Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks

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:

The Artists Resource Room Meeting at Glor, Co Clare

talksandlecturesThe Artists’ Resource Room will hold its next meeting on the 25 of April at Glor, Ennis.

The afternoon is planned out as follows:
2:00 Performative Lecture by Catherine Barragry
2:30 Refreshment Tea/Coffee Artists’ Networking Session
3:00 Dr. Áine Philips on the History of Performance Art in Ireland

All Welcome Free Admission
For more information contact:
T: 087 0573485

Arts Appreciation Evening and Artists Talk with Joy Gerrard at Borrioskane Community College

Borrioskane Community College, Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary

To mark the completion of the school building with the recent installation of the artwork, Circle/Move/Map by the artist Joy Gerrard an Arts Appreciation Evening will be held in the school on Friday, May 15th.

Invited honorary guests only will attend a talk by the artist at 7pm. She will explain the inspiration behind the seven sculptural groupings in locations through the school. If interested in attending the talk please contact the school and reserve a place. Places are limited and unfortunately only a small number can attend the talk.

‘Quintet’ – Artist Talk with Blessing Sanyanga and James Horan at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery

talksandlecturesSaturday 25 April | 1pm
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, 5 Wandesford Quay, Cork
Gallery opening hours: Wed – Sat 10am – 6pm

Artists Blessing Sanyanga and James Horan will give a talk on their work in Quintet on the last day of the exhibition, April 25th. All are welcome to attend and no booking is required.

Event Page:

This exhibition brings a diverse group of Ireland’s sculptors together for the first time. This exhibition is unique in nature as there are no prints, editions and casts, no reproductions or ephemeral artworks; each piece is a unique sculpture. At first glance this is an eclectic mix of figurative and abstract/geometric sculpture, but on closer inspection each artist works to find a balance between the historical weight intrinsically attached to a traditional sculpture material and the creation of contemporary art works.

T: +353 21 4335210

Sarah Pierce Lecture Series at Project Arts Centre | Lecture 1: The Learning Community

project-arts-centre-logo-650x286Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The first of three lectures by Sarah Pierce throughout 2015, developed for and commissioned by Project Arts Centre.

The title of this lecture series,’ I rebel — therefore we exist’ draws upon key concepts in Pierce’s dissertation, where rebellion describes a way of knowing that rubs against regimes of legibility, efficacy and legitimacy. Building upon Albert Camus’ idea of rebellion, Pierce connects the ideas to a community specifically formed at the margins of an institution —the learning community of the academy and the community of an exhibition.

– Lecture 1: The Learning Community – Tuesday 21 April 5.00pm
– Lecture 2: Being-student – Tuesday 4 August 5.00pm
– Lecture 3: The Community of the Exhibition – Tuesday 13 October 5.00pm

Limited places available, booking advised

National Gallery of Ireland Friends Visit to Malahide Castle and St Doulagh’s Church

National-Gallery-of-IrelandJoin our Friends of the National Gallery visit to Malahide Castle which is timed to coincide with the conservation of The Battle of the Boyne (1693), an oil painting by Dutch artist Jan Wyck, on loan to the Castle from the NGI. It is an opportunity to observe the detailed work-in-progress which is being carried out in situ in the Castle’s Great Hall, by the National Gallery’s conservation team.

Following coffee on arrival, there is a private tour of the castle, home of the Talbot family from 1185-1976. In 1976 the castle was bought by the State and many of the paintings were purchased by the National Gallery; a number of these are now on loan to the castle from the Gallery.

There is also a visit to the Talbot Botanic Garden.

Lunch is at the Coastal Restaurant in the Grand Hotel, after which we visit the curious little medieval church of St. Doulagh, the oldest stone-roofed church still in use in Ireland, featuring a hermits’s cell and one of the only surviving detached baptisteries in the country.

Tuesday 21st April, 2015
Cost: €75. Coffee, lunch & coach included
Coach departs NGI, Merrion Square 9.30am, approx 6pm

This is a Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland event and booking is required:
T: (01) 661 9877

Clare Langan in Conversation with Orla Ryan at VISUAL Carlow

ClareLanganSat 25th April 3pm, Free
VISUAL, Old Dublin Road, Carlow

Clare Langan in conversation with Orla Ryan, with a special recital by poet Kerry Hardie. Places will be limited. Please book with Box Office at VISUAL on 059 9172400.

This talk has been organized in association with:

The Floating World
Clare Langan
Digital Gallery
January 10th – May 3rd 2015

Clare Langan’s The Floating World is a multi screen film which presents a sensitively poetic message about possible futures and our place in the world. Shot in three contrasting locations, the viewer is led through haunting and elegaic landscapes where white ash, snow and dust, swirls and settles, prompting thoughts of a world devastated and beyond habitation. The Floating World questions the relationship between mankind and the earth.

Clare Langan studied Fine Art at the National College for Art, Dublin and with a Fullbright Scholarship, completed a film workshop at NYU. She has represented Ireland at numerous international biennales and won national and international awards for her work. Langan is represented by Nuala Fenton and Galerie Anita Beckers, Berlin.

The Floating World premiered as a single channel projection at the prestigious KINO DER KUNST 2013 in Munich in 2013 and was awarded the Prix Videoformes 2014.

‘Overstock #1′ | Performative Lecture at MART

overstockOverstock #1
Curated by Jennie Taylor
April 29th 2015 | 7-8.30pm
The Mart Gallery, Rathmines

Jane Locke | Suzanne Walsh | Brenda Kearney | Ella de Burca

Overstock is a series of monthly performative lectures in The Mart Gallery, Dublin. The first in the series will show works by Jane Locke, Suzanne Walsh, Brenda Kearney and Ella de Burca within or in response to the formalities of a lecture format. Issues of representation of live work, appropriation of observational fact and orchestrated speech are amongst the themes of Overstock #1.

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.

For further information

Postmodernism and Post Boxes | Talk with Artist Tadhg McGrath at Garter Lane Arts Centre

tadhg-postboxWednesday 29th April at 3pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

Come along for an artist’s talk about street work and interventions in public spaces.

Tadhg McGrath talks about his own work in the current FOH exhibition “23 Small Pieces” and also discusses some work he has made in public spaces.

Free admission, all welcome. For booking or 051-855038

IMMA Modern Master Series Symposium | Gerda Fromel

gerdaGerda Fromel – Reconstructing an Artist’s Career
Friday 17 April 2015, 11am-3pm, Lecture Room, IMMA

Following the opening of IMMA’s new exhibition Gerda Fromel, A Restrospective you are warmly invited to join us for a symposium in which a number of scholars, writers and enthusiasts of Gerda Frömel’s work will critically assess key developments of the artist’s short yet significant career. This new exhibition is the first since 1976 to feature Frömel’s work, and to mark the occasion the speakers will consider what Frömel’s story can teach us about the broader history, record, and practice of sculpture in Ireland.

Chaired by Paula Murphy (Associate Professor, School of Art History, UCD), papers and contributions will be presented by Riann Coulter (F.E Mac William Gallery, Banbridge), Jason Ellis (Sculptor and Conservator), Sean Kissane (Curator, IMMA), Sarah Kelleher (Lecturer, UCC), Livia Hurley (Lecturer and Director/co-founder of Graph Architects), Killian Schurmann (Gerda Frömel Estate) and others.

Tea/coffee will be provided.

Booking is essential for this event. For further information, and to reserve your place see here:

Arts + Disability Connect Information Clinics: Galway, Dublin & Cork

adi-connectArts & Disability Ireland is hosting an information clinic for our Arts + Disability Connect funding scheme in Galway, details as follows:

Wednesday 29th April, Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway at 3pm –

Thursday 23rd April, Project Arts Centre, Dublin at 3pm –

Tuesday 21st April, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork at 3pm –

To attend please RSVP by 17th of April to
All of the venues are accessible for wheelchair users.
A loop system will be in place for hearing aid users.
If you require speech to text please notify us by the 17th April.

Pamela de Bri and Elizabeth Kirwan: Series of Public Interviews at National Photographic Archive

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Wednesday, April 15th 1.00pm, Friday, April 24th 1.00p.m., Friday, May 8th 1.00p.m.
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Dublin

Artist Pamela de Brí and Curator Elizabeth Kirwan will discuss the conception, development and realisation of the Midland Project, which is the culmination of four years research and documentation, gathered when the artist cycled and explored the route of the former Midland Great Western Railway. Her journey began with the O’Dea Collection in the National Photographic Archive and ended with the current exhibition.

These interviews will be followed by a Q & A.

Further information: or

Aitiuil: Talks at dlr Municipal Gallery, Dun Laoghaire

Carey-Clarke-PPRHA-The-Yellow-Sweater-1968-C.Fox_.LOW-RES1Wednesday 15 April 6.30-8pm, Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire
The RHA and the Artists Exhibiting in Aitiuil
Join Professor of the History of Art at the RHA, John Turpin for an informal lecture in the gallery about the RHA in the second half of the 20 century with reference to the artists exhibiting in Aitiuil.

Saturday 18 April, Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire
Carey Clarke: In Focus
Carey will talk about aspects of his work, including his techniques in watercolours and oils. He will also talk about his choice of subject matter for the artworks shown in the exhibition.
No booking required

Booking required:
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