Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Right Here, Right Now | Panel Discussion at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre

Thursday 3 August at 2.30pm

Panel Discussion with Artist in Residence Sophie Gough, summer artist in residence at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre will be hosting a panel discussion as part of Skibbereen Arts Festival. This event aims to explore themes and ideas associated with notions of site-specificity, addressing contemporary artistic, curatorial and experiential practices across various art and design mediums, Gough has invited professionals specialised in the areas of architecture, art, cultural curation, music and photography to open up a dialogue in which issues surrounding site-specific making, curating and experiencing of art forms are explored. The free event is open to all and you are welcome to join with the panel to engage in the conversation examining such aspects of contemporary art and design.

Sophie Gough is a sculptor and installation artist. Since graduating from Limerick School of Art and Design with a first class honours BA in Sculpture and Combined Media in June 2016 she has completed residencies with the National Sculpture Factory, Cork and Sample Studios, Cork. She has exhibited in group shows with TACTIC, cork and the 126 Gallery, Galway in addition to only recently her debut solo show in April with TACTIC, Cork.

Presently, she lives and works in Skibbereen. After completing this summer residency at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre she will she will be showing in Berlin this august as part of the group show Transitions, curated by Sheena Malone.

A studio-based exhibition of her work made while on residency at Uillinn will run simultaneously with this event.

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Skibbereen, Ireland
T: (028) 22090

Conference | Digital Transformations – Exploring the Cultural Impacts of a Digital Society, Co Leitrim

14 and 15 October 2017

Memory, authorship, identity, productivity, privacy and consumption are all changing. The digital society is transforming our traditional relationship to these concepts, enhancing some and alienating others.
Can artists help us navigate and respond to this new reality?

Is society even looking to artists to help make sense of the transformation? Or has the Digital Age moved beyond a need for artists? Are we not all artists now? Are machines and algorithms our artists and arbiters of taste?

Digital Transformations brings together thought leaders in the arts, in business and technology, education and journalism to share their views on the digital society and the meaning and value of the arts in such a society. It is a showcase for artists who have begun to address these issues in both traditional and non-traditional forms.

The conference is designed to attract artists, creative industry workers, technologists, people involved in arts infrastructure (at a policy level to volunteers), and anyone who enjoys and values the arts and culture.

Taking place in the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

Artist’s Talk | Stephan Doitschinoff at IMMA

Thursday 20 July, 1.15 – 2.00pm

Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff, currently exhibiting at IMMA as part of As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, returns to IMMA to create a unique outdoor performance as part of Wilder Beings Command on 29 July. Come and hear the artist speak about how motifs in religion and the military are used throughout his various configurations of the temple, the altar, the procession, and anthropomorphic characters. Promoting reflection and critique through many different mediums – Doitschinoff discusses how he employs divinities, uniforms, medals, and street parades to activate collaborative and participatory works with volunteering performers.

This talk begins with an artist’s presentation in IMMA’s Lecture Room, followed by a conversation with the artist on his new work, Interventu (2017), currently presented in IMMA’s courtyard, inspired by the Brazilian ritual that offers gifts to the saints.

Free event, book here:

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990

Screening | Vincent Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this a fresh new film about one of the world’s favourite artists, marking both a major re-hanging of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. Experience the wonder of seeing these masterpieces on the big screen while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. Beautifully shot and making extensive use of Van Gogh’s own letters this is a wonderful film about a wonderful, but too often misunderstood, artist.

From the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Featuring a Q&A with award winning director/producer Phil Grabsky

Light House 15-Jul 6pm
Movies@Gorey 16-Jul 7pm
The Gate Cinema 17-Jul 7pm
SGC Dungarvan 18-Jul 7pm
Eye Cinema 20-Jul 7pm
Movies@Dundrum 21-Jul 7pm

Thread Softly | Lunchtime Tours at The Model

Tread Softly is Sligo-wide arts festival celebrating the cultural legacy of the Yeats family and is presented in collaboration with Blue Raincoat Theatre, Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo County Council.

Lunchtime Tours:

Gallery tours will take place at 2pm on:

Tue 18 July , Wed 19 July, Thu 20 July
Tue 25 July, Wed 26 July, Thu 27 July

The Model
The Mall, Co. Sligo
T: 071 914 14 05

Artist Conversation with Brian MacMahon at The Hunt Museum

Wednesday 26 July, 11am

The Hunt Museum will host an informal discussion with Brian MacMahon. You will hear about his arts practice and get plenty opportunity to ask him questions.

Brian MacMahon is a Limerick based artist. He is rigorous and intense painter and is renowned for his richly coloured, heavily worked canvases of landscapes, still life and figurative subjects.

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

Lecture | Jack and Paul: Two views of the Turf-Cutter’s Donkey at The Hunt Museum

20 July, 1pm to 2pm

To support engagement with the summer exhibition ‘Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland’, the Hunt Museum is delighted to present a Lecture Series composed of four talks taking place during the summer. These talks will explore and analyse the artistic practice of Yeats and Henry through a variety of media.

Mark Patrick Hederman (of Glenstal Abbey) will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Jack and Paul: Two views of the Turf-Cutter’s Donkey’

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

Gallery Discussion | Bristle: Hair and Hegemony at Highlanes Gallery

Saturday 8 July, 3.30pm

Exhibition curators of Bristle: Hair and Hegemony, Roisin Kennedy, Niamh McGuinne and Aoife Ruane will be joined by many of the exhibiting artists for an informal gallery talk discussing the artworks and themes in the exhibition.

Bristle: Hair and Hegemony draws on the rich scientific, literary, political and aesthetic contexts in which hair plays a central role. It brings together a range of artworks and objects from the 17th century to the contemporary moment, and from diverse ethnic and cultural contexts.

It features work by historic and contemporary artists including Albrecht Dürer, William Hogarth, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Matthew and Mary Darly, Hashiguchi Goyo, James Barry, Abigail O’Brien, Joanne Procter, Stephen Lau, David Hockney, Bharti Parma, Alice Maher and Helen Chadwick.

Highlanes Gallery
St Laurence St, Drogheda, Co. Louth
T: +353 (0) 41 9803311

Artist Talk | Camille Norment in Conversation with Mary Cremin at TBG+S

Thursday 29 June, 5pm

Artist Camille Norment will participate in a public conversation with Programme Curator Mary Cremin, prior to the launch of her solo exhibition Prime at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Camille Norment’s work is often site-specific, sculptural with a sonic installation. What is deeply arresting with Norment’s work is her preoccupation with how sound affects the body and how it has the ability to allow one to loose oneself through the act of listening. At TBG+S, Norment addresses the windows in the space as a means to play with the audience – being on display, whilst being an active listener and spectator.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073

Seminar | Stories from the Field, Visual Thinking Strategies, The LAB

6 July, 3 to 5pm
Followed by ‘VTS Look Club’, 17.00-18.00

How can art be a more embedded part of the everyday lives of people in their local neighbourhoods? Why is looking at art important? How can looking at art connect people in a way that is meaningful and joyful? How does Visual Thinking Strategies enable diverse teaching practices to facilitate the art of slow looking and deep listening?

This seminar, invites Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) practitioners from the field of medicine, education, art to gather, share stories and begin a conversation.

Project 20/20 is a Visual Literacy Initiative with children living in Dublin 1 led by Dublin City Council – the City Arts Office and The LAB Gallery. The LAB Gallery supports emerging artists at the beginning of their careers and more established artists taking risks in their practice. Over the past three years The LAB Gallery has been testing Visual Thinking Strategies with local children in order to explore how children respond and engage with Irish contemporary and modern art. This has led to exciting partnership projects with Central Model Senior School, St Vincent’s Boys National School, St Mary’s National School, Monto Art Group, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Trinity College Conservation Department, OPW, IMMA, UCD/Parity Studios and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Creative Europe Mini-Showcase Looking to 2020, Galway

Friday 21 July, 4pm to 6.30pm

Creative Europe Mini-Showcase a spotlight on Ireland’s participation in the Creative Europe programme and looking to 2020….What will the European Capital of Culture mean for Galway?

Galway’s hard work was rewarded last year when it was announced that it had won the bid for hosting European Capital of Culture in 2020. The work is on-going now as the team and the community prepare for the year-long cultural programme that will highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe and celebrate our shared culture and values and experience as European citizens.

With this special focus on European collaboration in Galway we thought it was an opportune time to spotlight Ireland’s involvement in European culture projects supported by the Creative Europe culture sub-programme.

Join this free event during the Galway International Arts Festival to hear from three Irish projects on their experiences of transnational culture projects, the joys, the pitfalls and why they do it. This mini-showcase will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Benita Lipps of the DaVinci Institute followed by a networking reception.

This event is free but you do need to register here:

Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway City

BASIC TALKS | Eimear Walshe at The Hugh Lane

Friday, 14 July, 1 to 2pm

Eimear Walshe will present their research from the Van Abbemuseum’s Deviant Practices Research Programme.

Eimear Walshe is an artist and writer from Longford specialising in feminist epistemology and queer theory. Walshe’s work seeks to reconcile queer histories with personal or local narratives through fiction, biography, and academic work.

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is an open platform for lectures, workshops, presentations and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art. BASIC TALKS is a collaboration between Basic Space and The Hugh Lane, exploring alternatives in the dissemination of contemporary art and its discourses.

Admission is free but spaces are limited to 50 so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Exhibition Talks with Amanda Croft | Eddie Rafferty: The Pursuit of Happiness

Tuesday 25 July, 7.30pm and Tuesday 15 August, 7.30pm

A series of lectures by Art Historian and Lecturer Amanda Croft around the current exhibition Eddie Raffety: The Pursuit of Happiness.

Amanda a specialist in twentieth century and contemporary Irish art will give an introduction to Eddie Rafferty’s work, his inspirations and focus on various artworks revealing the range of techniques and materials used.

F.E. McWilliam Gallery
200 Newry Rd, Banbridge
T: +44 28 4062 3322

Artists Talk | Ellen Altfest on the work of Freud at IMMA

Saturday 24 June, 1.00 to 2.00pm

In conjunction with the major IMMA Collection Freud Project, 2016 – 2021, renowned American painter Ellen Altfest responds to a selection of Freud works presented in IMMA’s galleries. Considering a subjective response to human form, Altfest’s discusses her own distinct and devoted approach to figurative and representational painting. In particular Altfest draws on her acclaimed 2006 series of candid male nudes in which to explore diverging approaches to visceral portraiture and the interchanges between still life and life-model, giving Altfest’s paintings a heightened realism that fluctuates between desire and detachment.

This talk is part of a series of talks by contemporary artists in response to Freud, revealing exciting new perspectives on this major artist today. Looking at the return to figuration in contemporary art practice, Altfest is one of several artists invited to respond on the affinities, methodologies and potential influences that contemporary artists continue to share with Freud.

For more information and to book online:

Lecture Room
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990

Artist Talk | Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery

Saturday 24 June, 4pm

Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban are artists, collaborators and Lecturers in the Print Area at The University of Texas, USA. They will give a short Artists’ Talk about their current exhibition – Babel Unbound, their practice and their approach to print in the expanded field.

Leslie and Jason are currently International Visiting Artists in Residence at Cork Printmakers. They are invited speakers at the FIRST EDITION Print Symposium, 23 and 24 June, Millennium Hall, Cork.

Babel Unbound, at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, is a new body of work that focuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated and performed space.

Free (Bookings through Eventbrite:

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Wandesford Quay
T: (021) 433 5210

Irish Museums Association (IMA) Education and Outreach Forum 2017

6 July 2017, 9.30am to 4pm | Tickets: €10 – €25
Lecture Theatre, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Benburb Street, Dublin 7

The IMA Education and Outreach forum is a key event in the calendar for educators working in the museum context. From engaging with teenagers living in direct provision to online learning access, the IMA forums aim to provide a valuable learning exhange opportunity and discuss current issues and trends in museum education.

Lorraine Comer, Head of Education, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
Tadhg Crowley, Curator of Education, Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Sheila Dooley, Curator, Education and Exhibitions Officer, Dublinia
Beth Frazer, Programme Coordinator, Playful Museums, Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC)
Bairbre-Ann Harkin, Education Curator, Butler Gallery
Elaine Hill, Heritage Development Officer, Mid and East Antrim Museum Services
Dr Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewka, Education Coordinator, Gaiety School of Acting
Pauline Kennedy, Supervisor Guide, Office of Public Works
Aoibhie McCarthy, Visual Arts & Outreach Manager, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
Brendan McGowan, Education and Outreach Officer, Galway City Museum
Eimir O’Brien, Museum Educator, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
Caroline Orr, Curator Engagement and Learning Department, IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art)
Siobhan Pierce, Education Officer, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Seamus Quinn, Dramatherapist, Gaiety School of Acting

Moderators: Rosemary Ryan, Waterford Treasures, and Brian Crowley, Pearse Museum – OPW

Convened by Gina O’Kelly, Irish Museum Association, and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, The Heritage Council and the National Museum of Ireland.


Artist Conversation with Will O’Kane at Hunt Museum

Wednesday 28 June, 11am

Join us in the Hunt Museum’s Captains’ Room for an informal discussion with Will O’Kane. He will talk about his artistic practice and you can ask him questions about his work in a friendly and relaxed environment.

His practice examines the ways in which images can gather weight and focus in different contexts. Primarily a painter, Will is also interested in any form of picture-making.

The Hunt Museum
The Custom House,
Rutland Street,
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

Arts and Health Seminar, Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore

Thursday 6 July 2017 from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Arts and Health Seminar exploring and engaging in the interdisciplinary space of arts and health will take place at Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore (MRHT), Co Offaly

Contributors will include:

Orlagh Claffey General Manager MRHT; Dr Gerard Crotty Consultant Haematologist; and Elizabeth Meade Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Oncology; Dr Hilary Moss Musician and Music Therapist and Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick; Julie Spollen and Rowena Keaveny from Anam Beo who have recently completed an interaction and research project at MRHT; Alison Baker Kerrigan Artist and Programme Manager, The National Centre for Arts & Health, Tallaght Hospital; Ann O’Connor Arts Council Arts and Health Advisor, The Arts Council and former HSE South Arts & Health Coordinator; Ailish Claffey Dancer in Residence at the Age Related Care Unit, The National Centre for Arts & Health, Tallaght Hospital; Ann Marie Kelly Broadcaster with Midlands 103, filmmaker and creator of mental health project ‘Hear Me, See Me’; and Sylvia Cullen Playwright and short story writer and facilitator of the Arts Ability Creative Writing programme for Wexford County Council.
Plus a showcase of work from a range of arts and health care professionals.

To register to attend this free Seminar, go to
Register early as there are limited places.
Free, however, there is a maximum daily charge of €5 to park at MRHT.
The complete Seminar programme will be emailed to all registered attendees in advance of July 6.

Public Talk | Funding and Financial Sustainability for Organisations, Dublin

Thursday 29 June, 6.30 to 9pm

At BlueFire, our mission is to foster integration through the arts and community engagement. We do this by empowering young people to create free, cultural and artistic events that make the most of Dublin, its diversity and its space.

This month’s #IgnitingChange talk is based around funding and sustainability. We will be discussing government schemes and grant-making bodies which can assist in voluntary Grassroots organizations in becoming fully-funded organizations. Throughout our talk, we will be exploring how an organization can apply and implement funding schemes to cover their costs and overheads while encouraging conversation among our audience about self-funded events and activities.

This event is aimed at local voluntary communities and organizations who have been or are in the process of grant applications, and who are looking for helpful insights and tips on how to maximize their funding and sustainability efforts.

This month’s guest speakers are:

• Ian Oliver from Centre for Creative Practices
• Eoghan Ryan from Social Innovation Fund Ireland
• Hazel Hill from the The Community Foundation for Ireland
• Naomi Murphy from Connect the Dots

How does #IgnitingChange work?

  • Each speaker will give a 5 minute ‘TEDtalk’ to explain an aspect of Funding & Financial Sustainability.
  • The speakers will engage in a 30 minute panel discussion to give an in-depth understanding of this topic which will be followed up with audience questions.
  • The evening will end with a ‘World Café’ style element where the speakers will join the audience to reflect on the meaning of the topic and discuss the issues that emerged throughout the talk.

Tickets are free but limited so please register for yours through the Eventbrite link here:

Third Space Smithfield
Smithfield Market,
Dublin 7

The Algae Summit at Askeaton, Co. Limerick

15 to 18 June 2017

Convened by Belgian artist Filip Van Dingenen, The Algae Summit is an international conference taking place in Askeaton and nearby Shannon River Estuary.

Askeaton and its outlying territories is an acknowledged centre of seaweed cultivation from at least medieval times, as it was used as the primary agricultural fertilizer in the region to sustain daily nutrition and life. The introduction of chemical substitutes in the 1950s saw its decline alongside depopulation of many islands on the Shannon. Van Dingenen has repeatedly visited Askeaton in recent years to research this history, seaweed cutting and the still-unresolved nature of harvesting rights in Ireland, along with the wider ecological impulses that must be spoken of – all to remove the divide between human and nature, and challenge the alienation of contemporary life from the now unheard environmental spirits in our midst. A focal point is a two-night engagement held on uninhabited Coney Island in the middle of the Shannon Estuary, with the aim of creating a new alternative treaty to address this wide-ranging issue. As we understand the political isolationism directed from Trump and big business towards the delicate world we inhabit, the Algae Summit acts as a model to identify and promote the needs and urgencies of indigenous critical resistance.

The Algae Summit is the first presentation of The Expanded Field, a new collaborative programme jointly organised by Askeaton Contemporary Arts and Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford. For the full programme and details check our website