Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Artists Lecture with Sculptor John Kindness at The F.E. McWilliam Gallery   Recently updated !

JohnKindnessBigFish-Web-Small3rd February | Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Non Friends £7.50, Friends Members £5.00, Students £2.50
The F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Newry Road, Banbridge, Down BT32 3NB

Lecture by Sculptor John Kindness organised by the Friends of the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts. The celebrated Northern Irish artist will discuss his work which includes the Big Fish and the Waterfall of Souvenirs in Belfast and Romulus and Seamus in Banbridge.

Casting Territory at Rua Red: Fly Tying Demo & Artist-led Conversation   Recently updated !

talksandlecturesCoinciding with Casting Territory: A Contemporary River Keepers’ Index of Lesser Known Patterns exhibition, a fly tying demonstration from 2-3pm will be followed by an artist led conversation between Gareth Kennedy, Martina O’Brien and Dodder Anglers.

The conversation will be chaired by Michael Holly and will take place in RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, on the 7th of February from 3-4pm.

Mairead O’hEocha In Conversation with Maeve Connolly at Douglas Hyde Gallery

talksandlecturesThursday, February 5, 2015, 5pm

Please join us to hear Mairead O’hEocha discuss her current exhibition and her practice in conversation with Maeve Connolly.

The new paintings, like those in the artist’s 2011 exhibition in Gallery 1, ‘via an Lár’, focus on the easily overlooked edges of our contemporary environment. Startling coloured highlights stand out against a palette of murky greys and blues, adding a hallucinatory mood to familiar everyday scenes.

Maeve Connolly is a writer, lecturer and researcher whose work explores changing cultures and economies of art and media practice.

All are welcome and admission is free. There is no need to book a place, but please arrive early. Visit our new website or contact the Gallery for more information.

The Art of the High Renaissance and the Baroque Art Studies at the National Gallery of Ireland

talksandlecturesThursdays, 6.30pm, 29 January to 26 March. Tickets: €8.50 Single Ticket. €5 Student/OAP/Friends of the NGI (proof of status required).
€60 Season Ticket for 9 talks (includes wine reception on 5 March);

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Gallery Shop: 01 663 3518 or at
The full schedule is on the website here
Tickets are selling fast! A limited number may be available on the night if not previously sold.

Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation: Call for Submissions 2015

talksandlecturesDon’t forget to submit art works, performances, papers, or workshop proposals to this years Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation.

In 2011, the first ISSTC was held in Limerick. In 2014, Limerick was the City of Culture, regenerating the diverse and exciting arts practices in the city. In 2015, ISSTC returns to Limerick. In a moment of reflection and on returning to the city of the first convocation, next year’s theme of resonance, recapitulation and renaissance asks contributors to consider past works, old ideas unused, re-birthing projects through new ears and experiences.

Resonance can be something quite specific in sound, from filter design to physical modelling. But we also use resonance metaphorically. We can say something “strikes a chord” with us, or resonates within us.

Recapitulation within music tells the story of origin, departure and return. But the return is never exact; it becomes something else in its story. Recapitulation also asks for different representations of an original idea. Slight changes occur with each iteration, which marginally alter the first conception.

Renaissance means more than just rebirth. It implies that a culture has had new life injected into it. Limerick is experiencing its own renaissance despite the economic woes of the past few years. Artists are engaging across all domains, integrating into the fabric of the city.

Duncan Campbell talks at IMMA | Special Offer for New and Renewing Members

duncan-campbellDuncan Campbell, winner of the 2014 Turner Prize, is speaking at IMMA on Saturday 31st January at 2pm. Duncan will be discussing his current exhibition at IMMA with Dr Maeve Connolly (Lecturer, IADT). This free event is now booked out, but we do have a very limited number of tickets that we are making available to new (and renewing) IMMA Members.

Here’s how it works. If you join, or renew, as an IMMA member in the next 7 days you are eligible to be in the draw for these 5 pairs of tickets. You can find out how to join on our website here.

Memberships start at €30, for which you’ll receive a host of other benefits including discounts in the shop and cafe and free admission to any of our ticketed exhbitions at IMMA.

Once you have joined send an email to to let us know you’d like to be in the draw. We’ll select the winners next Thursday afternoon, the 29th Jan 2015.

If you can’t make the talk on the day don’t worry, we will be recording it and we’ll make the audio available on our soundcloud page in a couple of weeks.

Lecture by Conor Walton: Subverting Modernism: My Life as a Painter

talksandlecturesLecture by Conor Walton, artist

6.30pm Thursday 5 February 2015

Over the last twenty years Conor Walton’s portraits, figure paintings and still lifes have won international acclaim and established him as a distinctive voice in the field of representational painting. Essentially a figurative painter in the European tradition, he sets out ‘to maintain his craft at the highest level, using paint to explore issues of truth, meaning and value’. His works are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting: ‘What are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?’ This talk will provide an introduction to his work, his methods and philosophy.

Lecture in Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland, No.5 South Leinster St. (beside National Gallery) at 6.30pm followed by a wine reception.

Cost: €12 (students €5)

This is a Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland event. Advance booking is required. Visit the Friends Desk in the Millennium Wing; phone (01) 661 9877; or email

Irish Museums Association (IMA) Annual Conference 2015 at the Ulster Museum

imaMuseums in Society: Navigating Public Policy
27 February – 1 March
Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI), Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Conference Fees range from €17 / £12stg to €155 / £124

Conference Theme:
Museums in Society: Navigating Public Policy will examine how museums respond to and negotiate policy directions. It will focus on the museum’s role in relation to social inclusion, education, economic regeneration, and tourism agendas.

Conference participants will share their experience and expertise on the interdependent relationship between public bodies and museums: the ‘mirror and lamp’ effect whereby public policies reflect and guide the functions and mission of the museum and vice versa. The conference will look at how museums can better position themselves to reflect current changes within society and government policies, while at the same time performing their historical roles of custodianship, presentation and scholarship. How should museums approach the difficult task of fulfilling these multiple and occasionally competing functions?

David Anderson Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales)
Rebecca Blake Regeneration and Community Partnerships Coordinator, Tate Britain
Lorraine Comer Head of Education, National Museum of Ireland
Hannah Crowdy, Interpretation Manager, National Museums Northern Ireland
Paddy Gilmore Director of Learning and Partnership, National Museums Northern Ireland
Helen Johnston Museum Assistant, REACH Project, Museum of Orange Heritage
Megan Johnston Director, The Model: Home of the Niland Collection
Michael King Curator, Down County Museum
Kim Mawhinney Head of Art, National Museums Northern Ireland
Declan McGonagle Director, National College of Art and Design, Dublin
Grainne Miller Director, GM Innovations
Paul Mullan Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland
Dermot Mulligan Curator, Carlow County Museum
Helen O’Carroll Curator, Kerry County Museum
Mairead Quinn PhD student, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, University of Ulster
Michael Starrett Chief Executive, The Heritage Council of Ireland
Marie Taylor Scholar, The Hunt Museum
Brian Walsh Curator, Dundalk County Museum
Siebe Weide Director General, Museumvereniging (Netherlands Museum Association)

Full Programme, Speakers’ Biographies, Abstracts, Fees Schedule and Booking Form available on

‘From one space to the next… how different types of galleries work’ | Series of Talks at Limerick School of Art & Design

talksandlectures2-5pm | Thursday January 29th
Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, Georges Quay, Limerick

Megan Johnston, Director of The Model, Sligo
Alexandra Murphy, Doctoral Candidate, Trinity College Dublin
Kevin Kavanagh, Director Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

The purpose of this day is to provide creative practitioners with a clear insight into the roles and functions of different types of galleries. These three talks and the subsequent discussion, will look at the private gallery, the publicly funded gallery and the artist-run space. Each has a different remit and a different role which will be explored throughout this afternoon, which has been kindly hosted by LSAD.

From one space to the next… Is provided free of charge.

To book email

‘Revising Critique, Revising Fetish’ | Talk with Dr. Sinead Hogan at IMMA

revising-fetishThursday 22nd January, 2015 | 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Lecture Room, IMMA

Presented in conjunction with the Primal Architecture exhibition currently running in the East Wing Galleries, Dr Sinead Hogan (Lecturer, IADT) will address how critique is intimately related to decision making and quality of judgement.

Primal Architecture brings together works by Irish and international artists that elaborate on notions of pseudo-autobiography, consciousness, identity, architecture, power and nostalgia.

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

To reserve a place, book tickets here:

‘Ludus’ | A Multimedia Studio Talk by Conor Mary Foy at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

temple-bar-galleryTuesday, 27 January 2015 | 18:00 to 20:00
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios invite you to ‘Ludus’- a multimedia studio talk by Conor Mary Foy

TBG+S are pleased to present ‘Ludus’, a multimedia talk by Conor Mary Foy, taking place in his studio and marking the end of his year long residency at TBG+S. Conor Mary Foy is the 2014 recipient of the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Recent Graduate Studio Residency, and has spent the last year developing his artistic practice at TBG+S studio 16. The talk will showcase Conor’s recent work and contextualise it by presenting historical information and found video footage which has had a specific influence on his work. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session lead by curator Rayne Booth, and refreshments. Studio Talks at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios are informal events in which member studio artists discuss their recent work in the familiar surroundings of their own studio. These events are free of charge, and provide an opportunity to gain an insight into the particular motivations behind an artist’s work. All are welcome. Tickets are limited for this event.

To book your FREE place please click here.

Territory, Encounter & Negotiation | Critical Discussion at The White Room, GMIT

Para_icon_solidWed 21st Jan: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The White Room GMIT CCAM Cluain Mhuire

On the occasion of the recent launch of TEN: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation, a critical memoir by socially engaged artist Fiona Whelan, the Para-Institution in partnership with the Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway and GMIT CCAM will host a critical discussion.

Exploring creative methodologies, cross-sectoral relationships, collaborative knowledge, and issues of representation and institutional responsibility that emerge from collaborative art and curatorial practice.

With key presentations by Fiona Whelan (Artist and Joint Course Coordinator MA Socially Engaged Art, NCAD) and Megan Johnston, (Curator, Educator and Director of the Model, Sligo), followed by a panel discussion including Megs Morley (Independent Curator, Para Institution) Deirdre O’Mahony (Artist and Centre for Creative Arts, GMIT), Jen Hesnan (Youth Arts Facilitator, Foróige Techspace) John Langan (Artist and Centre for Creative Arts, GMIT).

Copies of the book TEN: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation will be available to purchase at the event for €20

This event is free and all are welcome.

For more information please contact Megs Morley |

LANDscape Research Cluster Meeting at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL

landscapedLANDscape: history, theory, praxis, practice is a new research cluster based at the University of Limerick which brings together researchers, scholars and practitioners in the locale and region who engage with various aspects of landscape in their work.

New members are very welcome.

The second meeting of the LANDscape research cluster will take place on Wednesday 28 January at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL. The meeting will take place from 2-4pm, and will conclude with a LANDscape Tower Seminar featuring Dr. Niall Keegan and Billy Mills.

Paper presentations

The session from 2-4 provides an opportunity for members to present work in progress to the group for discussion, reflection and feedback.

We have space for 4 paper presentations during this meeting. If you would like to take one of these presentation/ discussion slots, please contact Niamh by 20 January 2015 with your paper title. We hope that this presentation/ discussion format will reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the cluster, and will be valuable for all members.

Niamh’s email address:

If there are any upcoming seminars or meetings that you would like to send to the cluster members, or post on the cluster blog, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

LANDscape Tower Seminar, 4 – 5.30, Weds 28 Jan,

Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Speakers: Dr. Niall Keegan (‘Mapping the Linguistic Turn – language, space and place in Irish traditional music’) and Billy Mills

Niall Keegan is a traditional Irish flute player and an ethnomusicologist. His PhD, The Art of Juncture – Transformations of Irish Traditional Music, focused on the language-based structures used by traditional musicians to account for and shape their performance practices. His research also engages the diasporic experience of traditional music, particularly in the UK. He has performed extensively throughout the world with musicians such as Sandra Joyce, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Clive Carroll.

Billy Mills is a poet, editor, literary journalist at Mills was born Dublin in 1954. After some years spent in Spain and the UK, he currently lives in Limerick. He is co-editor (with Catherine Walsh) of hardpressed Poetry. His Lares/Manes: Collected Poems was published by Shearsman in 2009, and Imaginary Gardens and Loop Walks by hardPressed poetry in 2012 and 2013 respectively. |

Panel Discussion as part PLASTIK Festival of Artist’s Moving Image at An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway

talksandlectures16 January at 6pm
PANEL DISCUSSION as part PLASTIK Festival of Artist’s Moving Image
An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Middle Street, Galway

As part of Megs Morley’s curated series of talks at PLASTIK, Festival of Artist’s Moving Image, a panel discussion will take place on how we we support the production, exhibition, distribution and preservation of artists work on film in Galway. Areas discussed will be education, venues, upcoming initiatives, and production facilities and supports, as well as the exciting and recently awarded status of Galway as a Unesco City of Film.

This first panel discussion of the series will include panelists, Rod Stoneman (Huston School of Film & Digital Media), Maeve Mulrennan (Galway Arts Centre), Declan Gibbons (Galway Film Centre), Celine Curtin (GMIT Centre for Creative Arts), Tracy Geraghty (Picture Palace), Louise Manifold (Wildscreen) and artist Gareth Kennedy

Art in the Twentieth Century Lecture Series with Philip Shiels at the Linenhall Arts Centre

talksandlecturesThe Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Modern Art is often described as difficult, challenging, formidable, aloof, arrogant and inaccessible, verging on the nonsensical, frivolous and sometimes the downright ridiculous. But art in the Twentieth Century is also the story of dynamically changing practices inspired by, and reflecting, the turbulent history of that century.

The aim of these five lectures at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, is to consider the historical background and events, important artistic movements and crucial moments that have shaped and influenced contemporary art. Not so much a detailed blow by blow account of art history but more a survey of some of the most important movements and many “voices of art” from the last 150 years and how they relate to art we encounter today.

1) New Freedoms: Revolutions and the Avantgarde: The break with tradition and authority, the invention of photography and the birth of modernism.
2) The Construction of a New Century: Technology, Devastation and the Aftermath. The period from 1914 to 1945.
3) Brave New World. Developments in America and Europe. From abstract expressionism to pop art on the one hand, to reconsidering the “weight of history” on the other.
4) Mimimalism and Post-Modernism: “From “less is more” to “ornament is not a crime”. How art, architecture and popular culture won the day. The strange story of consumerism and art versus the development and spread of conceptual art.
5) Contemporay Directions and Musings. Regionalism in a globalised world. Artists and the art world today at home and abroad.

This course is open to all and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of art, contemporary art and students studying for the Leaving Cert.

Phillip Shiels is an artist and art historian. He holds an M.A in Philosophy and Modern Visual Culture, and has worked as a lecturer at colleges and third level instituitions for 25 years.

Art in the Twentieth Century Lecture Series takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, over five Wednesdays commencing 25th February 2015 from 8.00pm-10.00pm (continuing 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th March). Cost per head for the series is €30.

Emerging artists Emma Johnson and Sabina MacMahon in Conversation at DLR Lexicon Library

talksandlecturesSaturday 17th January 2015; 12-1pm
Tea and Coffee provided
Municipal Gallery, DLR Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire.

Emerging artists Emma Johnson and Sabina MacMahon will discuss their work to date in conversation with Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

This talk will also give some advice from Emma, Sabina and Cliodhna about how emerging artists can get their work exhibited.

‘A Tribute to Sound’ Screening and Talk at DLR Lexicon Library

talksandlecturesSounds that make the harbour visible
Wednesday 21st January 2015 1-2pm
Tea and coffee provided
Free event
Municipal Gallery, DLR Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire.

A special screening of ‘A Tribute to Sound’, a short film by Simone Corr which commemorates the decommissioning of the foghorn from our coastline, followed by a talk.

The bells, the foghorn and the maroons captured the imagination of the people of Dún Laoghaire and told the story of what was happening at the time.

Supporters Club Talk #2 with Curator Gavin Wade at Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

temple-bar-galleryFriday 9th January 2015 | 6pm
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce the second in its series of Supporters Club Talks. Supporters Club Talk #2 features Curator Gavin Wade (UK). Gavin is an artist-curator and Director of Birmingham’s Eastside Projects, an artist-run exhibition space with many differences. Eastside Projects is a public space being imagined and organised by artists. Gavin was recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award for exceptional cultural entrepreneurs in 2010. His talk will offer a unique opportunity to hear him speak about his curatorial ideas, practices and projects, and the setting up of Eastside Projects.

Places for this talk are reserved solely for members of the TBG+S Supporters Club and are strictly limited. To become a member you can sign up on our website at Once you have signed up, you can book your place (+1 free guest) at the talk by calling Muriel Foxton or Sophie Behal on 01 6710073 or emailing If you would like to gift Supporters Club membership to a friend please email Muriel with your friend’s name, email and postal address. We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you on board!

Upcoming Talks / Lectures at The Hunt Museum

hunt-logoThe Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, Limerick

Limerick: My City My Home Series

– ‘Limerick: My City My Home’ | Friday 16th January 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Talk by Liam Irwin.

– ‘Limerick: My City My Home’ | Friday 23rd January 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Talk by Rev. John Leonard.

– ‘Limerick: My City My Home’ | Wednesday 04th February 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Talk by Javier Buron Garcia.

– ‘Limerick: My City My Home’ | Friday 06th February 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Talk by Jennifer Moore.


– Highlights of the Collection Lecture series | Monday 02nd February 2015 13:00 – 14:00
‘The Museum’s Immaculate Conception in context’, Dr Hugh Maguire, Director, The Hunt Museum.

– ‘Patrick Sarsfield: The Man and the Myth’ | Tuesday 17th February 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Lunchtime Lecture
Speaker: Liam Irwin.

– ‘Early 19c Irish Women Artists’ | Tuesday 10th March 2015 13:00 – 14:00
Lumchtime Lecture
Speaker is Dr Andy McCarthy.