Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Making the Impossible Possible | Talk by Rachel Tynan, WHAT, Waterford

6 April, 5.15pm
WHAT Centre for Arts and Health, University Hospital Waterford

Artist Rachel Tynan presents WHAT’s annual talk entitled Making the Impossible Possible at the WHAT Centre in the grounds of University Hospital Waterford.

Rachel Tynan has worked with Helium, the national children’s arts and health organisation, since 2012. As Artist in Residence on both Cloudlands and Fireflies, Rachel has collaborated with teenagers in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital to develop work based on their interests and experiences. Her Masters in Design examined the effects illness has on the human body through textile, sculpture and body art. A solo exhibition Cut Throat at The Lab (2012) pushed her work beyond the fixed manifestations of installation with an explorative dance performance which further explored the experience of living with an illness.

She will be discussing her project Titans, an installation comprising a beautiful family of wooden figures with sound recordings of the teenagers’ stories hidden inside. From a Star Lady who heals, to a transforming cheeky Faun, the Titans will uncover another world that sheds light on the characters and their lives.

NEW NOW NEXT | Architecture Talks Series, RIA, Dublin 2

23 March 2017, Doors open 6pm | Booking essential
Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Architecture Talks Series NEW NOW NEXT returns with Amale Andraos and Dan Wood from WORKac.
New Now Next, the popular architecture talk series launches its fifth edition this March. Curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation and sponsored by Arup, the purpose of these free events is to bring dynamic people to Dublin to inspire audiences who are interested in the innovative research, design and construction of buildings and cities. New Now Next is about disseminating NEW Ideas, regarding contemporary issues relevant NOW that can impact on the NEXT generation.


Helouise O’Reilly In Conversation | ADF, Belfast   Recently updated !

Thursday 23 March 1 to 2pm
Arts & Disability Forum, Ground Floor, Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast

An In Conversation with Helouise O’Reilly will take place in the ADF gallery.
Disorder is a multi-screen installation by Helouise O’Reilly, which invites the viewer to experience life through the eyes of an adult with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

BSL and Audio Description will be provided. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Critical Reflections: Saints, Scholars, + Schizophrenics | Talk at IMMA, Dublin 8

Thursday 30 March, 6.30 to 7.30pm
Lecture Room IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Road, Dublin 8

Critical Reflections: Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics.
You are invited to a discussion with Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Duncan Campbell and Professor Luke Gibbons. Scheper-Hughes’ book Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics (1979/ 2001) is regarded as one of the most important seminal anthropological studies of an Irish community and mental illness in rural Ireland. 40 years on, the ground-breaking author and activist anthropologist will speak with artist Duncan Campbell and Professor Luke Gibbons/ Discussion Moderator about her experiences of tracing the social disintegration of a remote village in Ireland and her later attempts to reconcile an honest ethnography with the community.


Artist Talk with Cecilia Danell at Galway Arts Centre

25 March 2017, 2pm
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway

Artist Cecilia Danell will give a talk about her art making process and the work in her current GAC exhibition, The Last Wilderness. Cecilia will show images of works in progress and stills from her film, discussing the relationship between process and the conceptual framework for her work. She will discuss the artistic development in this body of work and how that arose through different media, her residency in Norway and working with others.

This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council Visual Art Project Award.

Landmarks and Lifeforms | Panel Discussion at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

1 April, 12 noon
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co.Cork

A panel discussion with Frieda Meaney, Danny Osborne, zoologist Dr. John Quinn, and poet and navigator, Theo Dorgan will take place on Saturday 1 April.

Danny Osborne and Frieda Meaney have a lot in common. Both have lived on the Beara Peninsula on the western seaboard, on and off for the past 35 years. Both have migrated to various other countries during that time and now are back living and working in Beara again. Both continue to travel, collecting material, and collaborating with other artists and practitioners. Both artists engage with the landscape in an elemental way, through trekking, sea swimming, boating, archaeological exploration and often working outdoors.

This interest and engagement takes them into the areas of geology, biology, marine science, zoology and biodiversity and is presented in this exhibition through painting, print, video installation and sculpture, combining scientific with artistic interpretations of the natural world.

Contact: or 02822090 for further information |


Artist Talk | Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan at Mermaid Arts Centre

Thursday 30 March at 6pm

Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan’s collaborative work encompasses painting, video, photography, CGI animation and sculpture. Their work focuses on the architecture of transient spaces and derives from their ongoing investigation into the legacies of modernist architecture and the relationship between art, architecture and design. For this exhibition at the Mermaid Arts Centre, they will present a newly commissioned body of work supported by the Mermaid, Arts Council of Ireland and the Wicklow Arts Office.

Exhibition continues until 22 April.

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
T: 01 2724030

Collaborative Arts, Interculturalism + Human Rights Seminar, Dublin 7

Thursday 6 April 2017, 11am to 3pm
Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission 16-22 Green Street, Dublin 7

This seminar sets out to encourage discussion about the vital role the arts, and in particular collaborative arts, can play in promoting interculturalism and human rights. The seminar will lay the foundations for a common arena for tactical and strategic approaches to social justice and human rights issues through the lens of arts and cultural practice. Of interest to arts practitioners and programmers, activists, civil society groups, policy makers in area of public provision for arts access, participation and the many informal groups who are activating culturally diverse projects in different contexts, the seminar will look at the contradictions and tensions which can arise in the arena of art and activism.

Does art with a human rights agenda subvert or uphold a status quo? What are the challenges for makers and collaborators within a Human Rights frame?


The Creative Gathering | Arts and Health Seminar, Derry

Tuesday 28 March, 10am to 4pm.

This event creates an opportunity for people to gather together from across Northern Ireland and beyond to explore and showcase the positive impact of the arts and creativity on the Health and Well-being of community living. There will be key presentations from experts in the fields of arts, health, education and business.

This seminar day is a significant showcase for a range of innovative arts and environmental arts programmes that are making a difference and have been developed and evaluated here in Northern Ireland. We are delighted to have secured experts in the field of arts, health, education, business and community as key contributors to the event.

Arts Care and Pushkin Trust who are hosting the event have partnered with the Public Health Agency, Children in Need and the Derry City and Strabane District Council over the last four years to develop and deliver a Town Arts, Health, Education and Well-being model that has produced positive outcomes in terms of community development and enhanced health and well-being. This Creative Gathering is part of this project and the outcomes of this four year arts engagement with the community in Strabane and more recently in Derry City will be presented at this event.

This event is targeted at teachers, lecturers, healthcare professionals, managers, directors, chief executives, board members, town planners, business personnel, researchers, arts professionals, artists, administrators, funders, local council personnel, MLAs, media and press personnel, community development personnel, carers, service users, charities, disability organisations, minority groups and voluntary organisations.

Please inform us in your RSVP if you require any of the following: Irish Sign Language/British Sign Language, Audio description, relaxed performance, dietary requirements or any other support to attend this inclusive event.

There will be showcase dance and drama performances, participatory arts and a lively audience/panel discussion.

Venue: The Guildhall, Guildhall St, Londonderry

Admission: Free but limited places. Light Lunch will be served. RSVP to Caitlin Lawlor or on 028 9562 2122 before Tuesday 21 March 2017.

Seminar | Exhibition Histories at IMMA

Thursday 23 March, 2.00pm to 5.30pm

Organised in collaboration with IADTs ARC MA programme, this seminar focuses on past exhibitions of contemporary art that have changed the way art is seen, made and understood. Taking into account broader effects of digital technologies, global contexts and postcolonial realities, this seminar highlights the crucial role artists and audience play in questioning and shaping exhibition forms.

Presentations will be given by those whose work and research revolves around exhibition practices and discourses. Chaired by Dr Maeve Connolly, CoDirector of the ARC Programme at IADT, speakers include Dr Lucy Steeds, Senior Research Fellow at Afterall, London (and commissioning editor of Afteralls Exhibition Histories book series), Kate Strain, Artistic Director, Grazer Kunstverein, Peter Maybury, artist, designer, musician, exhibition curator, and researchers from IADTs ARC programme.

Artist Talk | Alice Maher in Conversation with Catherine Morris, Trinity College

Wednesday 15 March, 6pm

Visarts are delighted to welcome world-renowned Irish artist Alice Maher, and author/former cultural co-ordinator of Trinity College, Catherine Morris, for a one of a kind event in the Arts Building, Trinity College.

‘Hybrid Histories: Alice Maher in conversation with Catherine Morris’ will see two of Ireland’s most prominent names in Irish art and culture discuss Alice’s long and fruitful career in both Ireland and abroad, as well as her involvement with the Artist’s Campaign to Repeal the Eighth and other projects

There will be a Q+A session with the audience at the end of the talk whereby you are invited to ask questions of your own.

Alice Maher is a Tipperary native. She has trained at a number of institutions including at the Crawford College of Art, and also at the San Francisco Art Institute on a Fullbright Scholarship. She works with a variety of media, including drawing, film, sculpture and installation, while using a variety of organic materials such as hair, animal organs and bees.

Mhairtin Ui Chadhain Theatre
Arts Building,
Trinity College

Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy with Marie Le Sourd, Limerick

Wednesday 29 March, 9am to 11am

Limerick Arts Office is delighted to present you with an opportunity arising from connections made by Limerick theatre practitioner Joanne Ryan to bring Marie Le Sourd EU Cultural Management and Funding Consultant to Limerick​. Marie is Secretary General of On The Move a cultural mobility information network that encourages and facilitates cross boarder mobility and cooperation in Europe to build a vibrant and shared European cultural space.

Marie will spend the day in Limerick commencing her visit at the Irish World Academy in UL where she will speak at Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy. All welcome.

Then in the afternoon she will offer one to one sessions of 30 minutes each to creative practitioners in Limerick.

To register your interest to participate in these consultations please send a one page document of introduction to your organisation/project and 3 questions you would like to ask along with contact details.

Your registered interest will be reviewed and we will contact you by the 25 of March to notify you if you have secured a session. Submit to

Artist Talk | Faces and Places at The Hunt Museum

Thursday 30 March, 1pm.

Gerry Andrews will be in conversation with Alan English, group Editorial Director with Iconic Newspapers. They will discuss Gerry’s love of photography, his travels and his current exhibition Faces and Places: A Photographer’s Journey.

Gerry Andrews’ interest in photography started as a nineteen year old while working in The Limerick Leader. In recent years, he has traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, South America, India and Cuba. In 2011, he spent a period of time making a photographic record of the vanishing tribes in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia and this work was subsequently featured in a profile of him on RTE television. He has received numerous photographic awards for his images. He has a specific interest in social documentary photography and was awarded a Fellowship by the Irish Photographic Federation for his work in this genre.

Playful Museums Seminar at Ulster Museum

29 March, 10am to 4pm

Engaging the Under 5s, Playful Museums is a year-long HLF funded programme. It will improve the engagement of the under 5s and their parents and carers, with museums and their collections. It aims to enhance the reputation of museums as valued resources for enjoyment, fun and learning and to develop the capacity of museum staff.

Join our delegates and colleagues to hear about Playful Museums 2016/17 from our local museums involved and learn from other museums doing similar work.

From Craft to Technology and Back Again | Conference at the National Print Museum

30 and 31 March

The Printing Historical Society, the Centre for Printing History and Culture and the National Print Museum, have organised a conference titled From craft to technology and back again: print’s progress in the twentieth century. During the twentieth century, the printing industry underwent considerable change as it shifted from a craft-based trade to a technology-led profession, largely as a result of three major revolutions. In the composing room, there was a move from hand to machine composition followed by photo-setting and finally digital means of letter assembly; while in the press room, printers experienced a shift from letterpress to off-set lithography and latterly digital methods of production.

MART Open Studios: House Studios, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Thursday 9 March 2017, 6 to 8pm
House Studios, 46 Rathmines Road Lower,

MART presents the next in our series of Open Studios. Up next is our House Studios at 46 Rathmines Road Lower.

Pay us a visit to view an artspace in action, meet a few our members and learn a little bit about their work. This will be an opportunity to share inspiration and influences, make new contacts, or get a glimpse behind the scenes of a whole range of creative persuits from visual art to photography, from ceramics to sound design.

Contact for more info.

Meet the Maker: Berni Raeside-Bell at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Thursday 23 March, 6.30pm
National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

Meet the Maker: Sustainable Textile Production with Berni Raeside-Bell of Detta Textiles.

As part of the ongoing Global Irish Design Challenge exhibition meet with exhibitor Berni Raeside-Bell to discuss her Aran Ambitions project and research in ecological and ethical printed textiles.


For more information about the event please call 056 7796151 or email

Transforming Maze / Long Kesh Conference, MAC, Belfast

15 March 2017, 10am to 6.30pm
MAC Belfast | Metropolitan Arts Centre, 10 Exchange St, Belfast

Conference: Transforming Maze / Long Kesh

Transforming Maze / Long Kesh is a one-day conference about the challenges of dealing with contentious heritage, with focus on the former prison Maze / Long Kesh.

The conference addresses the possibilities Arts and Architecture can offer to productive debate and new forms of engagement with such a site. Local and International speakers will discuss artistic, archaeological and ethnographic approaches from a broader perspective that could be used to investigate contentious heritage such as the Maze / Long Kesh site.


Arts and Health Check Up Event, The Model, Sligo

5 May 2017, 9.30am to 5pm
The Model, Sligo
Admission is €20 per person including lunch.

Bookings are now being accepted for Arts and Health Check Up, Check In, the unique arts and health get-together hosted by, Create and Arts Initiative in Mental Health, Sligo. Arts and Health Check Up, Check In is a networking event for arts and healthcare practitioners and artists who work in healthcare settings.

The event will promote solidarity among arts and health practitioners, enable networking and peer support amongst practitioners, inspire practitioners to develop their practice and facilitate the exchange of ideas. With this in mind, the keynote speech curated by Create will take the form of a conversation between Patrick Fox of Heart of Glass UK and Mark Storor, an acclaimed and award-winning artist, who works in the space between live art and theatre.

*There will be a series of paired presentations exploring the nature of collaborative working between artists and healthcare professionals.
*Members of Arts and Health Coordinators Ireland (AHCI) will present their collective manifesto developed at Tyrone Guthrie Centre in December 2016.
*Highlighting the issues and hot topics from the morning’s talks, attendees will have an opportunity to meet their peers in facilitated discussion groups. Artist Naomi Draper will employ various creative devices to allow entry points into conversations that invite participants to listen, share and exchange with one another.

Join us for this special Arts and Health networking event and keep the conversation going. Full programme details to follow.

Book your place here:

For further information, contact Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director, WHAT, at or phone 051 842664.
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Artist Talks | Maria McKinney, Mark O’Kelly and Sarah Pierce at RUA RED

8 April, 2pm to 3.30pm
Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre

‘It’s very new school’ is a group exhibition at Rud Red exploring how art can impact education featuring work from John Beattie, Sarah Browne, Ella de Búrca, Priscila Fernandes, Mark O’Kelly, Maria McKinney, and Sarah Pierce.
Curated by Jennie Guy.

A three art discussion with the artists who have contributed works to ‘It’s Very New School’, followed by Q+A. Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

Book here:

RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
T: 01 451 5860