Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

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

NCAD Education Day for Art Teachers

Friday 16 June

The NCAD School of Education are holding their 2nd annual Education Day for Art Teachers. The event will coincide with the graduate exhibition and give educators the opportunity to see the show, hear about the new developments in art education and catch up with colleagues. The day will include tours of the exhibition with the graduates and information sessions about the new NCAD entry routes and portfolio submission guidelines. The Art Teachers Association of Ireland (ATAI) will hold a ‘Teachmeet’ on senior cycle curriculum and assessment developments and Tony Murphy will present on Digital Professional Portfolios.

9:30-10:00 Registration and tea & coffee
10-10:15 Welcome address from Professor Dervil Jordan
10:30-11:30 Tour of the exhibitions with our graduates
10:30-11:30 Professional portfolio session
11:45-12:45 New portfolio guidelines and NCAD entry routes & requirements
2-3:30 ATAI Teachmeet Senior Cycle Curriculum and Assessment Developments
3:30-4:30 Reception

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Panel discussion about sketching at Olivier Cornet Gallery

Tuesday 20 June, 7 pm

As part of our Bloomsday 2017 celebrations at the Olivier Cornet Gallery gallery invites you to a panel discussion about sketching with some of the artists who are participating in our ‘There’s a touch of the artist about old Bloom’ 4 day sketching event + exhibition at the gallery.

The panel will include Aisling Conroy (visual artist), Niamh Lunny (costume and set designer), James More (artists and illustrator), Pat McAfe (stone mason and author), LEYHO (visual effects artist) and Balazs Keresztury (architect).
The discussion will be chaired by gallerist Olivier Cornet.

Free event. Attendees will be able to see our exhibition ‘There’s a touch of the artist about old Bloom’.

For more information:

Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
T: 087 288 7261

AEMI/IFI: Discussion with Peggy Ahwesh + Julie Murray, TBG+S, Dublin 2

Saturday 17 June, 3.30 to 4.30pm
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin 2

The IFI and AEMI present a discussion with Peggy Ahwesh and Julie Murray, hosted by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. This discussion examines the distinct and overlapping interests of these two acclaimed filmmakers, both of whom will be in attendance for a screening of their films at the IFI, followed by the discussion at TBG+S.

Over several decades of practice Peggy Ahwesh has created one of the more heterogeneous bodies of work in the pantheon of experimental cinema. From early films shot on Super8 to recent forays into digital animation, Ahwesh’s work powerfully addresses questions of feminism, cultural identity and performance.

Drawing upon her background in Fine Art, Julie Murray has produced a significant body of work which has shown at and/or is included in the collections of MOMA, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and the Pompidou Centre. Born in Ireland, Murray has been based in the U.S since the 1980s and aemi is delighted to present a screening that looks at work from several parts of her career.

Artist’s Talk with Dominic Thorpe, an Spidéal, Galway

10 June, 11.30am to 1pm

Tá an-áthas ar Iontaisí An tSaoil fáiltiú roimh Dominic Thorpe go dtí an Spidéal chun léargas a thabhairt ar a chuid ealaíne. Is ealaíontóir comhaimseartha é Dominic le saothair aige sa Bangkok Cultural Centre sa Téalainn, san Irish Museum of Modern Art i mBÁC, sa Performance Space i Londain, In Ionad ealaíne i nGaillimh agus sa SASA Gallery in Adelaide san Astráil. Fáilte roimh chách, níl aon chostas. Beidh an léacht ar siúl in Ionad Marsh, taobh thiar den Cheardlann ar an Spidéal. 11.30am, Dé Sathran,10 Meitheamh.

Iontaisi an tSaoil are delighted to welcome artist Dominic Thorpe to Spiddal to talk about his contemporary art practice. Dominic has recently shown in the Bangkok Cultural Centre Thailand, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Performance Space London, the Galway Arts Centre Ireland and the SASA Gallery Adelaide Australia. This event will take place in the former Marsh building, behind the Craft Village in Spiddal. Free admission, all are welcome 11.30am Sat, 10 June

Tuileadh eolas / More info:
Buíochas mór le Féile Traidphicnic, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Comhairle Condae na Gaillimhe agus GMIT

Architectures of Research and Imagination | Dr Maeve Connolly at Highlanes Gallery

17 June

Responding primarily to the current exhibition This is Not Architecture, Dr Maeve Connolly will present an illustrated talk on the intersection of research and imagination within the gallery.

At a time when artworks can be encountered through a range of media and platforms, gallery exhibitions continue to function as vitally important contexts and settings in which to engage directly with artistic and curatorial research.

This talk will explore how group exhibitions, which often bring diverse artworks into dialogue or tension with each other, can produce powerful temporary conjunctions (or disjunctions) of actual, imagined and half-remembered spaces. It will refer to specific works by some of the artists included in the exhibition, such as Gerard Byrne, Maggie Madden and Colin Martin, and also to other recent artistic and curatorial projects engaging with the imagination of actual and imagined spaces.

This talk draws upon themes and questions being explored by staff and students on the MA in Art and Research Collaboration (ARC), co-directed by Maeve Connolly at IADT, and will reference some projects developed by MA researchers.


Time: 12.00-1.30 pm
Price: Free

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

Thomas Markey’s Drogheda | Gallery Talk by Brendan Matthews at Highlanes Gallery

10 June

Community Historian Brendan Matthews presents a gallery talk focussing on the work of artist Thomas Markey and his engagement with his home town of Drogheda in the mid 20th century. Mathews looks at Markeys work within the context of the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection focusing on the theme of Drogheda and its history, townscape and its built enviroment, its social and economic fabric, and including work by artists like Markey’s contemporary, Nano Reid, Gabrielle Ricciardelli, John Cassidy, Anderson Paisley and Robert Armstrong.

Time: 1-2pm
Price: Free
Booking essential:

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

BLURRING THE LINES: The Rise of Interdisciplinary Arts | Public Discussion, Cork

17 June, 2 to 4pm

Join the Irish Street Arts, Circus + Spectacle Network for an afternoon discussion about collaboration and the rise of interdisciplinary arts.

Hear from a range of artists, practitioners and projects which have specialized in emerging art forms in new and unusual ways; uncovering new styles, new techniques, new circus, new theater, new stories and new ways of telling them, merging the old and the new, the traditional with the contemporary, the audience and the performer, the digital and the physical, the inside with the outside.

Be part of a conversation which challenges our notions of what is art, where art belongs and who is it for.
In association with the Circus Factory Cork and Cork Midsummer Festival.

Speakers include:
– Emmet Kirwan: Award-winning actor-playwright and poet
– Dr. Jools Gilson: artist-scholar broadcaster and professor at UCC
– Noelle O’Regan: Circus artists at Factory Cork
– Marc O’Sullivan: Beara Arts Festival Arts Director, artist, and writer

More about the event here:

Cork Circus Factory
Centre Park Road, Cork

Talk and Screening | Reading Extractive Industry Divestment through ‘A History of Women’ at TBG+S

13 June, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Writer, artist and researcher Rachel O’Reilly will give an introductory talk to a major work of feminist mine labour cinema, Une Histoire de femmes (1980), in the context of current protest movements working against mining industries, and their impact on workers’ rights and the environment.

As we have recently seen with the debate around Fracking in Ireland, images of ‘mining jobs’ continue to be used to attract social investment for increasingly deregulated, ‘unconventional’ and mega-scaled extractive projects. ‘Unconventional’ mining use technologies quite distinct from modern mining techniques, and consistently inflates employment projections. Nevertheless, it is often an appropriated, decontextualized modernist image of mine labour dignity that gets these projects ‘over the line’.

What was the mine labour image as an image of work, and of social organizing? How can we revisit this image, in order to appreciate its contradictory material politics, and its historical relationship to contemporary forms of production that work away at the very limits of land and water use amidst large scale climate change? Rachel O Reilly approaches these questions within her own practice, attending to contemporary successes of social movement, as well as to radical feminist experiments in labour cinema of past decades, which look at the particular ways capital and surplus value are extracted through the regulatory ideals of contracts.

Tickets €5, click here to book your ticket:

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

Highlight Lecture with Grainne Coughlan at The Hunt Museum

12 June

‘Genius of the Arts and War: Apollo as inspiration for a Systems Approach to Art’, by Grainne Coughlan

This lecture will look at the symbolism of Apollo as both god of war and genius of the arts. This inspires the lecture discussion of systems theory and the collaboration of arts and sciences.

More information on the website:

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

The Adventure Collective – Inclusion Conference, Blefast

Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June 2017

The Adventure Collective – Inclusion Conference will focus on the journey and development of children and young people with disabilities from birth to 19 years, with emphasis on how inclusive creativity can greatly contribute towards social development, happiness, personal empowerment and the improvement of communication skills. The Adventure Collective will bring multiple sectors together and encourage the sharing of ideas and experiences, highlighting the challenges that these young people can face and how the Arts is perfectly poised to bring adventure, enjoyment and happiness to their everyday lives. Keynote Speaker: Francesca Martinez

Two Day Ticket: Main Conference ONLY – Monday 26th to Tuesday 27th June 2017 – £50 (EARLY BIRD RATE)
Including keynote speaker Francesca Martinez, workshops and seminars.

Full Week Ticket: Main Conference and Creative Workshops. | Monday 26th to Friday 30th June 2017 – £75
Sharing creative techniques for engagement and entertainment of young people with disabilities, with opportunity to develop and perform a short piece of theatre.

Artist’s Talk by Yoshinori Niwa at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

Tuesday 6 June 2017, 1 to 2pm
Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast

A documentary about the future – concerning fake news – An Artist’s Talk by Yoshinori Niwa. Introduced by Shiro Masayuma.

“Fake news” has rapidly become a catch-all term for dubious news stories that barely attempt to adhere to basic journalistic standards. Artist Yoshinori Niwa looks beyond the headlines and wonders if these are the stories that people really want to hear. Are we living in a post-truth era? Is ‘fake news’ more palatable than the ‘real’ news that we are presented with? Yoshinori Niwa’s documentary on the future will be fake, but it may uncover some unexpected truths.

Artists’ Discussion | ROSC 50 – 1967 / 2017 at IMMA

Wednesday 31 May, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of ROSC, IMMA invites artists to come together in conversation to reflect on the direct experiences of a particular generation of artists associated with the ROSC exhibitions. To assess the impact of this major cultural art event on Irish art and artists, this discussion offers the chance to hear directly from artists whose work was represented in one of the ROSC exhibitions from 1967 – 1988. Artists speaking include: Katy Prendergast, Nigel Rolfe, Robert Ballagh, and Eilis O Connell. Chaired by Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA.

Prior to this discussion, you can visit IMMA/NIVAL ROSC 50 – 1967 / 2017, presented in the IMMA Project Spaces – remains open until 6.30pm.

Book here:

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

Unpacking the Collection Talk at dlr LexIcon

Wednesday 31 May, 6.30 to 8.00pm

A presentation and discussion on the collection of the Arts Council: its history, purpose, management and future. Chaired by curator Martin Drury with Dr. Éimear O’Connor HRHA, art historian and member of the Arts Council; Claire Doyle, Head of Visual Arts and Architecture at the Arts Council; and Helena Gorey artist and manager of the Arts Council’s collection.

To book this free talk go to and search for dlr LexIcon Gallery
Part of the Exhibition Learning Programme for SurprEYES! Works from the Arts Council

Image Credit: ‘Invisible and Unheard’ (1986) by Jacinta Feeney: Collection of the Arts Council

LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
T: 01 2362759