Positioning Your Practice – Fingal

June 23, 2016 – June 23, 2016

Malahide Castle

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Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Fingal County Council Arts Office
N.B. places will be prioritised for Fingal based artists.

Speakers: Bea de Sousa  / The Agency Gallery, Nick Kaplony / ArtQuest and Mary Cremin / Independent Curator

The contributing speakers will provide different perspectives on how to position ones work as an artist speaking from their own professional experience and from the vantage point of working internationally as arts professionals.


Morning Talks

Mary Cremin will discuss her curatorial work: at Tulca 2015 and at IMMA, where she has worked with many international artists; her experience of the development of shows, production, lead in times. She will offer observations on the level of preparedness and professionalism required by artists working at this level also discuss how curatorial concerns are balanced with logistical and funding constraints.

Nick Kaplony will talk about how to prepare for international opportunities and make the most of opportunities such as residencies; exchanges; visits to biennales and art fairs.

Bea de Sousa will talk about her curatorial interests at The Agency Gallery – the commercial gallery system, positioning your work, the relationship between commercial gallerist and artist and considerations around how work might fit or be presented within the commercial gallery system.

Afternoon Clinics

Optional 1-to-1 Clinics are available with each of the speakers. Please check clinic option in the registration form to book a clinic slot. Clinics will run for approx 20mins per person and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Mary Cremin is a curator, writer and art historian based in Dublin. She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin.  In 2016, she curated Duality of Form at Solstice Arts Centre and has written a text on the work of Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh.  She curated TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Seachange, (2015) which included over 30 national and international artists.

She has recently produced Magnetism, Hazelwood Estate, Sligo, (2015), IMMA Summer Rising (2015/2014) and Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, (2013). Prior to this she was Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has worked on exhibitions such as Eileen Gray, Lynda Benglis, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Garaicoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Cyprien Gaillard, Gerard Byrne, Alice Maher and Garrett Phelan and has acted as editor/ assistant editor on IMMA publications and the multi-disciplinary  publication Boulevard Magenta. 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) and 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) and Bring in the Noise, Ormston House & Limerick City Gallery (2013). ; LotusEater: Aoibheann Greenan, RAC (2013); More often Lost than Gained: Eleanor Duffin, RAC (2013) and Lights, Camera, Action!, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2012) to name but a few.

Co-curated projects include: spring film program (2013) Rubicon Gallery, Brussels, Here and There, Oonagh Young Gallery and Wallace Gallery, New York (2010/2011), Blasphemy at the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin and The Dock, Carrick on Shannon (2010).  She was awarded the curatorial residency in Temple Bar Gallery & Studio, Dublin for 2010/2011 and in 2013 at RAC and in Block T, Dublin. She is currently working on independent curatorial projects and is the curator of Dublin City University art collection.


Nick Kaplony is an artist, freelance curator and senior project coordinator at Artquest. In his role at Artquest one of his key responsibilities is coordinating Artquest’s residency programmes (Which have included both international and research residencies). He has worked as Exhibitions Officer at Pump House Gallery, London and as Assistant Curator at the University of the Arts London’s Arts Gallery.

As an artist Nick Kaplony has exhibited nationally in a range of exhibitions and contexts. Shows include Counter Fitter (Geddes Gallery, London 2016), Discernable ZAP projects, (London 2013) Airspace, Waterfront Gallery, (Ipswich 2013) and Everything Must Go, VTO, (London 2006). He also works as an independent curator. Projects included The Beginning of History, ASC Studios Bond House Projects (London 2013), Trick of the Light, Core Gallery (London 2007) and Small Mischiefs, Pump House Gallery (London 2006).

Artquest is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England that is dedicated to enabling the development of artists’ practices and careers through connecting them to opportunities, resources and networks. It achieves this through its website www.artquest.org.uk and a range of live events, projects and seminars.


Bea Herhold de Sousa is the founder/director of the Agency gallery (1996- ongoing). She trained as an exhibition co-ordinator at Artangel 1994/5 after studying Art History in Cologne, Germany and the Courtauld, London. She taught Contemporary Art Theory in Bath and Oxford University 1995-99.  She continues to run the Agency gallery with full administrative responsibilities, programme control and international presentations including artfairs.

The Agency won the Art Basel Statement Award for best young gallery in 2001. De Sousa was a member of the jury for Art Cologne in 2002/3. Bea de Sousa also works as an independent curator, crossing over between the commercial and institutional. In 2013 she received the KCC curatorial bursary to present the work of Korean artist Theresa Cha (1951-82), which took place at the KCC and the ICA, London. In 2014 she established a permanent collection of contemporary art in the HIV unit at North Middlesex Hospital. Since February 2014 Bea de Sousa is a contributor to the Tate Asia/ Pacific Research team. She continues to run the Agency gallery with recent mentions in Elephant magazine, Dust magazine and Dazed and Confused attesting to the currency of her programme.  theagencygallery.co.uk


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