Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Screening | In Saddam’s Shadow: Baghdad 10 Years After the Invasion at The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Wednesday 17 January, 1.15pm

On the occasion of his current solo exhibition, variations on a garden, Abbas Akhavan has selected to show this short documentary, a view of the Baghdad ten years after the US invasion.

Made in 2013, the film is hosted by VICE co-found Suroosh Alvi, who is guided by Waleed Nesyif, an award winning Iraqi film-maker and writer, meeting conflicting views on the many changes to the city. Akhavan’s work and after and after (2003/2008), included in the current exhibition, is a passport sized photographic image of Nesyif who presents himself twice, once with ink on one finger to denote the act of voting in democratic elections, and the other with all fingers inked marking admission into police records and border controls.

All are welcome to this free screening. There is no need to book a place.

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

Seminar | ‘Experience’ and ‘Encounter’ in Practice and Theory at Freud Museum, London

Saturday 24 February 2018

‘Experience’ and ‘Encounter’ in Practice and Theory in the Arts and Clinical Practice is session 3 of an international, multidisciplinary seminar on psychoanalysis and sexuality which will take place in the Freud Museum, London. The session will feature a conversation between Turner Prize-nominated artist Karla Black, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and visual artist Ann Murphy, and psychotherapist and theorist Dr Lisa Baraitser about the discourses of ‘experience’ and ‘encounter’ in artistic practice, psychoanalytic clinical practice and theoretical practice. The event is organised by Dr Noreen Giffney (psychoanalytic psychotherapist and cultural theorist) and Dr Eve Watson (psychoanalytic practitioner).

Booking opens on 7 December via the Freud Museum:

Download the conference brochure with further details about the event and the speakers here:

COLLISION | Artist Talk and Exhibition Walkthrough at Blackhall Place, Dublin 7

16 December, 2.30pm

Artist talk and walkthrough of the exhibition “COLLISION” with curator Catherine O Rioradan and artist talk by Cathal Mc Carthy.

COLLISION will showcase work from upcoming Irish and international artists in the unique surroundings of Blackhall Place.

The exhibition features new artwork from largely young, up-and-coming artists based in Ireland, all displayed in the unique setting of the Law Society’s Blackhall Place headquarters.

The exhibition includes a fresh and lively mix of artistic styles and disciplines, from print to paint, sculpture to photography. Artists include Neil Dunne, Niamh Flanagan and Yoko Akino.

Law Society Education Centre
Blackhall Place,
Dublin 7.

Archaeology and The Troubles: Researching the Past of a Divided City | Talk by Brian Lacey at Void, Derry

13 December, 6pm

In this talk Brian will reflect on his career as an archaeologist and museum director in Derry, particularly his role in excavating centre-city sites at the height of the Troubles, and researching the fascinating but politically controversial history of the city as both an author and a creator of museum exhibitions.

Dr Brian Lacey is a historian and archaeologist specialising in the early medieval period in Co. Donegal and Derry city. He lectured at Magee College, Derry, (1974-86) and later set up Derry’s Heritage and Museum Service having directed a series of salvage excavations at ‘Troubles’ bomb-sites in the city. He directed the pioneering archaeological survey of Co. Donegal (1980-3) and headed the Discovery Programme, an institute for advanced research in Irish archaeology (1998-2012). He is the author of many research papers and about 12 books, including St Columba: His Life and Legacy and Medieval and monastic Derry: sixth century to 1600. His most recent published Derry research dealt with what happened in the city during the Easter Rising of 1916.

This talk is part of our Void Engage programme. Void Engage is the name given to the learning programme which places meaningful engagement at the heart of the gallery.

Admission free. Spaces limited.
Please RSVP to to book.

Artist Talk | Sara Villarreal de Hough at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

13 December 12 to 1pm

Artist Sara Villarreal de Hough will talk about the current work in the ‘9 Walls’ group exhibition at the Hyde Bridge Gallery.
Sara Villarreal de Hough is originally from Mexico now living and working in Co. Roscommon Her work explores the difficult situation and persecution many journalists are facing around the world and also is inspired by one iconic case in her country of origin: the homicide of Mexican journalist ‘Miroslava Breach’. The work is made with 70 egg containers, corn leaves, wire and polyurethane foam.

Hyde Bridge Gallery
Yeats Memorial Building
Douglas Hyde Bridge, Sligo
Tel: 071 9142693

Adriana Monti and Redmond Entwistle Screenings at Catalyst Arts

Friday 8 December, 6 to 7.30pm

Adriana Monti: Scuola Senza Fine, 1983
The 150 Hours Courses were an educational experiment implemented in Italy beginning in 1974, available to factory workers and farmers initially, and expanded to include women a couple of years later. Scuola Senza Fine (literally School without end) shows how the experiment extended into the lives of women students. The film was produced in collaboration with these students as part of their studies for the class.

Redmond Entwistle: Walk-Through, 2012
Walk-Through explores the site, design and philosophy of the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, as a starting point for posing wider questions about contemporary pedagogical models and their relationship to new forms of social, political and economic exchange that have emerged since the 1970s.

This event is part of our current show BLACK MOUNTAIN which is open 11am-5pm, Tues to Sat until the 14th December.

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

Mapping Ireland; Past, Future, Present | Lecture at Crawford Art Gallery

Thursday 7 December, 6pm to 7pm

Public talk, Geological Survey of Ireland. The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) was founded in 1845. It is a mapping centre for our island, our National Earth Science Agency. It collects geological information, produces maps, and acts as a civic, educational and cultural resource.

Crawford Art Gallery,
Emmet Place,
T: +353 (0)21 480 5042

When the familiar becomes strange: Freud and the Contemporary | Lecture at Trinity College Dublin

Wednesday 6 December, 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Lucian Freud treated every sitter, subject and object with the same intense focus. The emphasis the artist placed on the value of the live experience, of paying attention, of extended looking and intensity of time with the subject became the means to take the artist to his inner world. Freud found, ‘the harder you concentrate, the more things that are really in your head start coming out.’

This lecture explores Freud’s processes, mechanisms and motivations and how they may link to contemporary art and life through the perspectives of a number of contemporary artists. This is an ongoing investigation over the duration of the Freud Project that will involve further contributions from Irish and International artists who work in diverse media, in response to Lucian Freud’s practice and what about it resonates for them. The lecture reflects on affinities, methodologies, potential influences, the return to figuration in contemporary art practice, critique and resistance.

Topics will be explored through the work of Daphne Wright, Ellen Altfest, Marlene Dumas, Jenny Saville, John Lalor, Kathy Prendergast, Diana Copperwhite, Nick Miller, Niamh O’Malley, Mark O’Kelly, Laura Fitzgerald, Bridget O’Gorman & Sue Rainsford, Richard John Jones and others.

Book your free ticket here:

Robert Emmett Lecture Hall,
Trinity College Dublin

Botanical Collecting in the Cradle of Agriculture and Beyond | Public Talk by Prof. Trevor Hodkinson, Trinity

Wednesday 13 December, 6pm

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is delighted to announce an upcoming talk presented in collaboration with the Department of Botany, Trinity College Dublin. In the context of Abbas Akhavan’s exhibition variations on a garden, Professor Trevor Hodkinson will discuss ‘Botanical Collecting in the Cradle of Agriculture and Beyond’.

An Associate Professor in the Department of Botany, Hodkinson specialises in plant systematics and the evolutionary history of plants. His talk will be followed by a guided tour of the School’s Herbarium.

A key work in the current exhibition is Abbas Akhavan’s study for a monument (2013-16). This large scale sculptural installation presents a series of bronze plants laid out on white cotton bed sheets across the Gallery floor. These are the forms of native and endemic species from the area in and around the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in present-day Iraq. Working with images from the ‘The Flora of Iraq’ archive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Akhavan has enlarged the plant species to monument scale.

The talk will be hosted in the Lecture Theatre and Herbarium in the Botany Department, which is located at the east end of the Trinity College Rugby Pitch.

Admission is free and all are welcome, though access to the Herbarium will be limited to two groups of twenty visitors each, please book here

Public Talk and Workshop with Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti at Catalyst Arts

These events are part of the current show BLACK MOUNTAIN which is open until 14 December.

Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti Workshop
Thursday 30 November | 5.30-7.30pm

Curator Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti will use discussion, screenings and collective readings to explore themes of attention, anarchist epistemology, metanoia, speculative poetics, and fugitive studies.

Public Talk / Screening Programme
Friday 1 December | 5.30-7.30pm

Lucrezia will expand on the themes from the workshop in a public talk, which will be followed by a conversation with Catalyst Co-director Alessia Cargnelli and a screening programme.

Tickets for both events are free, however space is limited – Book here:

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

The Otherworld Hall | Curator Talk at Solstice Arts Centre

Saturday 2 December, 2pm

Join curator Sabina Mac Mahon for a free informal walk-through of Solstice Arts Centre’s current exhibition, ‘The Otherworld Hall’. The show explores the relationship that exists between the archaeological record and the ancient myths associated with the Boyne monuments and Brúg na Boinne, the Otherworld mansion or “hall” on the Boyne. No booking required, all welcome.

The exhibition features work by Aoibheann Greenan, Seán Hillen, Seán Lynch, Lucy McKenna, Tadhg McSweeney, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair and Nano Reid and continues till 22 December 2017.

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

Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts, NUI Galway

1 December, 10am to 5.30pm

Selina Thompson, Rick Lowe, Seamus Nolan, Eve Olney, Jijo Sebastian, Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUIG) and Chris Baldwin

This year Create’s National Networking Day will focus on art, diversity and transformative practice. At the level of geopolitics globally we are witnessing vulnerable populations on the move at an unprecedented scale. At the same time, at the level of the nation state, we see the consolidation of some familiar exclusionary discourses around notions of national identity. How can artists working collaboratively respond? How can collaborative arts and cultural practices challenge dominant and exclusionary narratives? How can we engage in inclusive ways to democratise public space at the level of the neighbourhood and the city? Over the course of the day we will explore the politics of identity and how it defines our bodies, ways of integrating the narrative of Traveller history, approaches to making large-scale interdisciplinary performance reflecting the diversity of place and collaborative arts practice connected with question of race, neighbourhood and displacement.

The day is interactive, with opportunities to reflect together on ideas of transformative practice that engages with diversity in all its meanings. Additional break out spaces in the afternoon will facilitate further exchange and talks with the programmed artists exploring insights and experiences gained from the day and the latest innovative collaborative arts projects taking place nationally and internationally.

Book here:

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance,
NUI Galway

Melissa Rachleff Burtt and Maeve Connolly Talk at TBG+S

7 December, 5pm
Space, Place and Change: Reflections on Allan Kaprow and Otobong Nkanga’s ‘Baggage’ 1972/2007

Melissa Rachleff Burtt and Maeve Connolly will have an exchange about the legacy of Allan Kaprow and his influence on artist-run spaces and artists today. In light of Otobong Nkanga’s exhibition which is opening in the gallery at 6pm, this talk will focus especially on Kaprow’s 1972 Happening, Baggage and Otobong Nkanga’s 2007-08 re-conceptualization of the work.

This event is a collaboration between Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, IADT ARC programme, Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG) at the CONNECT Centre in Trinity College Dublin, and Pallas Projects/Studios.

Free event, register here:

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

Artist Talk | Frank Golden at Glor, Co. Clare

1 December, 11am

The Artists Resource Room (TARR) is delighted to announce Frank Golden as the next speaker at our ‘first friday’ events at Glór, Ennis. Frank will discuss his creative methods and his cross disciplinary practice which extends into visual art alongside writing and film making.

Frank Golden is a Clare-based poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He has published five books of poems, the most recent of which was gotta get a message to you (Salmon Publications 2017) “This is a poet to get excited about. Risk-taking…rhapsodic…elevated.” Afric McGlinchy/Southword. His novel, The Two Women of Aganatz (Wolfhound Press), was described by Carol Coulter in The Irish Times as “uncomfortable, but compellingly and poetically described by a powerful imagination”. 2015 saw his return to the novel with The Night Game (Salmon Publications) “A challenging, transgressive, and gripping read.” Declan Burke/The Irish Examiner. He has received bursaries and awards from the Irish Film Board and the Arts Council of Ireland. Frank Golden is Head of Creative Writing at the Burren College of Art.

glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare
T: 065 684 3103

Debate | Brexit: Ireland, Britain and the Arts in the Years Ahead

Friday 24 November at 7.30pm, in English

Many Irish artists rely on showing their work in the UK. In turn, the European Union makes up over half of all international activity in the British arts sector and is an important source of funding while the implications for Brexit on Northern Ireland’s cultural sector could make co-production and co-funding between agencies North and South of the Border impossible. These complexities will be discussed by Clymene Christoforou, Co-Director of ISIS Arts in Newcastle; Tom Creed, Dublin-based theatre and opera director, Noel Kelly, Director of Visual Artists Ireland and journalist Shona Murray (chair).

Tickets: €5

Centre Culturel Irlandais
5 rue des Irlandais
75005 Paris

Afro in Diaspora Center Conference at Cavan Crystal Hotel

Afro in Diaspora Center provides a key networking opportunity for Africans Caribbeans and Irish cultural business network to engage in opportunities in Africa Caribbean continent and identify areas for mutually beneficial trade, cultural exchange, and investment network for all. We engage all Africans Caribbean base in Ireland and project a positive shared history with Ireland.

On behalf of the organization, we are extending an invitation to you all our friends, fans, collaborators, similar non-profit charitable groups or organisation and networks to join us at the “Africa Caribbean History Month Ireland National Conference on the 24th November 2017 starting at 6 pm at Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Road, Cavan Town.

This conference features “Way Paver’s Recognition Award” and the “Launch of our collective book published from our “Creative Writing to Publish” workshop to engage the community to use the act of writing as a cultural exchange in communicating their diaspora experience. We also invite you all to the opening ceremony of our National Conference Stall Exhibition from 20-24th November at the Johnston Cavan Central Library at 3pm.

Artist Talk | David Quinn at Taylor Galleries

Thursday 23 November, 1pm

Taylor Galleries invites you to join gallery artist David Quinn for a lunchtime walk-through of his current exhibition, ‘undersong’, in conversation with editor, critic and broadcaster Niall MacMonagle. Quinn will discuss his influences and work practices in this informal insight into his meditative abstract paintings on paper, plywood and Perspex.

Free event. No booking required, all welcome.

Taylor Galleries
16 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
T: 01 676 6055

Lecture | Digital Cultural Heritage and the Limits of Preservation

30 November, 6.15 to 8.00pm

Speakers: Anna Gerber and Britt Iverson, who run Visual Editions, a London-based “creative studio and reading lab”
Dr Amber Cushing, assistant professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin

Trinity College Library are excited to welcome expert speakers from nearby and overseas, who will explore the meaning of digital preservation from two angles. Amber Cushing (UCD) will give an overview of the challenges facing the owners and curators of digital cultural materials, with particular reference to her recent research on the digital curatorial landscape in Ireland. Anna Gerber and Britt Iverson (Visual Editions) will then present some of their projects at the cutting edge of digital narration, resulting in forms of publishing that might resist preservation. Together, the speakers and audience are invited to play with the question: What are the limits to long-term preservation in the digital world?

Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin main campus

Please use the link to register for this free event here:

Screening Event | SIDINGS at the Station, Mohill, Leitrim

19 November 2017

Djeribi organizes the active occupation of a long disused station which saw the last train pass through on 31 March 1959, turning it into a community space for a day of shared food, films and conversations.
The station-masters office becomes a cinema where documentaries are shown to spark discussions. The entrance/waiting room becomes a place to share tea, coffee, soup, bread, sweet things. The first-class waiting room has regained its lost door and is now boasting a constructed compost toilet that uses woodshavings from the local sawmill.

Sidings, borrowing its name from the off-shoot tracks for inspection and repairs of machinery, is an invitation to reflect on the march of progress and the things that challenge the idea of community, if community is what humans do to survive together.


Art, Ecology and Urban Spaces | Create / Common Ground – Critical Conversation at IMMA

14 November, 3pm to 5pm

Seoidín O’ Sullivan, Dr. Gregory Sholette, Fiona Woods, Emmanuel Pratt

Create and Common Ground are pleased to partner on this panel discussion which will explore the issue of sustainable cities, land access, food access, and spaces of commoning and public sites in urban space. It will seek to explore the potential of collaborative practice to make critical interventions in the urban landscape in order to reveal alternative futures and propose new forms of collective co-operation among diverse publics.

The event draws on artist, Seoidín O’ Sullivan’s HARD/GRAFT project as part of her Common Ground CITIZEN ARTIST award and her recent experience of the inaugural Hyde Park Art Center and Sweet Water Foundation residency exchange programme with Irish Museum of Modern Art and Create. Chaired by internationally renowned artist educator Dr. Gregory Sholette, the panel comprises of artist Seoidín O’ Sullivan, artist Fiona Woods and Chicago-based artist architect Emmanuel Pratt from the Sweetwater Foundation situated in Chicago.

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