogoFocus on Audiences
Save the date Thursday 17 December 2015

Arts Audiences is delighted to announce that Focus on Audiences 2015 will take place on Thursday, 17 December in Dublin Castle, in the Printworks conference facility. This one-day event for arts professionals will be a mixture of presentations of the results of action research projects, technical instruction sessions, and audience development insights. This year’s event will focus closely on new media and its impacts.

The registration process will open in October. If you would like to indicate your interest in attending, CLICK HERE and fill out the short form and we will be in touch with details nearer the date.