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Made On Monday III

Opening: Friday 5 April 2013 at 6pm.
Exhibition Runs: 6th April – 10th April
Location: Block T, Smithfield

Debora Ando, Olive Barrett, Patricia Brennan, Bob Byrne, Andrew Cassidy, Paola Catizone, Shea Dalton, Vanessa Donoso López, David Duff, Gillian Fitzpatrick, Austin Hearne, Brian Hegarty, Jennifer Hickey, Yvonne Higgins, Chris Jones, Barry Kehoe, Maggie Madden, Jonathan Mayhew, Brigid McClean, Séamus McCormack, Fiona Mulholland, Beth O’Halloran, Aidan O’Sullivan, Jennifer Phelan, Evy Richard, Leda Scully, Joe Stanley, Stephen Taylor, Joan Walker & Yvonne Woods.

Rather than a thematically driven exhibition, Made on Monday III, takes as it’s starting point the artists themselves, and the professional relationships that they hold in common. This exhibition surveys the work of twenty-nine artists, all of whom are involved in the show, by association of working in various capacities at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Made on Monday III forms part of an ongoing series of exhibitions based on the creative endeavours of collective staff members. The first of theses exhibitions took place at Broadstone Studios, September 2008, and subsequent show at The Complex, Smithfield, November 2010. Given that IMMA is closed to the public on Monday’s, many staff are not scheduled to work on that day, and subsequently spend time in the studio focusing on their individual artistic practices – thereby attributing the logical and witty title, Made on Monday, to the show.

This exhibition takes the form of an open submission, in which all staff are eligible to propose work, and is curated by Rowan Sexton, a former member of IMMA staff. It incorporates the work of a diverse group of contemporary artists in a broad range of disciplines, including ceramics, drawing, installation, painting, photography, print, sculpture and video.

Alongside the considerable effort it takes to sustain a career as an artist, the visual arts in general are facing continued obstacles, and both artists and institutions are under increased pressure to manage substantial budget cuts and the wide-ranging impact on their livelihoods. With the country rocked by recession, a dramatically changing societal landscape is emerging, with the demise of numerous businesses a sad reality of the economic downturn. As a consequence, there is an abundance of empty spaces littering the country. Rather than leaving neglected properties to fall into disrepair, enterprising arts groups have begun to explore feasible alternatives that can be employed to alleviate the negative decline.Creative ventures including pop-up projects and one-off events in reclaimed venues are becoming a regular feature in cultural circles. The visual arts have profited from these changed circumstances, and increasingly exhibition and studio spaces are adopting new, non-traditional locations, such as the exhibition setting itself, BLOCK T. The exhibition venue provides the surroundings for this large group of artists to showcase dynamic work from their respective practices.The show will highlight a range of individual sensibilities and artistic perspectives, and promises an eclectic, multimedia selection of work from contemporary artists working in Ireland.

Made on Monday III will be officially launched by Sarah Glennie, Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, on Friday 5 April 2013 at 6pm. The exhibition continues until 10 April.

MART Catalogue Launch

The MART Catalogue will be launched this Thursday with a series of events, including street book signings, an installation and a reception, between 4 and 8pm in Dublin. The catalogue was created by Matthew Nevin, co-founder of MART, for his MA ACW thesis last year. The street book signings will take place at the following locations:

4pm: Grafton St
4:20: Dáil Éireann
4:40: Trinity College
5pm: Temple Bar
5:20: Easons – O’Connell St.
5:40: The Spire

These will be followed by a formal launch, book signing and installation at Unit 4 James Joyce Street between 6 and 8pm.

Full information below from Matthew …

The MART Catalogue documents our activities over the past 7 years, alongside interviews, accessible essays, images and performative texts. It covers topics on inclusion, politics, participatory art and considers the issue of exclusivity found in the Irish contemporary art industry.

Produced by Matthew Nevin. Contributors include: Nicky Larkin, Margaret O’Brien, Joan Healy, Ciara Scanlan, Colleen Keough, Maria Tanner, Darragh O’Callaghan, Martina McDonald, Katherine Nolan, Emma Mahony, Adrian Duncan, Nora O’Murchu, Eleanor Lawlor, Adam Gibney, Declan Breen and Tanja Ostojic. Images courtesy of MART Artists. Book designed By Patricia Douglas.

About MART:

MART is a visual arts organisation set up in 2006 by Matthew Nevin and Ciara Scanlan. MART’s primary aim is to create a platform for new media, installation, sculpture, experimental film and performance artists. MART was founded on an inclusive ethos, which aims to break down boundaries in the visual arts through its ability to inspire a curiosity for knowledge and education through art. MART aims to bring contemporary art to the forefront of culture by actively engaging people from all sectors of society in both its viewing and production.

MART has recently launched its first permanent gallery and studios ‘THE MART’, in an old fire station in Dublin serving local, national and international art endeavours. THE MART is home to artist studios, two galleries, a workshop space and ‘MIAEN’ (MART’S International Arts Exchange Network), a programme that offers an opportunity for international artists/curators to exhibit and curate in Dublin.

MART’s website has grown into Ireland’s largest video art library and collection of active Irish visual artists showcasing contemporary art. MART actively encourages public participation through workshops, talks and discussions around exhibitions and artist led events held in both contemporary galleries and within accessible temporary locations.

MART specialises in international exhibitions of Irish artists and has supported the work of over 300 artists through its previous exhibitions and events. MART has reached an audience of over 30,000 in exhibitions across Ireland, the U.K, Central Eastern Europe and North America. Through an extensive international press portfolio MART has reached over 1 million people.

Contact: Matthew Nevin: 0861654610 , Ciara Scanlan 0879699945
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Aisling Conroy- PRISM, Essay by Marie Soffe

Aisling Conroy- PRISM @ The Talbot Gallery 7th-30th March 2013
Essay by Marie Soffe (BA, MA)

As a fellow student of fine art in NCAD, I was always amazed at the single-minded focus of Aisling Conroy’s practice. She was, and still is, a prodigious worker with a prolific output, her vivid imagination finding expression in an abundance of mediums which she mastered easily – drawing, screen-printing, etching, animation, sound, and sculpture – many combined in fascinating dioramas constructed with skill and attention to detail. Her impressive portfolio of practical and artistic skills has ensured that every piece is crafted with her unique combination of quality and conceptual depth, something that has not been lost on her many discerning collectors. Continue reading…

Aisling Conroy: Prism

Aisling Conroy: Prism
7 March – 30 March @ The Talbot Gallery and Studios

Conroy’s work explores human perception within an autonomous zone. Her work uses artificial and optical illusionary methods to create a space of sensory experience. With this, the work engenders a sense of false transcendence and uses these sensory elements as catalyst to transcend the participant within the space.
Surrendering “the self” to the sensory elements of colour, form and sound is at the core of Aisling Conroy’s work. Noting the re-emergence of the collective and the individual’s idea of faith in modern society, the artist attempts to emulate the notion of “the sublime” that is often experienced when viewing Art; most notably in galleries, museums and in various forms of public sculpture and architecture, such as monuments, churches, and shrines. Conroy uses the duality of dark and light, colour and form; in her painting, installation and sound work, and with this, creates abstractions of various models of sacred art, iconism and veneration in ritualistic manifestations.
Conroy’s work is multi-disciplinary using painting, sculpture, sound, and installation. She is a resident artist at the Talbot Gallery and Studios in Dublin and has exhibited in various venues around Ireland, as well as having exhibited abroad in the US, China and India. Her most recent  selected exhibitions include, From the Dawning, solo show, Studio Verve, Amhedabad, India (2012,) Fast Moving Consumer Goods, The Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2012,) Level Open , Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise (2012), Without Memory, Without Expectation,solo show, The Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise (2011.) Reviewed by Amhedabad Mirror, The India Times, December 2012 and by Christín Leach Hughes, Sunday Times, Culture section, October 2011.
Talbot Gallery and Studios
51 Talbot Street
Dublin 1
Telephone: +353 1 8556599

Opening hours / start times:
Tuesday 10:30 – 17:00
Wednesday 10:30 – 17:00
Thursday 10:30 – 17:00
Friday 10:30 – 17:00
Saturday 11:00 – 14:30

Art in the Contemporary World- Applications Open

Photo by Miranda Driscoll
Art in the Contemporary World:

An exciting postgraduate opportunity at National College of Art & Design, Ireland
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-14 academic year
Art in the Contemporary World is an intensive masters programme focusing on contemporary art practices and their critical, theoretical, historical and social contexts.

Participants will interrogate the relationship between theory and practice in the context of our innovative network of peers and colleagues. We welcome graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: fine art; art history; philosophy; literature; film studies; architecture; communications; or design.

Art in the Contemporary World regularly collaborates with key cultural institutions in Ireland such as: Irish Museum of Modern Art; Irish Film Institute; Dublin City Gallery and The Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Events and Guest contributors
Art in the Contemporary World regularly hosts public events (in Dublin and abroad) and invites contributions from key international speakers.
In recent years guests included: Massimiliano Gioni, director Venice Biennale (2013); Katrina Brown, director of the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art; Kathrin Rhomberg, curator of the 2010 Berlin Biennale; Frieze magazine senior editor Dan Fox; film-maker Kenneth Anger; writer Rebecca Solnit; eminent American art critic Irving Sandler; art writer Maria Fusco and artists Lynda Benglis, Liam Gillick, Phil Collins, Susan Philipsz, Duncan Campbell and Walid Raad.

External Assessor: Vivian Rehberg, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and Frieze Magazine

Seminar options include: Art and Writing; Theoretical Paradigms; The Politics of Participation; Contemporary Art and Literature; Critical Curating; Cinematic Visions; Art and the Everyday; Art/Aesthetics/Environment; Urban Interventions (with the School of Architecture, University College Dublin); Global Modernities (with the Dept. of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin).

Alumni: Graduates from the MA Art in the Contemporary World have gone on to receive international awards and residencies, to take up respected curatorial positions and to publish writings in prominent academic journals and art magazines. These include: David Zwirner Gallery; Serpentine Gallery; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Guggenheim Museum (NY); Glucksman Gallery Cork; Rua Red, Dublin; Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow; Belfast Exposed.

Students can apply for one of two pathways available in both full and part time options:

(i) Visual Culture Pathway (a theory only option);
(ii) Combined Fine Art / Visual Culture Pathway (run as a collaboration between the Faculties of Fine Art & Visual Culture and intended for practicing artists)

For more information contact the course team: Declan Long ( or Francis Halsall ( or visit the course blog at

Image from the IFI Art & Film event, which features Desparate Optimists & Duncan Campbell in conversation with Sarah Glennie.
Photo by Miranda Driscoll.

Vivienne Roche RHA, ‘Spirit and Light’

Vivienne Roche, one of our foremost sculptors, at the RHA, is on till 28th April, 2013, and is showing ‘Spirit and Light’, three suites of work in the Atrium.

Monuments, 2011, consisting of five pieces, were originally installed amongst the stone monuments in Christchurch in Cork that commemorate historical luminaries of the city. Roche’s monuments are a democratic act implying that regardless of status of any individual in society, every life remembered is an act of commemoration. These five pieces refer to five actual individuals who the artist describes as “not of my family but the lingering light of their lives has touched me nonetheless”.

In Sunlines 2011, Roche exploits the quality of dichroic glass to change colour as sunlight hits it at different angles. This four part piece is a simple and quiet meditation on time and change.

Well-Water Font/ Sea-Water Font, 2013, a two piece bronze, is again a rumination on mortality in this case to a life lost at sea and to a life lost while saving at sea.

Vivienne Roche lives and works by the sea in Co. Cork, Ireland. Recent exhibitions include A light interlude from the pulpit, Christchurch, Cork in 2011, The Geometry of Water, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in 2012 and Hinge Work, Vangard Gallery, Cork in 2005.



Artist in Residence Exhibition, LSC, 2013.

Opened Friday 15th March. Exhibition runs until 4th April 2013.

Within the extended New Republic project Walsh interacts with the public’s thoughts on various issues such as constitutional amendment, citizen’s rights and the development and planning of local infrastructure. Emerging from a process that involved consultation and actions suggested by the community’s concerns, Walsh devised the Shelter project: a functional response to the public’s desire for a bus shelter on the N16 route through the town of Manorhamilton.

For Shelter, Walsh uses local and recycled materials to construct a sculpture piece that operates as a proposition and potential solution to this social need. During the exhibition the artist will display the various responses to the project so far while inviting the public, and local authority, to interact further with the work as a means of re-visioning public space.

Check it out before it finishes…

‘Excess Baggage’

‘Excess Baggage’ is an exhibition of work by Irish based artists with mixed background and disciplines who work with emerging technologies, in Tallinn, Estonia March 2013.

The format consists of each artist carrying their work with them and traveling on a direct, low budget flight. This concept can be replicated easily by other groups traveling into Ireland, which will begin to forge a network of such activities, giving the opportunity for transfer of knowledge and expertise.

Artists: Chloe Brennan, Sylvia Callan, Mitch Conlon, Vanessa Daws, Aileen Drohan, Angie Duignan, Luz Estrada, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Ulla Juske, Róisín Loughrey, Sinéad McDonald, John Murphy, Gearoid O’ Dea, Kevin Ryan and Paul Terry.

Venues & Dates

Estonian Academy of Arts Gallery, Tallinn.

Da Keldrisaal Da Keldrisaal Pärnu MNT 6 Tallinn.

Mar 21 — Mar 22

Funded by Culture Ireland as part of the EU Presidency International Culture Programme 2013
Estonian Acadamy of Arts Gallery / Da Keldrissal, Tallinn, Estonia.

ROTATOR: Exhibition Tour – Ruth Clinton, Niamh Moriarty, Michael O’Rourke, and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

As part of the ongoing exhibition Rotator at the Pallas Projects/Studios, a tour will take place on this Friday, the 22nd, from 7pm.

Michael O’ Rourke, philosopher and co-founder of the Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought; Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, English professor and Director of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the George Washington University; and artists Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty will perform a four way collaboration in response to some of the pieces in the current exhibition.

No booking necessary. Please see their website for more information and events.


Opening at Belfast Exposed on Thursday 14th March, Thresholds is a photographic group exhibition curated by MA ACW student, Ciara Hickey. There will be an artist’s talk with Maja Daniels, Luke Stephenson, Peter Watkins and Tereza Zelenkova, chaired by Ciara, at 3pm on Friday March 15th. Full details at


Maja Daniels | Stephen Gill | Sophie Ristelhueber | Luke Stephenson | Peter Watkins & Tereza Zelenkova

Opening: Thursday 14 March 7-9pm

Exhibition: 15 March – 26 April 2013

Artists’ Talk: Friday 15 March 3pm | with curator Ciara Hickey and artists; Maja Daniels, Luke Stephenson, Peter Watkins and Tereza Zelenkova.

The perceived veracity of a photographic image, combined with its ambiguity, creates a unique space where fiction and truth intertwine. It is at this permeable border between reality and fiction that a photograph becomes a threshold to an infinite series of meanings. Thresholds explores the relationship between truth, fiction and fantasy within documentary photography. All of the artists included in the exhibition have created a body of work documenting a specific subject or site. Each image poses a challenge to our expectations of reality, and resonates with the realm of the imaginary.

Artist Biographies

Maja Daniels (b. 1985, Sweden) Daniels is the recipient of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, and was selected as one of the Magenta Foundations Flash Forward Emerging Photographers of 2012. Daniels’ photographs have been included in recent exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), The Photographers Gallery (London), The National Gallery (London) and Getxophoto (Bilbao).

Stephen Gill (b. 1971, U.K) Gill’s photographs have been exhibited widely including at London’s National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Victoria Miro Gallery (London), Sprengel Museum (Hannover), Tate (London), Gun Gallery (Stockholm) The Photographers’ Gallery (London), Haus Der Kunst (Munich). Gill is currently preparing for a major solo show in FOAM, Amsterdam to open in May 2013.

Sophie Ristelhueber (b. 1949, France) Ristelhueber has exhibited widely, including MoMA, (New York), Museum of Fine Arts, (Boston), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, (Geneva), Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, (Arles) and Tate Modern, (London). She won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010 for her retrospective Sophie Ristelhueber at Jeu de Paume, Paris in 2009.

Luke Stephenson (b. 1983, U.K). In 2005 Stephenson won the Jerwood photography Prize. He has exhibited widely including at The Exit Gallery (London), Festival International de Mode et de Photographie (Hyeres FR), the New York Photo Festival, Jen Bekman Gallery (New York), The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Perth), and The Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa (U.K). In 2010 he was selected for the Talent Issue of FOAM

Peter Watkins (b. 1984, UK) Watkins is currently an MA student at Royal College of Art. He has a published book with JSBJ, and a self-published book with Tereza Zelenkova. His work is part of the collection at Fotomuseum Winterthur. His self-published book Index of Time (2012), in collaboration with Tereza Zelenkova, was selected as one of the best books of 2012 by Photo-Eye. He has recently exhibited at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art (Sunderland), and Royal College of Art (London).

Tereza Zelenkova (b. 1985, Czech Republic). Zelenkova received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art (2012). She is a finalist of The 1000 Words Magazine Award 2012, and Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed 2011 awarded by The Photographers’ Gallery. She has exhibited her work at the Lianzhou Foto festival in China, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Perth), and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Sunderland). Her work is part in the collections of Fotomuseum Winterthur and Saatchi Gallery.

Thresholds Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 20 April, 14:00 – 16:00, Free

This workshop is facilitated by Belfast based writer Emily Dedakis. Over the course of the session, the photographs in Thresholds will be used as the basis for several creative writing exercises

To book a place contact us on or T: +44 (0) 28 9023 0965

Image Credit: Sophie Ristelhueber, Eleven Blow Ups no.5, 2006,Centre national des arts plastiques@ Adagp, Paris/CNAP/photo: Paris, Y.Chenot

‘The Limit of the Object’ – Contemporary Art & Lacanian Psychoanalysis

This event is organised jointly by the Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation-New Lacanian School (ICLO-NLS) and the MA Art in the Contemporary World- National College of Art & Design (NCAD). Rik Loose of the ICLO Organising Committee explains the impetus to do so was to bring together

artists and psychoanalysts of the Lacanian orientation in order to engage in a dialogue on the importance of contemporary art, with particular emphasis on the notion of the ‘object’ and its ‘limits’.

The premise on which this event is based concerns a limit, in relation to which analysts know that the artist is always ahead of them. Freud compared suggestive techniques used in the treatments of mental problems to the act of painting which adds and adjusts layers of paint, whilst, on the contrary, he compared the analytic act to sculpture in the sense of stripping the object of layers of material in order to arrive at a beautiful or meaningful form.1 This gives rise to the question whether these metaphors still apply in modern society and for contemporary art.

If we consider art to be an object, it is the kind of object that has an effect on the speaking-being, the question is: what kind of object is it? Art as an object affects the speaking-being by virtue of the fact that it is intimately connected to what Lacan calls the object a.2 Going beyond Freud, Lacan added to the series of libidinal objects the voice and the gaze.

These two objects are crucial in the exploration of the functioning of art work. Lacan argued that the function of painting concerns the tempering of desire.3 One of the issues to be explored is whether this is still the case. In other words, is the effect of contemporary art not exactly the opposite from the tempering of desire? Or is it not the case that contemporary art has broken through the limits of what is beautiful in order to have an effect on – or expose – something else? That what is beautiful, Lacan says, is not unrelated to the form of the human body (what gives body provides shape, something that is of similar nature as to what is beautiful).4 This something else Lacan called the Real, and it evokes the limits of the Symbolic and the Imaginary.

If contemporary art has an effect on the speaking-being, on the real of the body, perhaps this is an effect that takes place by breaking-through the barriers of what is beautiful. One could say that contemporary art wakes the viewer up out of the slumber of meaning and beauty. In this precise sense the artist has preceded the analyst, i.e., yet again, the artist has shown the analyst the way by waking up the subject, because surely that is crucial in times when the subject has fallen asleep when immediate satisfaction, consumption, etc., are being prioritized.

Also, if contemporary art creates holes in the textures of what is beautiful, wholesome and meaningful, by aiming at the real, can it be posed that contemporary art is essentially ironic in nature?5 The ironic style is not without a relationship to madness, as J.-A. Miller suggested. This has implications for the viewer of art and the artist him or herself.

1 Freud, S. (1905[1904]). On Psychotherapy, S.E. VII, London: The Hogarth Press. P. 260-261.
2 Brousse, M.-H. (2009). The Work of Art in the Age of the Demise of the Beautiful: From Object to Abject, in Hurly-Burly nr.1. p. 135.
3 Lacan,J. (1964). The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, London: Norton, 1977, p. 109.
4 Brousse, M.-H., op.cit. p. 136.
5 Ibid., p. 140.

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