Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Contemporary Contexts for Glass in Tourism, Design and Technologies | 2 Day Symposium at WIT

talksandlectures18th September | (Registration: 12.30pm – 1.30pm) 1.30pm – 4.40pm
19th September | 9.30am – 4.30pm

Fee: 25 Euro
Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Rd, Waterford

Waterford the Glass City, famous for its crystal production, is hosting an exciting two-day symposium of glass at Waterford institute of technology. Invited international speakers from areas of design, education, and tourism, will present new advances and technologies which explore heritage, culture and skills in glassmaking, and offer new possibilities and could build liaisons to create a new future for glass in Ireland.

This event, open to the public, aims to engage members from various community and social groups both in Ireland and internationally in an effort to explain and experience first hand the advances in the sector, from that of factory worker to designer, creator, educator, engineer and entrepreneur. These include: Local unemployed glass workforce, glass practitioners, artists, product designers, architects, city councillors, tourism sector, glass retail sector, design academics, green technology specialists, engineers, students, glassmakers entrepreneurs, and general public.

Break out sessions and open question times will allow for interactive sessions throughout the symposium. Technical, strategic and economic detailed information will be available to attendees. This event is free to local unemployed glassmakers with presentation of evidence of previous employment and social welfare card.

Please contact



Supported by Waterford Institute of Technology, Viking Triangle Trust, Waterford City Council, Museum of Treasures, Glass Society of Ireland, and IrishDesign2015

For more information, please visit:

Collecting and Keeping Artworks | Panel Talk at dlr Lexicon   Recently updated !

uncovering-a-collectionWednesday 23 September 6.30-8pm
Studio Level 1 (beside café)

This event will explore how does one start their own collection? Why do we need to collect? How do large institutions such as national art organisations develop their collections over time? This evening will help to demystify some of these questions.

An invited panel of experts will offer their perspectives with time for questions and answers after.

This is a free event but booking is essential.

Please book through and search for Uncovering a Collection.

Artists Talk with Julie Merriman at dlr Lexicon   Recently updated !

uncovering-a-collection 17 September | 11am
Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon

Uncovering a Collection is currently on view at Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon. The exhibition highlights selected artworks from the Dún Laoghaire County Council’s Art Collection. In tandem with the exhibition programme is the Learning Programme which features talks and panel discussions.

Join visual artist Julie Merriman on Thursday 17 September at 11am in the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire. She will be speaking about her artwork Dispersal I, part of the final series of drawings made during the Carlisle Pier Residency 2006-2010. The talk will provide insight into the value of residencies within a local authority from an individual artist’s perspective. The residency was supported and funded by the dlr County Council, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and a Project Award from the Arts Council.

Floor to Ceiling Lecture: A Closer Look at the Interior of the National Museum of Ireland

talksandlecturesThe time – 12:00
The date – Saturday 29 August 2015
The venue address – National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

On 29th August 1890, the Museum building at Kildare Street opened to the public for the first time. To mark the 125th anniversary of the opening of the building and Heritage Week 2015, there will be a special lecture on the history of this beautiful building. From Sienese wood carving designs to Oppenheimer mosaic floors, join Museum Educator Jennifer O’Mahony, NMI, for a closer look at the beautiful features that make the Museum building unique. This event will take place in the Ceramics Room, First Floor. Booking is not required but places are limited and will be assigned on a first come basis. Not wheelchair accessible.

For further information please contact: 01 648 6339 or email

‘Architect as Patron’ | Lecture by Dr Ellen Rowley at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery

architect-as-patronThursday 10 September, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Newry Rd, Banbridge, County Down BT32 3NB

‘Architect as Patron: Modernist Architecture and the Production of ‘Public’ art in Ireland, 1950-75′ | Lecture by Dr Ellen Rowley, Trinity College Dublin.

Cost: £3.00 (Friends of the Gallery Members – Free).

For more information, please email:

Introduction to the Photo Album of Ulster Archive at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin 2

Gallery-Of-Photography-IconWednesday 26 of August 2015 at 12.30pm

Contributors to the Introduction to the Photo Album of Ulster archive talk include George Knight, Monaghan, Laurence McKeown, Antrim and Dermot Scott, Donegal who will talk about their family archive and their own perspective on the archiving of family histories. Curator Trish Lambe and Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer for County Monaghan will also contribute to the discussion.

Further information:

‘African Robots’ Presentation with Ralph Borland at Science Gallery Dublin

ralph_borlandThursday, August 20, 2015 – 18:00 to 19:15 | Free event
Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin

African Robots is a project by South African artist and researcher Ralph Borland to create interactive electronic street art. ‘Street art’ in this instance means art sold by people on the street, in South Africa and Zimbabwe – usually forms of handicraft using inexpensive materials like fencing and electrical wire, beads and waste wood, plastic and metal. The project focuses particularly on wire work, where artists make three dimensional forms from wire, using a cheap material to create complex results. Basic electronic components can with the necessary know-how also be used as cheap material for creating interactive sculptures.

For this presentation, Ralph Borland will tell the story of the project so far, from buying cheap Chinese electronic toys in urban markets in Sao Paulo and hacking them into wire work toys for the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, to designing custom electronics to activate the ideas of wire work artists on the streets of Cape Town. He’ll describe the ideas informing the project, which seeks to recover basic principles of mechanics and computing: from identifying topological ethnomathematics in the approach wire workers take to creating forms, to looking at the history of automotons – taking in figures such as Al Jazari, the 12th century Islamic inventor whose work is thought to have influenced Leonardo da Vinci.

For more information on this event please visit:

This is a ticketed event, for bookings please visit:

Artist Talk – Marc Guinan in Conversation with Maeve Connolly at Draiocht

marc-guinan-talk3 October | 1pm – 2pm
Ground Floor Gallery, Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin


Draiocht 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 Draiocht 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.

All welcome: Places are free but seating is limited so booking is essential through Draíocht’s Box Office, telephone 01-8852622, through our website or by email at

‘The Jump [to] Convergence/ Reviewing re-vue’ Lecture with Dr. Sarah Hayden at the National Sculpture Factory

national-sculpture-factoryWeds 26th August 1:00pm – 2:00pm
National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork City

Frequencies 2015

The Authorial Function presents Dr. Sarah Hayden “The Jump [to] Convergence/ Reviewing re-vue”

If art magazines make viewing publics cohere, then the adhesive agent in use is an amalgam of style and content.

How does house style act to form and consolidate cyclopean communities? Is it solipsistic to subscribe? Is reviewing an agonistic mode of authorship? Should it be? Pogoing from Cravan’s art review, Maintenant (1915) to ArtReview (2015) (maintenant), this talk considers the politics of style.

Sarah Hayden is Associate Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London and teaches occasionally at University College Cork. Mostly a modernist, her recent publications include essays on Jasper Johns, Francis Picabia, Djuna Barnes, the artist-personae of Jens Presser and Mina Loy. Her first monograph, Curious Disciplines: Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood is forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press. A co-organizer of the Avant and SoundEye festivals in Cork, she reviews contemporary art and experimental poetry and her poems have appeared in various magazines and as the chapbooks Exteroceptive (Wild Honey) and System Without Issue (Oystercatcher). She will soon start plotting a book on the transatlantic trade in Dada Virgins.

Lunchtime Talk: ‘A Plain Structure, Firmly Built’ at the National Gallery of Ireland

national-gallery-drawingsThursday 27 August, 1pm
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Dublin 2

Lunchtime Talk: ‘A plain structure, firmly built’ – the National Gallery’s Architectural Drawings.

This is included in the Gallery’s programme for Heritage Week (22-30 August 2015).

Admission Free | Tel. (01) 661 5133

‘DESIGN BITES’ | Lunchtime Talks Series at ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle

id2015Thursdays: 20 Aug – 3 Sept – 17 Sept at 1.15pm
ID2015 Design Hub in Dublin Castle

– 20 Aug Jonny Campbell, BrewBot: The Beer Brewing Robot
– 3 Sept Prof Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University: Smart Dublin
– 17 Sept James King: Engineering Design to Save Lives

– 20 Aug, Jonny Campbell, BrewBot: The Beer Brewing Robot: Brewbot is a beer-brewing robot that is monitored and controlled by a smartphone app. The Belfast based team launched it on Kickstarter in September 2013, after successfully secured it’s funding, they were selected to join the Techstars accelerator programme in Austin, Texas to develop their business. Since then they have expanded into the US, and have continued to scale their team.

– 3 Sept, Prof Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University: Smart Dublin: Rob Kitchin is a principal investigator on the Programmable City project, which is a long-term project undertaking a sustained programme of research on how software makes a difference to how social, spatial and economic life takes place within a city.

– 17 Sept, James King: Engineering Design to Save Lives: James King’s product Medical Transportation Pod, Medi-PodTM shown in the Fresh Talent exhibition, is an aerodynamic self-cooling pod for transporting medical supplies via aerial drone or personal transportation methods. It was inspired by James’s interest in model making and his family connection to the ambulance service. Bringing these together James identified potential in an underused technology, which spurred the design of the Medi-Pod.

‘DESIGNERS PANEL: What Happens Next?’ | Panel Discussion at ID2015 Design Hub

id2015Saturday 29 Aug, 4.00pm
ID2015 Design Hub in Dublin Castle

Curator Angela O’Kelly introduces the Fresh Talent exhibition in the ID2015 Design Hub, talking with designers Julie Connellan, Orla Reynolds and Rebecca Marsden about their path from graduating to making an impact. The first steps after graduating can be a scary; from applying for awards, to developing the first professional portfolio or collection, or trying to get a product to market. Who do you talk to, where can you look for support and what happens next?

Foaming at the Mouth 7 at The Polo Clubhouse

foaming-at-the-mouth-715 August at 8pm

Visual art spoken word, curated by Tracy Hanna and Emer Lynch. This is the last event of the 2015 series!

Emma Haugh, Katherine MacBride, Naomi Sex, Tanad Williams, Kate Heffernan, Pádraic E. Moore, Philip Napier, Mary-Jo Gilligan.

Doors open from 7pm so arrive early to grab a good seat, a drink from the bar, and some food (beef/ veggie burgers & salads available). 8pm start.

The Polo Clubhouse is behind the zoo on Lord’s Walk, a 10-15 min walk from the main Parkgate St. entrance.

More info:

This event is kindly supported by an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award.

Uncovering a Collection: Learning Programme at the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire

dlr-logoGallery talks and panel discussions in tandem with the exhibition, Uncovering a Collection
Gallery open hours Mon to Thurs 10am to 8pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 5pm

22nd August 12-4pm Art Clinic: 1 on 1 consultations on your artworks. For those of you familiar with the Antiques Road Show – we’re hosting an exciting one-off event with a focus on visual art. This event will give you the opportunity to bring your artworks in for assessment. A range of experts will be on hand to tell you about that family heirloom you have been wondering about. This event is a free drop-in service, no booking required and consultations will take place on a first come first serve basis.

3rd September 11am Talk: with Jessica O’Donnell, Collections Curator, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Gallery, will reflect on the importance of female artists, focusing on works by Mainie Jellett, Mary Swanzy and Grace Henry.

12th September 12 to 3pm Live Artwork Conservation. Pearl O’Sullivan, painting conservator and restorer will be conserving an artwork from the County Collection. Drop in to our Project Room, no booking required.

17th September 11am Talk: with Visual Artist Julie Merriman will be speaking about her artwork Dispersal 1, part of the final series of drawings made during the Carlisle Pier Residency 2006-2010

23 September 6.30-8pm Panel Discussion: Collecting and Keeping Artworks, for this evening event we have invited a panel of experts to offer their perspectives on collecting artworks, with time for questions and answers at the end.

Booking: All talks and events are free but to book our panel discussion and gallery talks go to CLICK HERE and search for Uncovering a Collection.
All other events are drop in.
Further information on the learning programme:
Further information on the exhibition:
T: (01) 236 2759
Municiple Gallery, Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin


Contemporary Sculpture Tour in Dublin Castle

talksandlecturesJoin Lauren Moore for a tour of the contemporary sculpture in the grounds of Dublin Castle

Meet at the main yard of Dublin Castle, in front of the entrance to the Bedford Tower (building with clock tower) on Wednesday 12 August at 6pm (RSVP with ‘Lauren Moore’ on the subject line)

This tour will introduce the contemporary public sculptures in Dublin Castle, explaining the events that initiated their creation and the history and mythology that inspired their design. It will also explore how the sculptures work both individually and together to create a captivating landscape. |

‘El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State’ | Gallery Discussion at IMMA

EL-LISSITSKYThursday 30 July, 11am – 12noon, Garden Galleries, IMMA

We invite you to join Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA), Annie Fletcher (Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) and Catherine Morris (art historian and curator) for a gallery discussion on the new exhibition of works inspired by Russian artist, designer, teacher and theorist El Lissitzky entitled El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State.

The event is free, but booking is essential.

Tickets can be found here:

Mick Wilson Talk at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin 2

TBG&STuesday 28th July 2015 | 6pm
Studio 6 | Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios presents the first in this year’s series of Supporters Club Talks featuring artist, teacher and researcher Mick Wilson on the topic Exhibition / Non-Exhibition: The question of artist-led culture, public-ness and publicity.

The exhibition is a central institution of contemporary art practice. It is perhaps the most widely used instrument for bringing publics together around artworks; for making artistic labour visible; and for defining what is the current horizon of artistic practice. In artist-led initiatives and artistic self-organisation, the exhibition is also a key practice, but it is accompanied by other institutions such as the studio, production workshops, publications and other kinds of activity. Artist-led initiatives can also generate a whole range of ancillary effects that go beyond the production of artworks and of exhibitions. There is currently a great deal of debate and research underway on these different dimensions of artist self-organisation.

Mick Wilson, currently researcher at the Valand Academy, Gotenburg Sweden, is well known to artists and the arts community in Ireland for his leadership in the area of art and education. He was a founder member of MAVIS (IADT), and later the founder Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, GradCAM, (Ireland). His extensive research areas range from food to morality, philosophy and curating and public-ness. Wilson has published widely on art, education, the role of the cultural institution, on civil society, urbanism and curation.

Places for this talk are reserved solely for members of the TBG&S Supporters Club. To become a member you can sign up on our website at
Supporters Club members may book their place plus one free guest:
T: 01 671 0073
5 – 9  Temple Bar, Dublin 2


The Artists’ Armada; Artist Talks at Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Dublin 2

Floating-Dialogues-by-Seoidin-OSullivan-Artists-ArmadaSaturday 25 July 2015
The Artist’s Armada is a curatorial project that unites works by artists working with boats, rafts and watercraft; whether building, sailing or otherwise engaging with the element of water as voyagers and explorers. Taking place Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, the confluence of waterways serving the interior and coastal areas of our island nation, The Artist’s Armada offers an intersection for ideas to collide and exchange, sparking new dialogues and reclaiming this site for artistic endeavour. Here the artists will form a flotilla, the ‘Armada’, reimagining and this once industrial watersmeet as a space for the interchange of ideas around travel, the convergence of cultural norms and the elemental environment of water. Visitors and spectators will be invited, where appropriate, to interact with the works.
Works and talks from artists Seoidín O’Sullivan / Floating Dialogues,  Carl Giffney, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch & Ann Maria Healy / Bravo Seratonin, Barry Lynch & Conor Stafford / Skiff,  Mark Redden & team from Cumann Currach Ath Cliath,  Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair / Swandown,  Kathryn Maguire / Us Again and Gareth Kennedy / Fan Nóiméad’ (Wait a Minute).

Further information:
Grand Canal Dock and Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre
Grand Canal Dock
Dublin 2


“‘The unthought and the harrowing”: Samuel Beckett’s Necessary Art’ | Lecture by Derval Tubridy at IMMA

samuel-beckett-summer-schoolWednesday 12th August, 1.00 – 2.00pm.
IMMA, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 (Johnson Suite)

Tickets: FREE event, however booking is essential due to limited capacity.

This lecture explores the intersections between Beckett’s writing and the visual arts and poses questions that are key to Beckett’s prose, poetry and performance which underpin significant moments in contemporary art. Derval Tubridy is a visual artist and Senior Lecturer in Literature and Visual Culture Goldsmiths, University of London. This talk draws on the IMMA exhibition by Stan Douglas and the presentation of Sam Jury’s All Things Being Equal in the Project Spaces. This event is presented as part of the 2015 Samuel Beckett Summer School. |