Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Lunch time Talk and Performance | Marie O’Connor and Mairead Delaney at the Science Gallery

Wednesday 18 January, 1pm to 2pm

Marie O’Connor, author, health correspondent and Chairperson of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) group, will give a lunch time talk on the practice of symphysiotomy. The talk will be followed by a new performance work from Mairead Delaney, who has worked extensively with the SoS group.

Marie will discuss aspects around the outright violence perpetrated on unconsenting subjects of the symphysiotomy experiment, as well as the insidious violence inflicted during the SoS group’s ongoing campaign for justice.

The talk and performance will be given in the wider context of Design and Violence, Science Gallery Dublin’s current exhibition, run in Partnership with MOMA New York. T​he practice of ​pubiotomy (​​a variant of ​symphysiotomy​)​ is represented by a Gigli Saw in the Design and Violence exhibition.

The lunchtime talk is curated by John Conway.

Science Gallery
The Naughton Institute, Pearse St, Dublin 2.
T: (01) 896 4091

Transdisciplinary Practice | Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Friday 20 January, 6.30 to 8pm

Panel: Dennis McNulty, Peter Carroll and Anusia Grennell | Chair: Linda King

In The Transdisciplinary Studio1, art and design critic Alex Coles claims that ‘we have entered a post-post-studio age’ and that ‘artist and designers are now defined by the fluidity with which their practices move between the fields of architecture, art and design.’

This book seeks to investigate a variety of contexts where Transdisciplinary Practice occurs. A range of essays illustrates this fluidity of boundaries and evaluates synergies we know to exist but do not see interrogated very often. The essays connect across a variety of thematics that prompt larger questions about what the creative arts mean to and within society. All contributors are from practice-based backgrounds and offer unique perspectives gleaned from personal experiences providing a collection of ideas arrived at through reflection on the process of making.

Essays by: Hugh Campbell, Anusia Grennell, John-Partick Hartnett,
Mel Jordan, Linda King, Dennis McNulty
Co-edited by Linda King and Oonagh Young

The book will be for sale in the Gallery.

Oonagh Young Gallery
James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
T: +353 1 8558600

Artist Conversation with John Shinnors at The Hunt Museum

Wednesday 25 January, 2pm

Jim us at the Hunt Museum for an informal discussion with John Shinnors where he will talk about his artistic practice. This is a great way to meet the artist and be able to ask him questions about his work in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Free admission.

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

Big Ideas Bootcamp at The Hunt Museum

26 and 27 January

The Hunt Museum will soon host the ‘Big Ideas Bootcamp’ which will bring together persons interested in community engagement, enabling them to reflect on their own practice and to collectively confront shared issues. A two day event for anyone interested in community engagement, generating ideas and taking action. It will be free of charge in order to encourage diverse participation and attendance.

The camp is part of the museum’s Communities of Culture programme, which is funded by Limerick Regeneration Agencies. It highlights the unique cultural experiences and heritages of each of Limerick’s regeneration areas – Southill, Ballinacurra Weston, Moyross and St. Mary’s Park, by supporting local groups to express their unique stories and contributions to Limerick’s cultural landscape.

‘Big Ideas Bootcamp’ will offer a broad spectrum of activities such as action-oriented workshops, exercises designed to challenge participants and a special Night at the Museum which will include the launch of the Communities of Culture 2015/16 Report and a networking event. This will be a conference with a difference: tough, fun, interactive, and ACTION-oriented.
The camp will bring together expertise and experience in order to generate new ideas on how those working in community engagement can push their professional practices to be more authentic and collaborative.

The programme will pivot around the central theme, new ideas in community engagement, with a specific focus on process. The camp will be a space for people to debate, collaborate and have exchanges.

Throughout the event there will be practical exercises on questions such as: How are people overcoming the barriers and ethical problems that have always plagued community engagement? How do we negotiate issues of voice, fairness, ethics and consent to create genuine collaborative practice? And most importantly: how can we generate radical new ideas to tackle these long-standing issues?

If you are interested in joining the pursuit for new BIG IDEAS booking is available through the Hunt Museum education office at or online at

Creative Frame Network Seminar | Making A Living in the Arts in Rural Ireland

26 January, 10.30am to 1.30pm
The Dock, Carrick On Shannon, Leitrim

There are many challenges to working in the arts or as an artist in rural Ireland. Developing audiences for your work, having places to create, more opportunities for learning and sharing and income generation are all key challenges that artists of every discipline share. Other challenges include access to professional development, training opportunities and key services and artist supports.

To explore some of these issues, we are delighted to have invited panel of speakers from national organisations representing, theatre, craft and design and collaborative arts practice for ‘Making a Living in the Arts in Rural Ireland’ the first in a series of talks for 2017 presented by Leitrim Arts Office’s Creative Frame Network for continued professional development.

Our invited guests include Anna Walsh, Director, Theatre Forum, Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development and Project Support at Create and Emer Ferran Enterprise and Development Manger with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland will look at the challenges and obstacles to making a living in the arts in rural Ireland and discuss the programmes, supports and opportunities available to practitioners in their sector.

The format for the morning will include a presentation from each organisation, a panel discussion which will be open to the floor, followed by a break out session where you will have the opportunity to informally discuss your ongoing professional development needs with the relevant panel member.

This event will be of interest to theatre practitioners, writers, visual artists, designer/makers and artists working in any discipline that are interested in developing a collaborative practice or working in a community context.
This is a free event but RSVP through Event Brite is required.
Book here:

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts.

Theatre Forum
Theatre Forum is the representative association for the performing arts with over 275 organisation and individual members.

Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland.

Artist Talk | Camilla Hanney at A4 Sounds

18 January, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Resurrecting Monuments to Moral Degradation is the culmination of work by Camilla Hanney during her residency at A4 Sounds between September and November 2016. The event on Wednesday the 18 will include an exhibition tour and conversation with the artist.

Resurrecting Monuments to Moral Degradation explores the history of the Lock Penitentiary, a religious-run institution established on Dorset Street in 1794 for the reception and employment of destitute women released from the Westmoreland Lock Hospital. Female patients infected with venereal disease were interned and employed in needlework, laundry and other female occupations. They were expected to work long hours without pay in harsh conditions. The infirmary was described as a “monument to moral degradation”, a place where women were punished for men’s desires.

The materials and objects employed in creating the work are a response to the subject at hand. The juxtaposition of needlework and military related objects is influenced by the typical handwork undertaken by the inmates at Lock Penitentiary as well as the conspicuous relationship between venereal disease and military garrisons in Ireland.

For more information about Camilla’s work please visit:

For more information about or to apply for our Artist in Residence Programme for 2017 please visit:

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1

The West as Inspiration | Weather Gauge Lecture Series at The Hunt Museum

Thursday 12 January at 1pm

The lecture ‘The West as Inspiration’ is part of a programme of lectures related to Weather Gauge, an exhibition of paintings by Donald Teskey, which is currently on display in the Hunt Temporary Exhibition Gallery at The Hunt Museum.

Why have the landscapes of western Ireland so frequently inspired artists? Taking Teskey’s Weather Gauge as his main focus, Brian McAvera, curator, art critic and art historian, will explore this and other questions.

This interactive talk will also examine visual representation of ‘The West’ in The Hunt’s collection, including prestigious artworks by Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats.

Admission free.
The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

Artist Talk | Kevin Gaffney Millennium Court Arts Centre

18 January, 2 to 3pm

Kevin Gaffney will give an artist talk about the work in his current exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre. Accompanying the talk will be the launch of the first monograph of the artist’s work, Unseen by my Open Eyes, published by Black Dog in London.

Unseen by my Open Eyes is a solo exhibition by Kevin Gaffney, featuring four recent films exploring the construction, projection and manipulation of identity.

‘A Numbness in the Mouth’ is a 17 minute vision of a self- sustaining militarised Ireland where food production and consumption is kept in balance. In ‘The Mirror is Dark and Inky,’ daily life in Iran is interrupted by a whale living in a bathtub. ‘Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands’ reflects on geographic, political and emotional separations in South Korea. ‘Everything Disappears’
explores selfhood, relationships and military conscription in Taiwan.

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown
T: 0044 2838 394415

Artist Talk | Ronan McCrea and Valerie Connor in Conversation at Green on Red   Recently updated !

Thursday, 12 January, 7:00pm.

Valerie Connor will participate in a public conversation with Ronan McCrea on the occasion of his current exhibition MATERIAL(s) at Green on Red Gallery.

Ronan McCrea’s current exhibition MATERIAL(s) which runs through 21 January 2017, marks a significant development in the artist’s practice. The installation of three new projected 16mm film-works brings together recurrent concerns in McCrea’s diverse artistic practice. These include investigations into the appropriated and found image, celluloid materiality, reproduction and indexicality, artistic and personal genealogies and the institutions and processes of pedagogy.

Valerie Connor is a freelance project curator and educator currently undertaking postgraduate studies in online learning practices. She is one of the programme team teaching photography at DIT and an external examiner at LSAD. Recent writing includes essays for ACA Public and Pallas Projects / Onamatopee.

Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1
T: +353 87 2454282

Artists Talk on The Museum of August Destiny, Pearse Museum, Dublin 16

Saturday 7 January, 12 pm
Pearse Museum, St Enda’s, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Artists featured in the commissioned exhibition The Museum of August Destiny (currently on show at the Pearse Museum until 8 January) will speak on the relationship between contemporary art and commemoration, and their work over the past year in the context of the 1916 centenary. The artists’ talk will be moderated by the exhibition curator Emily Mark-FitzGerald (UCD).

‘The Museum of August Destiny’ has commissioned six contemporary artists (Aideen Barry, Mark Clare, Amanda Coogan, Anthony Haughey, Dragama Jurisic, Sarah Pierce) to respond to six visions of Ireland’s ‘august destiny’ as set out in the Proclamation. In re-scaling and re-configuring the vision of 1916 in a capsule museum, ‘The Museum of August Destiny’ invites reflection on the act of commemoration itself and its industries, and declares its own vision of a past aimed at future publics.

Initiated and first exhibited by Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford, summer 2016; on view at the Pearse Museum until 8 January

All welcome – admission is free, but but booking is advised on
T: 01 4934208, E:

Synchronicity: Time is Art Event at LSAD, Limerick

Friday 13 January 2017, 10am to 1.45pm
Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) Clare Street Campus of LIT

Synchronicity Time is Art – presentation, discussion and screening.
You are invited to partake in this intriguing event starting with a presentation by Dr Mathew Mather (LSAD lecturer and Director of the ‘Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy’) on the theme of Synchronicity and the Symbolic Life, followed by a screening of Time is Art: Synchronicity and the Collective Dream.

10:00 Welcome and introduction
10:15 Presentation and discussion
11:15 Tea-break with refreshments
11:45 Film screening
13:15 Discussion
13:45 Closure
€5 payable on the day. Tea, coffee, scones and biscuits included.

This event is to celebrate our understanding of psyche and the arts.
All welcome. Please book a place so we can accommodate you:

Curator’s Tour of Fanned Apart, The Model, Sligo

Wednesday 18 January, 2pm
The Model, The Mall, Sligo

Fanned Apart; Portraits of Women from The Niland Collection. This special exhibition curated on the occasion of the centenary of the 1916 Rising allows a glimpse into women’s lives in the twentieth century. The fifteen selected oil paintings by artists such as Estella Solomon, Barbara Warren, George Russell and Jack B. Yeats portray women in Ireland from different perspectives and with different artistic approaches. The exhibition also features many female painters from The Niland Collection and illuminates the connections and friendship within the circle of gifted women and men in a turbulent century.

The curatorial tour, facilitated by curator Heike Thiele, will encompass an in depth, behind the scenes examination of the Artists, their work and the connections forged between them.

Lecture | Living Artists in National Collections at Dublin Castle

living-artists-in-national-collectionsThursday 12 January, 6pm

Dublin Castle will host a discursive roundable event between artists and art collecting bodies. This event coincides with The Crawford at the Castle: Three Centuries of Irish Art from a National Collection’ currently on view in Dublin Castle’s State Apartments and Coach House. This talk will be held in Dublin Castle’s Bedford Tower. It is a free event, but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please contact:

The Crawford at the Castle: Three Centuries of Irish Art from a National Collection sees the collection of the Crawford Art Gallery travel to Dublin for the first time in its near 200-year history. A selection of 59 works of Irish art from the Crawford’s permanent collection will be exhibited in both the historic State Apartments and Coach House at Dublin Castle, establishing interesting resonance between the two institutions.

Structure/Void – Artist Talk with Denis Kelly. Guest Speaker Gay Brabazon

dk1Thursday 15 December, 6.30pm

Artist Denis Kelly will be present at the McKenna Gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre to discuss his practice and his current exhibition Structure/Void with guest Speaker Gay Brabazon. The conversation will touch on the subjects of the artists’ path, history of hard edge painting, the process of developing an idea, the painting practice itself and the gallery space and site specificity – responding to architectural space.

The exhibition incorporates a site specific wall painting and a series of abstract paintings characterised by hard edge colour motifs, predominantly painted flat on wooden surfaces. The work explores light, form and space in a playful response to the built environment and the wider designed world. Ultimately the intention is to allude to rather than describe, allowing curious forms to materialise and manifest – encouraging a slow investigation of the work.

The paintings may seem like rational geometric exercises but on closer viewing reveal incidental bleeds, tears, indentations due to the influence of the uneven support (found wood surface). The wood contains marks and abrasions that act as a counter to the ‘hard edge’ painting, offering an organic or poetic characteristic – a ‘figurative’ element in a field of geometry.

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co.Kildare
T: (045) 448327

AMINI Artists Screening | Kristina Cranfeld + in conversation with Rose Baker

AMINI-150Thursday 15 December, 7pm
Beanbag Cinema, Belfast
Tickets £3/ £2 VAI members

Born in Uzbekistan (formerly USSR) Kristina Cranfeld is a London based artist and filmmaker. She took her Bachelors degree at Goldsmiths and went on to obtain a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. Her work is a combination of speculative narratives, performances and social experiments, which investigate and challenge societal and political systems and their impact on human lives.

Rose is a freelance film programmer with a background in special events. She has created her own initiatives (Filmgoer, Late Night Art Film) and worked with existing organisations (Belfast Film Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, Film Hub NI, NI Screen). Working alongside individual filmmakers has enhanced her focus on exhibiting experimental film and artist’s moving image.

This event is hosted in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland with support from Belfast City Council.

To book visit:

Art in the AM | Talk with Locky Morris, The Pocket, Belfast

cloudy-sml1Friday 9 December 2016, 9.30 to 10.30am
The Pocket, 69 University Road, Belast

Locky Morris will discuss his work in conversation with the Naughton Gallery’s Ben Crothers as part of the gallery’s ‘Art in the A.M.’ series at the pocket, 69 University Road.

‘Stop Lookin at Photographs!’ is an exhibition by Locky Morris at the Naughton Gallery, Belfast.



All welcome. Coffee and conversation are free. |

Asylum Archive Exhibition Panel Event at NCAD Gallery

ncad-galleryTuesday 6 December, 6pm

In response to the Asylum Archive and exhibition at the NCAD Gallery a public event is organised to take the format of ten minute presentations by invited guest speakers followed by response and questions open to the floor. This event includes presentations from Dr Ronit Lentin, Associate Professor in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin (TCD); Joe Moore, anti-deportation activist; Vukašin Nedeljković, artist and researcher, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT); Prof Aislinn O’Donnell, Professor of Education, Maynooth University.

Asylum Archive is an exhibition of accumulated documents, artefacts, oral histories and photography created by Dublin based visual artist and researcher Vukašin Nedeljković. Asylum Archive engages directly with the everyday realities of asylum seekers, drawing on Nedeljković’s personal experience of being an asylum seeker and living in direct provision centres in Ireland between the years of 2007-2009. Please find more exhibition information on the webpage

No booking required. All welcome.

The Asylum Archive exhibition continues until 25 January 2017 (extended). NCAD Gallery opens Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm. Closed Fri 23rd Dec 2016 – Mon 2nd Jan 2017.

Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre
National College of Art and Design, Dublin (NCAD)
100 Thomas St, Dublin 8
T: (01) 636 4390

Artist Talk | Damien Flood and James Merrigan at Green on Red

damien-floodSaturday 26 November, 1.15pm
Talking in Brackets: Research and Reaction in Painting

On the penultimate day of Damien Flood’s current exhibition at Green on Red Gallery, and almost three years on from their legendary discussion ‘Painting in Parentheses (In Brackets!)’, Damien Flood and James Merrigan return to the gallery to critically discuss Flood’s current work and critically explore painting practice in general.

The hook for the last discussion was: painting can no longer be just painting anymore, it also has to be an Idea, or at the very least, dress itself in an Idea. The hook for this discussion is: what is the difference between a painting born of research and a painting born of instinct?

Like last time around we ask you to come armed with your own opinions and questions, because like you, we are looking for answers to the questions posed, and in some ideal cases, solutions.

After this conversation the gallery will host a Listening Party of music that influenced and inspired the work, on Sunday, November 27 at 2pm as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend, 2016.

Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1
T: +353 87 2454282

Artist’s Talk | Jason Ellis at Oliver Sears Gallery

jason-ellisFriday 25 November, 1pm

Jason Ellis Artist’s Talk in association with Dublin Gallery Weekend.

Jason Ellis’ second exhibition in the gallery sees a progression of the sculptor’s continued curiosity with figuration. Having gained access to an extraordinary collection of plaster casts kept by the Department of Anatomy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ellis has chosen a number of items, human and animal, and remade them using varieties of limestone, marble, slate and sandstone. In transforming each piece of Old Anatomy into an object of art, Ellis draws references from five hundred years of sculpture. Michelangelo, Japonism, Victorian curiosity and contemporary morbidity are all evoked in fourteen individual subjects. Above all, Ellis succeeds, with all his technical expertise, in bringing the viewer into close contact with elements of their own, human biology and presenting the animal kingdom through a private lens of art history.

Jason will discuss the project, the works on show and will endeavour to answer any questions you may have.

Oliver Sears Gallery
29 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 644 9459

Saying the Unspeakable | Artist Talk with Deirdre Ronan at A4 Sounds, Dublin 1

004-2Wednesday 30 November, 7.30 to 8.30pm
A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1

Deirdre Ronan will join us at the A4 Gallery to talk about her practice as both an art therapist and visual artist. This talk will provide an introduction to art therapy as a therapeutic intervention and will be of interest to those which may be considering a career in art therapy or working in a similar context as an artist.


As an art therapist she believes that the art process and product are unique in creating a container for that which is unsayable. Similarly, as a psychotherapist she acts as the container for her clients. She is the holding space. As such her work is multi-layered, seeking to mirror the dynamic essence of systems and relationships and her various roles within these. In engaging with her process she seeks to explore and repair. |