Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks

25th International Sculpture Conference, Phoenix, Arizona

talksandlecturesThe International Sculpture Center will travel to Phoenix, Arizona for its first conference in the American Southwest. Inspired by exploration in art and architecture in desert landscapes, the 25th International Sculpture Conference will bring together artists, arts administrators, curators, patrons, students, and sculpture enthusiasts for new discoveries in the field of sculpture.

Registration Opens in June
Early Bird Registration – ISC Members and Chapters receive discounted registration
Annual Little Sculpture show open to ISC Members during early bird registration – no late submissions accepted
Student rate available on a first come basis
CLICK HERE to become an ISC Member and receive the special conference rate
Some Conference Highlights Will Include:
Gallery Hop and Studio Tours on Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Row
20th Annual ISC Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Exhibition
Sunrise and Sunset Viewing of James Turrell Skyspaces
Conference panels hosted at Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University
Networking Events at Bentley Gallery, ASU Grant Street Studios, and more
Frank Lloyd Wright’s David Wright House
Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti
Annual ISC Little Sculpture show
And much more!

The ISC will hold its member’s only Little Sculpture show at the 25th International Sculpture Conference. The Little Sculpture show is an exhibition comprised of small artworks, and will showcase how these talented artists handle the challenges of space and scale as dictated by the 8″ x 8″ x 8″ size restriction.ISC Members interested in participating in the Little Sculpture show must sign up during Early Bird Registration. No late submissions will be accepted.

To join the mailing list CLICK HERE and be among the first to receive all future conference updates.

To learn more about the 25th ISC Conference, visit or contact the events department:
T: (609) 689-1051 x302

The Hyatt Regency Phoenix is the official conference hotel. Visit to receive the special conference rate. Space is limited.

The Arts Council Compliance and Governance Conference at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 8   Recently updated !

Arts Council Logo29th June 2015
The Arts Council will host a one day ‘Compliance and Governance Conference’ in Smock Alley Theatre, 6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8

The compliance and statutory reporting obligations of your organisation will be affected by three new developments:
• The establishment of the new Charities Regulatory Authority
• The introduction of the new Companies Act
• The introduction of a new financial reporting standard (FRS102), from 2015 The aim of this conference is to advise on, discuss and debate the comprehensive range of changes that you are facing.

The conference will also discuss the merits of the new Governance Code for community and voluntary organisations, the need for and benefits of more transparency. We will consider its applicability to the arts sector together with practical advice regarding implementation. Finally the conference will focus on the key aspects of the Arts Council’s updated publication A Practical Guide for Board Members of Arts Organisations. This conference is aimed at senior executives or board members and we would strongly encourage you to attend.

Compliance and Governance Conference (Draft Programme)
09.15 – Registration
10.00 – Conference Opening
10.15 – Impact of new regulatory requirements on arts sector
11.00 – New Companies Act: transitioning to full implementation by arts organisations
11.45 – New financial reporting requirements and best practice advice for arts organisations
12.30 – Lunch
13.45 – Practical advice in relation to the Governance Code and its implementation by arts organisations
14.45 – A Practical Guide for Board Members of Arts Organisations
15.15 – Panel Discussion: Governance for the Irish Arts Sector
16.00 – Closing Remarks

Further information, the full conference programme and to register: CLICK HERE

Closing date for registration is 15th June

Please note that due to limited space at the conference venue only one delegate per organisation can attend. If a second representative from your organisation would like to attend we are operating a waiting list, details of which are on the registration page.

Should you have any further queries please email the conference secretary:


Harnessing Creativity – A Conversation About Why the Arts Matter

talksandlecturesFriday 22nd May, 4pm
Strand Arts Centre, 152-154 Holywood Road, Belfast, County Antrim, BT4 1NY

The re-branded East Belfast Arts Festival, Tether, boasts a brand new programme of events, taking place from Thursday 21st May to Monday 25th May 2015.
In Tether, people will find the celebration of the thriving grass roots arts scene in the east of the city. During the festival, the Community Arts Partnership will host a conversation on the importance of the Arts  “Harnessing Creativity – A Conversation About Why the Arts Matter” where the organisers of Tether will tell us more about their festival and its vision for East Belfast.

There will also be commentary around the various challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the arts, for communities and for individuals. If you have been interested in the ArtsMatterNI campaign, this discussion is for you. Creativity and arts really do matter. We want to discuss the ‘hows and whys’ and use that information to assist in advocating for further long-term investment, not just in the arts, but also in the people and the communities that want to get creative across Northern Ireland.

The Community Arts Partnership will facilitate this event alongside Voluntary Arts Ireland, who will present their Creative Commons process. Community Arts Partnership welcomes everyone to take a moment to be part of this vital discussion.

Register here:
Further information:

Studio Seminar with Dragana Jurisic at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin 2   Recently updated !

TBG&STuesday 26 May 2015, 6pm
Studio Seminars at TBG&S are events in which member studio artists talk about their work. These events offer an opportunity for visitors to get a deeper understanding of how particular artists work and what interests and motivates them.

Dragana Jurisic will give a talk in studio 6, open to peers and the public offering a glimpse into her working practices. Dragana Jurisic has been a member of TBG&S since 2014 and has been working in studio 14 for the last year. Now approaching the end of her time at TBG&S, she will present and discuss her recent work, as well as broader projects and recent exhibitions, followed by a short questions and answers session.

Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin 2
All are welcome to attend this free event.
Places are limited so please ensure to book your free ticket here

Further information:

Performative Lecture Series at Mart, Dublin 6

talksandlecturesOverstock #2
Curated by Jennie Taylor
May 27th 2015, 7-8.30pm
Daniel Tuomey and James Ó hAodha

Overstock is a series of monthly performative lectures in The Mart Gallery. The second in the series will show works by Daniel Tuomey and James Ó hAodha within or in response to a lecture format.

For this series, a performative lecture brings a focus to linguistic philosopher, JL 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.

Further information:
The Mart Gallery, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Sinéad Curran in Conversation with Marianne O Kane Boal at RUA RED

sinead-curaan-convoSat | 23 May | 2pm | Free
RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

Join the artist Sinéad Curran as she discusses her residency and current show ‘I Thought of Home’ with art and architecture critic Marianne O’Kane Boal. Tickets for this event are free and available from the RUA RED box office at 01 4515860.

I Thought of Home is running in RUA RED Gallery 2 until May 23rd. |

Artist’s Talk and Tour with Paul McAree at RUA RED

Paul McAree talkTalk and Tour with Paul McAree as part of Telling Lies
Thurs | 21 May | 3pm | Free
RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

Join the curator Paul McAree and the artists Alan Butler, Cliona Harmey, Theresa Nanigian and Jim Ricks in an informal walk through the ‘Telling Lies’ exhibition currently running in RUA RED Gallery 1 until the 23rd of May.

This event is free and there is no booking necessary. For more information contact the RUA RED box office at 01 4515860. |

IMA Museum Visit – Farmleigh: Benjamin Iveagh Library & Gallery

talksandlecturesJoin the Irish Museums Association (IMA) on Saturday 23 May for a visit to Farmleigh, Dublin, with Julia Cummins and Dr Hilary Murray.

The visit will include a special ‘behind the scenes’ talk on the over 5,000-item collection, donated to Marsh’s Library in 2009 and held at the Benjamin Iveagh Library led by Julia Cummins, Librarian of the Collection. This Collection is of great strength to Irish History and Literature and includes many early Irish imprints and rare periodicals with some of the finest examples of Irish bookbinding from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

It will also feature a ‘Curator’s Tour’ of Farmleigh Gallery’s temporary exhibition “Intelligent Machinery” with freelance Curator Dr Hilary Murray, to view the work of contemporary artists Sophie Loscher, Jonathan Mayhew and Niamh O’Doherty, and hear from this freelance curator about the development of the exhibition.

Light refreshments will be served in the Study.

Farmleigh is located in the Phoenix Park (near Castleknock Gate), Dublin 8. There is parking onsite and it is easily accessible by Bus (No. 37 from Baggot Street). Visit for directions and access details to Farmleigh on their website.

This is a free event. However, booking is essential though as there are limited places available.

Warwick Commission Visiting Queen’s University Belfast

talksandlecturesVisit of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value
Tuesday 19 May at 3pm
0G/074 Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast

Folks in the North (and others!) may be interested to attend a special presentation next week in Belfast, featuring members of the Warwick Commission who will discuss findings from their recent, extensive report on the subject of cultural value in the UK:

How is culture valued and undervalued? How important is creative education to the development of talent and participation in culture?
The Cultural and Creative Industries are the fastest growing industry in the UK. The Gross Value Added of the sector was estimated as £76.9 billion in 2013, representing 5% of the UK economy. Yet the articulation of the value of our culture and creativity is in danger of being reduced to a very restrictive definition of “cultural value”.

Taking this challenge as a point of inspiration, in November 2013 the University of Warwick launched a one-year Commission to undertake a comprehensive and holistic investigation into the future of cultural value. A diverse group of cultural leaders were invited to gather together the evidence and arguments to create a blueprint for the future of investment and engagement in our cultural lives. The Commission’s report Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth brings together the findings of a series of public and private meetings with artists, creative and cultural professionals, economists, business leaders and other stakeholders, backed up by targeted research.

The Commission makes a range of recommendations as to how we can ensure everyone has access to a rich cultural education and the opportunity to live a creative life. Warwick’s ambition is that the Commission will offer an authoritative and constructive contribution to public debates and government policy in relation to arts and culture in the UK.

Two of the researchers supporting the Commission, Dr. Eleonora Belfiore and Dr. Catriona Firth join us to present their findings and to discuss the implications for policy makers, arts managers and artists in the cultural sector.

Places at this event are strictly limited. Please RSVP by 5pm Friday 15 May:

Further information:
The Warwick Commission:
Link to download the full report:



Ex-Designer Talk with Martí Guixé at the Samuel Beckett Theatre

ex-designer-talk16th May at 11am
Location: Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, 2 Dublín
Admission: free
Please book in advance:
Languages: English

Martí Guixé is the mind behind the hands-free lollipop, a tripod supporting delicious candy; the 7-step cookie with suggestions on where to bite your snack next. Or the I-cakes (pictured), the edible pie graphic that indicates the ingredients of the cake in percentages, allowing for the decoration to inform.

Guixé is one of the precursors of the Ex-designer movement, initiated in 2001, which focused on the importance of the design idea over the brand it is promoting. He theorises, through its association to a particular name, that innovative ideas are endangered of fading and becoming invisible for the consumer.

This critical approach to the discipline, not only in the edible objects arena, has granted the creator to ability to manoeuvre in its own space within design. Guixé does create artistic work that may be considered commercial and vice versa. Ex-designer gives him license to do this freely and intently avoid or ‘screen’ the criticism within the profession. The ‘Ex’ tag does not mean saying goodbye to design; it represents a farewell to the limitations of being labelled simply as a designer.

More information:

Organised by: Irish Year of Design, Instituto Cervantes Dublin, EUNIC and Spanish Embassy in Dublin.

Visual Art Ecology Limerick: Conference

talksandlecturesThurs 4 June to Sat 6 June 2015

Limerick City of Culture’s Visual Art Legacy Project brings together a diverse range of visual art stakeholders and experts. This conference aims to promote conversation and offer a starting point that can lead to a sustainable, healthy visual art ecology in Limerick. The conference is organised by a core group from the Visual Art Pillar who aim to realise the full potential of a visual art community in Limerick. Speakers include, Hannah Clark (Bristol Biennial), artist Michelle Browne, writer John Holden, Francis McKee (Director CCA, Glasgow), Callum Lee (Director, BOP Consulting), Mike Fitzpatrick (Director Limerick European Capital of Culture 2020 Bid) and artist Fiona Reilly.

The Visual Art Pillar has posed a question: What is the current/recent state (over the last 5-10 years), of the visual art eco-system in Limerick and how can it develop towards a sustainable visual art ecology over the next 5-10 years?

On their behalf John Holden, writer, speaker, and cultural commentator is currently researching this very question. John will present his findings at the conference. All are invited to attend and contribute, from local business people and political public representatives, to artists and cultural practitioners and anyone who has an interest in the development and future of the visual art and cultural ecology in Limerick.

Admission is Free
Booking is essential, please CLICK HERE

Further information:

Bealtaine Festival: Crafternoon Tea | Talk and Tour at the National Craft Gallery

crafternoonFri 22 May, 1pm
National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

National Craft Gallery is delighted to host a special event this May in conjunction with Bealtaine Festival, celebrating creativity as we age. We invite you to join us at the National Craft Gallery for ‘Crafternoon Tea’ and an informal tour of our exhibitions on Friday 22nd May at 1pm. The talk and tour will explore the exhibition Appetite for Design an exhibition featuring the work of leading Irish designers, architects, cooks and restaurateurs which will document, discuss and speculate about the design of food and our experience of it.

For more details contact or phone 056 7796151

Talk at PS2 with Artist Ruth Brolly

talksandlectures5 Arterial Routes and 1000 Commercial Signs

Talk, Thursday, 07 May, 5-6pm
Ruth Brolly will talk about the value of Belfast signage as a cultural artefact together with Declan Hill from Forum Alternative Belfast (FAB), who will link the subject into the specific urban history of the city.

5 Arterial Routes & 1000 Commercial Signs is a project by Ruth Brolly and examines buildings and commercial signs on five arterial routes of Belfast: the Antrim, Falls, Lisburn, Newtownards and Ormeau Roads to show how commercial signs help to create the image of each of these places. On five large scale maps, sections of the streetview are shown, together with the elevation of buildings, their use, the location and size of signs and an image of it. This allows us to read and analyse a street and its commercial use in detail, giving interesting and surprising clues about commercial, social and historical characteristics of an area.

The talk is free and everyone welcome.
Further information:
PS2 18 Donegall Street, BT1 2GP

All That Work and All This Finding Out: A Series of Seminars, Artists Talks and Workshops at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

talksandlecturesAll that work and all this finding out
Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge.
A series of Seminars, Artists Talks, Events and Workshops presented by the Creative Well throughout May
For further information go to:
All events are free
To book tickets:
T: (045) 448327 

On the Borderlines of the Present: Reading Group, Cork

talksandlecturesOn the Borderlines of the Present
A nomadic reading group in Cork

First meeting Thursday 14th May, Mezzanine, National Sculpture Factory, Cork.

This reading and discussion group sets out to consider the pressing question of how we live now, as we become ever more squeezed by the political-economic machine of Neoliberalism. Value and meaning are increasingly questioned by the many who find themselves marginalised by dominant narratives. Although spaces of contestation are difficult to initiate or to maintain, an alternative critical culture seems to be fermenting in the gaps and in-between spaces that the displacements of social and economic adjustment produce.

The reading group takes its impetus from the singular event of the Cork Caucus (2005), a critical moment in the Irish cultural landscape that hasn’t fully realised its potential. The precedent of the Caucus serves as an opportunity to extend the interrogative field of critical discourse that it set in motion, and references will be drawn from its archive.

The reading and discussion group will take place monthly in a range of different venues, to be decided by the participants, as a way to absorb different aspects of the city and the cultural landscape of Cork.

All are welcome: we ask that you engage with the readings in advance. For details of readings and suggested questions for discussion please visit the project website.

On the Borderlines of the Present is a joint undertaking by Eve Olney and Fiona Woods, who met through practice-based research projects which they are carrying out in association with the National Sculpture Factory in Cork.
Further information:

Fingal Arts Office presents Early Years Arts Seminar at Farmleigh

Early Years Arts Seminar9 May
Farmleigh, Castleknock, Dublin 15

We welcome artists, educators and policy makers to our Early Years Arts Seminar on Saturday May 9th in Farmleigh. The seminar will focus on Artful Dodgers, a unique visual arts and music programme located in two crèche services in Fingal, Ros Eó in Rush and Little Learners in Dublin 15.

In partnership with artist Jackie Maguire, Fingal Arts Office bring you a dynamic seminar schedule which includes presentations that demonstrate the rich potential in early years arts education, and research conducted in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin Arts Education Research Group (AERG). We will be joined by Rhona Matheson, CE of Starcatchers, to share examples of best practice in Scotland. Our panel discussion will include contributions from Dr. Margaret Rogers of Better Start, Lisa Kavanagh of Early Childhood Ireland, and Seóna Ní Bhriain Head of Young People, Children and Education with The Arts Council of Ireland. Please see the seminar schedule attached.

For more information contact / 01 8905960

Artists Presentation and Discussion at Cow House Studios in partnership with Bealtaine Festival, Wexford

cow_house_studiosFriday 1 May at 2:30pm
Cow House Studios is currently hosting a residency in partnership with the Bealtaine Festival run by Age and Opportunity. This residency brings together three visual artists with different relationships to Ireland, those who left the country, those who remained here and those who made Ireland their home; Tina Keane, Grace Weir and Kevin Atherton. Over the course of the residency the artists will explore their practices individually and together, and the relationship of their practices to Ireland.

A public presentation and discussion with the artists, facilitated by curator Catherine Marshall and cultural director Tara Byrne, will take place at Cow House Studios

Further information and bookings:
T: 086 2109027
Ballybawn, Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford




UCD + IMMA Symposium | Ireland and Mexico: Post-revolutionary Identities

immaFriday 24 April 2015, 11.00am – 2.30pm
Lecture Room, IMMA

UCD + IMMA invite you to a symposium entitled Ireland and Mexico: Post-revolutionary Identities. The keynote address will be given by leading scholar on Hispanic art, Prof. Edward J. Sullivan (NYU), who will examine the major cultural, historical, and artistic tropes underlying Mexican identity and consider the misconceptions that cloud foreign perceptions of Mexican art and history.

Aspects of the work of artists Leonora Carrington, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Paul Strand and Sergei Eisenstein will be explored by Orla Fitzpatrick (UU), Sean Kissane (IMMA), Roisin Kennedy (UCD), and Audrey Whitty (NMI).

Tickets for this symposium are free, but booking is essential: