Category: Conferences/Lectures/Talks/Screenings

Richard Long in conversation with Declan McGonagle at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Saturday 22 April, 7.30pm

Richard Long is one of the world’s most celebrated land artists. Over the last fifty years he has amassed an extraordinary body of work created out of nature itself, its wood, mud and stone, the elemental processes of weather, gravity and time, and the physical intervention of the artist. Long’s deep affinity with landscape struck a chord with Seamus Heaney, and his work ‘Mud Hand Circles’ – a series of handprints arranged in eight concentric circles – inspired ‘The Mud Vision’, one of the best-known poems in The Haw Lantern. In this very special event Richard Long talks to Declan McGonagle, former director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, exploring the connections between his own, Turner Prize-winning practice and Heaney’s work.

The bus for this event will leave at 6pm prompt on Saturday 22 April from outside the Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast BT1 2LU and will return from HomePlace at 9.15pm.

Tickets: £8

Seamus Heaney HomePlace
45 Main Street
Co. Derry
BT45 8HT
T: 028 7938 7444

Now You See Me, Now you Don’t – A Discussion | Bealtaine Festival 2017, The LAB

4 May, 4pm to 6pm

“Now you see them, now you don’t” – This discussion is part of Age + Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival 2017. This conversation on representations of older women takes place in the context of artist Therese Nanigian’s exhibition ‘Trying to Behave’.

This short discussion is primarily aimed at drawing out critical understandings and views of how older women are both imagined, portrayed and received, in the media and society. The discussion is chaired by Irish Times journalist Hilary Fannin. Trying to behave is a solo show by artist Theresa Nanigian opening in The Lab, Dublin on 6 April, as part of the ‘just a bit extraordinary’ tour.

Admission Free but spaces are limited. Booking recommended:
In association with Dublin City Council and Dance Ireland.

Foley Street,
Dublin 1.

The Shoah, Child Victims and Legacy | Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture at The Hunt Museum

Monday 24 April, 1pm

Mary Honan’s multi-media presentation on Shoah childhood draws on video footage and the audio interviews she conducted with child survivors and children of survivors.

This presentation is primarily concerned with building bridges, not barriers, the Shoah’s legacy, and dialogue as a pathway to understanding and friendship.

Book here:

The Hunt Museum
The Custom House,
Rutland Street,

T:+353 (0)61 312 833

MART Open Studios: Fire Station, Rathmines, Dublin 8

Thursday 20 April 2017, 6 to 8pm
MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 8

MART presents the next in our series of Open Studios. Up next is our Fire Station Studios, located above our gallery at 190a 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 pursuits from visual art to filmmaking, from sculpture to decorative arts.

We’ll also be having a late opening of our current exhibtion ‘Transmission’ in our gallery downstairs.

Open studio events happen monthly, with a different studio being showcased each month.

Meet the Maker: Lucie Libotte at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Thursday 27 April, 6.30pm
National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

Meet the Maker: Future Materials & Glaze Experimentation with Lucie Libotte.
As part of the ongoing Global Irish Design Challenge meet with Lucie Libotte to discuss her Dust Matter(s) glaze project which examines discarded matter and explores the value in making and material innovation.

Lucie Libotte is a designer from Belgium who uses material as a starting point for wide-ranging explorations. A graduate of the BA Textile Design course at Central St Martin’s in London, Lucie began exploring how we interact with textiles and how this changes our perceptions and ideas of our surroundings. Her work embraces the notion of ephemerality and mankind’s efforts to understand and recreate physical aspects found in natural environments.

For more information on this event please call 056 7796151 or email

Meet the Maker: Lucie Libotte at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Thursday 27 April, 6.30pm
National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

Meet the Maker: Future Materials and Glaze Experimentation with Lucie Libotte.
Lucie speaks about her Dust Matter(s) project examining discarded matter to explore the value in making and material innovation. Experimenting with dust samples as glazes through ceramic purification methods, the resulting handcrafted vessels each narrate the geology, history and identity of the locations from where the dust was collected.

T: 056 779 6151,  E:

Above the Fold Talks at Tara Building, Dublin 2

17 April 2017, 6pm
The Tara Building, Tara Street, Dublin 2

Above the Fold is popping up at The Tara Building for an evening of talks presenting six of Dublin’s most inspiring go-getters.

On Easter Monday, April 17th Creative Ireland will launch Cruinniú na Cásca, at Dublin Castle inviting members of the public across the country to join in a spirited celebration of contemporary Irish life, multiculturalism and creativity. To coincide with Cruinniú na Cásca, Above the Fold is hosting ‘Don’t Quit Your Day Job’ to celebrate Ireland’s thriving creative industry, starting with the trailblazers who have taken the leap to successfully pursue their creative passion projects. And what better venue to hold it, than Ireland’s newest creative co-working and collaborative space.
Speakers include: James Earley & Jordan McQuaid – Iverna, Bob Gray – Red and Grey Design, Jennie Moran – Luncheonette, Kate Moylan, with two more speakers to confirm!
The event will kick off at 6pm with a drinks reception and tunes by emerging DJ duo Squig.

This event is entirely free to attend, however, we are reaching out to our audience to help support our upcoming Kickstarter campaign. |

Artist Talk | Anna Trojanowska at Belfast Print Workshop Studio

Saturday 22 April, 1pm

Anna Trojanowska, is visiting the Belfast Print Workshop in April, Anna is an artist and printmaker based in Wroclaw, Poland.

Born in 1978 in Wrocław, Poland. Anna holds a Ph.D. Awarded by the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Wrocław, Poland). Until 2015 she has been working as a professors assistant in the Studio of Lithography and Graphics’ Promotion. Since 2015 Anna has led her own studio of Graphic User Interface. Anna’s interests include printmaking (mainly marble stone lithography) as well as animation and graphic user interface design.

This event is free of charge, please register by emailing

Belfast Print Workshop
Cotton Court
30-42 Waring Street
T: 028 90231323

Artist Talk | Annie O’Ne at Crawford Gallery, Cork

24 April 2017, 1pm
Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork

Find out who the artist is behind the Annie O’Ne project at the Crawford Art Gallery and join the artist, and curator Dawn Williams for an informal lunchtime talk about the process and ideas behind the nine month ‘residency’ and project.

Annie O’Ne – pronounced phonectically as ‘Any One’ is a pseudonym of an artist who has left evidence of her presence, sometimes subtly through distorting imagery, sometimes by disrupting and constructing alternative viewing conditions where the viewer may become the object. From wild flower and grass clumps appearing in the historic Gibson galleries to alarms sounding and sculpture falling, the artist has employed sculpture, video and photography throughout the galleries – drawing attention to the overlooked – to ask questions about space and perception, throughout the ‘virtual residency’. (Exhibition end Saturday 1 April).

Artist Talk | Mark Swords in conversation with Mary Cremin at TBG+S

Saturday 22 April, 1pm
Studio 6
Free admission, booking essential.

Artist Mark Swords will participate in a public conversation with Programme Curator Mary Cremin, on the occasion of his solo exhibition The living and the dead at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

For Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Mark Swords has created theatrically staged paintings that have come into being through a series of gestures that juxtapose the idea of making and unmaking. The paintings, often overwhelming in chromatic saturation and design denote the artist’s instinctive knowledge of colour. Layers of mark-making create a screen through which the buried undertones and colours emerge. The exhibition runs until Saturday 1 April 2017.

For more information on the exhibition, please click here:

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

Cruinniú na Cásca Talks at Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Easter Monday, 17 April 2017
South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Ireland 101 Years On – Panel Event with Guest Speakers
Cruinniú na Cásca at Rua Red, 6 to 7.45pm | Free Event

South Dublin County is made up of 120 different nationalities. The panel will look at the new Ireland of 2017 and the new Irish 101 years on from the Easter Rising. Does remembering and reflecting help us to reimagine a new future for a new Ireland or does it further dislocate and distance our new population?

For more information visit:

Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall Artist Talks
Cruinniú na Cásca at Rua Red, 3 to 4pm | Free Event

Orla Ryan, Brian Hand and Alanna O’Kelly will deliver a talk on the Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall project.

For more information visit:

Arts and Health Check Up, Check In 2017 at The Model, Sligo

5 May, 9.30am to 5pm

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.
  • 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.

Book your place here:
Admission is €20 per person including lunch.
For further information, contact Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director, WHAT, at or phone 051 842664.
See for further updates.

Artist Talk | Ailbhe Ní Bhriain at The Dock

Saturday 8 April, 2pm

This exhibition brings together a number of recent works by Irish artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain for the first time. Ní Bhriain works with film, computer generated imagery and sound to create immersive multi-screen installations that play with ideas of representation and displacement. Her films depict archetypal or generic locations that have been transformed into a dream-like theatricality. Whether a flooded library inhabited by birds of prey or a disused airport housing a rudimentary landscape, these works represent an altered reality in which our expectations of time and place come undone. Ní Bhriain creates immersive multiscreen installations, which combine film, computer generated imagery and sound.

The works are video and CGI composites and her use of video montage works is extraordinary in their stillness. The film installations depict familiar and often generic locations that have been have been imbued with other-worldly or dream-like qualities. The works are hypnotically slow in pace and seem to hold a pictorial frame but they are also filmic in their dynamic. They challenge the stability of image making, as very they gently disrupt what the viewer may expect as the point of gravity.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Domobaal, and will be shown at this gallery in London 16th June – 22nd July, 2017. Further details here

The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
T:(071) 965 0828

Artist Conversation with Beth Nagle, The Hunt Museum, Limerick

Wednesday 26 April 2017, 11am

Join us at the Hunt Museum for an informal discussion with Beth Nagle. She will talk about her artistic practice. This is a great way to meet a professional artist and be able to ask her questions about her work in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Beth Nagle’s artwork explores the intricate links between life and death, light and darkness. She questions the space between the ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’. It consists of hard-edged geometric structures to illustrate the material world and portrays the unknown dimension of infinity through mystical imagery. The absence of the figure and the ambiguous nature in her work invites the viewer to enter into their own perceptual journey. |

TARR | Artist Talk by Conor McGrady, Glór Ennis, Co. Clare

7 April 2017, 11am
Glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare

2017 TARR (The Artists Resource Room) programme is launching with an artists’ talk by Conor McGrady, visual artist and Dean of Burren College of Art, at Glór, Ennis. For his presentation ‘A view from the Enclosure’, he will discuss his recent drawings and works on paper that examine the relationship between ideology and social control.

TARR first friday talks series 2017 will focus on interdisciplinary artistic practices in 2017. The programme will include visual artists, designers, architects, film and theatre makers who will present on their work, research methods and creative process.’%20resource%20room

Artist Talk | Alan Butler and Rachael Gilbourne at Green On Red Gallery

Thursday 6 April, 7 to 8pm

Rachael Gilbourne will participate in a public talk with Alan Butler on the occasion of his current exhibition HELIOSYNTH at Green On Red Gallery.

HELIOSYNTH is the artist’s first exhibition in a commercial gallery and comes at the end of a plethora of exhibitions and curated online shows in Ireland and internationally from Belgrade to Skibereen. Butler has garnered a reputation for being one of the most insightful and inventive artists whose “raw material” is the virtual. His use of digital simulacra has unexpected, ravishing and perplexing philosophic results and is as close to the pioneering technologies of the early 19th century daguerreotype and cyanotype as it is to the silicon technology in your pocket and on your desk.

Rachael Gilbourne is a curator based in Dublin. Currently Assistant Curator of Exhibitions: Projects & Partnerships at IMMA–Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gilbourne also works as an independent curator, often in collaboration with Kate Strain under the aegis of RGKSKSRG. She is co-founder and co-ordinator of Visual Arts Workers Forum, and a member of the Board of Directors of Black Church Print Studio and the Royal Hibernian Academy School.

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

Curatorial Talk | Curators Collective at Ormston House, Limerick

Thursday 6 April, 5.30pm

This week Curators Collective will meet in Ormston House, Cultural Resource Centre for a curatorial talk by Niamh Brown on their current exhibition Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone. This exhibition was co-curated by newly appointed Eva International Director Matt Packer and curator Alissa Kleist.

Curators Collective was developed as a way for Limerick City Gallery of Art with The Shinnors Scholar to introduce young people, to curatorial practice and encourage an informal educational space to critically discuss curation and all that this entails.

The Collective will meet regularly on Thursday evenings at 5:30 in Limerick City Gallery of Art. These informal get-togethers will discuss the current exhibitions install, attend programmed workshops/talks or idea development sessions or head to one of the local galleries to discuss their current exhibitions. The program is designed to respond to the group’s needs and will take requests and suggestions from members in the ongoing program.

Ormston House
9-10 Patrick Street

Robert Ellis Artist Talk, Belfast Exposed Futures

Wednesday 12 April, 1 to 2 pm
Belfast Exposed Futures, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall St, Belfast

Join us on Wednesday 12 April at 1pm when we will be joined by Belfast Exposed Futures artist Robert Ellis, who will be discussing his new work ‘Proverbs’. Proverbs will be exhibited at Belfast Exposed Futures from 3 March – 15 April 2017 (preview Thursday 2 March, 7pm). Please visit our exhibitions page for more information. No Booking Required

Artist’s Talk | Johanna Nulty at Townhall Cavan Arts Space

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 7pm
Townhall Cavan Arts Space, Townhall St, Co. Cavan

Artist Johanna Nulty will deliver a talk on her practice and the artworks in her new exhibition ‘A Portrait of This Region’ at Townhall Cavan Arts Space.

In this exhibition, Nulty presents a series of sculptural assemblages made from assorted items collected from people in her hometown of Cavan. Each artwork is titled with a local Cavan surname.

The exhibition runs from 8 to 29 April.