Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks

In the Absence of Justice | Panel Discussion at Void, Derry   Recently updated !

Brian-Maguire-image127 November, 8pm
Void Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry/Londonderry

‘In the Absence of Justice’ is a public discussion in advance of ‘J’accuse’, Void’s new exhibition, discussion is with journalists Ed Vulliamy and Eamonn McCann in conversation with Brian Maguire.
What happens society in the absence of any meaningful justice being served on those who abuse the vulnerable and marginalised? What happens when our social, political and economic institutions fail the society they were built to serve? Who then gets to speak and whose voice is heard? And what exactly is ‘injustice’, is it simply the absence of justice or is it a tendency for society and its institutions to maintain the status quo and protect the interests of the powerful?

Finders and Keepers Tour and Talks, Dun Laoghaire   Recently updated !

talksandlecturesWednesday 2 December 6.30 to 7.45pm
Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Artists Stephen Loughman and Patrick Redmond will be talking to artist and lecturer at DIT, Brian Fay, about their work to date, referencing the artworks in the exhibition ‘Finders and Keepers: An exhibition of artworks from the State Art Collection’. The exhibition is on show until 16 January 2016.

Thursday 3 December, 6.30 to 7.15pm
Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Jacquie Moore, Deputy Art Adviser in the OPW and artist/curator Claire Halpin will give a brief tour and talk about the artworks from the State Art Collection in ‘Finders and Keepers’. They will talk about the artists, artworks and the process involved in bringing this exhibition together. ‘Finders and Keepers’ was curated by Claire Halpin and a group of older people from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.


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Conference – How Arts and Culture Can Transform A Town, Kells, Meath   Recently updated !

talksandlectures3 December, 7.30 to 9.30pm
Church of Ireland, Church St, Kells, Co.Meath

On behalf of Kells Local Heroes, you are invited to attend a major conference titled ‘Kells The Bigger Picture, how arts & culture can transform a town’.
The key speakers for the event are: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin; Minister of State, T.D. Junior Minister for Arts, Arthur Lappin; Movie producer – My Left Foot & In the Name of the Father, Peter Sheridan; Writer, director, performer, Raymond Keaveney; Former director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Eddie Shanahan;  Fashion and Craft Council of Ireland.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Supporters Club Talk with Mark O’Kelly   Recently updated !

TBG-S-vai-logoTemple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to present artist and lecturer Mark O’Kelly in the sixth talk in our Supporters Club series. Mark O’Kelly has been a studio artist at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for the past four years. Now approaching the end of his residency, Mark will present a talk on his time and artistic practice during his time at TBG+S. Delving into studio documentation of work in progress, Mark will speak about the exhibitions that he has been involved in since 2011. Exhibiting paintings, vitrines and installations, his work is the outcome of a practice of image research that explores the space between the photographic document and the cosmetic image. The studio-based painting practice at the core of this work has provided the foundation for a series of specifically conceived installations addressing theories of representation, reproduction and quotation.

Places for this talk are reserved solely for TBG+S Supporters Club members. Become a supporter by signing up on
Once you have signed up, book your place (plus one free guest) at the talk by emailing Muriel Foxton:
T: 01 671 0073
5 to 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2


Fathom, Seminar on Rural Collaboration, Donegal

Nicola-Byrne14 November, 10am to 5pm
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny and Greencastle, Co.Donegal

‘Fathom’ is a collaborative project by artist Marie Barrett with diver/filmmaker Geoff Millar and Dive North, a community of divers based in Inishowen. An informal seminar will explore the potential of collaborative arts in rural contexts. A variety of projects and approaches will be considered including collaborative and community based practices that rely on social engagement and exchange.

Speakers include: Marie Barrett, Carl Doran, Hollie Kearns, Rosie Lynch, Shaun Hannigan, Katherine Atkinson and Ailbhe Murphy, Director, Create

Lunch and bus will be provided please email to book a free place.

T: +353 74 912 9186, E:


Lecture on The ROSC Exhibitions, RDS, Dublin

brenda-moore-mccann18 November, 6.30pm
RDS Minerva Suite, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The ROSC Exhibitions: Crossroads of Conflict & Celebration lecture will be given by Brenda Moore-McCann as part of the RDS Library Speaker Series.
The six ROSC exhibitions spanned 20 years between 1967 and 1988. This marked a time of transition from Modernisn to Postmodernism internationally and also in Ireland. The lecture outlines the pivotal role the RDS played as the venue for the first two ROSCs as well as the structure, the selection process and some of the problems that beset the exhibitions. These will be discussed within rapidly changing artistic, social and political contexts.

An award-winning film by Ciarin Scott on the ROSC exhibitions will precede this lecture at 5pm in the RDS Minerva Suite

Admission is free and open to all, to book please visit:
E:, T: (01) 2407254

Craftsmanship, A Word to Start an Argument? with Professor Sir Christopher Frayling at NGI, Dublin

talksandlecturesWednesday 11 November 2015 at 6pm
The Irish Museums Association invites you to join them and guest speaker Professor Sir Christopher Frayling at the Annual James White Memorial Lecture and reception at the National Gallery of Ireland. The word craft has many different meanings, too many, and as a result often becomes a thought-preventer. It now covers a very wide spectrum from traditional rural crafts to the latest sculptural objects in galleries; craft touches design, and also touches fine art. This illustrated lecture will explore some of these meanings, and will argue that now is an excellent time to set aside differences and energetically to promote the importance of making things.

An educationalist, writer and broadcaster, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling is a former Chairman of Arts Council England and of the Design Council (UK), a former trustee of the VandA, and a governor of the British Film Institute. He was Rector and Vice-Provost of the London’s Royal College of Art until 2009, is Chancellor of the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), and serves on the Advisory Council of the Burren College of Art, Co Clare. He is well known in the public sphere for his writings on cinema, specifically the Spaghetti Western genre, as a writer and presenter of TV programmes such as The Face of Tutankhamun and Strange Landscape: Journey through the Middle Ages. With a wide output as a writer and critic, in 2011 he published On Craftsmanship: towards a new Bauhaus.

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The Artist’s Reality | Artists’ Talks at the Ulster Museum, Belfast

talksandlectures6 November, 1pm. Speakers: Jonny McEwen, Gail Ritchie, Juennifer Trouton RUA
20 November, 1pm. Speakers: Tony Hill, Sharon Kelly RUA, Paul Marshall

Lecture Theatre (ground floor), Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Six exhibiting artists from this year’s Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, whose works span a range of disciplines, discuss the day to day business of making of art and surviving as artists. Their ideas, inspirations, working methods and practices, themes and theories will be explored in two sessions which will include audience questions and answers. Discussions will be led by Mark Shields RUA.

Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance.
E:, T: +44 (0)28 9032 0819

For more information please visit:—Lectures/The-Artist-s-Reality

Printfest | Science Week Event at the National Print Museum

National Print Museum15 November, 12am to 4pm, Free admission
National Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Printfest gives you the opportunity to witness Gutenberg’s invention of letterpress printing in action as our volunteer former printers and typesetters demonstrate highlights of the Museums’ collection. There will also be family friendly activities taking place during the day.

T: +353 1 660 3770, E:
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RVAF Professional Development Workshops, Roscommon

logo16 November, 11am to 3pm,
King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Roscommon Visual Artists Forum will host professional development workshops. The following topics will be covered: Áine Phillips – ‘Writing About your Work’, Helen Carey – ‘Working with Public Galleries’, Shelly McDonnell – ‘Working with Artist-led Galleries’ and Mark Garry – ‘Research Methodologies for Visual Artists’

To reserve a place, please contact Joanne at by Monday 2 November.

Bresal Symposium: Neither Here Nor There at the Burren College of Art

Stonehead-VAIA Forum for Artists and Scholars
Bresal Symposium: Neither Here Nor There Locating Practice, Questioning Method in Arts Research
17 and 18  November 2015

Presented by Burren College of Art, Huston School of Film and Digital Media (NUI Galway), Irish World Academy of Dance and Music (UL). The 2015 Bresal symposium, Neither Here Nor There, will examine practice in art research through critically engaging with the diverse methods of interdisciplinary enquiry that characterize contemporary practice based research. Key areas of focus for the symposium will be visuality, somatics and process V product, which will be examined through presentations from Richard Gough (Aberystwyth University), Robert Platt (Penny Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan) and Fiona Woods (Limerick School of Art and Design).

This event is free and open to the public.
To register please contact:
T: 353 65 707 7200

Design Now | Symposium at Light House Cinema, Dublin

ID2015-DesignNow150x1505 November , 2pm to 6.30pm
Light House Cinema, Dublin 7

Irish Design 2015 and EUNIC present Design Now, a symposium exploring contemporary design in a European context. Design Now will explore diverging contemporary design practices across architecture, exhibition and retail design, industrial and product design and art. The symposium is structured around two sessions: Design of Objects and Design of Spaces.
Speakers include: Turner Prize 2015 nominees Assemble Studio, UK; Philipp Mainzer, Germany; Alex Terzariol and Francesco Zurlo, Italy.

Free event. Book tickets at:

Artist Talk with Isobel Egan at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

isobel egan4 December, 7pm
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main St, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Join us for an evening of artist talk, inspired by Isobel Egan’s Inside Out exhibition and the Year of Design 2015.

Inside out: Isobel Egan Will discuss how her work draws parallels between the physical and the emotional aspects of life. Material Matters: Frances McDonald, will examine the changing role that ceramic art plays in contemporary art practice. Constructing Space through Pattern: Alice Casey and Cian Deegan from TAKA Architects will pre4sent examples of how their designs assemblies make patterns and space.

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Standard Lives | Talk Series at Project Arts Centre

Standard-Lives-0228 October, 7pm
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Standard Lives is a series of talks celebrating the ignored and overlooked side of Irish architecture and design. Each event is conceived as a ‘live magazine’ bringing together a range of speakers from a variety of different backgrounds. Four contributors – from the worlds of art, architecture, academia and writing – will make a short presentation on each occasion, with the session’s theme changing from evening-to-evening.

The second talk in the Standard Lives has the theme, ‘This Future That Never Happened’. This theme covers the topics of planning (or at least the act of making plans), the ideologies behind the predictions we make and the proposed utopias which were never built.

For this session, we’ll have contributions from Roisín Heneghan (architect, heneghan peng), Brian Ward (Lecturer, DIT), Séamus Nolan (artist, Hotel Ballymun), and Karl Whitney (author, Hidden City), who will each approach the theme of ‘This Future That Never Happened’ from their own unique perspectives and disciplines.

Tickets may be booked online:


Tour and Talk with Susan Connolly at DLR Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire

OverwebpicTuesday 27 October
5.45 to 6.15pm
Join Susan Connolly for a brief tour and talk about the artworks in Over and Over and Over and Over. The artist will talk about the materials and processes used and explore some of the themes in the exhibition.
This is a free event and booking is required:
Or go to and search for ‘Susan Connolly, dlr LexIcon’.
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Guided Walking Tour Across Four City Galleries, Dublin

talksandlectures29 October, 1pm, Free event
Meeting point: Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2

Relatively Speaking: A guided walking tour across four city art galleries

Beginning at Project Arts Centre, you will be introduced to the new exhibition Gretchen Bender. Visitors will be guided to the next venue, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, for an introduction to Rhona Byrne’s solo exhibition Huddle tests. Finally, the tour will end at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, where you will be guided through the exhibition of artists Chris Martin and Seanie Barron. The tours introduce their current exhibitions to those who might not be so familiar with contemporary art and offer an interesting insight into the work for those who are. The whole tour will take about 60 minutes (approx.), with 15-20 minute tours taking place in each gallery.

Booking is essential. Please book your free ticket here:

Art | Memory | Place Seminar at IMMA

immaSaturday 24 October, 3 to 5pm
Lecture Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Centenaries: What Are They Good For?
3-4pm: Keynote lecture | Ann Rigney, Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University and Director of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies.
4–5pm: Art and Memory: artists’ perspectives
Presentations by artists Shane Cullen, Cecily Brennan and Chloe Dewe Mathews followed by a panel discussion. Chair, Ailbhe Murphy, Director, Create.

To book online or email a request for ticket/s to:

The Rising of Poets and Playwrights? The Arts and the 1916 Easter Rising; Conference Call for Papers

talksandlecturesCork studies in the Irish revolution
Conference in University College Cork, 29-30 January 2016

Proposals for papers of up to 20 minutes duration are invited for the fourth conference in the series Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution, on the subject of the role of art and artists in connection with the 1916 Easter Rising, which is to be held in University College Cork in Ireland.
Papers may deal with any aspect of the subject. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome in order to encourage discussion of the subject from as many angles as possible. Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to offer papers.
Possible topics include:
• The contribution of artists and the arts to the creation of the intellectual environment within which the Rising took place;
• The direct involvement of those from an arts background in the events of the Rising;
• The use made by artists of the Rising, and of the individuals involved, in their creative work.
Proposals for papers on relevant topics not included in the above short list are, of course, welcome.
It is intended that papers will cover all artistic media, including (but not limited to) literary, theatrical, poetic, cinematic, operatic, televisual, painted, drawn, animated, sculpted, performance, dance, musical, and mixed.
Abstracts of 250 words should be e-mailed to Gabriel Doherty:
Further information:
T: 021 4902783
Deadline for abstracts is Friday, 20 November 2015.

Autumn Lecture Series 2015 at the National Museum of Ireland

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The Origins and Ancestries of a National Collection – A lecture series to mark the 125th Anniversary of the National Museum building at Kildare Street

20 October 1 to 1.45pm
‘The Ardagh Hoard: discovery, acquisition and controversy’ by Mr Raghnall Ó Floinn, Director of the National Museum of Ireland.

3 November 1 to 1.45pm
‘The role of the Royal Irish Academy in the formation of the National Museum’ by Dr Michael Ryan, MRIA, Past-President of the Royal Irish Academy and former Director of the Chester Beatty Library.

17 November 1 to 1.45pm
‘The story of the Art & Industrial Division through its collections of decorative arts, design and history’ by Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper of Arts & Industry, National Museum of Ireland.

1 December 1 to 1.45pm
‘The Origins of the Ethnographic Collections in the National Museum of Ireland’ by Ms Fiona Reilly, Assistant Keeper, Irish Antiquities Division, National Museum of Ireland.

Admission is free. Places are limited, to book: T: 01 648 6334, E:

Talk With Nigel Rolfe at Green On Red, Dublin

nigel rolfeThursday 15 October, 7pm
Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1

As part of his current Green On Red Gallery solo exhibition ‘The Burning Frame’ Nigel Rolfe will be present for a talk in the gallery about the current exhibition and the artist’s live works.
‘Red’ is the newest live work by the artist and was first performed on September 11, 2015, in Green On Red Gallery. The many materials, vessels, utensils, pigments, etc. employed by the artist during the 55 minute run of this live event remain in place as a trace of the original and ephemeral performance. |