Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks

Uncovering a Collection: Learning Programme at the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire   Recently updated !

dlr-logoGallery talks and panel discussions in tandem with the exhibition, Uncovering a Collection
Gallery open hours Mon to Thurs 10am to 8pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 5pm

22nd August 12-4pm Art Clinic: 1 on 1 consultations on your artworks. For those of you familiar with the Antiques Road Show – we’re hosting an exciting one-off event with a focus on visual art. This event will give you the opportunity to bring your artworks in for assessment. A range of experts will be on hand to tell you about that family heirloom you have been wondering about. This event is a free drop-in service, no booking required and consultations will take place on a first come first serve basis.

3rd September 11am Talk: with Jessica O’Donnell, Collections Curator, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Gallery, will reflect on the importance of female artists, focusing on works by Mainie Jellett, Mary Swanzy and Grace Henry.

12th September 12 to 3pm Live Artwork Conservation. Pearl O’Sullivan, painting conservator and restorer will be conserving an artwork from the County Collection. Drop in to our Project Room, no booking required.

17th September 11am Talk: with Visual Artist Julie Merriman will be speaking about her artwork Dispersal 1, part of the final series of drawings made during the Carlisle Pier Residency 2006-2010

23 September 6.30-8pm Panel Discussion: Collecting and Keeping Artworks, for this evening event we have invited a panel of experts to offer their perspectives on collecting artworks, with time for questions and answers at the end.

Booking: All talks and events are free but to book our panel discussion and gallery talks go to CLICK HERE and search for Uncovering a Collection.
All other events are drop in.
Further information on the learning programme:
Further information on the exhibition:
T: (01) 236 2759
Municiple Gallery, Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin


Contemporary Sculpture Tour in Dublin Castle   Recently updated !

talksandlecturesJoin Lauren Moore for a tour of the contemporary sculpture in the grounds of Dublin Castle

Meet at the main yard of Dublin Castle, in front of the entrance to the Bedford Tower (building with clock tower) on Wednesday 12 August at 6pm (RSVP with ‘Lauren Moore’ on the subject line)

This tour will introduce the contemporary public sculptures in Dublin Castle, explaining the events that initiated their creation and the history and mythology that inspired their design. It will also explore how the sculptures work both individually and together to create a captivating landscape. |

‘El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State’ | Gallery Discussion at IMMA

EL-LISSITSKYThursday 30 July, 11am – 12noon, Garden Galleries, IMMA

We invite you to join Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA), Annie Fletcher (Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) and Catherine Morris (art historian and curator) for a gallery discussion on the new exhibition of works inspired by Russian artist, designer, teacher and theorist El Lissitzky entitled El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State.

The event is free, but booking is essential.

Tickets can be found here:

Mick Wilson Talk at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin 2

TBG&STuesday 28th July 2015 | 6pm
Studio 6 | Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios presents the first in this year’s series of Supporters Club Talks featuring artist, teacher and researcher Mick Wilson on the topic Exhibition / Non-Exhibition: The question of artist-led culture, public-ness and publicity.

The exhibition is a central institution of contemporary art practice. It is perhaps the most widely used instrument for bringing publics together around artworks; for making artistic labour visible; and for defining what is the current horizon of artistic practice. In artist-led initiatives and artistic self-organisation, the exhibition is also a key practice, but it is accompanied by other institutions such as the studio, production workshops, publications and other kinds of activity. Artist-led initiatives can also generate a whole range of ancillary effects that go beyond the production of artworks and of exhibitions. There is currently a great deal of debate and research underway on these different dimensions of artist self-organisation.

Mick Wilson, currently researcher at the Valand Academy, Gotenburg Sweden, is well known to artists and the arts community in Ireland for his leadership in the area of art and education. He was a founder member of MAVIS (IADT), and later the founder Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, GradCAM, (Ireland). His extensive research areas range from food to morality, philosophy and curating and public-ness. Wilson has published widely on art, education, the role of the cultural institution, on civil society, urbanism and curation.

Places for this talk are reserved solely for members of the TBG&S Supporters Club. To become a member you can sign up on our website at
Supporters Club members may book their place plus one free guest:
T: 01 671 0073
5 – 9  Temple Bar, Dublin 2


The Artists’ Armada; Artist Talks at Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Dublin 2

Floating-Dialogues-by-Seoidin-OSullivan-Artists-ArmadaSaturday 25 July 2015
The Artist’s Armada is a curatorial project that unites works by artists working with boats, rafts and watercraft; whether building, sailing or otherwise engaging with the element of water as voyagers and explorers. Taking place Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, the confluence of waterways serving the interior and coastal areas of our island nation, The Artist’s Armada offers an intersection for ideas to collide and exchange, sparking new dialogues and reclaiming this site for artistic endeavour. Here the artists will form a flotilla, the ‘Armada’, reimagining and this once industrial watersmeet as a space for the interchange of ideas around travel, the convergence of cultural norms and the elemental environment of water. Visitors and spectators will be invited, where appropriate, to interact with the works.
Works and talks from artists Seoidín O’Sullivan / Floating Dialogues,  Carl Giffney, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch & Ann Maria Healy / Bravo Seratonin, Barry Lynch & Conor Stafford / Skiff,  Mark Redden & team from Cumann Currach Ath Cliath,  Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair / Swandown,  Kathryn Maguire / Us Again and Gareth Kennedy / Fan Nóiméad’ (Wait a Minute).

Further information:
Grand Canal Dock and Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre
Grand Canal Dock
Dublin 2


“‘The unthought and the harrowing”: Samuel Beckett’s Necessary Art’ | Lecture by Derval Tubridy at IMMA

samuel-beckett-summer-schoolWednesday 12th August, 1.00 – 2.00pm.
IMMA, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 (Johnson Suite)

Tickets: FREE event, however booking is essential due to limited capacity.

This lecture explores the intersections between Beckett’s writing and the visual arts and poses questions that are key to Beckett’s prose, poetry and performance which underpin significant moments in contemporary art. Derval Tubridy is a visual artist and Senior Lecturer in Literature and Visual Culture Goldsmiths, University of London. This talk draws on the IMMA exhibition by Stan Douglas and the presentation of Sam Jury’s All Things Being Equal in the Project Spaces. This event is presented as part of the 2015 Samuel Beckett Summer School. |

RVAF Event: ‘North West Curators in Conversation’ at The Herald Building

rvafThursday 30 July, 2-4pm
Free Admission
The Herald Building, Patrick Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Join us in the Herald Building, Boyle, for an informal public conversation with curators from contemporary art spaces located in the Northwest region. Speakers will include Megan Johnston (Director, The Model, Sligo), Sarah Searson (Director, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon) and Linda Shevlin (Curator-in-Residence, Roscommon Arts Centre). This event will be a valuable opportunity to find out how different venues develop their visual arts programmes, and to gain insights into working with curators and getting your work noticed.

The Roscommon Visual Artists Forum (RVAF) was established in 2014 to provide visual artists from, or currently living in, Co. Roscommon with a platform to develop their practice, through professional development opportunities, exhibitions and events.

To reserve a place, contact Joanne Laws at:

Welcome to the Neighbourhood 2015 Open Day at Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Co Limerick

aske-imageJoin Askeaton Contemporary Arts for a reception and walking tour and the annual Hellfire Club Party
Reception |  Saturday July 25th, 3pm, Walking Tour, 4pm
Hellfire Club Party | 9.30pm
Askeaton Civic Trust, Askeaton, Co. Limerick

Since 2006, Askeaton Contemporary Arts commission, produce and exhibit contemporary art in the locale of the small town of Askeaton, County Limerick, Ireland. An annual residency programme, Welcome to the Neighbourhood, situates Irish and international artists in the midst of Askeaton each summer, with thematic exhibitions and associated events often occuring. The 2015 programme features artists Sam Keogh, Quim Packard, Deirdre O’Mahony and Maya Schweizer and is curated by Michele Horrigan.

Through these methods, over sixty artists projects have been realised. With no white cube gallery spaces in Askeaton, artists work in public spaces throughout the town. This form of engagement focuses on the existing dynamics of the locale, intending to bring forward the diverse layers of daily life and create a rich framework for subjective encounters. A local audience are often actively implicated into the development of projects through their assistance or participation. Such an approach is built on a belief that contemporary art can be used as an active hub for local society, as a form of critique, investigation and celebration where artists are at the center of these dialogues playing a primary and fundamental role. Several public events will occur during the artists’ stay.
Further information:

Lunchtime Gallery Talk at IMMA | Stan Douglas: Mise en Scène

stan-douglasFriday 17 July 2015, 1.15 – 2.00pm
West Wing Galleries, IMMA

Join us for an informative lunch time talk as Sean Kissane introduces a selection of works from Stan Douglas: Mise en Scène considering them in the context of Douglas’ photography and film practice which investigates mistaken identity, unstable memory, reconstruction, reinvention and the long shadow the past casts into the present.

This is the first major solo exhibition of Stan Douglas’s work in Ireland and it focuses on his recent acclaimed photographic series, Malabar People, Mid Century Studio and Disco Angola, and includes the major new film work Luanda Kinshasa. Douglas’s works are investigations into The exhibition curated by Seamus Kealy is presented in collaboration with Haus der Kunst in Munich, Musée Carré d’art de Nîmes and Nicolaj Konsthall in Copenhagen.

For more information and bookings, please visit:

‘Modern Wife, Modern Life’ – Curator’s Tours with Dr Ciara Meehan at the National Print Museum

womans-wayNational Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggar’s Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd, Dublin

Join us for a Guided Tour of our current temporary Modern Wife, Modern Life led by the exhibition’s curator, Dr Ciara Meehan.

Modern Wife, Modern Life is an exhibition exploring the ‘ideal wife’ turned ‘modern wife’ in 1960s Ireland as seen through the pages of women’s magazines. Curated by Dr Ciara Meehan, the National Print Museum is delighted to host this exhibition during July and August 2015. For more information, follow the exhibition blog

Thursday 16 July, 14.00 / Thursday 6 August, 11.30 / Tuesday 18 August, 15.00 / Saturday 22 August, 15.00

Admission is free, however booking is essential as places are limited – 01 6603770,

Public Lecture with Joel Feldman at Custom House Studios, Mayo

u307-6-aWednesday 22 July 2015 8pm
American artist and printmaker Joel Feldman will give an illustrated public lecture at Custom House Studios
Admission free and all are welcome to attend

Joel Feldman is Professor Emeritus of printmaking in the School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is recognized nationally for large-scale woodcuts represented in collections such as the Allan Stone Collection, New York, the Brooklyn Museum, The New York Public Library and the Mary and Leigh Block Galleries, Northwestern University. Joel Feldman has held fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and undertaken numerous residencies and over 75 visiting artist lectures and workshops. In recent years he has also produced manipulated photographs, such as his Annotated Landscapes. In autumn 2009 Feldman completed a residency with Three Shadows Photography Center in Beijing, China. Recent exhibitions have included solo shows at Zephyr Gallery in Louisville and the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art in Lexington and group shows in Beijing, Chicago, and Mobile. Joel Feldman is represented by Galerie Negulesco in Munich, Germany, and Swanson Reed Contemporary in Louisville and currently lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky.
Further information:
T: 098 28735
Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, Co Mayo

Funding Information Clinics for Individual Artists, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

acniThursday 9th July at 2pm
Support for the Individual Artist Programme briefing for individual artists who are disabled/deaf and who want to apply for Arts Council funds.
Venue:  Arts & Disability Forum, Ground Floor, Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF

The agenda will include information about the Arts Council’s support for Individual Artists Programme facilitated by Deirdre Robb, Arts Development Officer (Visual Arts) and Fionnuala Walsh (Head of Community and Participatory Arts), Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a Q&A session.
Please book by contacting:
T: 028 9023 9450
The ADF will do its best to meet any access requirements provided these are stated in advance.

Friday 10th July at 11am
Tuesday 21st July at 11am
The ACNI visual arts team will also host a series of information sessions for artists considering making an application for our Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP). The sessions will cover all aspects of the application process and will provide invaluable hints and tips.
The workshops will take place in:
Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery Belfast-Exposed  on Friday 10th July at 11am
Millennium Court Arts Centre Millennium.Court.Arts.Centre  on Tuesday 21st July at 11am
Further information CLICK HERE

Artists Talk with Joanna Kidney at Mermaid Arts Centre

mermaid18 July at 12pm
Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Wunderkammer will close on Saturday 18 July and to mark the occassion Joanna Kidney will be in conversation with Niamh O’Donnell (Artistic Director, Mermaid Arts Centre), 12pm Saturday 18 July.

Joanna Kidney’s fist solo exhibition at Mermaid Arts Centre, Wunderkammer presents new works including a series of drawings and encaustic paintings, a stitched sculptural drawing and her own cabinet of curiosity. Her wunderkammer acts as the storage place of her ideas and the materials from which these spring. Take for example a coral shell found years ago the patterned surface of which remains central to her thinking. Her intuitive practice of drawing and redrawing speaks of worlds from a microscopic to a cosmic scale and visualises the unseen interconnectivity and complexity within these worlds.

‘Foaming at the Mouth 5′ | Spoken Word Event at Polo Clubhouse, Phoenix Park

FATMSaturday 11 July, start 8pm
Curated by Tracy Hanna & Emer Lynch
Polo Clubhouse, Phoenix Park (Lords Walk, behind the zoo)

– Shane McCarthy
– The Lads Society
– Daniel Reardon
– Eoghan Ryan
– Claire Potter
– Sue Rainsford
– Mike Fitzgerald

Doors will be open from 7pm so arrive early to grab a good seat, a drink from the bar, and some food (beef/ veggie burgers & salads available). The event kicks off at 8pm.

‘Frequencies 2015′ | Summer Lecture Series at the National Sculpture Factory

frequenciesEvery Wednesday in August, 1-2 p.m.
Factory Floor Mezzanine, National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork City

The Authorial Function
Evidence suggests that the roots of the word “author” lie in the Latin verb “augere,” meaning “to increase, augment, strengthen that which is already in existence” and “to exalt, embellish, enrich.”

Authorship here is associated less with creation and origin than with the augmentation of something pre-existing. While this accords with the poststructuralist formulation of the author of the individual work of art as a social construct, it also invites us to look beyond the creation of an original work to consider whether authorship might be located in the frames that augment, embellish, and enrich such works.

Wed 05th August – Caoimhe Kilfeather – “Working Relationships”
Caoimhe Kilfeather studied at the National College of Art Design, Dublin and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. 
 Her work is predominantly sculptural and is influenced by an interest in the built environment and our relationships to the spatial, formal and psychological qualities of architecture.

Recent exhibitions include this attentive place, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Before it stirs the surface, Oonagh Young Gallery. She lectures in Sculpture and Combined Media at the Limerick School of Art and Design.

Wed 12th August – Dr. Declan Long – “Authorial multiplicity: On being a different author for different audiences.”
Dr. Declan Long is Co-Director (with Francis Halsall) of the MA ‘Art in the Contemporary World’ and a lecturer in modern and contemporary art in the Faculty of Visual Culture. In 2013, he served as a member of the judging panel for the Turner Prize.

Wed 19th August – Oonagh Young – “Acrobats Stab Orca”
Oonagh Young is a curator and graphic designer. She runs DesignHQ (since1997) and Oonagh Young Gallery (since 2008) showing Irish and International artists. She works towards establishing a new balance between a commercial and project space by combining a content-based contextual approach characteristic of public institutions with selective engagements that form part of commercial gallery practice.

26th August – Dr. Sarah Hayden – “The Jump [to] Convergence/ Reviewing re-vue”
Sarah Hayden is Associate Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London and teaches occasionally at University College Cork. Her first monograph, Curious Disciplines: Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood is forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press.

T: +353 21 431 4353 E:

Caroline McCarthy in conversation with Catherine Marshall at Green On Red Gallery, Dublin 1

001-riotThursday, 9 July  2015  13.15 to 14
Please join Green On Red Gallery for our second summer lunchtime talk with Catherine Marshall  in conversation with Caroline McCarthy discussing some of the ideas behind the new works in the current exhibition, Useless, in the Green On Red Gallery and to situate her work in a broader context.

Caroline McCarthy is based in London and has exhibited internationally since graduating from NCAD Dublin, followed by her MFA in Goldsmiths College, London, in 1997. Most recently McCarthy has exhibited it the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; i8 Gallery, Reykjavik; Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; and her work is currently touring Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the UK in Nature Morte, an exhibition in association with Thames and Hudsonwith accompanying Nature Morte publication.

Catherine Marshall is co-editor of the recent publication 20th Century: Art and Architecture of Ireland (Vol.V), and the former Head of Collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Further information:
T: 00353 87 245 4282
Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1

Sam Keogh in Conversation at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

Sam KeoghSam Keogh in Conversation with Vaari Claffey
10 July  2015 1.15pm

Please join us to hear Sam Keogh discuss his current exhibition Four Fold and his practice in conversation with Vaari Claffey. To find out more about Four Fold, which runs until July 22, please visit our website. Vaari Claffey is an independent curator and she also teaches in the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
All are welcome and admission is free. There is no need to book a place, but please arrive early.

Further information
T: 01 896 1116
Trinity College, Dublin 2

Hysteria, Live Art Round Table Discussion at MART, Dublin 6

Round Table Discussion, part of the Livestock performance art programme
10 July 7pm 2015
In response to artist’s proposals to take part in a Livestock performance event with a set of parameters and to the concept of hysteria, curator Matthew Nevin will chair a round table discussion on the following topics:
• Performance and control: Do restrictions control or create risk? What unseen and unsaid parameters are prevalent in performance in Ireland today?
• How do we see the role of the performance artist in Ireland? What happens when the identity of the performer is restricted or removed?
• Who are we performing to? Who are we putting call out for submissions to?
• What is the role of the curator in live art.
• What are the perceptions of hysteria in relation to live art practice?
• How can Hysteria be a critical tool for disabling normative behaviours in both the application and creation of live art in Ireland?

Leading and emerging live art performance artists will be in attendance and are encouraged to take part. This is a free event and all are welcome.
Livestock is a bi monthly performance event showcasing work from established and emerging live art and performance artists.

Further information:

190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Lecture on the Splendours of Ravenna at the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

6.30pm at 9th July 2015
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Dublin 2

Now open to the public, a lecture by Dr. Eileen Kane, former Senior Lecturer in the History of Art, UCD, will be hosted by the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Created in the 5th and 6th centuries, in the town where the Roman Imperial court resided, the mosaics of Ravenna are not only magnificent in themselves, but also unique examples of Byzantine decoration before the destruction wrought elsewhere by Iconoclasm. This talk will aim to explain how Ravenna came to be so special, and to provide a foretaste of what is, by any standards, a feast of visual delights.

Lecture in the lecture theatre of the National Gallery of Ireland at 6.30pm followed by a wine reception, Thursday 9th July 2015.

Tickets €12 per person. To book a place please contact the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland at, telephone (01) 6619877 or drop into the friends desk in the gallery.

‘Product Recall’ – Closing Event | Performative Lecture and Open Discussion at Galway Arts Centre

talksandlecturesFriday July 3rd, 6.30 – 7.45pm
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway

US artist Sarah Baker visits Galway Arts Centre to lead a fragrant duo of events to mark the closing of Product Recall.

Following an intensive workshop with actors from Red Bird Youth Collective. Baker and the Collective introduce a new reading of her faux 80s TV mini series Impirioso, a glittering drama exploring luxury, idolatry, scandal, and the constructs of dramatic television. A cursed logo of a famous family-run fashion brand instigates infidelity, betrayal, incest, and murder.

Baker creates a fictional brand, Impirio Rosso, and portrays the sordid affairs of luxury-obsessed Luccia Rosso, brought to life by actress Olivia d’Abo (Conan the Destroyer, The Wonder Years). The project is Inspired by Patricia Reggiani-Gucci, who served time in prison for killing her husband, Maurizzio Gucci. (This project was supported by Arts Council England for UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire, Museum of St Albans, and Hatfield House.)

This is followed by a performative lecture by Baker about her practice and her current project, developing a perfume as an art work. Focusing on the production and reception of perfume and how that relates to art, the lecture includes a Skype interview with Saskia Wilson-Brown, director of the Institute for Art and Olfaction, LA. Saskia will be discussing her research into the 18th Century perfumes of the French Court, while Baker will have perfume samples of the era to pass around for the audience to experience this iconic moment in history through olfaction.

In closing, there will be an open discussion by Product Recall exhibition curator Anne Mullee.