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LUMINOUS VOID: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

13/05/2021 – 25/06/2021 @ – Luminous Void: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society is an overview of the twenty-year history of Experimental Film Society (EFS). Through an exhibition and event series, it will explore the unique, defiant and influential trail that EFS has blazed through the landscape of contemporary Irish moving image. Hailed as “the most active, prolific and intrepid […]


Online Event | Inequality and Racial Stratification in Ireland: Thinking about the Arts

02/06/2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Reflect on Dr. Ebun Joseph’s research on inequality and racial stratification in Ireland with Dr. Francesca La Morgia. EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. Please register to receive zoom link. The relationship of race to cultural production—how race is represented, but also how it is experienced and how it may serve as a source of […]


Gallery Reopening | The Douglas Hyde Gallery

12/05/2021 @ – We’re delighted to announce that The Douglas Hyde Gallery will reopen from Wednesday 12 May! Our current solo exhibitions by Yuri Pattison and Steve Bishop were only very briefly open in December and we’re looking forward to sharing the artists’ work with you. Utilising video, sculpture, and online platforms Yuri Pattison’s work explores the political, […]


Gallery Reopening | IMMA

11/05/2021 @ – We are thrilled to be reopening our galleries on Tuesday 11 May, this is the final opportunity to visit the extraordinary work of Paula Rego in her major exhibition Obedience and Defiance as it must close on 25 May. We will also open a new display The Artist’s Mother: Lucie and Daryll, presenting the work of Chantal Joffe in […]

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Turner Prize Shortlist Announced

Tate Britain today announced the shortlist for Turner Prize 2021: Array Collective, Black Obsidian Sound System, Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical, and Project Art Works. An exhibition of their work will be held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry from 29 September 2021 to 12 January 2022 as part of the UK City of…


Creating Time Awards 2020/21

First series of Unlimited grants awarded to d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent Artists Winner of The Voice, Andrea Begley, is one of 11 d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists to be awarded £1,000 by a new grant programme run by the University of Atypical. The Creating Time Awards is the first in a series of grant programmes…

Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

New 2021 Programme for the Decade of Centenaries including a permanent new 20th Century History of Ireland exhibition

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister Catherine Martin announce 2021 Programme for the Decade of Centenaries including a permanent new 20th Century History of Ireland exhibition Cultural Institutions and Creativity take centre stage in the Government’s commemoration programme featuring: Investment in new…


Minister Martin Announces the Addition of a Significant Body of Contemporary Artworks to the National Collection

Minister Catherine Martin announces that 422 artworks by 70 artists will be added to the National Collection thanks to the €1m fund provided to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and the Crawford Art Gallery in October 2020.   The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has been working with the…

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