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Animales Vivos: Helga Franza

Curated by Marta Fernández Calvo
The Joinery Arbour Hill
Opens 07 June 6-8pm
Runs till 16 June Thurs – Sats 12-6pm
Closing event at the Italian Institute of Culture 13 June 7pm

Opening next Thursday at the Joinery.

Animales Vivos is an ongoing urban experiment featuring site-specific projects by Italian artist Helga Franza ‘in conversation’ with Marta Fernández Calvo. The project will start in Stoneybatter at an independent gallery (The Joinery), a lane (Chicken Lane) and will travel to a beach (Sandymount Strand) and a public institution (the Italian Institute of Culture). The core of Animales Vivos will be a solo exhibition by Helga Franza at The Joinery. Franza’s work is an interpretation of space that materialises through a wide range of techniques and themes/subjects of work. Her work at The Joinery will consist of an intricate arrangement of fabric sculptures, drawings on different media and a series of journals’ front pages – that she will make during her stay in Dublin. On the opening night there will be a performance using a spam archive that she has been collecting since 2001. During the course of the show, Franza will make a site-specific work – the Line of Flight, on Sandymount Strand to capture that very specific moment in time of her ‘being in Dublin’. Sandymount Strand will constitute the beginning point for Animales Vivos’ next edition. This whole process of work will be filmed and presented at a closing event at the Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwillian Square East, Dublin 2.

Tunnelling Art and Physics

We’re a bit late with this one but there just might be some wine left if you run down to Temple Bar Studios really fast. Exhibition runs until June 9th so there is still plenty of time to catch it if you miss the opening tonight. Full details as follows:

Tunnelling Art and Physics is an exhibition of collaborative work by 17 students from Fine Art NCAD and UCD School of Physics . Through a dynamic process of sharing knowledge, identifying points of shared interest and studio/laboratory experiments a fascinating body of work has evolved. The work on show explores questions common to both art and physics. By bringing scientific and artistic methods of investigation together these questions emerge anew, in a refreshing and thought provoking bridge of communication between the two disciplines.

The exhibition will open on Thursday May 31, 6–8pm and will continue until Saturday June 9, at Temple Bar Gallery+ Studios – The Atrium. Access to the exhibition from June 3-9 will be through the side door of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. All are welcome.

Tunnelling Art and Physics is part of The Dublin City of Science programme.

Willie Doherty at The Kerlin Gallery

Opening: Wednesday 30th May at 6pm
Exhibition Runs: 31st May to 7th July

A new exhibition of Willie Doherty’s work, consisting of photographs created between 1985 and 1993, goes on show at the Kerlin gallery this week. The exhibition is entitled LAPSE and consists of a series of images that have not been exhibited before. Opening is this Wednesday at 6pm. Full details as follows from the Kerlin website.

Although Willie Doherty shot all the images from LAPSE between 1985 and 1993 this is the first occasion that he has chosen to exhibit them. During this period the artist was producing his seminal body of large-scale black and white photo/text works, which announced his arrival on the international stage. The photographs in LAPSE relate directly to the early black and white works era. However, Doherty has not attempted to embed text within these images, instead their titles acknowledge Doherty’s particular historical use of text.

Doherty is concerned with how these neglected and, to some extent, lost images oscillate between the present and the past. Unlike the rest of the artist’s oeuvre these works have not been initially exhibited at the same historical time as their making. As a consequence, they have been subjected to a different scrutiny, one that has been shaped by an understanding of how things have turned out, but one that cannot provide a full account of the forgotten traumas and injustices that have been shrouded in the fog of memory.

Born in Derry in 1959, Willie Doherty began exhibiting internationally in the early 1980’s. His practice has consistently addressed the representation of landscape, territoriality, history and the rhetoric of identity; showing such issues as contested and conflicted, exploring their relationship to memory and subjectivity. For more than 20 years Doherty’s career has played a crucial role in the development and importance of ‘the documentary turn’ in international contemporary art.

Nominated twice for the Turner Prize (2003, 1994), Doherty’s work has been the subject of many solo museum shows including The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky (2011), Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2009), Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2009), Lenbachhaus, München (2007), Kunstverein, Hamburg (2007), Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2006), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2002). Renaissance Society, Chicago (1999) and Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1999). Group shows include Manifesta 8 (2010), 3rd Auckland Triennial (2007), Venice Biennale 2007, 2005 and 1993, Reprocessing Reality, MOMA PS.1, New York (2006), Istanbul Biennale (2003) and the Carnegie International(1999).

In 2011 Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane presented a survey show ‘DISTURBANCE’ which premiered his acclaimed new video work ‘Ancient Ground’. The exhibition was accompanied by a new publication and is currently on show at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. Doherty will present a new work at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel in June 2012. In 2013, his video work will be the subject of a survey exhibition at the Museo de Arte of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá.

PP/S Launch

PP/S Launch Party
Saturday 26th May from 6:30pm to 1:30AM


Pallas Projects are launching their new studios & project space with a big party on Saturday 26th of May. It features bands & DJs in their indoor space and a BBQ in their secluded outdoor area.

Here’s the full scoop:

BBQ, refreshments & BYOB
Fine beers by Against the Grain
Kids free/welcome until 9pm*


10 Euro entry. All funds raised go towards the Pallas Projects exhibitions programme.

Check their facebook for details, updates & links to the featured acts!

*Parents and children are encouraged to come and support from 6.30–9pm. Kids come free! w/ hot-dogs included

Pallas Projects/Studios
115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8
We are located in a former school at the bottom of Francis Street, 5 mins from Georges Street



The vanguard of a DIY art methodology, via an array of spaces and projects spanning over 15 years in Dublin’s City Centre, PP/S is now relocated to a long–term studios & projects complex in The Coombe.

The new Pallas Projects/Studios is an open space dedicated to the making and showing of visual art to a wide and diverse audience. PP/S aims to be a beacon of cultural excitement in the locality, with an internationally recognised programme of projects and events.

All are welcome and encouraged to visit and engage with our programme of contemporary art and artist–led practices.

Pallas Projects/Studios is supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council

Anri Sala and Ari Benjamin Meyers

At 6.00pm on Wednesday 30 May Anri Sala and Ari Benjamin Meyers will discuss their film collaboration, 1395 Days Without Red, with Declan Long, in the Lecture Room at the NCH building, where IMMA are to be temporarily housed for the next while. 1395 Days Without Red is a collaborative film project about the siege of Sarajevo and will be in the Annex space of the NDH site from the 31st of May until the 15th of July. More details as follows from the IMMA website:

Anri Sala’s breathtaking 1395 Days Without Red, 2011, a collaborative film-project between Sala and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers, will be presented in the Annex space at the NCH site. The presentation also includes an exciting new work in response to this space and the musical score from the film.

The siege of Sarajevo lasted 1,395 days. From 1992 to 1996, thousands of citizens had to cross streets threatened by snipers everyday: to go to work, to buy food, to visit a relative. The citizens wore dark colours, for fear of alerting their movements to the snipers watching from the hills above. In Sala’s film an elegant young woman makes her way through an empty city. At every crossing she stops, looks and listens. Should she wait or should she run? Should she wait for others or take the risk on her own? The city is Sarajevo, and the route the woman takes, became known as Sniper Alley during the siege of the city. The woman, played by Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, is reliving the experience of the trauma of the siege. It is her individual journey through the collective memory of the city.

Throughout the siege, the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra continued to play. In Sala’s film, the orchestra rehearses Tchaikovsky’s 6th symphony, the Pathetique. The musicians stop and start, repeating different sections of the symphony, just as the woman stops and starts in the city. Hearing the music in her head, she finds the courage to carry on.

Born in Tirana, Albanian, in 1974, Anri Sala is one of the most outstanding young artists working today. His works are meditations on slowness in which camera movement is practically non-existent. In contrast with the speed of images in the media, Sala often freezes scenes into still-shots in order to highlight apparently trivial details. Sala has exhibited extensively, including the Tate Gallery, London, 2004; ARC, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 2004; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2003; the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 2002; and the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2002. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Young Artist Prize at the 49th Venice Biennale, 2001; the Prix Gilles Dusein, Paris, 2000; the Best Documentary Film Award from the Tirana International Film Festival (TIFF), 2000, and the International Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela, 1999.

John Byrne In Conversation with Declan Long

Tuesday May 22nd – 12:45pm.
Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD.

‘A Walk through the File with… John Byrne’ is a public interview with MA ACW lecturer Declan Long. Long will ‘walk through’ the collection of material by and about artist John Byrne and held in the National Irish Visual Arts Library, prompting Byrne to discuss the work documented and the process of documenting the work.

Full details here.

LINK Culturefest

This coming weekend sees LINK Culturefest taking place around Smithfield. It’s a three day event showcasing the wealth of artistic and cultural activity in the area and consists of a full programme of exhibitions, concerts, open studios, artist talks and screenings. The official launch takes place on Friday 25th of May at 6pm at Block B (opposite Block T).

Among the artist studios participating in the weekend’s activities is Flatpack Gallery And Studios which was recently established by a group of artists including MA ACW participants Lily Cahill and Rob Murphy. Flatpack will be opening their doors for an open studio on Sunday the 27th from 12PM.

The full programme for Friday is below. For the rest of the weekend go and look here.

Nicki Wynnychuk ‘Conversations in’ at the LAB

18 May – 30 June 2012
Opening 6-8pm on Thurs 17 May 2012

From Pallas Projects website:

Conversations in: is an ongoing project that considers the relationship between image & object within the dilemma of a contemporary art practice. Conversations in: (Dublin) is the third chapter in the series following on from Conversations in: (Sydney) 2011 & Conversations in: (Melbourne) 2010. Wynnychuk’s practice is based on the recuperation and transformation of found, familiar and banal objects. The intent is to convert, translate and reassemble the material so that it is imbued with a precarious new energy. The conceptual framework continues a sustained investigation into the theorist Herfried Munkler’s concept of a post-heroic society.

Continuing on from Robert Frank’s video Conversations in Vermont (where Frank invites his children who are literally in the images to discuss the meaning of these now famous photographs), the ambition is to examine and recompose photographic documentation to make new work. Photographs and photograms are included and contextualized within the structure of the total artwork.

The objects that are reconsidered in this variation are woven bamboo walls. Wynnychuk has spent the last ten months in Papua New Guinea working as an independent volunteer in the small rural village of Mewok. On arrival, there was no appropriate accommodation so a traditional bush-material house was built; the bamboo walls in Conversations in: are walls of this house.

Recent solo exhibitions by Wynnychuk have been held at The Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney; Conical, Melbourne; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; The Narrows, Melbourne; West Space, Melbourne; and High Street Project in Christchurch. Recent group exhibitions include: The Barber Shop, Lisbon: Waikato Museum, Hamilton: The Dowse Museum, Wellington; Margaret Lawrence Gallery, University of Melbourne; and The 4th Amsterdam Biennale.

Melbourne based artist Nicki Wynnychuck is currently a resident artist at Fire Station Artists’ Studios. Since 2008 Fire Station Artists Studios and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, have been running an artist exchange programme that sees an Irish artist awarded a studio in Gertrude Contemporary, and on alternate years Fire Station reciprocates for a Gertrude artist with the additional opportunity of an exhibition and curatorial support from Pallas Projects/Studios. Past Fire Station award winners are Jesse Jones (2009) and Rhona Byrne and Mark Garry (2011). This exchange programme will come to an end in 2013 with the last Irish artist traveling to Melbourne.

Listings Information:
Preview: 6 – 8pm Thursday 17th May 2012
Dates: 18th May – 30th June 2012
Venue: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Days: Monday – Saturday, 10 – 5pm

An artists’ talk, conducted between Nicki Wynnychuk and curator Gavin Murphy, will take place in The LAB at 1pm on Thursday 24th May. The artist will discuss his residency, his work, and his recent experiences in Papua New Guinea. Booking advised – register

Dead Zoo – Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt

Dead Zoo by Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt at The Return,
Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Exhibition: 18 May until 27 June 2012
Preview on 17 May 2012, 6 – 7.30pm

Animals have been used in warfare for centuries for many purposes such as communication, espionage, transport or as explosives, detectors or weapons. Like soldiers some of them were decorated or promoted. The title of the exhibition takes its name from the Natural History Museum in Dublin which is commonly known as “The Dead Zoo”. Dead Zoo aims to display a different type of classification than that of nature. The animals represented are not scientifically classified but militarily. Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt have been collaborating since 2005. Together they investigate the representation of individual and collective belonging, the meaning of language, symbols, and information conveyed by the media. The idea for Dead Zoo originates from their residency in Dublin in 2011, an exchange project between Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and the Culture Department of the City of Frankfurt/M. The participation of the artists was assisted by Jonathan Carroll. Supported by the Friends and Patrons of the Goethe-Institut Irland.

Orchestral Osmosis – Report

Orchestral Osmosis from Niamh O'Doherty on Vimeo.

12.30pm, 10th May 2012
Artists : Niamh O’Doherty, Laura Smith, Becky Wallace

NCAD/UCD: Urban Interventions in collaboration with DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Orchestral Osmosis was a project undertaken as part of the NCAD/UCD Urban Interventions module, in collaboration with DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin City Council Public Art Programme and the Grafton Street Quarter Improvement Project.

The intervention took place on Thursday, 10th May 2012 and involved the streaming and amplifying of music live from the D.I.T.’s Conservatory of Music and Drama on Chatham Row. The sound of musicians’ practice sessions were amplified into Chatham Row and Clarendon Row to create a kind of impromptu, un-choreographed street concert which is invisible to the eye but resonates through the space.

The music was amplified for a period of half and a half and provided an interesting, ephemeral experience for passers-by. The work aimed to push the boundaries between public and private space, allowing the inner workings to become public.

Music: Gavan Brennen,Saxaphone, Babara Casheman,Flute, Fergal Chertis,Vocalist. Kevin Corcoran,Percussion, Aisling Deevy,French Horn, Kevin Free,Percussion, Joanne Kenny, Flute, Sean Macerlaine, Saxaphone, Adam McDonagh,Piano, Fernando Moya,Euphorium, Mark Redmound,Bagpipes.

Sound: Ronan Grant, Sean Macerlaine, Ben Rawlins, Jimmy

Photography: Hugh McCabe

Sound Recording: Kevin Ryan

eva International – After the Future

Preview: Thursday 17th May at 6pm: Limerick City Gallery of Art, 103–4 O’Connell Street, Riverpoint, Arthur’s Quay Park, and onwards to the other eva venues

This Friday is the opening of eva International so we will no doubt see the entire Art World of Ireland descending upon Limerick for the occasion. The 2012 edition is entitled After the Future and is curated by Annie Fletcher. The central exhibition was selected from over 2000 proposals from around the world and among the featured artists is current MA ACW student Laura Smith. Go Laura!

Complete list of participating artists is:

Yael Bartana / Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler / Marcel Broodthaers / Anibal Catalan / Fergus Daly & Katherine Waugh / Kate Davis / Luc Deleu / Priscila Fernandes / Soren Thilo Funder / Aoibheann Greenan / Emma Houlihan / Greg Howie / Sanja Iveković / Sam Keogh / Barbara Knezevic / KwieKulik / Hyewon Kwon / Art Links Limerick (Mary Conroy, Aoife Cox, Joanna Hopkins) / José Carlos Martinat / Gavin Murphy / Ailbhe Ní Bhriain / Doireann Ní Ghrioghair / Adrian O’Connell / Sara O’Gorman / Mark O’Kelly / Niamh O’Malley / Sarah Pierce / Deirdre A Power & Jacki Hehir / Alice Rekab / Laura Smith / Faber Studios (Caelan Bristow, Marie Connole, Aaron Lawless) / Pilvi Takala / Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor

Full details can be found on the eva International website but in the meantime here’s the summary ..

This year’s eva International, curated by Annie Fletcher, Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, takes the title After the Future to examine how certain artistic practices provide an active invocation of the present and speculate how we arrived here in the first place.

This collaborative and multifaceted project takes as its point of departure the media theorist and activist Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s book After The Future (AK Press, 2011), considering his admonishment of economic futurisms and advocacy for living slowly in the infinite present.

eva International After the Future features a central exhibition curated by Annie Fletcher, selected from over 2000 proposals from 76 countries, and is accompanied by a series of intense collaborations with local, national and international partners.

Adrian Duncan – Talk in Monster Truck

Adrian Duncan talks about his exhibition, How the Mighty have fallen, tomorrow in Monster Truck.

There will be a brief reading, then a chat about the work at 4.30pm on Thursday the 17th.

How the Mighty have fallen is a body of work comprising a video piece and an assemblage of objects.

The sculptures are delicate, temporary, and in some cases barely perceptible constructions. These objects are installed in a manner that relates to the Monster Truck gallery space and its location. This work creates a situation that brings to bear the instability of the concept in relation to another unstable construction – the fleeting and unspeakable individual physical encounter.

This work sits between story-telling and sculpture. It is an attempt to describe something about compulsion and my interaction with material.

Variations of the work has been shown in The Joinery in 2010, and Queen Street Studios, Belfast in 2011. This work continuously changes, and the variation for Monster Truck will shift in emphasis conceptually, architecturally, and aesthetically relative to the previous two versions.

A Walk through the File with… Alice Maher

Tuesday 15th May 12:45 – 1:30pm
Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD

NIVAL are hosting a public conversation tomorrow at lunchtime between artist Alice Maher and writer and cultural commentator Catherine Morris. They will be discussing the collection of material about the artist that is held in the library at NIVAL. This is a free event and all are welcome.


A project devised as part of the NCAD/UCD Urban Interventions module, Orchestralosmosis will take place on Chatham Row (off Grafton Street) tomorrow (Thursday 10th May) between 12 and 12:30. This intervention will involve the streaming and amplifying of music live from the D.I.T.’s Conservatory of Music and Drama. The sound of musicians’ practice sessions will be amplified into Chatham Row and Clarendon Row to create a kind of impromptu, un-choreographed street concert which is invisible to the eye but resonates through the space. Orchestralosmosis is by MA ACW participants Niamh O’Doherty and Laura Smith, in collaboration with UCD architecture student Becky Wallace. Further information here.

Niamh O’Doherty is a Donegal artist currently based in Dublin. O’Doherty moved from London in 2011, where she attained a First Class Honours in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in June 2010. She’s currently enrolled in the Ma Art in the Contemporary World Course at NCAD.

Laura Smith is a visual artist based in Dublin. Smith graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Art in the Contemporary World (ACW) in N.C.A.D. which will conclude in a solo exhibition of works in late 2012.

Becky Wallace is a 4th year architecture student in UCD. She recently returned from an exchange programme in the University of New South Wales, Sydney but is now based in her home town of Dublin.

Simon Fujiwara: Artist’s Talk

Fri. 11th May (2012), 5pm

Harry Clark Lecture Theatre
National College of Art and Design, Dublin

Art in the Contemporary World is delighted to host a talk and discussion with Simon Fujiwara (Chair: Francis Halsall) on the occasion of his show The Museum of Incest at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

Simon Fujiwara was born in London in 1982 and grew up in Cornwall and Japan. He currently lives and works in Berlin. Fujiwara’s work has been met with critical acclaim both in the UK and Internationally, and his first major solo show opened in January 2012 at Tate St Ives. Notable achievements include winning The Cartier Award to produce a work for the Frieze Art Fair in the UK and The Baloise Art Prize at Art Statements, Basel 41 both in 2010. He has participated in several biennials including the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009, Manifesta 8, the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial in 2010, and Performa 11 in 2011.

Glitch Festival at Rua Red

The second annual Glitch festival, which explores connections between digital arts and technology opens at Rua Red this Friday. There is a whole pile of stuff happening between now and June 16th and full details are on the Rua Red website. Here’s a short summary:

Opening: Friday 11th May 6PM

We are very excited to present our second, annual festival exploring digital arts and technology – Glitch.
Each year we programme a set of exhibitions, films, workshops and events to explore a particular theme. This year we are looking at artists who utilise both virtual and real spaces to create their work, with a focus on:
Collective Intelligence – Exploring how internet connectivity has enabled us to draw information, skills and knowledge from many people across the globe.
Immersive Technology – Blurring the line between the physical and digital world Generative Art – Using computer systems, software, algorithms and quantified data to create or inform work.
Open Source Technology – Utilising freely available and collaborative processes, software and intelligence to create or manipulate works.

The Festival will close with two very exciting live performances from Jacob Kirkegaard and The Spatial Music Collective in Gallery 1, which promise to be two events that are not to be missed!

Participating artists include: Alan Butler, Andreas Nicolas Fischer, Ellie Harrison, Lucy Kimbell, Joanna Kane, David McAllister and Jacob Kirkegaard


ADMISSION is a collection of art works carried out by 3rd year painting students from NCAD. It opens in the Lighthouse on the 10th of May and runs for a week. Full details as follows:

Art schools by their very nature should be about diversity. Each student has developed a sense of place in the complex arena that is contemporary art. They are at the start of their careers, so an exhibition like this at the Lighthouse offers them a new challenge. We welcome this opportunity, as this will bring new reading to their practices, both broadening and refining their processes. NCAD is happy to support this exhibition in the Lighthouse, and acknowledge the students and the curators in bringing this exhibition to fruition. In particular we would like to thank all involved in the Lighthouse cinema for their support in staging this exhibition.


You are cordially invited to the Opening Night of the NCAD 3rd Year Painting Exhibition, ADMISSION.

Curated by – Grace Weir and Joe Walker.
Location – Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland.
Date – 10th May 2012 [running from 10th - 17th May]
Time – 18.00 exhibition opens

Production Ireland Call For Submissions

The CCA in Derry are currently inviting submissions for their Production Ireland awards scheme for emerging artists. The deadline is June 1st and details are as follows:

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial, and critical practices through four streams: on-site exhibitions, off-site projects, public programmes, and in- and outbound residencies. Production Ireland is CCA’s annual commissioning for emerging artists with a connection to our region. Every year, a jury composed of three international arts professionals will assess applications and select an artist, duo or group to realize a specific project. This inaugural commission has been made possible through the generous support of Arts & Businesses, Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors, and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.The selected project will be supported with a minimum production budget of £3,700 or €4,500, a fee of £1,500 or €1,800, and travel to and accommodations in the City of Derry for up to one month, if the recipient does not reside in the greater city area.

The aim of Production Ireland is to identify and support some of the most promising art practitioners connected to Ireland, North and South, and provide them with an opportunity to produce new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public. No age limit or specified nationality applies to this call but the applicant needs be in the earlier stages of his or her career and have a connection to Ireland. The jurors for this years’ commission are Locky Morris, Paul O’Neill, and Emily Pethick.

Locky Morris is an artist working in sculpture, photography, sound and video. He was born in the City of Derry where he continues to live and work. He has exhibited widely both regionally and internationally, with recent solo and group exhibitions at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Germany, The Model, Sligo, Ireland, and White Box, New York, USA.

Dr. Paul O’Neill is a curator, educator and writer based in the UK. He has co-curated more than fifty exhibition projects including Our Day Will Come: a free-school art project, Hobart, Tasmania (2011); We are Grammar, Pratt Institute Manhattan Gallery, New York (2011); Coalesce: happenstance, SMART, Amsterdam (2009). He is currently international research fellow with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin, international tutor on the de Appel Curatorial Programme, and visiting lecturer on the MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, London. His extensive writings on the development of contemporary curatorial discourse have been published in books, catalogues, journals and magazines. He is editor of the curatorial anthology, Curating Subjects, and co-editor of Curating and the Educational Turn, both published by de Appel and Open Editions (Amsterdam and London, 2007 and 2011), and Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (Amsterdam, Valiz, 2011).

Emily Pethick is the Director of The Showroom, London. From 2005-2008 she was the Director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 2003-2004 she was Curator at Cubitt, London. She has contributed to numerous catalogues and magazines, including Frieze, dot dot dot, GAS, texte zur kunst, Artforum, and Untitled, edited books, such as Casco Issues X: The Great Method, with Peio Aguirre, and Casco Issues XI with Marina Vishmidt and Tanja Widmann.

Throughout the production process, the recipient will be in dialogue with CCA’s Co-Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, who will write an essay about the commissioned project. An award ceremony will be held in November in conjunction with the opening of the show.

Apply to Production Ireland
Deadline for applications is Friday, June 1st (Greenwich Mean Time). The successful applicant(s) will be contacted during the first half of July. For information about eligibility and how you apply, please visit our website for further information:

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
5-7 Artillery Street
BT48 6RG, Northern Ireland
+44 (0)28 71373538

Urban Interventions

Update: I’m sure none of envisaged this project would involved one of the artists having to intervene herself when Jedward appeared on the scene.

Urban Interventions is an Interdisciplinary module between NCAD, Art in the Contemporary World Masters students and UCD 4th Year Architecture Students, undertaken in collaboration with Dublin City Council Public Art Programme and the Grafton Street Quarter Improvement Project. It culminates in a series of interventions around the Grafton Street area that are created by teams of MA ACW and 4th year architecture students. The majority of these will take place tomorrow (Thursday 3rd of May).

The focus is on the Grafton St. area of Dublin City centre and the students have been asked to consider this as their site of investigation and intervention. The term ‘Intervention’ here is used to indicate any temporary manifestation of creative work within a public space: taking the form of a sculptural project, a live performance event, a protest, a public reading, a presentation of research documents, or any number of other possible articulations of research in the context of the everyday urban environment.

Among the projects are Susan Connolly’s Visible/Invisible: The Monument’s Day Off, which will involve wrapping the Molly Malone and Countess Markievicz statues in gold woven nylon and rope. Pause, Stop, Reflect by Mathew Nevin, Sean Lynch, Kristina Zsombor, Donal Crowe and Damian Milton, will cover bollards, bins and sections of paving with mirrored film. Donn Holohan, Avril Dowling, Jude Duffy, Edwin Jebb, Emmet McKenna, Gabriella Keisz (The Grafton Street Game) are installing a series of posters that encourage the public to engage in an exploration of different landmarks around the area. The La Senza Installation (Grainne Finn, Dawn Parke) involves projecting images related to Irish women’s labour movements on the windows of the former La Senza shop. Kathleen Kelly and Caoimhe Merrick’s project is called Grafton Street Memories and consists of spray painted text and business cards distributed around the street.

A final intervention, Orchestral Osmosis, will take place on Thursday of next week (10th May). It happens at the DIT School of Music on Clarendon Row at 12PM and involves amplification out on to the street of the sounds of rehearsals taking place within the building. The artists involved are Laura Smith and Niamh O’Doherty.

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