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The Systemic Turn

Sara O’Brien on Cliona Harmey // Dublin Ships

ACW alumni Sara O’Brien recently wrote a piece on Cliona Harmey’s Dublin Ships public art project for Belfast’s Collected. Read it here.

Francis Halsall also contributed a piece of writing, ‘Systems at Sea‘, to accompany Cliona’s work.

The Beautifully Absurd

Francis Halsall on Newstalk 106-108FM: The ‘History of Art Night School’ looks at Surrealism in art

In the early 1920s a new and bizarre style of art began to appear around the world. Inspired by dreams artists and writers began to create works of art that reflected the visions found in these wondrous worlds. Building on the work of the Dadaists, psychoanalysis, and other avant-garde schools this movement swept around the world changing music, language, art, film and literature as it went. The work of artists like Dali, Leonora Carrington, and Andre Breton continue to amaze and inspire today.

Patrick is joined by Dr Francis Halsall this Sunday as ‘Talking History’ looks at the Surrealist movement in the third instalment of our ‘History of Art Night School’. What exactly is Surrealism? What did people hope to achieve with Surrealist art? Why was it so popular? And what has its lasting legacy been?

[Image: ‘Object’ by Meret Oppenheim, 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pro Litteris, Zurich]


MART Experiments presents ‘An Experiment in Life Drawing’
curated by Lynda Phelan

Open Call for Participants – Deadline: 28 May 2015
Date (s) of Experiment: 13 + 14 June 2015
@ The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6.

Life Drawing –Traditionally, an essential component of an artist’s education. Nowadays – Is it even possible to say where life-drawing fits in the contemporary narrative?

Recently, The National College of Art & Design had a re-think
Re: How best to accommodate the tradition of Life Drawing in Today’s Art College.

As a traditional form of learning that focuses on what is in front of the artist – Life Drawing sits outside of the main curriculum of study.

The National College of Art recognises still the value
And have re-dressed the issue with a credited value-system –
Equating the value of Life Drawing with that of all other elective modules.

Take still –
The re-establishment of The RHA School in 2008. Now offering the contemporary artist something of the traditional life-drawing class…

The practice of Life Drawing might not be as important as it once was within the visual arts, but it does still occupy the mind.

So Now – What if we were to take ‘The Tradition’ out of The Life-Drawing Class?

‘An Experiment in Life Drawing’ will take the form of a self-directed life-drawing class with a touch of something different / a twist of the unconventional…

Lynda Phelan is now looking for male & female participants to take part in her ‘Experiment’.

For more details, please see:

Female Model will be played by Newcastle Performance Artist – Nicola Canavan




ACW course co-ordinator Dr. Francis Halsall presents a seminar on the aesthetics of systems in collaboration with the Barcelona University Facultad des Bellas Artes. Two central issues will be unpacked: on one hand how theories of systems can provide an understanding of aesthetic practices and experiences; and on the other, how systems thinking, itself, can become a form of aesthetic reflection.

Organised by Anna Calvera and Angelica Castro.

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