Category: News

Emma McKeagney Announced as Winner of Talbot Studios Most Promising Graduate Award 2017

Talbot Studios are delighted to announce that Emma McKeagney is the recipient of the Most Promising Graduate Award 2017.  McKeagney recently graduated from IADT. As the winner of the award she will receive a studio for a year at Talbot Studios she will join the eleven other members at Talbot Studios.

Emma McKeagney
McKeagney works closely with material processes to create bodies of work which incorporate the idea that a process is made up of not only the artist but the material they use and the impending idea of exhibiting. Her concerns are that of respecting all matter, and to utilise materials that can return to the churning expanse of earthly matter without causing substantial harm.
The work in the last few months leading to her grad show looked at how she could harness locally sourced clay and allow the refining process to become part of the final artworks. The corresponding materials used were mostly steel and glass which can be re-assembled and re-appropriated.
Mc Keagney would like to continue this idea throughout her practice experimenting with bio-materials such as mycelium and cellulose which have started to take hold in the design world as alternatives for plastics and packaging. She would like to challenge the presumption that artists create as sole individuals, crafting matter as they wish it to be,  McKeagney would rather like to work towards a symbiotic relationship with materials, being more of a catalyst for certain processes rather than a ‘master’ of materials.

Director Sarah Glennie to leave IMMA and become Director of NCAD in January 2018   Recently updated !

IMMA today (20 June) announced that Director Sarah Glennie will leave the organisation at the end of the year to take up a new position as Director of NCAD, (National College of Art and Design) in January 2018.

Glennie has been Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art since 2012 and during her tenure has grown IMMA’s audiences to the most significant levels in the museum’s history, making IMMA the 2nd most visited free attraction in Ireland in 2016. She has ensured the financial viability of the Museum through one of the most difficult funding periods for the institution and has led a critically acclaimed programme with a particular focus on supporting artists’ practice and introducing new audiences to contemporary art through a dynamic and discursive programme that extends beyond the gallery space. Under her Directorship IMMA has shown the work of a wide range of leading Irish and international artists including Etel Adnan, Stan Douglas, Karla Black, Isabel Nolan, Vivienne Dick, Nan Goldin, Hito Steyerl, Helio Oiticia and Lucian Freud. Recent commissions of note include new works for IMMA by Duncan Campbell, Jaki Irvine and Emily Jacir as well as a number of new works commissioned as part of the two major group shows, What We Call Love and As Above, So Below.

Glennie has developed new fundraising initiatives and partnerships that have enabled the museum to realise its ambitious programme, and in particular purchase work for the National Collection for the first time in a decade, with works by Kevin Atherton, David Beattie, Rhona Byrne, Duncan Campbell, Mark Garry, Jaki Irvine, Maireád McClean, Dennis McNulty, Ciarán Murphy, Isabel Nolan, Yuri Pattison, Sarah Pierce and Grace Weir joining the collection in the last two years. IMMA has also recently announced a series of new residency supports for Irish artists, supported by IMMA 1000.

Minister Humphreys announces plans to review Cap on the Per Cent for Art Scheme

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, announced on Tuesday 23rd of May that she intends to review the cap on the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

Minister Humphreys states “The Per Cent for Arts Scheme is well known and embedded in all public infrastructure works. We are all familiar with the variety of unique public art works and sculptures on our roads which have been funded through the scheme. In addition, there are numerous art works in our schools, hospitals and other public buildings which have been funded via the scheme.
“At present, capital construction projects can include a budget of 1% up to a maximum of €64,000 for an art project.
“The current cap was set by Government in 1997 and given a period of twenty years has now elapsed, I believe it is an appropriate time to carry out a review of the cap.
“In this regard, I have today asked my Department to consider the matter and to report to me on possible options for reviewing the cap.”

Minister Humphreys announces new €1m cultural Digitisation Scheme

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that she is opening a new €1 million Digitisation Scheme, which will provide grants for the digitisation and on-line access to cultural heritage collections.

It will operate as a pilot scheme as part of the Creative Ireland Programme and will initially provide funding to the National Cultural Institutions and cultural heritage organisations which hold collections of national significance.

This funding scheme will help our National Cultural Institutions and a number of other cultural heritage bodies to digitise their varied collections for the benefit of the public. The importance of digitisation was underlined during the 2016 centenary year, when a number of our Cultural Institutions made a wealth of material available online for the first time.

Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme 2017

The deadline is approaching for the Final Round of the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme, which gives grants towards internships. The programme will be taking its final applications by 16 June 2017.

NICEP offers £2,500 per internship to help employers create paid positions for young people aged 18-24 in creative organisations which focus on music, dance, drama, literature, visual arts, design, creative media, craft, festivals, arts venues, community arts, galleries, museums or circus and carnival arts.

The intern will need to be:

• Aged 18 – 24
• Work at least 30 hours per week for 6 months/26 weeks
• Paid minimum wage – £7.05
• Have (at the time of applying for the internship) a qualification of level 4 and above

The application process is straight forward please get in touch to find out how you can get involved.

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme has already helped creative businesses to access £205,000 of funding to create 67 new jobs for young people.

For more information see:
Email with any questions.

Mary Cremin Appointed Director of Void Gallery

Void Gallery are delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Cremin as the new Director. Mary Cremin is the Artistic Director of The Treeline Project with Oonagh Young and the Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. She is part of the Visual Arts Programme for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

In 2015, she was Curator of TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Seachange, which included over 30 national and international artists. She has delivered large scale exhibitions and commissions such as Magnetism, Hazelwood Estate, Sligo, (2015), Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, (2013).
Prior to this she was Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She worked on exhibitions such as Eileen Gray, Lynda Benglis, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Garaicoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Cyprien Gaillard, Gerard Byrne, Alice Maher and Garrett Phelan. Curated projects at IMMA include Into the Silence of the Night, IMMA, (2015), Sidney Nolan; Ned Kelly Series (2012-2013), Garrett Phelan, off site NEW FAITH LOVELSONG (2012), Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection (2012).
Independent Curatorial projects include Duality of Form: Caoimhe Kilfeather, Barbara Knezevic, Eleanor Duffin, Solstice Arts Centre (2016), Misadventure Seeks Rainy Afternoon: Sonia Shiel, Oonagh Young Gallery (2013/2014), Bring in the Noise, Ormston House & Limerick City Gallery (2013)
A graduate of History of Art and Geography in University College, Cork and she received a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin (2007).

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080

New Co-Directors at Basic Space, Bassam Al-Sabah and Kim Gleeson

Basic Space are delighted to announce Bassam Al-Sabah and Kim Gleeson as the new Co-Directors of Basic Space. Bassam Al-Sabah and Kim Gleeson are recent IADT graduates of Visual Arts Practice, based in Dublin. Bassam was awarded the RHA graduate studio award and works in video, sculpture and installation and Kim’s work is concerned with materiality, architecture and the fragility of structure.

Bassam and Kim envision Basic Space as a series of architectures that supports and facilitates contemporary art practitioners primarily through exhibition-making. Alongside exhibition making, Bassam and Kim are interested in the dissemination of information through residencies and educational events. The new Co-Directors are particularly invested in creating opportunities for emerging practitioners.

Bassam and Kim will jointly lead Basic Space with Daniel Bermingham.

Basic Space
11 Eustace Street,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 2.

Artists Announced for Tír Sáile Residency Programme

Mayo County Council and Aras Inis Gluaire/Erris Arts Centre are delighted to announce the artists who have secured the three public art projects/residencies related to the redevelopment of the Tír Sáile initiative in Erris, County Mayo.

Gareth Kennedy will be working in Carrowteige. Noah Rose and Selma Makela will work together in Belmullet and Joanna Hopkins wil be based at Claggan Island. At the same time Dorothy Cross will also be working on a research project in the area during the Summer and it is hoped a significant new commission will be realised following on from this in the future.

This is an exciting opportunity for the artists to work with the communities and revisit some of the Tír Sáile sculpture trail sites with new artistic vision and approaches to contemporary public art practice.

The original trail was developed nearly 25 years ago and is currently undergoing a thorough maintenance programme including repairs, new signage and a new website, to be launched alongside the residency programme outcomes.

A seminar including launch events for the residency outcomes will take place in September. This will be at Áras Inis Gluaire/ Erris Arts Centre and will include presentations of the new artworks, possible tours of sites and guest speakers exploring the origins of the original trail, and current contemporary public art practice. Dorothy Cross will also talk about her practice as part of this event. Further details wil be available later on this Summer.

For further information please contact Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator,
Mayo County Council E: T: 094 904 7561

MART Studios seeks participation in Survey on Artists’ Studio Requirements

Visual Artists – MART needs 2 minutes of your time to help research your studio needs. MART is undertaking a short survey to investigate the current studio requirements and wishes for Visual Artists working in Dublin City and Nationwide.

Check Out:

It takes 2 minutes of your time.

From this survey we aim to continue to evolve our studio provision and begin to address your needs by collating data on:

– studio layouts
– location
– costing
– studio size
– discipline
– career

MART provides Studios and Galleries to foster and promote artistic endeavours. We are the largest supplier of independent, affordable space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Dublin city.

MART operate on a not for profit basis, meaning that all profits raised from studio rentals are re-invested back into our mission to develop and promote contemporary art. We now support over 120 members in eight studio buildings across Dublin.

National Campaign for the Arts seeking contributions to online survey

As part of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) ongoing policy advocacy and activity planning, they now have a survey open online and want to hear your thoughts.

So, if you work in the arts, care about the arts or have an interest in supporting the arts – please take a few moments to complete this short survey:

About the NCFA
The National Campaign for the Arts is a volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the arts in Ireland. It seeks to ensure that the arts are on local and national government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.

The NCFA was established in September 2009 in response to a government public expenditure review, known colloquially as the McCarthy Report. This report made a series of recommendations which would have devastated the cultural infrastructure and had profound consequences for arts provision in Ireland.

The NCFA has had considerable success in lobbying to protect funding for and safeguard the infrastructure supporting the arts. Its work in this regard continues, particularly in light of the Public Service Reform plans.

The NCFA has four strategic areas of work. They are: a better evidence base for better policy on the arts; a more meaningful public conversation about the arts; building shared intention across the arts sector; and supporting the mutuality of the arts and education.

The NCFA is a non-partisan grouping and does not receive public funding. Independent and resourceful, it relies on donations and the time, talent and goodwill of committed individuals and organisations.

If you are offering art or classes/education of any kind then you may need to register for VAT!

It has come to our attention that Revenue have now implemented and are checking for VAT compliance under the amendments introduced in the Finance Act 2015.  The Act means that people offering education and workshops outside of specific constraints are now required to charge VAT and, within the VAT definitions, provide VAT returns to Revenue. The Act was introduced in 2015 and already some visual artists are being requested for further detail on their tax returns regarding arts training that they may have given to raise some extra income. Some have been requested for VAT payments backdated to the introduction of the Act.  The guidelines are somewhat easy to follow. They appear to rely on the provision being either directly addressing specific curriculum guidelines or a specific vocational need.  What is more difficult is the area of classes provided for leisure or to hobbyists.

We are providing the full Guidelines Document here (pdf format) but we strongly recommend that you contact either your accountant or tax advisor if you have been providing these services and to get advice on whether or not you must now be registered for VAT and if you have any liabilities for work completed in previous tax years.

Read more in our Manual

Diego Bruno announced as Finnish recipient of HIAP/TBG+S Residency Exchange 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce artist Diego Bruno as recipient of the 2017 HIAP/TBG+S Residency. Diego will spend seven weeks working from a studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Diego Bruno’s residency in Dublin will be based around production and post-production for a new film and publication.

Departing from a clandestine printing press operated by the Revolutionary Party of the Workers (PRT) in Argentina, during the period of revolutionary armed struggle in the 1970, the project deals with the formal language of clandestine knowledge production, the publishing activities, and the structures of the collective subjectivity of Marxist-Leninist groups in the seventies in Argentina.

Temple Bar Gallery+ Studios and HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) are now entering their eleventh year of partnership. Since the partnership began in 2007, TBG+S and HIAP have supported a total of 17 artists and curators from Ireland and Finland to undertake new creative work in the cities of Dublin and Helsinki through the exchange programme. Now a well-established opportunity, the TBG+S and HIAP exchange fosters opportunities for Irish artists to gain experience, build networks internationally and engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue with the HIAP community. As part of this residency exchange artist Tamsin Snow is currently on residency at the HIAP residency facility at the Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland.

Director of the Crawford Art Gallery, Peter Murray, announces his retirement

Over the course of three decades at the Crawford Art Gallery, firstly as curator and latterly as Director, Peter Murray has led the Crawford from being a municipal art gallery to becoming a National Cultural Institution. Trained as an art historian, but also a practising artist, Murray received a BA from UCD, followed by a post-graduate M. Litt at Trinity College.

As curator at the Crawford, Murray edited the first ever catalogue raisonne of the Gallery collection, detailing the paintings, sculptures and prints acquired since the early nineteenth century. Since the publication of that catalogue in 1991, the collection has more than doubled in size, and now encompasses some four thousand works. Highlights among these new acquisitions are the Great Southern Art collection, the Fr. John McGrath bequest, the Seamus Murphy studio, the Watson stained glass studio, and the AIB collection.

Murray says of his time at the Crawford “We’ve come a long way over the past quarter of a century, and much has been achieved, but none of this would have been possible without the support of remarkable people, notably Dick Langford of the City of Cork VEC, and John Bowen, chair of the Gallery over the past decade. The new chair, Rose McHugh, and the new board, have inherited a fine institution, one that can be led to new heights in coming years.” Murray also paid tribute to the Gallery team, led by Norma Cuddihy, that has underpinned the achievements of the Crawford and its growth in national and international status.

The recruitment process for a new director will commence shortly through the Public Appointments service, and in the intervening time Norma Cuddihy Head of Operations, will take over as Interim Director.

Artists’ Building Cooperative Dublin (ABCD) accepting expressions of interest from artists

ABCD is an exciting new cooperative, of artist households, working together towards the development of affordable live-work space in Dublin City Centre.

ABCD is now seeking expressions of interest from professional artists to form a panel, eligible to join ABCD, as membership spaces become available within the cooperative.

ABCD are currently a mixed group of households; some with savings; some who can secure a modest mortgage and some who are eligible for or already on the Dublin City Council Housing List.  Expressions of interest for the ABCD Panel are invited from artists with similar financial means.

Please note that this development will not provide stand-alone studios. It is being developed to provide residents with both housing and studio space in the same building. Artists invited to the panel will not be guaranteed cooperative membership, this will depend on spaces available.

If you are in either of these financial situations, described above and would like to be considered for membership of the cooperative in future please fill out the following form and provide information on your current housing, studio needs and financial circumstances.
N.B. The information you provide will be strictly confidential.

Expression of interest form: ABCD New Members Questionnaire 

Please email completed expression of interest forms and any queries before 12 June 2017 to:

For further information on the cooperative see:

Thomas Brezing awarded Creative Spark Artist-in-Residence 2017

Artist Thomas Brezing from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin has been awarded artist-in-residence on the Creative Spark Residency Programme.

Thomas was born in Germany in 1969 and moved to Ireland in the early 1990’s. Thomas’ work explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture from a variety of conceptual, painterly and performative perspectives. Edge-walking the lines between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible. Brezing’s images and installations confront the enormous power of humanity’s collective will and its impact on the environment.

Thomas will develop a new series of work for the Creative Spark Residency Programme exhibition at An Táin Arts Centre in October 2017.

This residency programme has been generously supported by Louth Local Authorities Art Service as a means of supporting the development of visual artists in the region.

Creative Spark
Clontygora Drive,
T: 042 9385720

Call for Nominations | Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2017

Closing date for applications: Monday 8 May 2017, 5pm

2017 sees the Allianz Business to Arts Awards celebrate 26 years of world-class relationships between business and the arts.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards champion the spirit of collaboration between businesses, artists and arts organisations. They recognise creative partnerships that bring the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society.

Nominate your partners and demonstrate your pride in what you have achieved. Join the prestigious list of winners, which represent the very best models developed between the corporate and cultural worlds in Ireland.

Award Categories:
The Awards recognise outstanding examples of business and arts organisations working together in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning artists, CSR initiatives, community engagements, training and events, staff engagement or development etc. Within the new online entry system, you may wish to apply for the Jim McNaughton/TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Commissioned Artists.

1. Best Large Sponsorship (> €50,000)
2. Best Mid-Size Sponsorship (€15,000 – €50,000)
3. Best Small Sponsorship (< €15,000)
4. Best Long Term Partnership (3 years or more)
5. Best Use of Creativity in the Community
6. Best Creative Staff Engagement
7. Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice
8. Jim McNaughton/TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Commissioned Artists
9. daa €5,000 Arts Award
10. Allianz €5,000 Community Art Award
11. Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Arts Sponsorship

See for more information and to enter.

Nominations Sought for UK National Lottery Awards 2017

Deadline for entries is midnight on 7 April

Lottery players raise £30 million each week for projects across the UK and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the unsung heroes improving lives with National Lottery funding.

Now in their 14th year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK through the 500,000 grants awarded since 1994.

There are seven categories, reflecting the different types of projects to benefit from National Lottery funding: Art, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Charity/Voluntary.

You can nominate your favourite project or put yours forward. All entries must have received National Lottery funding, at any time since the Lottery started in 1994.

Winners receive a £3,000 prize for their project and star in a BBC One television show.

Vote here:

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 6 April

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

Share your own experience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Periscope and Pinterest and share this story with the world.


Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:


Northern Ireland | Delays in Political Parties forming a Government Impacts Arts Organisations

Organisations in receipt of annual funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) have been notified that they will be allocated 50% of their funding as an interim measure to deal with the uncertainty of the exchequer budget 2017. In the absence of a Budget Act, the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Finance will use powers assigned to him under Section 59 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to release cash to departments on an interim basis and until such times as a budget is agreed by ministers and budget legislation is put in place.

Funded organisations will receive only a percentage of their proposed allocation for 2017/2018. Organisations have also been notified that this measure must not be taken to indicate that funding will continue after this date or that, if it does continue, it will do so at the same level for the remainder of this financial year.

This leaves arts organisations in the precarious position of not knowing their funding situation for their full programme year. The Annual Funding Programme is divided into two distinct elements: core and programming. Core costs are met from exchequer funds and programming costs are from National Lottery funds. Whilst lottery funds are not immediately directly affected by the current budget issue, each organisation’s funding situation will have to be re-assessed against the outcome of the final exchequer budget.

Seamus Nolan Announced As Recipient of CAPP Commission

Create and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane are delighted to announce that Seamus Nolan has been successful in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) Open Call for a socially engaged commission.

This is a very significant commission in the collaborative arts sphere in Ireland. It has resulted from a successful collaboration between Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, located in Parnell Square and is supported by the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) a transnational programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The applications, from across the CAPP network of partners, were of particularly high calibre with forty-one artists submitting diverse proposals in cross disciplinary artforms. The commission will run from 2017 to 2018 and sets out to encourage meaningful and in depth engagement with communities of place and of interest as well as the distinct architectural, socio-political and cultural landscape of the North Inner City of Dublin.

Seamus Nolan’s proposal to investigate the idea of archive, deconstruct ideas on ‘heritage’ and engage with both communities of place and of interest, involving Traveller activists and archivists, stood out in terms of concept and imaginative power.

Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create
“We are delighted that Seamus Nolan, one of Ireland’s leading collaborative arts practitioners, has proposed this very timely and relevant socially engaged project. With a focus on archive, identity and history in relation to the Irish Traveller community, Nolan will work with a number of collaborators to re-shape and re-work ideas about what ‘heritage’ and memory can be. We are really looking forward to working in partnership with the Hugh Lane on this exciting commission.”

Seamus Nolan, artist
“I am really pleased to have the opportunity through this commission to examine basic notions of representation and community building in relation to Traveller past and heritage. The commission will support the coming together of cultural practitioners, activists and archivists in an exploration of contested histories.”