Category Archives : Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Flavours of Spanish Art at the National Gallery

National-Gallery-of-Ireland9 April 2015 |  6pm
Join us for a very special Easter celebration of the best in Spanish art, food and music. An art historian will introduce you to the highlights of the National Gallery’s Spanish collection, including masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya and Picasso, followed by a delightful supper of Spanish specialities in the Gallery Café, with music by master Flamenco guitarist and composer from Cadiz, Juan José Manzano. Glass of wine included, additional at €5 per glass.

The visitors will come into the entrance to the Information desk where a tour guide will meet you.

Tickets are limited, 30€ per person,

T: +353 (0)1 663 3518

In person at the gallery shop

‘Burn Down After Reading’ | A Weekend of Talks and Discussions at The National Sculpture Factory

burn-down-after-reading28 – 29 March
National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork

The National Sculpture Factory is pleased to announce the two-day event, Burn Down After Reading by Second Culture Press, a weekend of talks, music and discussions, exploring the value of independent initiatives.

Moving away from the ‘quantifying’ value mechanisms of economics, in favour of a more experiential approach, the project seeks to look at how the independent cultural sphere is not only crucial to creative processes, but also a form of civic engagement, providing and encouraging the reflection necessary for any kind of democratic society we might aspire to.

The weekend also serves as the official launch of Second Culture Press, a new independent publisher, presenting a series of publications featuring contributions from initiatives from around the world, developed by NSF Im/Plant Taf Hassam, together with writer Janine Armin and designer Marius Jopen of the design activist group The Foreign Legion.

Opening on Saturday 28 March at 6.00pm, the evening begins with a presentation of Second Culture Press publications, followed by talks with special invited guests: writer and activist Fred Dewey (US) on rethinking public space; scholar Jiří Kocian (CZ) on Charter 77 and musicians of the underground in former Czechoslovakia; and artist and independent curator Megs Morley (IRE) on the history and present situation facing artist-led initiatives in Ireland. The evening opens and closes with music by The Azorean Project (Unknown).

On Sunday 29 March the factory is open from 12:00pm–7:00pm functioning as a café and reading lounge where visitors can come and take time with the books. A series of talks and reading groups run in parallel, concluding with the official Ireland launch of Fred Dewey’s The School of Public Life (Errant Bodies Press, 2014) at 5:00pm.

All events are free and seats will be available on a first come first served basis. Limited capacity, there is no booking for this event. For both days there will be a free café & bar, donations welcome. All events will be held on the Factory floor so dress appropriately (it may be cold).

For further info please see

Margaret Irwin West in Conversation with Dr Eimear O’ Connor at Trinity College


TRIARC/Department of History of Art and Architecture presents

Tuesday, 14 April, 2pm
Margaret Irwin West in conversation with Dr Éimear O’Connor Chaired by Dr Angela Griffith.

The painter and printmaker, Margaret Irwin West will discuss her work with Dr Éimear O’Connor, former White Post-Doctoral Fellow and a Research Associate, TRIARC. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Angela Griffith, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, TCD. The discussion will be preceded by a short film Mining the Image on the process of etching, featuring Margaret Irwin West, curated and filmed by Éimear O’Connor.

A retrospective exhibition of the work of Margaret Irwin West at the Leinster Gallery will be launched by Michael Colgan on 16 April.

Niall/Hoey lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub
Registration and further information:
Angela Griffith

In Discussion | Anne Tallentire at IMMA

immaFriday 27 March, 1-2pm
Project Spaces, IMMA

Join us for a lunchtime talk in which artist Anne Tallentire explores unrealised projects in a discussion with Fergal Brennan (ARC) and Maeve Connolly (Lecturer, IADT).

This talk is programmed in conjunction with presentation of The Beholder’s Share in IMMA’s Project Spaces.

Book your free tickets here:

‘Overstock’ | Performative Lecture Series at MART

Overstock_image-copyWednesday 7-8.30pm | April 29th | May 27th | June 24th 2015
The Mart Gallery, 190a Rathmines Rd Lwr. Dublin 6

Participating artists: Suzanne Walsh, Jane Locke, Brenda Kearney, James Ó hAodha Ella de Burca, Sara Amido, Nicola Whelan, Catherine Barragry, Daniel Tuomey and Deborah Madden. Curated by Jennie Taylor.

Overstock is a series of monthly performative lectures in The Mart Gallery, Dublin. The series runs for three evenings between April and June 2015. Each evening will host up to three works within or in response to the formalities of a lecture format.

For this series, a performative lecture brings a focus to linguistic philosopher, J.L. Austin’s concept of the speech act: speaking as action with consequences. This series skews and plays with an expectation to learn and questions what it is to share knowledge. Despite the lecture’s capacity to intersect language, the physicality of the speaker, and aural or visual aid, the format implies an aspect of knowledge that is resolved or verified. The traditional binary of knowledge sharing where there is one speaker and a group of listeners will be challenged and tested. A rhetorical set up is on offer for the artist to use, breach, resist, confront, ignore, challenge or question when information is passed from the knower to the future knower. Performativity is placed within a lecture format to allow for half knowledge and invention. Factual information as a dependent on its temporary conditions is considered and scrutinsed throughout the series. Knowledge is treated as factual, fictional or empirical information or combinations of the three.

‘Performativity always escapes origin.’ Nuit Banai 2014

‘Soon, everyone will need an interpreter to understand the words coming from their own mouths.’ Goodbye to Language Jean-Luc Godard 2014

Further information: |

Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles Seminar at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

vagabond-reviews-square-1Saturday 28 March
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

A seminar drawing on the installation Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles by Vagabond Reviews evoking an inter-disciplinary prism on Dublin and the contemporary city.

Chaired by independent curator Valerie Connor, this seminar sets out to make a reading of the contemporary city through the prism of the installation, Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles. The installation, part of the Phoenix Rising Art and Civic Imagination exhibition, presents 48 titles for as yet unwritten books about the city from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives within the human sciences. Vagabond Reviews has invited the contributors of those missing titles to participate in an interdisciplinary reading of the city including individual interpretations from:

Mary Corcoran (Sociology)
Philip Crowe (Architecture)
Culturestruction (Art and Architecture)
Jenny McElwain (Paleobotany)
Austin O’Carroll (General Medicine)
Kieran Rose (Urban Planning)
Jamie Saris (Anthropology)

Margaret Harrison in Conversation with Prof Hilary Robinson at Golden Thread Gallery

Margaret Harrison27 March | 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast BT1 2LU

As part of the exhibition, Margaret Harrison will join Prof Hilary Robinson, (Dean of the School of Art and Design, Middlesex University), in conversation at the gallery on Friday 27th March from 12.30 – 1.30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

See more at:

Art, Science & Virtual Reality: Interdisciplinary Visualisations: Talk with Ruth Kerr at Sample Studios

talksandlecturesThursday 2 April, 7pm, (Exhibition closing night)
Talk by artist Ruth Kerr (in conjunction with Heckle, an exhibition of work by visual artists Nollaig Molloy and Ruth Kerr). This talk will explore the practice of working in the interdisciplinary juncture of art and science. The development of imaging processes to visualise the cellular landscapes of cancer will also be investigated in this talk as a means of identifying key aspects of interdisciplinary practice.

TACTIC Amphitheatre, 3rd Floor, Sample-Studios , 3rd Floor, Former Govt Buildings, Cork
Further information:
T:021-480 9055

Heckle exhibition:
20 March – 2 April, 12-3pm daily | Opening 19 March – 7pm

PS² Presents ‘Artworks Conversation’ by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation at New Lodge Youth Centre

talksandlecturesTuesday 24 March 2015, 3-5pm
Open conversation with artists, youth workers and a neighbourhood
With Fiona Whelan and Gillian O Connor.
Location: New Lodge Youth Centre, 117 Upper Meadow Street, Belfast

As part of the UK wide series ‘ARTWORKS Conversation’ by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, PS² is organising an informal, open talk about art in and with the community. With our main theme of ‘community as artist’ for 2015/16, this discussion purposely leaves the art-space and takes place in a youth centre in North Belfast.

This ‘ARTWORKS Conversation’ is open for everyone who is interested in the wider issue of arts in the community, be it as participant, community worker, passer-by, artist, cultural hipster or simply as curious citizen.

For full details see:


Debate at NCAD: Crisis Aesthetics, Crisis Politics: How Can Artists and Educators Resist?

12-11 NCAD Logo (Rec Col) 25pm, Tues 24th March, 5-7pm
Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD, 100 Thomas St, Dublin 8.
With: Dr. Kieran Allan, UCD, Dr. Declan Long, NCAD, Prof. Terry Eagleton, Lancaster University, Jesse Presley Jones, Crawford School of Art

The Research Institute at NCAD in collaboration with University College Dublin presents the colloquium:
Crisis aesthetics, crisis politics: how can artists and educators resist?

THE DEBATE:  while the arts and education sectors are in crisis this is part of a much larger malaise affecting actually existing capitalism. How should artists and educators understand this crisis and respond to it?

More info:

‘Artbeat’ A Symposium on Artists in Residence in Higher Education at MIC, Limerick

talksandlecturesSymposium on Artists in Residence in Higher Education
Tuesday 24th March 2015
10am – 3pm, Halla, Foundation Building Mary Immaculate College (MIC).
Keynote Speaker: Chair of the Arts-in-Education Implementation Group, Professor John Coolahan
The purpose of the symposium is to discuss and showcase the work of the artists in residence at MIC and to provide staff, students and the wider community with an opportunity to engage with the work of the artists in residence and to cultivate dialogue on the role of the arts in higher education, in society and in children’s lives.

The symposium will explore ways in which engagement of artists in residence and the arts in education can be fostered and deepened. It will include three core sessions:

  • Session 1: 10am – 11am: Keynote Address – Towards a New Era for Arts in Education (Professor John Coolahan)
  • Session 2: 11am – 1.20pm: Artists in Residence at Mary Immaculate College: Reflections, Showcase and Lunch
  • Session 3: 1.20pm – 2.20pm: Panel Discussion: Future Directions for the Arts in Education

Event is free of charge and includes a light lunch.
Please RSVP to Perry Peskell by 20 March. Email:

Organised by Margaret O’Keeffe, Dr. Gwen Moore and Tanya Power (Dept. of Arts Education & Physical Education) in collaboration with MIC Theatre Artists in Residence, Branar Téatar do Pháistí and MIC Composer in Residence, Anne-Marie O’Farrell.


Artists Talks with Abigail O’Brien & Anthony Haughey at Limerick City Gallery of Art

talksandlecturesAbigail O’Brien
‘With Bread’ – an exhibition by Abigail O’Brien of photographs, sculptures and video.
Exhibition extended until 26 March
Artists Talk: Thursday 26 March @ 2pm

Anthony Haughey
Exhibition extended until 24 March
Artists Talk: Tuesday 24th March @ 2pm

Limerick City Gallery of Art, Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick

Cross of Cong Lecture at National Museum of Ireland with Dr Griffin Murray

mlogoSpring Archaeology Lecture | The Cross of Cong
Wednesday 1 April 2015 | 1pm to 1.45pm

Join us at the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology dept, to take a detailed look at one of Ireland’s great national treasures and one of the last masterpieces of Irish art from the early medieval period, the Cross of Cong. Commissioned by the high king of Ireland, Turlough O’Connor, in the early 12th century, it was made to enshrine a relic of Christ’s Cross. Dr Griffin Murray of UCC will explore the art, archaeology, and history of the Cross revealing some of its hidden secrets and stories. Booking required.

Further information:
Jennifer O’Mahony | T: 01 648 6339 |
Venue Ceramics Room, First Floor (not wheelchair accessible), National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.


Artist Talk with Maggy Morrissey at The Copper House Gallery

quietude_vai25 March | 6pm – 8pm
The Copper House Gallery, Synge Street, Dublin 8

If you are interested in attending this talk, please send an RSVP to Orla on email:

Quietude, a photographic exhibition by Maggy Morrissey.

Inspired by the seascapes of Ireland and her journeys around Europe, Quietude is Maggy Morrissey’s first solo show.

Maggy Morrissey’s images are ethereal and delicate; hints of intense colour adding subtle textures to her work. A clean, minimalist style combines her love of painting and photography. Maggy Morrissey has held numerous exhibitions in Dublin and her work is held in art collections worldwide.

Quietude, a photographic exhibition by Maggy Morrissey, runs at The Copper House Gallery from the 19th March until 27th March 2015.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Community of Practice Talk: Fiona Chambers & Aideen Doran at Pollen Studio

talksandlecturesFriday 20 March 2015 | 6.30 to 8.30pm

Social Media and Post Digital Art Practice, Community of Practice, Belfast
Organised by Jacqueline Wylie
Pollen Studio, 1st Floor, 37-39 Queen Street, Belfast BT1 6EA

The next Community of Practice, Belfast will feature Fiona Chambers and Aideen Doran who will talk about their up coming show at Platform Studios followed by an open conversation exploring the intersection of digital art and community engagement.
Further information and bookings:

This event is part of ArtWorks Conversations, a series of at least 100 conversations across a 10 day period connecting conversations of over 1000 people celebrating the practice of artists who work in participatory settings. Taking place across the UK over the period 16 – 26 March 2015, you can connect to these conversations on twitter #ArtWorksConversations and look out for details of all conversations planned on

Cosmic Thoughts at VISUAL, Carlow

visualSaturday 21 March, 2.30 pm, Free
A stimulating afternoon of discussion with artists and performers from this season at VISUAL. Speakers will include artists Anita Groener, Lucy McKenna, Remco De Fouw, Martin Healy and Ruth Lyons; scientist and theatre-maker, Niamh Shaw; curator of Cosmic Dust, Emma-Lucy O’Brien and John Clarke, Anthroposophist and John Cage expert.

VISUAL Center of Contemporary Art, Carlow

MEx15 Symposium and Exhibition Launching New National Database of Artists Moving Images

MEx15_lthumbnail-logoMarch 23rd 2015
Iontas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University Co. Kildare.

MEx15 is a Symposium and exhibition launching a new national database of Irish Artists Moving Images. With this selection of Irish experimental films, MEx15 will showcases a wide range of work produced by Irish artists. The exhibition draws from the new MEx Index.

It will include:

  • A screenings of 7 shorts from 1930 to 2014
  • A screenings of 7 contemporary shorts made in 2014
  • A lively intervention by Kate Strain- curator
  • A mediated debate with guest speakers
  • A reception a food and wine reception
  • The opening of the MEx15 exhibition.

The MEx15 Exhibition:
This 3 week long exhibition will include the 7 contemporary shorts from Screening 2, and two installations of expanded cinema in the Illuminations Gallery, Iontas Building Maynooth University. This will run from March 23 to April 17th

The event is free but must be pre-booked at:

For further information email:

How to get there:
Accommodation: Starting at €23.50 (sharing) per night see:

Arts Council: Mapping Your Audience – Webinar 25 March 2015

Arts Council LogoMapping Your Audience – webinar 25 March 2015 11am to 12 noon.
Mapping Your Audience is a tool developed for the Arts Council by AIRO.  Arts Audiences and the Strategic Development Department have arranged an online instruction session on how to use this resource along with other TGI and online mapping resources. These tools enable you to identify and understand your audiences for your work.

How it works.
The session will take place online, and you will be able to interact with Eoghan McCarthy of AIRO live from your own desktop on Google Hangout. Eoghan will give an outline on how to use “Mapping Your Audience” and related tools, and will answer your questions.

Who is it for?
If you attended the session on the tool at “Focus on Audiences” in December 2014 then this webinar will build on what you learned, and you will be able to ask Eoghan questions in relation to any of the mapping your audience resources available. If you were not there, and you would like to participate, we will be giving an introduction to the tools beforehand. This session will be particularly beneficial to anyone who has venues included in the analysis. Check out if you are there

How to sign up.
Click no later than 5pm Friday March 13. The session is free of charge and we encourage you to ask questions beforehand in the space provided. Detailed instructions on how to join the webinar will be provided to those who have registered in advance of the event.

Ways of Curating: Curation & Interdisiplinary Talk with Róisín Power Hackett at Sample Studios

talksandlecturesThursday 26 March, 7pm
Talk by curator Róisín Power Hackett (in conjunction with Heckle, an exhibition of work by visual artists Nollaig Molloy and Ruth Kerr). Examining how curators work with artists, the different roles of the curator and the ways of curating interdisaplinary art, this talk will be a personal view on my experience curating and will inquire into how one forms a curatorial practice.


TACTIC Amphitheatre, 3rd Floor, Sample-Studios , 3rd Floor Former Govt Buildings, Cork
Further information:

Heckle exhibition:
20 March – 2 April, 12-3pm daily | Opening  19 March – 7pm