Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

‘Schools & Cultural Engagement: Design, Film, Digital Media’ | Art & Education & Schools Seminar at the National Gallery of Ireland

talksandlecturesSaturday 27 September 2014
Gallery Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Dublin 2

The Seminar will explore ideas in design, film and digital media and is open to all primary and post-primary teachers to help integrate culture, creativity and the arts into their classwork. The talks on film, digital media and graphic art will provide teachers with ideas to encourage students to use new technologies to portray contemporary life. It will include an overview on the ‘Arts in Education Charter’ (2012), and a presentation on ‘creativity’.
The programme will facilitate a diverse range of presentations from agents from a wide range of institutions and organizations such as Dublin Institute of Technology, The National College of Art and Design, Forbidden Planet, The National Gallery of Ireland, The Irish Film Institute, Dublin City University, RTÉ, Fresh Film Festival in addition to talks from representatives from the National Council of Curriculum and Assessment and the Department of Education and Skills.

This Schools & Cultural Engagement Seminar follows on from the Access to Culture Conference in 2013 marking new online publications. In 2014 two new publications ‘Exploring Childhood at the NGI 1570-1970’ and ‘West of Ireland Paintings at the NGI 1800-2000’, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills, will be launched and available as downloadable pdfs.
There is no charge for this seminar but it is essential to book in advance –

For further information please contact: Sinead K. Rice or Caoilte O Mahony at 01-6633509/10

To download the full programme for the event please visit the gallery website:

‘Art in the Contemporary Universe’ | Seminar at IMMA

immaIMMA + MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

Saturday 20 September, 3.00pm – 5.00pm, 2014
Lecture Room, IMMA
(Please take note of the time change to original listings)

This seminar on Art in the Contemporary Universe explores a number of themes prompted by the exhibition The weakened eye of day by Isabel Nolan (IMMA June-September, 2014). The themes under discussion will address vast ideas, involving huge, probably unanswerable questions, such as what Italo Calvino has called overambitious projects in contemporary culture, grand narratives in science and the cosmological turn of recent philosophy. This seminar allows participants to explore realms of science, aesthetics and philosophy within the context of Nolan’s exhibition at IMMA.

Chaired by Paul J. Ennis (Lecturer MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD), Dublin. Speakers include; Dr. Fabio Gironi (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy, UCD), Dr. David Roden (Lecturer in Philosophy, and author of Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human). Contributions will also be given by Isabel Nolan (Artist), Francis Halsall and Declan Long (Lecturers, MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD).

Due to limited places and the popularity of this event, booking is essential. Free tickets are available at

Creative Europe Cooperation Projects – Information Seminar and Workshop

PrintCreative Europe Cooperation Projects – Information seminar and application workshop
European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin
Wednesday 10 September 10am

The Creative Europe Desk Ireland (CED) – Culture Office is hosting a free information seminar and application workshop in Dublin. The event is intended for cultural and arts organisations that are developing and planning future applications for the Cooperation Projects strand of the Creative Europe programme and in particular for the upcoming deadline on 1 October 2014.

The Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office will be joined by practitioners who have first-hand experience of EU funded culture projects and a representative of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) who will speak about your Cooperation Project budget and completing the budget form for your application. As well as providing technical assistance and practical advice this event will afford the opportunity for networking.

If you wish to attend this event please register here

Introduction to Artistic Entrepreneurship | Free Seminar at Centre for Creative Practices

centre-for-creative-practicesWed 10th of Sept at 6:30pm-8:30pm
Free ADM
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2

Artistic Entrepreneurship is a new, very rapidly developing area of support and skills allowing artists and arts professionals to unfold their innovative and entrepreneurial nature. Artists need to addresses in a very practical way the core aspects of artistic entrepreneurship and business skills helping to build strong careers in the arts sector. Each and every artist, no matter what their genre needs to look at and address some basic business skills, from marketing, finance, sales and legal issues without loosing the space and time for creativity. Like everything you want to achieve both personally or professionally, you need to set specific goals, aims and outcomes that relate to a timed plan in order to give yourself the best chance of success, chance is not a good strategy.

On Wednesday 10th September we are putting on a free seminar on Artistic Entrepreneurship in CFCP and also launching our Winter 2014/15 Artistic Entrepreneurship Programme which includes workshops, courses, resources and mentoring.

Conversation: Vaari Claffey + Sarah Pierce – Gracelands, IMMA

immaConversation | Vaari Claffey + Sarah Pierce
Thursday 4 September, 5.00 – 6.00pm
Lecture Room, IMMA

Following the Summer Rising Festival at IMMA – Vaari Claffey (Founding Curator, Gracelands) and Sarah Pierce (artist) discuss the various iterations of Gracelands since its conception in 2008, and its most recent next edition at IMMA. Entitled ‘The Dark Thoughts That Surround Neon’, this comprised a series of site interventions with a selection of artists films in IMMA’s formal gardens.

Topics to be addressed include;  the relationship between artists, film, performance and intervention and the role of ‘event as exhibition. See more details below. Booking is essential. Free tickets are available


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 |