Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Peace and Beyond | British Council Conference, Belfast   Recently updated !

10 to 12 April 2018

A conference to encourage new thinking and research in the field of peacebuilding and reconciliation. As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, Peace and Beyond will bring together practitioners, academics, policy makers and young leaders from the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Lebanon, the Western Balkans and Colombia.

Through a series of lectures, plenary sessions, workshops, site visits and cultural events the conference will:

  • engage and connect participants in an international dialogue in an open and inclusive space
  • inspire innovative thinking, research and practice among academics, policy makers and practitioners in the field of peacebuilding
  • activate a new generation to build peace and stability worldwide.

Peace and Beyond is organised by the British Council in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, in association with the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building.

Registration is now open. The total conference fee is £275.00 and covers attendance at all official Peace and Beyond events from 10-12 April 2018.

Find all conference information on the ticket registration website:

Artist Talk | Susan Connolly at Riverbank Arts Centre, Co. Kildare   Recently updated !

Thursday 22 February, 8pm to 9pm

Throughout 2018 The Creative Well will continue to present artist talks free of charge and open to the public in The McKenna Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre. Artist talks will be tailored to people who are new to contemporary art as well as those who have experience with contemporary art. It is always enjoyable and rewarding to listen to an artist talk about their artwork, the art process they engage with and their thinking about art. These talks are planned to last for an hour with time for discussion at the end.

Susan Connolly is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, Degree in Fine Art-Painting. She holds an MFA from the University of Ulster and a first class honours MA, from NCAD, Dublin. Connolly is currently a PhD candidate at Ulster University having been awarded the VC Scholarship in 2014.

Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin (2017), dlrLexicon, DunLaoghaire, Dublin (2015), The Lab, Dublin (2015) and The Sunken Gallery, The MAC, Belfast (2014). Group exhibitions include Fully Awake, Glasgow, UK (2017); Veins, The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2016); What Is, and What Might be, Highlanes Gallery, Drogehda (2015); The Trouble with Painting, The Pumphouse Gallery, London (2014); Persona, ArtBox, Dublin (2014), Essays for the House of Memory, Ormston House (2013), Limerick; Three Degrees of Painting, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan; Detonate, Limerick Arts, Limerick (2013).

These talks are free but booking is essential: Riverbank Box Office at or 045 448327

Artist in Conversation: Diana Copperwhite at dlr LexIcon   Recently updated !

Wednesday 21 February, 6.45 to 7.45pm

Join Diana Copperwhite in conversation with TCD Professor in Art History and Director of TRIAC Yvonne Scott; they will talk about the themes and concepts in Diana’s work. Diana is currently exhibiting in Double Vision, on show until the 25 March in the Gallery, dlr LexIcon.

Free but booking required, go to and search for dlr LexIcon Gallery
Image credit: Gillian Buckley

Project Room, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
T: 01 2362759

Artist Talk | Hammad Nasar at The Glucksman, Cork

Wednesday 21 February, 1pm to 2pm

Hammad Nasar is Senior Research Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre. He was previously head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. His most recent exhibition, Rock, Paper, Scissors, is the UAE’s national pavillion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

The Glucksman
University College Cork,
T: (021) 490 1844

Artist Talks | Brian Maguire and Mark McLoughlin at The Glucksman

Tuesday 13 February, 11am to 1pm

Brian Maguire (artist) and Mark McLoughlin (filmmaker) will be in conversation with professor Nuala Finnegan. For this event, there will also be a screening of McLoughlin’s documentary Blood Rising (2013, 73mins) which looks at Maguire’s work with the victims and families of femicide in the border region of Ciadud Juarez, Mexico.

Free event, book here:

The Glucksman
University College Cork,
T: (021) 490 1844

Artist Talk | Alex Pentek in Conversation with Victoria Evans, RHA

9 February, 3pm

This talk will unpack Alex Pentek’s exhibition Folded Space, a site-specific work that has been created for the gallery’s foyer and atrium spaces. Together with RHA curator, Victoria Evans he will discuss the process of making this work and responding to the site of the RHA, as well as discussing his wider practice, which encompasses site-specific and public artworks in a range of materials.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558

Roundtable Discussion | Creative and Cultural Industries: Challenges and Opportunities, University of Limerick

13 February, 7pm to 8.30pm

This roundtable discussion is part of a series of events marking the visit of the 2017-18 Clore Leadership Programme Fellows to the University of Limerick.

The creative and cultural industries are often discussed as a major growth area for European cities, and as being central to the economy and society of the future. However, in order to create sustainable development and meaningful career opportunities, they require careful and considered planning and policy support.

The roundtable discussion will examine the challenges and opportunities for the creative and cultural industries in the Limerick region, bringing together a range of perspectives from research, practice and policy.


Joanne Ryan (Playwright and actor)
Dr. Patrick Collins (co-leader of the Creative, Liveable and Sustainable Cluster, Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway)
Simon Thompson (Actor and Director, Theatre Educator and Festival Director)
Muireann Charleton (lecturer in Enterprise and Development at the Limerick School of Art and Design)
Sheila Deegan (Limerick City and County Arts Office)
Dr. Annmarie Ryan (Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick)

Chair: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (Assistant Dean, Research – FAHSS, UL and Course Director, MA Festive Arts Programme).

This event is free, please register for your free ticket here:

For more information on the MA Festive Arts programme, please visit:

Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Artist Talk | Gavin McCrea at Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

Wednesday 7 February, 12pm

A conversation with Artist Gavin McCrea on his current exhibition ‘Innermost Limits’ at the Hyde Bridge Gallery. Gavin, a 2017 graduate from IT Sligo was awarded this exhibition by the Hyde Bridge Galley Sligo as part of their emerging artists programme.

Admission Free, all welcome

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

Exploring Ways to Work Together | Art and Heritage Seminar, Kildare

22 February, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Irish Walled Towns Network with Kildare Heritage Office and Kildare Arts Office, as part of the Co. Kildare Creative Ireland programme, are pleased to announce Art and Heritage Seminar, a full day of presentations and workshops exploring art/heritage collaboration, artistic approaches to heritage contexts, and good heritage practice considerations for art projects.

The event is free and lunch is provided, but booking is essential.
Contact Hollie Kearns or 0567770777 to book.
For more information:

Solas Bhride,
Kildare Town

Performative Lecture | Suzanne Walsh at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

Thursday 1 February, 8pm

Solstice Arts Centre is delighted to announce a special performance of ‘All The Beast’ by artist and writer Susanne Walsh taking place to mark the opening of the exhibition ‘Zoología Fantástica’. Created from re-edited transcripts of wildlife documentaries by David Attenborough, ‘All The Beast’ re-wilds the structured language of the nature documentary to produce poetic and ambiguous meanings for listeners. The text is delivered as a lecture in an Attenborough-esque style.

Admission free, pre-booking essential:

Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath
T: 046 9092300

Artist Talk | Ciara Phillips at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Monday 12 February, 6.30pm

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to present artist Ciara Phillips in the fifth talk in the Masterclass Series. Masterclass Series invites leading world artists from abroad to give a public lecture on their practice, and engage in one-on-one studio visits with TBG+S Studio Artists.

Glasgow based, Canadian artist Ciara Phillips works mainly in printmaking. Her work is founded upon a belief in printmaking’s potential for political activation and her interest in the process of ‘making together’. Working with multifaceted techniques from screen prints and textiles to photos and wall paintings, Phillips’ printmaking process often transforms the gallery into a workshop and she involves other artists, designers and local community groups in the making of the work. Phillips’ work is inspired by a long-standing interest in video and film production collectives of the 1970’s, who focused on using video as a medium for social documentary and activism – labour, struggles, elections, prisons and the work of political organisations, such as the Black Panthers. She also acknowledges the influence of the pioneering artist (and nun), Corita Kent (1918–1986) on her practice. Kent used printmaking and education in concert with her work as an activist in the 1960’s to reinterpret the advertising slogans and imagery of consumer culture. Phillips vibrant use of colour, her innovative approach to printmaking and her use of typography also all owe to Kent.

FREE admission, book here:

Studio 6
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073

Ann Maria Healy | Basic Talks at The Hugh Lane

Friday 9 February, 1pm

Ann Maria Healy is a visual artist based in Dublin. Her practice is concerned with reoccurrence, mimesis, the power of history and narratives deeply embedded within the human psyche. Taking established tropes, she reworks them into alternative narratives, seeking potential methods of togetherness outside of 
the contemporary hegemonic modes of social being. Issues of gender and representation within popular culture are important reference points within 
her practice.

Free, no booking required.

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art.


Gallery 18
Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
T: + 353 1 222 5550

Artist Talks + Panel Discussion | Art in Uncertain Times at The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics + Ideas

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 2 to 4pm

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics + Ideas presents: Art in Uncertain Times

Invited speakers will give a short presentation on the theme Art in Uncertain Times in relation to their practice followed by a panel discussion.
Featuring Kerry Guinan, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Eve Olney, Kate O’ Shea, Executive Steve, Dara Waldron and Fiona Woods.

Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare Street, Limerick
For more info:

Free event, pre-booking required:

Make 2018 Symposium: Making In Art And Architecture, Cork

3 March 2018 from 10am-5pm
MAKE 2018 Symposium, Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork city

Featuring: Juhani Pallasmaa, Finland – acclaimed architectural theorist and author emphasising the tactile and sensory approach to spatial design in classic books like Eyes of The Skin; Beili Liu, United States – artist/lecturer; sensitive manipulation of symbolic materials in site-specific large-scale installations exploring cultural and social realities
Mark Garry, Ireland -s onic/musical and installation practice activating and navigating space; Torsten Blume, Germany – Bauhaus Dessau researcher, curator; Bauhaus legacy of dance/movement as educational tool for developing sensory awareness in architecture;
Isabel English, Ireland – using the character of Architect, exploring utopia and the Ideal via architectural language, media, and materials.
MAKE 2018 will focus on making in the interplay between art and architecture. MAKE 2018 is hosted by CIT Crawford College Of Art And Design.


Actors, Performing Bodies + the Matter of Storage | Talk with Maeve Connolly at IMMA

Thursday 1 February, 1.00pm
Project Spaces IMMA

IMMA & IADT: ARC / Actors, Performing Bodies and the Matter of Storage talk with Maeve Connolly

The lecture focuses on artworks that suggest material manifestations of acting or performing bodies, and combine sculptural media with technologies such as digital 3D modelling or animatronics to propose new understandings of the human body as a medium of storage.
Programmed in collaboration with IADT- ARC as part of the IMMA digital_self public programme of talks, events and online projects invites all ages to explore the ways new technologies are transforming how the self is voiced, shaped and understood in various digital realms.

For more info and to book please visit:

Discussion Event: Culture Action Europe in Dublin

What has Europe ever done for me and what can it do for me in the future?

An informal discussion with Culture Action Europe in Dublin

Thursday, 25th January 12:30pm – 2pm

The EU can sometimes feel like a distant place that we read about in the newspapers or wonder about in the context of agricultural and fisheries policies.  But, it is in fact impacting on our daily lives within the cultural sector. Visual Artists Ireland has been active within the Culture Action Europe network for several years and we are now delighted to welcome Rosa Pérez Monclús, Senior Policy Officer, and Natalie Giorgadze, Communications & Community Director, from Culture Action Europe to a discussion event that will allow for a greater understanding of some of the current directions, discussions, and consultations being undertaken in the EU with regards the Cultural sector.

Places are limited so we recommend booking now… Both Rosa and Natalie have indicated how they look forward to a fruitful discussion that will assist them as they represent the cultural sector in all of its forms to the legislators and policy makers of the EU.

This is a Free Event and the first event in VAI’s 2018 Advocacy Programme. The event is also open to non-visual arts cultural forms, including Heritage.


Culture Action Europe (CAE) is a European network of cultural organisations and individuals dedicated to promote culture as a necessary condition for sustainable development both at local and European scale.

As the major cultural network in Europe, we are the political voice of over 80 thousand cultural players, practitioners and activists across the continent.

Representing voices from very diverse artistic and cultural domains, we aim at promoting exchange between these stakeholders, leading to the development of grass-roots engagement, advocating the needs of the cultural sector, and developing a mutually beneficial dialogue between the European cultural and political field in order to encourage the democratic development of the European Union.

CAE believes that culture is a pillar for sustainable societies, its enjoyment is a fundamental human right, and a fully democratic European Union is essentially a cultural project.



Conference | Collecting the ‘Now’, Irish Museums Association 2018

2 and 3 March 2018

The IMA’s annual spring conference will be held in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, providing an opportunity for museum professionals and practitioners from the wider cultural landscape to gather and exchange views.

A themed event, the 2018 conference is part of a two-year programme exploring contemporary collecting in response to the EYCH18 – how museums can collect for the future and represent the ‘now’, capturing contemporary cultural changes and shifting perspectives, moving on in some cases from the collected object.

Speakers represent a range of disciplines and institutions, including Corinna Gardner, Victoria and Albert Museum: Dr Dea Birkett, Circus250 and Kids in Museums; Dr Linda King, IADT; Hannah Crowdy, National Museums Northern Ireland; Eamonn Maxwell, Arts Council Collection; Johanne Mullan, IMMA; Dr Audrey Whitty, NMI; and Ele von Monschaw, NGI, among others.

Conference registration fees range from €34 – €140, see website for details.

Surviving Dublin | Artist Talk and Screening with Megan Woods at A4 Sounds

Wednesday 31 January, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Surviving Dublin is a documentary about the cause and effects of Dublin’s rental crisis, and the rise of alternative living as a result of the governments failure to affectively tackle the issue.

Megan is an filmmaker living in Dublin who often uses comedy or documentary to highlight important issues of the day. She’s also a puppeteer for Flight of Fancy.

For more information about Megan’s work please visit:

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

Julia Dubsky | Basic Talks at the Hugh Lane

Friday 11 May, 1pm

Julia Dubsky is a painter who was awarded the Recent Graduate Residency at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for one year beginning at the end of April 2017. The subject matter of her work has continued to handle nuances of the medium in particular, while also grappling with broader subjects, such as ‘conviction’, in principle. Marks, colours and forms become loaded and sometimes anthropomorphised – but also just as easily inanimate again. It is a form of perception that could happen in the flicker between this duality that motivates the work.

Free, no booking required.

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art.


Gallery 18
Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
T: + 353 1 222 5550

In Detail | Public Talk with André Kenneally at The Glucksman, Cork

Wednesday 24 January, 1pm

In Detail is a series of public conversations that focus on specific artworks. Inviting academic experts from different backgrounds and pairing them with a Glucksman curator, these sessions provide an opportunity to focus on works in the exhibition from an unusual perspective.

With guest speaker André Kenneally, Dept. of Applied Social Studies, UCC.

Admission free to all In Detail conversations.

The Glucksman
University College Cork,
T: (021) 490 1844