Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Gallery Talk by Manchan Magan at Solstice Arts Centre

Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm

In association with the launch of Solstice Arts Centre’s new exhibition, join writer and documentary-maker Manchán Magan during the opening of ‘The Otherworld Hall’ for ‘Other Worlds: A Travel Diary’, a captivating journey through some of the elusive other worlds – mythological, physical, historical, cultural and archaeological – that he’s encountered on his travels, both in Ireland and abroad.

Admission free, booking required:

Solstice Arts Centre
Railway St, Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath
T: (046) 909 2300

‘Alternate Truth’ Lecture by Rita Duffy at The Hunt Museum

Thursday 26 October, 1pm to 2pm

Join Rita Duffy in The Captains’ Room of The Hunt Museum as she discusses the work featured in her exhibition Alternate Truth. Rita will give insight to her artistic practice and give an in depth look into her process of gathering research and making drawings.

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

Artist Talk with Marta Golubowska at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

19 October 2017, 8 to 9pm

Throughout 2017 The Creative Well will continue to present artist talks free of charge and open to the public in McKenna Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre.
Our artist talks will be tailored to people who are new to contemporary art as well as those who have experience with contemporary art. It is always enjoyable and rewarding to listen to an artist talk about their artwork, the art process they engage with and their thinking about art. These talks are planned to last for an hour with time for discussion at the end.

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co.Kildare
These talks are free but booking is essential: Riverbank Arts Centre Box Office
T: 045 448327

Artist Talk | Mind Fizz – drawing on inspiration with Eoin Whelehan at A4 Sounds, Dublin 1

Date: Wed 18 October
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1

Eoin Whelehan is an animator turned illustrator based in Dublin. He predominately works in digital media, with an emphasis on original character-based illustrations. Eoin will be talking about creative inspiration, the ‘1%’ of the process that can make all the other work worth while. He will revisit some of his projects that may, or may not have benefited from it.

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Artist Talk | Duct Tape + Dreams with Eimhin McNamara, A4 Sounds, Dublin 1

Artist Talk | Eimhin McNamara – Duct Tape + Dreams

Date: Wed 25 October
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1

Eimhin McNamara is an animator, educator and founder of Paper Panther. For this talk he will discuss problem solving and how it informs his creative process, in developing and refining technique, as well as its role within education.

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Artist Peer Critique Session at Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards

Artist’s Peer Critique Session
Date: Wednesday 25 October
Time: 7pm
Location: Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards

Ards and North Down Arts Service would like to introduce Artist’s Peer Critique sessions aimed at professional practicing artists and crafts people. The intention of these sessions is to create a space to share dialogue between artistic peers and to open the possibility of networking and peer support among artists.

It is hoped these sessions will allow the freedom and space for you to present your work in progress, bounce ideas off fellow artists, provide support, discuss ideas, seek or give constructive feedback, or simply provide the opportunity for you to socialise and network with your peers in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Feel free to bring along your sketchbook or your work in progress. Tea/coffee provided, but feel free to BYOB.

Admission is free, however please RSVP by return email, or to: or on our Facebook event page here:

Talk with Stephen Rennicks, David Lunney + Mark Garry, The Dock, Co. Letrim

Saturday 14 October, 2pm
In The Domain Of Our Dwelling. A talk about place, location and influence with Stephen Rennicks, David Lunney and Mark Garry.
Last in the series of talks, part of the exhibition Thinking Living Dwelling which continues until 14th October, 2017
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.
Presented at The Dock in collaboration with The Green Door Festival, Iron Mountain Literature Festival and Creative Ireland.
This is a free talk, booking required to reserve seating.

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

Colin Davidson ‘In Conversation’ at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

Tuesday 7 November, 7.30pm

Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist, living and working near Belfast, who is very well known for his grand scale portraits which have won widespread recognition and many international awards. His numerous sitters range from Liam Neeson to Angela Merkel and most recently he painted an official portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which was unveiled in November 2016.

Davidson’s most recent exhibition of portrait paintings, entitled ‘Silent Testimony’, reveals the stories of eighteen people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss through the Troubles – a turbulent 30-year period in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s onwards. This critically acclaimed body of work was on show at the Ulster Museum Belfast during 2015, before embarking on a tour which includes the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.

Entrance by ticket only. Cost £5 (£3 for Friends of the Gallery), Booking essential 028 4062 3322.

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

Concerning the Other | Artists’ Panel Talk at Olivier Cornet Gallery

6 October 6:30 to 8:00pm

The 3 curators of the collaborative art project Concerning the Other, running at the Olivier Cornet Gallery till 8th October, thought that it would be a good idea to have a panel discussion with some of the artists to further explore the various elements of the project, i.e how the artists dealt with each other’s work, how they found the process of having their work altered (and sometimes, destroyed), how the public engaged with the process week by week, how people responded to the final works, what effect (if any) the works had, and many more questions that have arisen since the beginning of the project.

It promises to be a very interesting evening as they will be talking about their experience during the project and answering any questions you might have. This free event will be chaired by Michael Coyne who is currently doing an MA in Visual and Critical Studies with the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT.

Michael has selected the Concerning the Other project for the focus of his Master’s thesis which will consist of a comparative analysis of exhibitions focusing on themes of migration, refugees, conflict, otherness and representation politics. Primary research fields examined include exhibitions, museum studies and the representation of certain marginalised groups.

Concerning the Other features work by:
James Hanley RHA, Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, Joanna Kidney, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Gail Ritchie, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman and Susanne Wawra.

Curatorial team: Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn

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

Managing Your Taxes Workshop with Gaby Smyth, Co. Kerry

14 October

Words Ireland is delighted to partner with Kerry County Council and Listowel Writers Week to bring you one of their regional Writers Café on Taxation for writers and creatives.

This session is a practical guide to revenue and taxation issues for writers and creatives. From managing your books to understanding taxation matters, Income Tax to Artist Exemption, this session is what you need to feel comfortable with accounting for your artistic practice. This event will be delivered as an informal presentation with the opportunity for your queries to be answered by an industry specialist in accounting for the arts. Participants will be provided with a presentation covering all aspects of the session post event. Make it your business to manage your business well – join us in working your way through best practice in managing your tax affairs.

Programme Content

  • How to account for your business: books and records
  • Allowable trading expenditure
  • Treatment of capital expenditure
  • Income tax returns: preparation and filing
  • PRSI and USC
  • Artist Exemption

Gaby Smyth is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and managing director of Gaby Smyth & Company Ltd. He has been in practice for 20 years, specialising in the literary, visual, music, film and theatre arts. Gaby is currently chair of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and Opera Theatre Company.

free workshop, booking

The Image of Violence / The Violence of the Image | Conference at RUA RED

7 October, 2pm to 4.30pm

Join us for a two-part conference at Rua Red where theoretician and art critic Francesca Alfano Miglietti will present a lecture on the title The Image of Violence / The Violence of the Image. The second part will take the form of a roundtable discussion, chaired by artist and curator Franko B, between artists represented in the a/political collection, including Democracia, Kendell Geers, IRWIN, kennardphillipps and Andrei Molodkin. The panel will look at reoccurring themes from the exhibition HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! and how socio-political artists navigate the contemporary art world.

Francesca Alfano Miglietti is a theoretician and art critic, and Professor of Contemporary Art at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. The central motives of her research are the contamination between life and art and identity as a transformation element. Miglietti has organized and curated numerous exhibitions, recently including “Through Women’s Eyes” at the Casa dei Tre Oci, Venie and “Antonio Marras” at the Milan Triennale. She was a Member of the Jury of the Venice Biennale Visual Arts, 2017

The conference will be held the day after the opening of HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! the first exhibition of selected works from the a/political collection, curated by Franko B.

€5 per person. Book here:

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

RGKSKSRG | Basic Talks at The Hugh Lane

Friday, 13 October, 1 pm,

Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain will talk about their curatorial practice as RGKSKSRG; what it has done, what it has failed to do, and what it will do in the future. They will use their own and maybe others’ words, possibly some images, and very likely some kind of a prop or a device. They haven’t yet decided exactly what this visual accompaniment will be, or in fact what exactly they will say, but they will try to be honest and speak with clarity regardless. They hope to appear as two different parts of a happy whole. They would like to be helpful to those who are there. They might try to share insights, wisdom, problems, and anecdotes that could be inspiring, inquiring or uplifting. They are conscious that many people are a little fed up and with this in mind, they will try to go back to basics; to rediscover the exquisite space of art, whatever that may be.



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

Artists’ Discussion | Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection

Wednesday 4 October, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Artists’ Discussion: Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection with Christina Kennedy, Mark Garry, Mairéad McClean and Ciarán Murphy

Visit the exhibition beforehand and enjoy a complimentary Hennessy& Ginger created by the Hennessy Ambassador Paul Tuohy at a post-discussion reception.

Irish artists Ciarán Murphy, Mairéad McClean and Mark Garry will join IMMA Head of Collections and Senior Curator Christina Kennedy to discuss the thinking and making behind the specific artworks selected for this years Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection. In the context of their individual practices, the panel will consider new directions in their practice and what it means to have work featured and preserved within the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.

All four works selected for the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection 2017 by Ciarán Murphy, Maireád McClean, Mark Garry and Yuri Pattison, are currently on exhibition in the Courtyard Galleries, East Ground. They will remain open until 6.30pm for ticket holders.

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

Make:Shift Ireland | Design and Crafts Council of Ireland Conference

Monday, November 6 2017

Make:Shift Ireland, a one-day conference exploring the future of making and the nature of disruptive innovation in craft and design, will take place at The Helix, Dublin. The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and the Crafts Council UK will bring together international experts on the cutting edge of craft, design and innovation from across a variety of fields such as architecture, glass, bioscience, mathematics, ceramics, fashion, augmented reality and more to deliver a series of game-changing concepts that are impacting the ways in which we live, learn, make and share.

Through keynote speeches and lively panel discussions, the dynamic line-up of speakers will explore both new processes for creating and opportunities for the future as the fields of research, scientific exploration, digital making and technology merge. Pioneers in key areas, from bio design and sustainability to manufacturing innovation and distribution, will take part.

For more information and to book visit:

port | river | city Seminar, Dublin

Friday 29 September, 10:30 to 18:00

As part of the port | river | city project curated by aemi and Cliona Harmey this full day event features panel discussions, presentations, and a screening of William Raban’s vital 1987 film Thames Film as well as a public interview with the filmmaker.

This public seminar event will consider the complex interrelationships between port, river and city, not only as they relate to this project and Dublin’s particular role as a port city but also more broadly. Speakers at this event include artist and researcher Moira Sweeney, artists Dan Shipsides, Vanessa Daws and Cliona Harmey, the writer Gabriel Gee, Dr. Patrick Bresnihan of Trinity College Dublin and filmmaker William Raban.

More information and book tickets here:

Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland,
Merrion Square,
Dublin 2

Lecture | Fionna Barber on Margaret Clarke at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

Thursday 12 October, 7.30pm

Fionna Barber is Reader in Art History in the Manchester School of Art. Originally from Belfast, Fionna’s research interests are contemporary and twentieth century Irish visual culture, issues of nation, memory and identity and gender performativity in twentieth century modernism. During this lecture Fionna will discuss her new research on Margaret Clarke.

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

Talk on Isabel Nolan by Dr Caitriona Leahy at The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Friday 29 September, 6.30pm

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is delighted to share details of this upcoming talk on Isabel Nolan by Dr Caitriona Leahy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, Trinity College Dublin. As part of PROBE 2017: Research Uncovered at Trinity College Dublin.

Isabel Nolan’s solo exhibition Calling on Gravity comprises suspended and floor-based sculptures, portrait paintings, drawings, photographs and a rug. These new works unsettle simple certainties such as up and down, high and low through her material exploration of metaphor, and how we bring the world into meaning.

PROBE, a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and Science Gallery Dublin, is part of European Researchers’ Night, taking place in cities across the continent on 29 September. On the occasion of this one-day festival, and on the penultimate day of the exhibition, Dr Caitriona Leahy will give a talk at 6.30pm, in which she will consider the concept of research in relation to the art gallery and Nolan’s practice.

Admission is free and all are welcome; there is no need to book a place.

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

Artist in Conversation | Aideen Barry and Dr. Tina Kinsella at dlr LexIcon

Thursday 5 October, 7 to 8pm

Join artist Aideen Barry and Dr. Tina Kinsella, lecturer in conversation about the themes and concepts in Slice, Vast, Deep, the dlr Visual Arts Commission 2017. The exhibition continues until November 5. This is a free event but booking is required, please go to and search for dlr LexIcon Gallery to view full Learning Programme.

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

Susan Montgomery in conversation with Gerald Butler at Doswell Gallery, Co. Cork

Wednesday 27 September, 6.15pm to 7pm

Artist Susan Montgomery in conversation with Gerald Butler ( Third generation lighthouse keeper, former lighthouse keeper Galley Head and author of The Lightkeeper ).

Susan Montgomery is a visual artist from Wicklow. She has lived in West Cork since 2007 and in Castlefreke since 2009. Susan’s work is influenced by landscape. Her practice is process based, encompassing the mediums of painting, drawing, installation and assemblage. It often involves the manipulation of found surfaces and objects, centered on the behaviour of chance marks, stains and arrangements. The results are works that describe a dialogue between the carefully chosen elements she uses to explore these processes, which in turn express her concerns with the human experience, time and their relationship with the landscape.

Susan’s work for this current exhibition (Siar/West) is an observation. An observation of the everyday occurrence of certain light that is unique to this locality she inhabits and how this subliminally influences her work.

Doswell Gallery
West Square
Co. Cork
T: +353 (0)23 8848137

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