Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Talk on Janet Mullarney with William Gallagher at Highlanes

talksandlecturesSaturday 7 March at 2.00pm
Janet Mullarney’s exhibition My Minds I enters its final month with art historian William Gallagher presenting a gallery talk on her practice. William will also contribute a text on the exhibition My Minds I for the forthcoming catalogue. Booking is advised as places are limited:
T: 041-9803311



Artists Talk with Stephanie Nava at The Hugh Lane

Stephanie Nava12 March 2015 at 2pm
Free Event
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Hear the artist discuss her project Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory), an extract from which is on view in Phoenix Rising.

With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland.

‘home’ In Conversation with Mark St. John Ellis at Municipal Gallery, dlr Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire

dlrThursday March 12 | 6.30 – 7.45pm
Join ‘home’ selector Mark St. John Ellis in conversation with Claire Halpin discussing his approach to the theme. They will talk about the challenges, opportunities and experiences of selecting thematically.

Tea and coffee will be provided
Free admission but booking essential
Municipal Gallery, dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Morans Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
T: (01) 236 2740
E: (marking subject line: Home Workshop)

MAKE 2015: Remaking Tradition, Symposium with Keynote Speaker Yosi Anaya


Saturday 7 March, 10am to 5pm.
Stack Theatre Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork

Yosi Anaya  is the keynote speaker at MAKE 2015: Remaking Tradition symposium in Cork on March 7. MAKE 2015, symposium, looks at traditional skill as it is sampled, mixed, and transformed in contemporary art practice. It is the second Symposium designed to highlight contemporary issues concerning making and is hosted by CIT CCAD BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts Degree.

Yosi Anaya’s exhibition ‘Continuity Reinscribed’ at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery runs from 7 to 28 March 2015.
For further information: Nicola Carragher, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Clarke’s Bridge, Wandesford Quay, Cork,
T: 00 353  (0) 21) 4335210


Artist Conversation with Dorothy Cross + Lisa Le Feuvre at IMMA   Recently updated !

dorothy-cross-immaOn the Artist as Curator
Saturday 28 February 2015
The Chapel, IMMA

Dorothy Cross and Lisa Le Feuvre (Head of Sculpture, Henry Moore Insitute, UK) will discuss how artist-curated exhibitions open up new ways of looking and thinking about art. The speakers will reflect about how an exhibition like Trove offers new and unexpected approaches to exhibition-making, as well as giving special insights into Cross’s preoccupations as an artist.

Book soon to avoid disappointment:

Performative Talk with Kevin Atherton at IMMA

immaIMMA25 are delighted to present an evening with Kevin Atherton, whose video work ‘In Two Minds’ is currently showing as part of IMMA’s Primal Architecture exhibition.

The evening will involve a performative presentation, a partial screening of ‘In Two Minds’, other pieces dating back through the artist’s career and a conversation centred around the concepts of youth and age. Join us at 6.00pm in the Project Spaces, IMMA, for a drink, chat and what promises to be an exciting evening on Wednesday 4 of March.

Book a place at or simply come along on the night.
Please note: This performance talk is organised by IMMA25 and is strictly for 18-25 year olds. ID will be required.
For more on the exhibition Primal Architecture visit:

A Symposium Honouring Camille Souter at TCD

Camille Souter Symposium[1]A Symposium honouring Camille Souter
Saturday 7th March 2015, 2-5pm (Registration from 1:30pm)
Emmet Theatre, TCD (free – all welcome)

As part of the ‘Shadow and lights; Women in Irish visual culture’ discussion series, now in its fourth year, a symposium shall be held in honour of the artist Camille Souter. Organised by the Department of History of Art/TRIARC in association with the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies and the Equality Office, this symposium will feature contributions from Catherine Marshall (chair), Cecily Brennan, Garrett Cormican, Christina Kennedy, Patrick T. Murphy, and Yvonne Scott. A collection of Camille’s works from the TCD Art Collection, curated by Catherine Giltrap, shall be on display in the Arts Building.

Further information

Media Archives in Transition | Lecture by Maeve Connolly at IMMA

media-archivesIADT ARC + IMMA

Thursday 26 February 2015, 6.00–7.00pm
Lecture Room, IMMA

As part of a programme of talks that accompany Irish-born 2014 Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell’s first major exhibition in Dublin, Dr Maeve Connolly will explore the changing form and function of broadcast and film archives, focusing on issues of access, dissemination, archive-oriented art practice, and the role of the artist as mediator of the archive.

This talk is in partnership with the MA-ARC programme at IADT.

To reserve a place, you can book tickets here:

The Art of Risk Symposium at RUA RED

red-ruaThe Art of Risk
Symposium | Friday April 10, 2pm | Free
RUA RED, Tallaght

Bringing together practitioners of the creative arts from a variety of backgrounds, to explore the pitfalls and creative potential of risk through presentations, provocations and performances.  The Art of Risk is presented in conjunction with Stephen Skrynka’s new exhibition, A Matter of Life and Death, March 14 to April 11, 2015.

For Further Information or to book, contact the box office at 01 4515860.

The Art of Collecting with Donal Curtin at Green On Red Gallery

talksandlecturesOn March 12th Donal Curtin, Senior Partner, BCK Chartered Accountants and Chairman of the Board of Chambers Ireland will give a talk in the gallery on The Art of Collecting at 6pm.
Free, booking advisable an all are welcome.

Green On Red Gallery, Park lane (rere of apartments), Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.
For further information T: +353 (0) 1 6713414 or +353 87 245 4282

Artist’s Talk with Tom Hunter at Green on Red Gallery

talksandlecturesTom Hunter
Artist’s Talk
Axis Mundi & Bathing Places, Dublin Bay
The artist will give a talk on his work on March 6th, 1-2pm in the Green On Red Gallery in Spencer Dock.
Free, booking advisable, all welcome.

Green On Red Gallery, Park lane (rere of apartments), Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.
For further information T: +353 (0) 1 6713414 or +353 87 245 4282

Phoenix Rising Sense of Place Walking Tours: The Hugh Lane


– 19 February 2pm to 3pm
– 5 March 2pm to 3pm
– 14 March 2pm to 3pm

Making Space and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane are delighted to present a series of tours entitled Sense of Place, which will take place in Dublin to coincide with the Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination exhibition at The Hugh Lane. The tours will respond to the work of Mary-Ruth Walsh which is included in the exhibition. The tours aim to further engage the audience with the city and encourage participants to re-imagine and investigate how the city has evolved. Each tour will be a meander through the locality with information provided along the way. Join Orlaith Ross, who will lead the tour, as the tour extends what’s inside the gallery to the city outside.

The walking tour is free but tickets must be booked at

Pataphysics Reading Group at the Spire, Dublin

pata2Join us on Monday the 23rd February 6pm at the Spire for the second Pataphysics reading group.

The discussion will consider the following:

At the base of the spire there is a scattered pattern of distorted reflection. According to wikipedia, this pattern is “based on a core sample of earth and rock formation taken from the ground where the spire stands”. Given the history of spire’s installation, this gesture is an ineffective attempt at placeboundedness. Pataphysically, the non viscid surface also serves to prevent vandalism.

Later in the article, a claim is made that at dusk the object seems to merge with the sky. The Spire’s status as transcendental symbol that furthers false dualities of earth and sky will be examined in relation to these markings.

In psychedelic cult The Ultimate Comment, the spire or Dimensional Transfunctioner is worshiped as one of eight gods. Cult founder Shane T will be joining the reading group with information on the theological properties of the sculpture.

Please RSVP to:


IMMA Speaking Studios | Lunchtime Lecture/Performance with Priscila Fernandes

Speaking Studios | Lunchtime Lecture/Performance
Priscila Fernandes
The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School
Friday 20 February 2015, 1.15 – 2pm
The Project Spaces, IMMA

Speaking Studios at IMMA invite you to a lunchtime lecture/performance in which IMMA resident Priscila Fernandes offers a context in which to question Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia’s approach to art and learning and imagines what might have been part of such an art programme via her publication of the ‘missing’ book detailing the aesthetic education of the Modern School entitled ¿Y el Arte?

Booking is essential. Free tickets are available at

Audiences NI Annual Conference

talksandlecturesThis year’s conference theme is ‘Innovation’ and will explore how innovation can help the arts and cultural sector weather the current funding climate and plan for an uncertain future.

It will look at new approaches, emerging concepts and innovative ways of working more creatively. The conference is on 25th February 2015, 10am-4pm at The Strand Arts Centre, Belfast.

For information and bookings see here:

Kids’ Own Publishing and F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio: Creativity in Primary Education Symposium

talksandlecturesCreativity in Primary Education:
How can we impact on children’s learning experiences through the arts?
A symposium at F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio
On: Thursday 19th March, 1-5pm

Kids’ Own Publishing and the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio invite artists, teachers, practitioners and sector professionals with an interest in current arts in education practice to a symposium at the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge on Thursday 19th March, 1-5pm.

Through this symposium, delegates are invited to engage with the Virtually There touring exhibition and to question how we create the space for children’s creative thinking in our schools.

The day will include presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the arts and education sectors.

Places are limited, so booking is essential: or phone 028 4062 3322.

See here for bookings and further information.

‘MAKE 2015: Remaking Tradition’ Symposium at Stack Theatre of CIT Cork School of Music

talksandlectures7 March | 10am – 5pm
Stack Theatre of CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork

MAKE 2015: Remaking Tradition looks at traditional skill as it is sampled, mixed, and transformed in contemporary art practice.

MAKE 2015 is the second Symposium designed to highlight contemporary issues concerning making, and is hosted by our BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts Degree, which has at its heart a commitment to hands-on engagement with material as a path to concept, a kind of thinking through making, through dialogue with a material. We stress experimentation and innovation within an interdisciplinary offering of Ceramics, Glass, and Textiles, addressing current debate in the culture of the object and in material culture, all within the context of historic and contemporary fine and applied art.

List of speakers:
– YOSI ANAYA (Mexico):
The Role of the Traditional in the Crossings of Contemporary Art Practices (keynote address)
Textiles artist and academic; Research Docent at Veracruz University, Mexico. As a visual artist, working mainly in textiles, she has focused on research, teaching, and other cultural participations involving the textile arts in Mexico. Her research involves the crossings of indigenous textiles in contemporary culture and contemporary art, publishing in various journals and books. Besides curatorial and research activities, she has worked in both written and simultaneous translation, lectured and participated in diverse academic forums.
– MARY SCHOESER (England):
Mentored by Textiles
Textile historian and curator who has advised English Heritage, the National Trust, Liberty of London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is an eminent and prolific author of textiles subjects including the essential references: Textiles: the Art of Mankind, 2012, and World Textiles: a Concise History, 2003. She is currently curating an exhibition on the dyer Marian Clayden, which will open at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London in September 2015.
– VITA GELŪNIENĖ (Lithuania):
Visual artist in classical tapestry, and Head of Textiles in the Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania. She initiated the Kaunas International Textiles Biennial and was its Executive Director from 2006-2009. Since 2008, she has developed an art practice focused on community building and local identity in her hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania. She is also co-initiator of a European Union funded culture policy study called City (Re)Searches 2012-2014.
– DAVID LITTLER (England):
The Fabric of Sound
Sonic visual artist, curator, educator and DJ. His current work combines his love of people, print, pattern, textiles, sound, music, folk, machines, collective-making, sampling, games and gifting. He is interested in the processes of making, making as performance, and the air that occupies the spaces in between the creation of things. From 2002-2010 he was the Director of London Printworks Trust (LPT), a unique not-for-profit textile print resource based in Brixton. He is known for multi-disciplinary projects combining textiles and sound: including the sampler-cultureclash collective and the recently curated Yan Tan Tethera: songs of textile folk at the English Folk Dance and Song Society. David Littler will present a short performance work in the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design main building on Saturday 7 March at 7:30pm.
– LOGAN MCLAIN (Ireland):
Text, Textiles, Files
Contemporary hand and machine embroidery artist based in Dublin; his research has explored aspects of morality in Ireland through the vehicle of the humorous or satirical t-shirt. Logan has investigated the attitudes to modern living through artworks that address issues such as racism, ageism, classism and homosexuality in Ireland. Logan McLain will present a solo show of recent works in the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design main building, opening 7 March at 6:30pm.
– ALISON LOWRY (N. Ireland):
Threads of Memory
Glass artist based in Belfast, who works with fabric and clothing concerns and images in her practice; Honours BA in Art and Design, 2009: University of Ulster; City and Guilds in Creative Embroidery; She has won numerous awards including first place in the category, ‘Glass Art’ at the Royal Dublin Show in 2009, the Silver medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010 and the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011. Alison exhibits both locally and internationally and her work is held in several public collections; including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Booking: ONLINE

Yosi Anaya will exhibit in a major solo show in the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, opening Friday, 6 March at 6pm, the exhibition will run until Saturday 28 March.

‘Creativity in Primary Education’ Symposium at F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio

Creativity in Primary Education19 March | 1pm – 5pm
F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, County Down, BT32 3NB

Kids’ Own and F.E. Mc William Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, host this special event for artists, teachers, practitioners and sector professionals with an interest in current arts in education practice. Through this symposium, we invite delegates to engage with the Virtually There touring exhibition and to question how we create the space for children’s creative thinking in our schools. The day will include presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the arts and education sectors.

1.00: Welcome & Introductions
1.15: Tour of the Virtually There exhibition
1.45: Presentations from artists & teachers, followed by Q & A
2.45: Tea/ Coffee
3.00: Panel session with 6 speakers (to be announced)
3.30: Group discussions chaired by panel speakers
4.15: Feedback from small group sessions and wrap up.
5.00: Close

Places are limited, so booking is essential: or phone +44 28 4062 3322 or at the following link:

The Virtually There project has been made possible with ongoing funding over the past 7 years from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, through its Lottery Grant Programme. In 2014-15, through a North-South Touring & Dissemination of Work Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, a selection of work from the project has been drawn together for this touring exhibition and event programme.

The artwork in the Virtually There exhibition was created by artists, children and teachers through online residencies. The work demonstrates the use of virtual technology to connect studio and classroom in a ‘third space’ where exciting collaborative arts practice can evolve.

‘CASTING TERRITORY: A Contemporary River Keepers’ Index of Lesser Known Patterns’ | Collaborative Discussion at RDS Library and Archives

talksandlectures21 February at 10am
RDS Library and Archives, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Coinciding with CASTING TERRITORY: A Contemporary River Keepers’ Index of Lesser Known Patterns exhibition, a collaborative discussion with Dr.Karen E. Till, Maynooth University, Director of MA in Geography, Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, Create, artist Martina O’Brien and The Dodder Anglers Club will take place in the RDS Library and Archives, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Saturday 21st of February at 10am.

This discussion will involve a walk along the River Dodder to The Waterways Visitors Centre, Grand Canal Quay, where the discussion will continue. Please email to reserve a space.

CASTING TERRITORY: A Contemporary River Keepers’ Index of Lesser Known Patterns continues until the 28th of February in three locations: RUA RED’s Pop Up Exhibition Space, Tallaght | Royal Dublin Society Library and Archives, Ballsbridge | Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Grand Canal Quay