Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Capturing Seamus: The Art of the Portrait | Panel Discussion at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

8 October, 3pm

With Colin Davidson, Eamonn McCabe and Geray Sweeney, chaired by Dr Declan Long

When we think of Seamus Heaney and his poetry, our responses are often tied up with the iconic images of the man himself. In this fascinating panel discussion, three artists who have each created a portrait of Heaney will discuss the context and experience of working with him and the process of capturing his essence in just one image.

This discussion, which will also explore the nature of portraiture as an art form, will be chaired by Dr Declan Long, Course Director of the MA in Art in the Contemporary World at the National College of Art & Design. In 2013 he served as a member of the judging panel for the Turner Prize and is a visual arts correspondent for RTE radio.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace
45 Main St, Bellaghy, Magherafelt

Drawing from the Well | Arts + Disability Event, Clare Arts Office

13 14 October

Drawing from the Well is a two day Arts + Disability event proudly presented by the Clare Arts Office at the Butter market, Drumbiggle Road, Ennis.

The event aims to offer all Arts + Disability practitioners, participants and partnering organisations an opportunity to reflect on their practices, be inspired and to re look at the idea of what it means to take ‘’creative risk’’ in arts and disability practices. Friday the 13th’s programme includes presentations by leading practitioners such as the Blue Teapot Company, Equinox Theatre, KCAT Studios and Croí Glan. On Saturday the 14th includes workshops in Theatre & Dance. This event is free.

For all inquiries and to register your attendance please contact the Clare Arts Office, – 065 6899091 or register at event brite, Drawing from the Well.

Bending the Rules | Artist Talk with Nicos Nicolaou at The Dock, Co. Leitrim

Saturday 30 September 1:00pm

A talk about design and social and cultural meanings. This talk will focus on do-it-yourself practices as a means of bypassing the authority of design. It shall examine the methods and processes used by amateur designers and makers to consider these actions social or cultural meanings.

Part of the Thinking Living Dwelling Exhibition: Presented at The Dock in collaboration with The Green Door Festival.

This exhibition is designed to underpin and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Leitrim’s Green Door Festival. The title makes reference to Martin Heidegger’s seminal text “Building dwelling, thinking” in which he challenges us to think about what it is to dwell and what it means to build. Over the course of the exhibition there will be an associated programme of talks, meetings, and screenings, facilitating creative discussions between homeowners, architects, makers and artists.
The exhibition continues until Saturday 14th October.
This is a free talk, booking required to reserve seating

The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
T:(071) 965 0828

Conference | Design meets Play, Point Village, Dublin

17 October

Do you want to live in a city with curious corners, that surprise and delight you? A thoughtful city that designs for its children, elderly, and all in between? A city that is vibrant, spontaneous and adventurous?

We are delighted to offer early bird discounted tickets to join us at Point Village for Design meets Play – an immersive conference that will bring out the inner child in everyone to help make a playful city into a reality. Join international thought leaders, local experts,and a diverse mix of attendees of all ages and perspectives from art, urban planning, design, architecture, education and more to discuss the serious business of play. At the conference, you’ll have the chance to develop concepts that will feed into real outcomes – playful interventions that will come to life in Spring 2018.

Speaker highlights include: Turner Prize winning Assemble Collective (Amica Dall), socially engaged artist Rhona Byrne, Head of Interventions of Superuse Studios in the Netherlands (Jos de Krieger), Google facilities designer (Aoife Cooling), and many more from Ireland and all over Europe.

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23 September 2017

Internationally renowned architects, designers, and craftsmen from Europe and South America are participating in a seminar in the rural countryside town of Fartha in County Cork, Ireland. Entitled “Decoding Craftsmanship II”, the seminar takes place on September 23, 2017, at Joseph Walsh Studio and is moderated by Deirdre MacMillan, Fashion Editor at the Irish Times. The event explores how emerging technologies can enable a new form of maker culture, whilst generating stimulating discussions between partakers and prominent designers.within the disciplines of design, art, architecture, craft, and fashion, offering them a new perspective both within and outside their own disciplines.

The seminar features varied approaches to making by different practitioners, from the highly refined work of John Makepeace to the explosive design of Campana, demonstrating how both are rooted in ‘making’ culture, whilst showcasing the similarities between their seemingly diverse works.

Where: Joseph Walsh Studio, Cork, Ireland

Speakers include London-based contemporary furniture designer, Gareth Neal , who will explore digital manufacturing in the future. Brazil-based furniture designer Humberto Campana , will analyse the importance of craft as a form of expression. UK-based furniture designer John Makepeace will discuss the creation of works in a technology-free era. Material scientist Chris Lefteri will introduce his approach of breaking down and re-combining materials to create altogether new materials. Jorg Berchtold , a Germany-based architect, will bring his expertise in the ways manufacturing processes influence design decisions. London-based architect Hanns Gunther Schnell will present an overview of material studies, 3d forms, and their impact on the realisation of products. Joe Hogan, a renowned basket maker, will discuss the joy of making. John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell, partners in a Dublin-based practice, will examine craft, materiality and connection to place through case studies.

For More Information Please Contact Lindsey on 014970313

Royal Literary Fund Reading Round at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

What is The Royal Literary Fund ‘Reading Round’ and why is it different from other Reading Groups?

The Royal Literary Fund ‘Reading Round’ is a network of reading groups across the UK. Each group is run by former Fellows, all published authors of literary merit. The group leaders (the RLF calls them Lectors) may be playwrights, poets, or writers of fiction or non-fiction, and all are able to offer a unique, writerly perspective on the texts under discussion.

There is no preparatory reading or homework. Each week you will listen to at least two different pieces of writing (such as short stories, poems, short plays or non-fiction such as art or theatre reviews and articles). Photocopies of these texts will be given to you for free. The text is then discussed at length and in depth. Guided by the ‘Lector’ you consider the texts in detail, looking at tone, choice of words, viewpoint, the effect of a certain image or turn of phrase, and so on.

There will be 30 term time sessions, each lasting 90 minutes long. Sessions will be on Fri 11am – 12.30 and Sat 11 – 12.30.

Although anyone can come to the group, there will be an emphasis on theatrical texts and texts on the visual arts so this Belfast group will be of particular interest to those of you who are working in, or stimulated by, both the visual arts and the theatre. Brian McAvera will be running the sessions as Lector and is a playwright, director, art critic, curator and art historian.

There are 15 spaces available which will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Dates: Third week of September
Times: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Fee: Free
Location: Golden Thread Gallery – 84-94 Great Patrick Street
Booking: Email Catherine at with email subject marked as ‘Reading Round’.

Artist talk/workshop Tamsin Snow   Recently updated !

13 September 2017

Tamsin Snow constructs large-scale built environments, CGI video’s and Virtual reality sequences to raise questions about the political and ideological underpinnings of architecture and social spaces.



Fort Dunree, Co. Donegal
T: 0838696513
W: artlink.iea>

McCullough Mulvin Orange: Walking Tour | Mark Orange at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios   Recently updated !

23 September 2017 at 2:30pm

Meeting point: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Free event, booking essential. Book from here.

A walking tour, hosted by the artist, taking in each of the central Dublin venues and works in the McCullough Mulvin Orange project. The tour will leave Temple Bar Gallery + Studios atrium space at 2:30pm, to return by 5pm. The event is free and open to the public, but requires registration.

McCullough Mulvin Orange is an exhibition featuring a series of new works by artist Mark Orange, each produced in collaboration with architect Niall McCullough of the Dublin practice McCullough Mulvin Architects. The locations for the exhibition include some of the key Dublin buildings designed by McCullough Mulvin over the past 20 years: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, the Long Room Hub and Ussher Library, Trinity College, and the Irish Architecture Foundation, Bachelors Walk.

Following the walking tour, there will be an exhibition reception for the project, open to all, Saturday 23 September, 5-7pm at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios’ atrium space.

For further information, please visit:

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

Jack B. Yeats + Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland Symposium, Limerick

6 September 2017

Jack B. Yeats + Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland Symposium at The Savoy Hotel, Henry St, Limerick.
Registration is at 10am. Lunch is included. Tickets prices: Adult €45  ||  Concessions: €35

Expert guest speakers on the day are:

Dr Roisin Kennedy – Former curator at the National Gallery of Ireland and lecturer in the school of Art History and Cultural Policy at UCD.
Lecture Title: Painting Modernity: Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry and Modern Ireland’

Peter Murray – Former Director of Crawford Gallery of Art, Cork. He has curated many exhibitions over the past three decades, and is currently working on an exhibition celebrating the work of George Victor Du Noyer for Crawford Art Gallery. Lecture title: “A Romance in Perpetuity”

Dr Brian Kennedy – Former Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum. He has published a biography of Paul Henry and arranged an exhibition looking at Henry’s whole career, for the National Gallery, Dublin, 2003. Lecture title: ‘As He Saw It: the Ireland of Paul Henry, R.H.A.’


IMMA Curators Lunchtime Talk | Christina Kennedy

Friday 1 September, 1.15-2pm
Meeting Point, IMMA Main Reception

Join IMMAs in house curator Christina Kennedy, Head of IMMA Collections for an insightful walkthrough of the current exhibition, The Hennessy Art Fund for the IMMA Collection 2017, in the east ground galleries and hear more about the artworks featured.

Hennessy Ireland and IMMA have announced the four artists whose works have been selected to be purchased by The Hennessy Art Fund for the IMMA Collection 2017; Ciarán Murphy, Maireád McClean, Mark Garry and Yuri Pattison. This talk offers an introduction to each of the artists’ work within the context of the IMMA National Collection of Contemporary and Modern Art, comprising of work by other esteemed artists such as Louis le Brocquy, Patrick Scott and Katie Holten.

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

Public Art Symposium | Tir Saile Symposium, Belmullet, Co. Mayo

13 and 14 October

In early 2017, Mayo County Council and Áras Inis Gluaire/Erris Arts Centre commissioned three public art residency projects in Erris, County Mayo. These commissions were, in part, to be a reflection and celebration of Tír Sáile, the North Mayo Sculpture Trail.

Tír Sáile, originated in 1993, the year of the Mayo 5000, and was part of a year-long cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape over fifty centuries. The original trail, developed nearly 25 years ago is currently undergoing a maintenance programme, including repairs, new signage and the development of a new website, which will be launched at the symposium.

The artists selected for the Tír Sáile residency are; Gareth Kennedy, Noah Rose and Selma Makela and Joanna Hopkins. Dorothy Cross will also be working on a research project in 2017 on Inis Gluaire. The 2017 residency programme has been an exciting opportunity for the artists to work with communities and revisit some of the Tír Sáile sculpture trail sites, with new approaches to contemporary arts practice.

The Tír Sáile Symposium at Áras Inis Guaire will take place over two days, and will include presentations and conversations from the commissioned artists and invited guests, and a tour of some of the Tír Sáile sites. Places will be limited so booking will be essential. For more information or to book a place, please email Sally O’Leary

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Basic Talks | Aine McBride at The Hugh Lane

Friday, 8 September, 1 pm

Artist Aine McBride will discuss her work and practice including recent group and solo exhibitions at Kerlin Gallery, NCAD Gallery, and the Douglas Hyde.

Aine McBride’s work formally references domestic, urban, and commercial motifs and imagery via an abstraction. The starting point for the pieces is in photographs taken and gathered from the everyday. The work produced is nebulous and ambiguous by construction. It is decidedly not grand, not sensational and at times almost banal.

She graduated BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture and Visual Culture from the National College of Art and Design in 2016. Recent exhibitions include ‘Hannah Fitz, Áine McBride, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Marcel Vidal’, (2017), Kerlin Gallery, ‘Neu Gen’ (2017), NCAD Gallery, ‘Habitat HQ’ (2017), Douglas Hyde Gallery off-site project and ‘Very Good Waves Now’ (2016), Catalyst Arts.

Aine McBride is currently completing a six-month sculpture workshop residency in Fire Station Artist Studios.

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.

Gallery 18
Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
T: + 353 1 222 5550

Julia Dubsky in conversation with James Merrigan | Studio Talk at Temple Bar Gallery + Studio

8 September 2017

Artist Julia Dubsky will participate in a public conversation with artist and art critic James Merrigan, on the occasion of her exhibition Vera Dian in Studio 16 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Julia was awarded the 2017 Recent Graduate Residency at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for one year beginning at the end of April. Her work takes the form of paintings about painting – in tandem with travels and critical reflections. This show exhibits work made in the last year: influenced by a term at the Royal Drawing School in London; three months studio practice in Berlin; a short artist residency in Tehran; and the assimilation of these strands in her Dublin studio so far.

James Merrigan is an artist and art critic. For the past decade he has promoted and prompted art discourse and criticism in Ireland as a writer, editor and teacher. He is the founding editor of

6-7pm at Studio 16
Free Admission
Book your ticket here. .

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

Bristle: Hair and Hegemony | Orla Fitzpatrick talk at Highlanes Gallery

Friday 25 August, 1.00pm

Heritage Week Lunchtime Lecture. Photographic Historian, Orla Fitzpatrick presents a gallery talk exploring ideas, themes and artworks in her recently published essay commissioned to accompany Highlanes Gallery’s current exhibition, Bristle: Hair and Hegemony.

Free event, register here:

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

Talk by Tim Stott on Isabel Nolan at The Douglas Hyde Gallery

26 August, 2pm

The Douglas Hyde Gallery will be hosting a talk by Tim Stott on the work of Isabel Nolan, in which he will discuss her current exhibition ‘Calling on Gravity’ in the context of her broader practice.

Dr Tim Stott is an art historian and critic who lectures on Art History and Visual Culture at Dublin Institute of Technology. He is also an Associate Researcher with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin.

All are welcome and there is no need to book a place.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Trinity College, Dublin 2
T: 01 896 1116

Artist Talk | Kiera O’Toole, Drawing from the Non-Place at The Model

Saturday 26 August, at 2pm

Kiera O’Toole is a Sligo-based artist working primarily in the field of drawing, with a research interest in phenomenology and contemporary drawing. Her practice examines the perceptual experience of drawing and considers the felt and lived experiences of place and non-place.

As a participating artist in Artist Select, O’Toole has been invited by The Model to select works from The Niland Collection, which resonate with her own artistic interests.

O’Toole considers the work of renowned Dutch drawing artist Arno Kramer. As O’Toole’s practice is realized through drawing, digital media, photography and sound, it seems only natural that the artist would be drawn to the work of Arno Kramer. Arno often combines organic with inorganic forms, like screens, grids and found mathematical images. His work is stratified and the image develops step by step and occasionally abstract forms appear from the edges of the work. Artist Select; Keira O’Toole features three works by both O’Toole and Arno Kramer.

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

Koyaanisqatsi | Film Screening at RUA RED

Tuesday 29 August, 7pm
€3 per person

This experimental film looks at the world and more specifically the effect man has had on the landscape and the environment. Without narration, the film shows the world in a pristine condition and untouched: blue skies, beautiful landscapes and endless vistas. The man-made world is much less appealing. This is a wonderful montage using a variety of film techniques to provide a visually stunning set of images.

South Dublin Arts Centre,
Dublin 24.
T: 01 451 5860

The Core Project Gallery Talk at RUA RED

Saturday 19 August, 3pm

Join us on the day of the exhibition opening for an insightful talk between the artist Matthew Nevin and Dr. Katherine Nolan. This is a recreation of a conversation they have had about Nevin’s body of work in the past that will also be available to view during the course of the exhibition.

The Core Project is a multifaceted visual art project, presented through video, online and as a large scale installation featuring over 150 videos, by Matthew Nevin. In each video, a single respondent answers a question that they have not previously seen. By withholding the question, Nevin removes the expectancy that we as participants in an expanding online/new media culture have become accustomed to. It removes the power of the question from the participant’s planned vocal and physical response. It sets an emphasis on the context of the answers and the behavioural nuances of the participants.

RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
T: 01 451 5860

Artist Talk | Alice Maher at Beaulieu House, Drogheda

Saturday 12 August

Following many years developing a proposal to deliver a dedicated visual art space for the Irish north-east region, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda, opened for cultural business on October 4, 2006.

As part of the gallery’s programme of exciting events to celebrate its 10th birthday, it has teamed up with Culture Vultures, a multi-strand contemporary salon-style event curated/presented by Irish Times arts writer/critic, Tony Clayton-Lea to present a very special evening at the magnificent Beaulieu House, Drogheda, Co Louth.

Take a look at the three artists in action, beginning with Alice Maher’s video animation The Music of Things (The Double) from 2009, followed by poet, Colm Keegan performance at the Glór Sessions, and ending with Marlene Enright’s Alchemy from 2016.

Highlanes Gallery ‘Summer Holiday’ Culture Vultures line-up, hosted by Tony Clayton-Lea, features acclaimed spoken word poet, Colm Keegan, West Cork born singer-songwriter, Marlene Enright, and a special public interview one of Ireland’s most respected and influential artists, Alice Maher.

Tickets: €25 (including glass of wine and return bus*) from Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda to Beaulieu House.
Booking is open here:

ART IN THE A.M. with Adham Faramawy at The Naughton Gallery, Belfast

11 August

The next in our series of informal morning talks features Adham Faramawy in conversation with the Naughton Gallery’s, Ben Crothers and Rachel Brown.

Adham Faramawy (b.1981, Dubai) is a London-based artist of Egyptian descent whose work spans media including moving image, sculptural installation and print. The human body is central to Faramawy’s practice, approached as a primary, sensual site in which gender and sexuality are fluid. Live performances to camera are computer-mediated to create compelling, visceral, and sexually-charged works, displayed across a landscape of high definition flatscreens and sculptural assemblages.

Tea and coffee is on us. Email or keep an eye on our Facebook page for more info.

The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast