Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Symposium at IMMA: Participation, Commemoration and Public Space: German Artist Jochen Gerz in an Irish Context

talksandlecturesAt a time of much discussion about the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising and the foundation of an independent Ireland, a timely symposium on the work of German artist Jochen Gerz – now living in Sneem, Co, Kerry – looks at how people, places and art might be brought together in a meaningful way.

Participation, Commemoration and Public Space: German artist Jochen Gerz in an Irish context takes place on November 14th and 15th at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin. Organised by the Goethe-Institut in co-operation with IMMA, this two-day conference will examine works by the exceptional German artist Jochen Gerz – creator of transformative public artwork spanning 50 years in Germany, France, England, Italy and Ireland – and look at how contemporary artists in Ireland and beyond might address the contested and often controversial context of commemoration.

The work of Jochen Gerz is as relevant to city policy makers, politicians, urbanists and architects as much as to artists and the art community. But where Gerz really stands out is his artworks’ appeal to the general public. “Jochen Gerz questions our preconceived ideas of us and others and thus opens spaces for a transnational form of commemoration”, explains Mechtild Manus, director of the Goethe-Institut in Dublin and continues “Also, through the active participation of citizens in the creation of his art works he generates a social empathy which is essential for our democracies.”

Organised by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with IMMA, Participation, Commemoration and Public Space: German artist Jochen Gerz in an Irish context is supported by the National College of Art & Design, the German Foreign Office, the French Mission du Centenaire and the French Embassy.

The symposium opens on Friday, 14 November at 6 pm at IMMA with a talk by Jochen Gerz himself about his participatory work he often terms “public authorship”. This is followed by a conversation with Declan Long, Co-Director of the masters programme “Art in the Contemporary World” at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. In the spirit of Jochen Gerz’ art the audience is invited to join the conversation. Most of the speakers at the symposium on Saturday, 15 November, have themselves actively participated in one or several public art works by Jochen Gerz. Each will speak from different angles: as art historians, curators, philosophers, sociologists or civil servants. Speakers include Söke Dinkla, Marion Hohlfeldt, Guido Meincke, Philippe Mesnard, Renate Petzinger, Jonathan Vickery, Pat Cooke, Jenny Haughton, Lisa Moran & Ray Yeates.

Participation is free, but booking is essential as places are limited. Book here:

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

eat-talk-artTalbot Gallery & Studios, 51 Talbot St, Dublin

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

A small, informal gathering of folk interested in eating, talking and art.

Our November Supper will take place on Friday the 14th @ 7.30 pm – 11:00 pm. This Supper follows the success of the breakfast series in which simple food and conversation created an exciting exchange.

Artist Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh will join Anne Hendrick in a discussion about Hendrick’s new exhibition, JEST which will open on October 16th and run until November 22nd.
You will be served a delicious wholesome supper supplied with the kind support of The Wooden Whisk, Grainger’s Bar and Classic Drinks. Complimentary cocktail on arrival. BYOBottle.

Tickets are limited. Please bring a print out of your ticket, unfortunately no refunds will be given.
Supper starts promptly @ 7:30 pm.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Talbot Gallery & Studios.

For bookings, please click here.

Artist’s Talk with Daragh Muldowney at The Copper House Gallery

daragh-muldowney6 November at 6pm
The Copper House Gallery, St. Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8

Following the astounding success of Daragh Muldowney’s artist talk on 23rd October, the demand was so great we thought it best to run another event! We are delighted to invite you to an artist talk by Daragh Muldowney at The Copper House Gallery 6 – 8pm, Thursday 6th November 2014. Daragh Muldowney will give a presentation of his images and talk about his voyage aboard the Killary Flyer, across the Atlantic to Greenland and the process involved in making Out of Thin Air, photographic exhibition and photobook.

Irish photographer Daragh Muldowney set sail to Greenland on board the Killary Flyer in June 2013, to explore the world’s largest island. Out of Thin Air documents this expedition, recording the beauty of these Arctic ice sculptures. Out of Thin Air, a photographic exhibition and photobook by Daragh Muldowney, was launched at The Copper House Gallery on Wednesday 1st October 2014. This exhibition has been kindly supported by Canon.

Places are limited to this event. If you are interested in attending this talk, please send an RSVP to Orla on email:

Out of Thin Air, a photographic exhibition by Daragh Muldowney, runs at The Copper House Gallery from the 1st October until 30th Nov 2014. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Artists and Curator Talk with Nicola Whelan, Jennie Taylor and Deborah Madden at the Joinery

nicola-whelan30th October at 6pm
the Joinery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

As part of her show #AndHerPaleFireSheStoleFromTheSun, Joinery Graduate Residency Award winner Nicola Whelan will be in conversation with curators Jennie Taylor and Deborah Madden about the work.

#AndHerPaleFireSheStoleFromTheSun is an experimental work comprising archive,  surveillance, multiple screenings, a Twitter event, real life experience and a fractured fiction. Whelan, Taylor and Madden will be unpicking some of the main threads running through the show and exploring the ideas of prosthetic memory, experience and narrative, both personal and communal.

Artist Talk by Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn | The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project at the Pearse Museum

Palimpsest15 November at 2pm

Artist Talk by Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn
The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project at the Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham

The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project is a collaborative art project which brought together eight Irish artists to develop work to represent Ireland at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia in October 2013. Continuing with this collaboration, the project was then presented at An Gailearaí in Gweedore, Co. Donegal in June 2014 and the final exhibition is currently on show at the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham, Co.Dublin until 30th November 2014. The eight participating artists are: Colin Martin ARHA, Brian Fay, Mary A.Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Aoife McGarrigle, Kate Murphy and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin.

Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn, curators of The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project will give an informal talk and walk through of the exhibition at The Pearse Museum on Saturday 15th November 2014 at 2pm

All welcome. Free entry.

Further information: Claire Halpin: Tel: 087 6579271 |

Pearse Museum Tel: 01 493 4208 |

‘Territory, Encounter and Negotiation’ | Book Launch and Seminar at NCAD

12-11 NCAD Logo (Rec Col) 25 November 2014 | 2.15 – 5.45pm
Followed by a 6pm book launch
Harry Clarke lecture theatre, NCAD

On the occasion of the launch of artist Fiona Whelan’s critical memoir TEN: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation, the Rialto Youth Project and Fiona Whelan are hosting a seminar which sets out to explore questions of representation, research practices and creative relationships at the intersection of collaborative arts practice, youth work, critical pedagogy and activism.

Seminar: ‘Territory, Encounter and Negotiation – Collaborative Practice in a Youth Work Context’ will be moderated by Dr. Aine O’Brien, Co-Director Counterpoints Arts and will inlclude the following presentations: Maurice Devlin, Jean Monnet Professor & Director of the Centre for Youth Research & Development, Maynooth University – Youth Work and the Arts: Continuity and Change; Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality Studies, School of Social Justice, UCD – The Careless State: why we need radical egalitarian thinking in Ireland; Professor Desmond Bell, Head of Academic Affairs and Research, NCAD – The ethnographic impulse and lens based practice; Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, CREATE (the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts) – Representation in collaborative arts: Who tells whose story and how? There will also be a reading; Performative readings (mis)readings of a shared practice, by artist Fiona Whelan and Jim Lawlor, Nichola Mooney and Michael Byrne of Rialto Youth Project.

6pm Book Launch: TEN: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation – A Critical Memoir by Socially Engaged Artist, Fiona Whelan launched by Martin Drury, Strategic Development Director, the Arts Council. The memoir explores a decade of socially engaged art practice through the eyes of the primary artist involved. Set in the south inner-city of Dublin, it offers a uniquely personal and subjective insight into complex working relationships, methods of engagement, creative processes and analyses from a long term project exploring power and policing.

For seminar bookings, email:

Artist Talk with Hugh O’Donnell at Belfast School of Art

talksandlectures23 October at 1pm
Conor Lecture Theatre, Belfast School of Art
All welcome!

There will be a performance as part of the talk.

Born in Dublin, Hugh O’Donnell studied art, design and mixed media at Ballyfermot Senior College before moving to Belfast where he specialized in sculpture and completed a Master’s in fine art. His residencies have included the ETNA foundation Transylvania Romania (2006) as part of the ARES project. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries/non-profit organisations and alternative and site-specific locations and he describes his work as performance art, installation, drawing and video. The main focus of his work are themes of sexuality, gender and human rights.

For more information, please email:

2014 Creative Time Summit – Dublin Screening and Programme of Events

eventFriday 14 & Saturday 15 November

Following the success of last year’s Creative Time Summit screening in NCAD and the F2 neighbourhood centre Rialto, this year Dublin City Gallery-The Hugh Lane and Fire Station Artists’ Studios are pleased to partner with the MA in Socially Engaged Art in NCAD to screen the 2014 Creative Time Summit live from Stockholm.

Creative Time is a New York based public art agency committed to supporting socially and politically engaged art. Now in its sixth year, the annual Creative Time Summit is a key conference globally, exploring the diverse ways in which artists are tackling social and political issues, This year the summit is convening in Europe for the first time. Creative Time have partnered with Public Art Agency Sweden to co-develop a packed two day programme. Summit: Stockholm will focus on innovative practices that relate to five core themes: Nationalisms, Performing the City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Age of Surveillance, and Migrations.

Building on this year’s summit themes, a Dublin based programme has been developed to complement the live stream with additional presentations and discussions on Fri 14th & Sat 15th November  and a Dublin based seminar and book launch on Thurs 14th Nov. Highlights include:

  • Livestreamed keynote addresses from: Edi Rama (Prime Minister of Albania) and Saskia Sassen (Professor of Sociology at Columbia University).
  • Livestreamed presentations from leading artists, activists, curators and critics from around the world including: Tania Bruguera, Jeremy Deller, Maria Lind, Amar Kanwar and Joanna Warsza.
  • Dublin based Presentations include Ana Dević (WHW Croatian curatorial collective), artist Dominic Thorpe, and Loitering Theatre.

2014 Dublin Programme Details

  • Thurs 13 November: Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-12 Lower Buckingham St, Dublin 1
    – 3.00pm – 5.30pm: Seminar: ‘The intersection of art and politics’ with speakers: Ana Dević (WHW Croatian curatorial collective), Megan Johnston (Curator & Director of The Model), Jesse Jones (Artist).
    – 6.00pm: Book launch: Launch of Fire Station’s new publication ‘Art & Activism’ followed by wine reception.
    Further details:
  • Friday 14 November: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square N, Dublin 1
    – 9.00am – 5.30 pm: Live Screening of Creative Time Summit with additional Dublin based presentations and discussion. Tea and coffee provided.
    Further details:
    Free. Limited places. Booking essential: RSVP
  • Saturday 15 November: Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-12 Lower Buckingham St, Dublin 1
    9.30 am – 6.30 pm: Live Screening of Creative Time Summit with additional Dublin based programme including short film screenings by ‘Loitering Theatre’ and an Artists’ Panel discussion on ‘Ireland & Migration. Speakers include Dominic Thorpe, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Ceara Conway, Aine Ivers, Seoidin O Sullivan. Chaired by Anthony Haughey. Tea, coffee and light lunch provided.
    Further details:
    Free. Limited places. Booking essential: RSVP


‘Death at Tomb St.’ | Lunchtime Talk with Israel Kessler at Golden Thread Gallery

Israel-KesslerDate: 20 November 2014
Time: 1pm -2pm Venue: Golden Thread Gallery

3 – 30th November 2014
Corporation St./Dunbar Link, Belfast City Centre

For the month of November the face of Death will loom out from two adjoining billboards over the city streets at the corner of Corporation St and Dunbar link. Underneath the towering Royal Mail building we see John Costello, a casual mail worker, as Death manifest in the form of a clown.

‘Death at Tomb St.’ is a photographic series 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.

It gives expression to the famously black humour of the Belfast people and of the low-paid production line worker.

There will be an artist talk in connection with the project at the Golden Thread Gallery from 1-2pm on Thursday November 20th.

Closing ceremony and reading, with hot soup, at The Great Pyramid, Dunbar Link, from 5-7pm on Saturday 29th November.


‘CONTOURS Shaping Identity': The Glass Society of Ireland International Symposium 2014 at The Clarence Hotel

LOCATION: The Clarence Hotel, 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

CONTOURS is an international symposium which will bring together speakers from Ireland and abroad. This one day event will focus on the theme of cultural identity and its impact on the artistic practice of the speakers.

‘Constructivist philosophy takes the stand point that we are formed by our contexts and assumptions as human beings; that we are constructed by the environment around us. If this is true then each of us is a singular representation of a bigger picture.’

CONTOURS will look at this idea in light of the making process.

Emma Bourke (Ireland)
Róisín de Buitléar and Eamonn Hartley (Ireland)
Mark Hursty (USA)
Alison Lowry (Northern Ireland)
Alison Kinnaird (Scotland)
David Schnuckel (USA)

Tickets and more information available online on the GSoI Website.

Standard Ticket €35, Members Tickets €25, Student Tickets €20
Special offers available for membership and conference price combined. Lunch included in ticket price.

CONTOURS 2014 is kindly supported by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.!events-/c11lm