Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

‘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.

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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.

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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.
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  • 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

Professor Clive Lee talks about Anatomy and the Arts at University Hospital Waterford

Prof Clive LeeThe Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is delighted to welcome Clive Lee, Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) to University Hospital Waterford where he will give a public talk entitled Anatomy and the Arts on Wednesday, 29 October at 7pm in the Elva Theatre, RCSI, UHW.

Clive Lee was appointed RCSI Professor of Anatomy in 2002 and chairs its Arts Committee. In 2007, he was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and appointed RHA Professor of Anatomy. He has written for the RHA’s Annual Exhibition Catalogue and the Irish Arts Review and contributes to the RHA Anatomy for Artists programme. He is President of the Anatomical Society and is also visiting Professor of Biomechanics in Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

In his talk, Prof. Lee will explore the relationship between art and anatomy from the renaissance to the present day, comparing and contrasting how anatomy is applied in medicine to how it is transformed in art.

In the words of Mr. Gordon Watson, Chair of WHAT, ‘We are delighted to welcome Prof. Lee to Waterford. The arts programme WHAT runs at UHW brings together the world of medicine and the world of art. As a leading expert in the field of anatomy from the point of view of both medicine and art, Prof. Lee uniquely personifies this meeting point. His talk promises to be highly engaging.’

The work of WHAT will also be presented in short talks by Brenda Ronan, Clinical Nurse Manager of the Dialysis Unit of UHW where WHAT runs an arts programme and artist Boyer Phelan who engages Dialysis and Paediatrics patients in art-making.

This talk is free to members of WHAT. Non-members are welcome to attend and admission is €10. To book your place, phone 051 842264 or e-mail

You can find out more about the work of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust on and about arts and health work nationally through