Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Create Talk | Michael Mc Loughlin at Droichead Arts Centre   Recently updated !

Michael Mc Loughlin1Cumann: An Audio Map of Drogheda by Michael Mc Loughlin
Create Talk – Artist in the Community Scheme
Saturday 28 May, 10:30 to 1pm, at Droichead Arts Centre

As part of a series of discussion events linked to the Cumann exhibition, Create and Droichead Arts Centre are delighted to present this talk on art and the collaborative sphere with particular reference to a number of projects funded under the Art Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme which is managed by Create.

Taking part are: Katherine Atkinson (Create) who manages the Scheme and provides advice and support on professional development for artists and artist Marilyn Lennon whose recent project in collaboration with Knocktallon Ramblers is called WayMarkers and was launched on 6 May. The talk will be introduced by artist Michael McLoughlin who worked with local groups over the last year in the making of Cumann: An Audio Map of Drogheda.

As well as providing information on the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, Katherine Atkinson and Marilyn Lennon will talk about participation and meaningfully engaging communities in collaborative arts projects. The event will also provide an opportunity for local artists and groups to connect and consider possibilities for working together in the future.

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Ln, Drogheda, Co. Louth
T: (041) 987 5140

Artist Talk | Declan Clarke in conversation with Gerard Byrne at TBG+S   Recently updated !

declan-clarke-2Tuesday 31 May, 6pm
Studio 6
Free admission, all welcome. Book your free ticket here:

Artist and filmmaker Declan Clarke will participate in a public conversation with artist Gerard Byrne, on the occasion of Clarke’s exhibition The Hopeless End of a Great Dream at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. The 16mm film commission was shot entirely on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin, using the diversity of architecture within Trinity’s walls as a backdrop and metaphor for the last 100 years of Irish history. Join Declan and Gerard as they discuss the work and Declan’s artistic practice to date.

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

Sustaining your Practice Seminar at King John’s Tower, Co. Tipperary   Recently updated !

eb67c_feb25_hamburgerSaturday 28 May 2016, 11am to 4pm
King John’s Tower, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Damer House Gallery and KCAT present a seminar ‘Sustaining your Practice’. We are currently showing a retrospective exhibition of the work of Andrew Pike as part of our Bealtaine Projects. To accompany this we are holding a seminar, chaired by writer and curator Catherine Marshall. The seminr is aimed at the many artists struggling to maintain their practice, especially in the Midlands.
Artists Paul Bokslat, Pauline Cummins, Rosalind Fannigan, Paul Mosse and Therry Rudin will give presentations in the morning session. A panel discussion will be led by Catherine Marshall in the afternoon.
The seminar is supported by KCAT, Callan, Co. Tipperary and County Tipperary Arts Office.

E.gress Screening, Marie Brett and Kevin O’Shanahan at Kilkenny Castle   Recently updated !

E.gress-National-Tour_film-still_Rita-looking-in-the-mirror_lower-res26 May 2016, 2 to 5pm
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

E.gress is a soulful and stirring film exploring dementia produced by artist Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan following an intensive collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

There will be a film screening, live poetry & discussion event from 12.30-2pm.
Poet Kerry Hardie has created a new poem in response to E.gress which she will read at the event. Artist Marie Brett will be joined in conversation by Bairbre-Ann Harkin, Butler Gallery Education Curator, Kerry Hardie and Tina Leonard, Head of Advocacy and Public Affairs at the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, particularly exploring ideas of the viewed and the viewer within the work.

E.gress will then be shown continually on a 10 minute loop from 2-5pm. This event is suitable for audiences with visual impairments and audio description headsets can be pre-booked by phoning Pauline at 056 7761106.

The E.gress National Tour, presented by artist Marie Brett, is principally funded by the Arts Council via a Touring and Dissemination of Work Award. The Kilkenny screening is taking place in partnership with Butler Gallery, supported by The Office of Public Works.

For tour dates and further information visit:

In Conversation | Michael McLoughlin and Jenny Haughton at Droichead Arts Centre   Recently updated !

Michael McLoughlin19 May, 7.30

An informal conversation between artist Michael McLoughlin and Jenny Haughton, Public Art Coordinator for the Grangegorman Development Agency. The two will discuss McLoughlin’s work, Cumann: An audio map of Droichead, currently exhibiting in Droichead Arts Centre, and the development of his practice over the last number of years. Other areas up for discussion include ethics, context and the societal position of art-making processes. The event is one of a series of talks related to the Cumann exhibition.

BOOKING: 041 9833946

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Ln, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Beyond Participation | Irish Architecture Foundation   Recently updated !

Beyond Participation #2[1]Film screenings | Conference | Conversations

The Films will be screened over three days:
7 / 8 / 9 June
1pm to 6pm at Irish Architecture Foundation
15 Bachelors Walk, North City, Dublin 1

Beyond Participation Conference
16 June, 10am-6pm
Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Beyond Participation is a series of screenings, conversations and an international conference by the Irish Architecture Foundation and funded by The Matheson Foundation.

Participation in architecture is an acknowledgment that design is a conversation in which many people contribute. As a starting point the conference will be taking it as a given that participatory practice has a value, this has been proven time and time again through case studies and testimony. An increased interest in participation has already redefined what architecture is in the 21st Century. By moving Beyond Participation the future of architecture can open up to exciting new possibilities.

Beyond Participation is curated by Nathalie Weadick and Rebecca Blake from the IAF and Tara Kennedy.

Line Up:
Enriqueta Llabres Valls & Eduardo Rico, Relational Urbanism
Grainne Hassett
Irena Bauman
Christian Benimana, MASS Design Group
Dominic Stevens & Claire McManus
Alastair Parvin
Diarmaid Lawlor, Architecture and Design Scotland

Beyond Participation Conversations
28 / 29 / 30 June
4pm to 6pm at Irish Architecture Foundation
15 Bachelors Walk, North City, Dublin 1

For bookings and a full list of screenings and events for Beyond Participation see:

Screening | Susan MacWilliam at Montreal Underground Film Festival   Recently updated !

S.MacWilliam-Aldouss-Eyes-mini19 to 21 May

Susan MacWilliam’s ‘Aldous’s Eyes’ will be screened at Montreal Underground Film Festival. In Susan MacWilliam’s short film ‘Aldous’s Eyes’ (2014), glass eyeballs rattle, rotate, slide and multiply. In 1942 Aldous Huxley wrote ‘The Art of Seeing’ in which he discussed the Bates Method of improving eyesight. Reflecting on Huxley’s narrative explorations ‘Aldous’s Eyes’ is a visual exploration of perceptual phenomena.

Studio Talk | Sibyl Montague at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios   Recently updated !

sybil-montegueWednesday 6 July, 6.30pm

On completion of her year-long Project Studio tenure at TBG+S and following her recent exhibition Beyond Violet at Wexford Arts Centre awarded as part of the Emerging Artist Award, Montague will discuss her recent work and participate in a discussion with TBG+S Director Clíodhna Shaffrey.

Sibyl Montague’s varied and multi-disciplinary practice combines found and time based material to foreground the primacy of material and its ability to perform. Working between sculpture, video and installation, her work explores the core materiality and agency of images and objects that accumulate through capital, to engage principles of economy that suggest wealth, leisure or parcity.

Throughout her practice Montague uses the process of assemblage – where the contingency and incongruous associations of different elements aim to re-assert everyday materials in a process that concurrently de-familiarises them. Drawing from a wide vocabulary of elements that combine both online/offline sources, the works focuses on the particular, base qualities of material and its currency and affect within larger networks or economies relating to consumer goods, user experience or brands.

Sibyl Montague is co-founder and co-curator of PLASTIK, a festival of Artists’ Moving Image in partnership with LUX (London), TBG+S and IFI Dublin.

Free admission, booking is essential. Book your free ticket here:

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

Screening and Workshop | E.gress by Marie Brett at Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway   Recently updated !

E.gressWednesday, 1 June
Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

E.gress “A film exploring the twilight world of dementia” by artist Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan, is a soulful and stirring artwork that maps a twilight world of loss and change, exploring how individuals diagnosed with dementia find new ways to adjust to changing world. E.gress was produced by artist Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan following an intensive collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. This multi-layered film, a portrait of living moments on life’s edge, invites us to contemplate loss, love and life itself.

E.gress tackles difficult subjects, while pushing the boundaries of collaborative arts practice. The film addresses the idea that people with dementia can be happy within their world and the distress the film may cause is a visceral response on the viewer’s part. The human impetus at the heart of Marie’s work was to create a film with people who have dementia, rather than about people who have dementia. Thus, E.gress creates an active space for people with dementia where they are seen and heard, prioritizing the subjective reality of the person behind the disease. The participation of healthcare professionals and carers was integral to the creation of the artwork. E.gress is a window into the universal effects and impacts of ageing.

The film screening will take place in Nun’s Island theatre from 5pm to 7pm, the film itself is ten minutes long. The panel discussion will include individuals working in this area and the artist Marie Brett, and takes place from 7pm to 8.30pm.
There will also be a workshop held in the Galway Arts Centre as part of the E.gress screening, run by Marie Brett, aimed at artists working in the healthcare settings.

The workshop is from 3pm to 5pm. The workshop is free, but booking is essential as places are limited. To book: call Galway Arts Centre (091) 565 886 or email

The preview of the film can be seen here:

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog | Screening at Irish Film Institute   Recently updated !

laurie-anderson20 to 26 May

Since the 1960s, when she first gained recognition in New York for her innovative, mostly sound or music-oriented performance art, the uniquely talented Laurie Anderson has developed a career as an artist, composer-musician, filmmaker and inventor that has seen her reach the top of the UK charts, act as NASA’s first artist in residence and win the 2007 Gish Prize for her “outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” An essay-film combining live action, 8mm home movie footage as well as Anderson’s own striking black line drawings, Heart of a Dog uses stories, related by the filmmaker in her distinctively performative and tuneful voice, about or concerning the life and death of her cherished pet terrier, Lolabelle, as a trigger to consider a number of complex, interrelated subjects, both personal and political, including love, mortality, memory and the post-9/11 surveillance state.

For screening times see:

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
T: +353 1 679 5744

Artist Talk: Printmaking in Contemporary Art, Ireland | Riverbank Arts Centre   Recently updated !

riverbank-artist-talkMonday 16 May, 10am to 1pm
Artists: Emma Finucane, Louise Peat and Chloe Brennan

Artists are drawn to printmaking because it can provide a language of marks, a richness of colour and depth and other unique characteristics that can’t be achieved in any other way. In using reproductive means while avoiding being reproduction, printmaking is unique in that it manages to be both original artwork and multiple at the same time. This event will look at printmaking in contemporary Irish Visual Art.

There will be open discussion between the artists and audience, chaired by Carolann Courtney (Arts and Wellbeing specialist in Kildare County Council).

Admission is free – however booking is essential.
To book a place please contact: Riverbank Box Office on 045 448327 or book directly at the box office in person. All bookings made online through will incur a €1 booking fee.

Printmaking in contemporary art, Ireland is part of the Creative Well visual art program at the Riverbank Arts Centre throughout May. See and for more details.

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co.Kildare
T: (045) 448327

Above the Fold | Creative Conference, Galway

ATV-LOGOLOCKUP.pdf-02Above the Fold is a brand new Creative Conference in the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway City. Nine influential creatives will take to the stage to present their achievements to an intimate audience for a one-day symposium of inspirational talks.

The ticket price will include full access to the Above the Fold by Night after-party in the Glasshouse at Electric Garden.

21 May 2016, 11-6pm The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane. Tickets from €15 available at:

For updates and speakers see:

The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway.

TROUBLEMAKERS: The Story of Land Art | Screening at the Irish Film Institute

Troublemakers-1213 to 19 May

The movement known as Land art principally emerged in the 1960s out of a frustration felt by a group of artists about the constraints imposed upon them by the commercial gallery and art market. Inspired by a convergence of ideas relating in part to history and technology, they moved primarily to the unpopulated expanse of the American Southwest to produce some of the most ambitious and breath-taking sculptural works of the 20th century. James Crump’s film shrewdly focuses not just on the movement’s devoted exponents – Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson (whose piece, Spiral Jetty, is probably one of the most celebrated earthworks) – but also its supporting players, including patron and 3M heiress Virginia Dwan. Troublemakers also insightfully tackles the disdain some of these figures held for photographic documentation of their work which they legitimately believed needed to be experienced to be understood.

Two screenings daily, see here for times:

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
T: +353 1 679 5744

The Secret History of Northern Irish Science Fiction | Talk with Richard Howard at CCA Derry

ian-mcdonaldMay 19 at 7:30pm

Using the exhibition Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone (ending May 21st, info here) as a point of departure, this talk will sketch the history of a science fiction tradition in Northern Ireland. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with Robert Cromie, it will trace the development of this tradition in the region, a tradition solidified by Belfast natives Walt Willis and James White, who instigated the Irish Fandom science fiction group in the 1940s and produced the fanzines Slant and Hyphen. Willis and White were eventually joined by Bob Shaw, one of the most prolific science fiction authors the region has produced. Shaw and White’s own efforts in the genre from the mid-twentieth century to its end will also be discussed; short stories and novels that were received in the context of the international science fiction community, but that extrapolated from and estranged the material conditions of Northern Irish society. As the latest iteration of the tradition, there are many schisms within the genre that separates the work of Ian McDonald from those that came before him. The paper will nevertheless attempt to propose a unified theory of Northern Irish science fiction, if only to detect the remainders and contradictions that might answer the questions: to whom is Northern Irish science fiction a secret and why?

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538

Artist Talk | Simon Fujiwara at IMMA

IMMA talks

Friday 20 May, 1 to 2pm
Lecture Room, IMMA.

Artist Simon Fujiwara and renowned screenplay writer Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, 2015), explore processes of script writing, heroism and conventional Hollywood narratives, as it relates to the new work The Humanizer. Moderated by Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA.

A new work by Berlin based, British/Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara, titled The Humanizer, is presented by IMMA on the occasion of the centenary of the Easter Rising. The Humanizer is Fujiwara’s proposition for an imagined Hollywood biopic composed almost uniquely of sound and based on the life of historical Irish nationalist figure Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916).

For more information on The Humanizer see:

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

Bealtaine Artist Talk at Wexford Arts Centre

large_Sarah Tynan PavilionFriday, 13 May at 2pm

Marking the end of the Bealtaine Cowhouse residency 2016, there will be a public discussion with the three participating artists in Wexford Arts Centre. Building on last year’s Bealtaine Residency at Cowhouse Studios in Wexford, this year Bealtaine has invited sculptor Tina O’Connell, painter Brian Bourke and artist Sarah Tynan to take part. The idea behind the residency is to create a quiet space over the course of two weeks for artists of mixed generations to consider their practices, and the changing contexts of those practices as time has moved on in their careers.

Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford
T: 053 912 3764

Roundtable Dinner Discussion at Mart Gallery, Dublin 6

here me nowThursday, 19 May, 6 to 9pm
The MART Gallery, 190A Rathmines Road Lwr, Dublin 6

Om Nom Nom Roundtable Dinner Discussion. A roundtable dinner discussion as part of Here Me Now Exhibition at MART that questions the myth of national identity, moving away from the vocabulary of ‘coming from’ and towards modern cross-pollenated identities.

Please join us for a community dinner, co-organised with Om Nom Nom, where we will discuss the themes of Here Me Now with representatives from the Irish Refugee Council, the Traveler community and local social historians around a shared table over dinner and drinks. (Donations for food costs welcome)

For further information: |

An Evening of Alternative Documentary from Northern Ireland

alt-documentary14 May, 7.30pm

Second Chance Cinema present a night of films that celebrate alternative documentary from Northern Ireland. These moving image works are presented to coincide with the release of Mark Cousins’ personal reflection on his hometown, ‘I Am Belfast’.

These works are part of a long tradition of personal and experimental documentaries made in Northern Ireland that is as old as the country itself. From early personal essay films such as Hume and McDonald’s remarkable 1963 film about Derry, ‘A City Solitary’, to contemporary work that sits firmly in the realm of visual art, we aim to showcase a selection of artists and filmmakers who have offered differing perspectives on Northern Ireland over the last 50 years.

A City Solitary, Terence McDonald and John Hume (1963), 21 mins.
In The Name Of God, Robin Wylie (1972), 25 mins.
Tessies, Seamus Harahan (2001), 14 mins.
The Listening Station, Allan Hughes (2008), 7 mins.
portaferry, Jacqueline Holt (2011), 11 mins.

Tickets are £5 and available on the door. Pre-sale at

Lyric Theatre, 55 Ridgeway St, Belfast BT9 5FB

Art$ummit 2016 | Conference in conjunction with EVA International

ARTUMMIT-logo-whiteDiary Notice
Date: 3rd of June 2016
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Dromoland Castle Hotel
What is it: An Art Business Conference
Title: Ireland and the Global Art Market

Conference Outline:
• The Economic Challenges in the Global Art Market
Dr. Clare Mc Andrew, Arts Economics, TEFAF Art Market Report 2016
• Does Nationality Enhance Value in the Global Art Market
Panel Discussion: Panellists Adams Auction House, Oliver Sears Gallery, Barbara Stanley Gallery London.

• Building a Robust Collection Management Strategy
Ms. Delphine Munro, Head of Arts, The European Investment Bank Institute, Luxembourg

• The Cultural and Business Dynamics of an Art Collection
Panel Discussion: Panellists The Dublin City Gallery Hugh, Catherine Marshall Curator, Sotheby’s London, Whitney Moore Solicitors, Art Agency Ireland, BDO Corporate Finance and Maurice Ward Art Handling

For Further Information Contact
Person: Rosanne Mc Donnell, Co-Founder of Art$ummit and Board Member EVA International
Phone: 0876429303

La Typographie Moderne | Talk with Jean-Baptiste Levee at The National Print Museum

national-print-musuem-logoThursday 26 May, 6.30pm, Free Admission

Jean-Baptiste Levee (Production Type – the digital typeface foundry, Paris) has designed over a hundred typefaces for industry, moving pictures, fashion and publishing. His work has won multiple awards and has been shown internationally in group and solo shows. Levee curates exhibitions on typeface design, and teaches at the Amiens School of Art and Design and at the University of Corte, while also being a typography columnist and editor of

The National Print Museum is delighted to welcome Jean-Baptiste Leve«e to give a talk ‘La Typographie Moderne’. Especially aimed at students, this talk will develop the views that animate the design practice of Levee, both in the teaching and professional field. From down-to-earth parameters to higher moral considerations, Levee will discuss several recent case studies. During this overview, ofinspirational sources and work methods, Levee will try to bust a few myths on the way.

*Booking essential, as places are limited – contact 01 6603770 or

National Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4