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Research, scholarship and study opportunities: Art in the Contemporary World, Dublin

The National College of Art and Design is delighted to announce two opportunities in Dublin, Ireland.

(1) “Medium/ Platform/ System”
ACW research and teaching residency in collaboration with The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

MA/ MFA Art in the Contemporary World, National College of Art & Design, Dublin in collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), is now inviting applications for its autumn (2016) research and teaching residency.

This residency is open to writers, artists, curators, educators and other practitioners who have published writings in the field of contemporary art. It will begin around Oct. 2016, and have a duration of up to five weeks.

The selected applicant will be provided with a residential space at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and will receive a stipend. During this time they will be expected to deliver presentations on their own research interests in the context of the Art in the Contemporary World’s Master’s programme, as well as lead a number of seminars and conversations relating to the research residency’s theme “Medium/ Platform/ System”

For more details on Art in the Contemporary World contact Francis Halsall and Declan Long:

Please go to for more information about the IMMA studio programme. Further information about the research residency can be found HERE

Deadline for applications:  Monday 30th May, 2016

(2) Postgraduate scholarship for MA studies:

Following the successes of the two Master’s programmes offered by the faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, a scholarship worth full tuition fees will be awarded to a student in either the MA Art in the Contemporary World or the MA Design History and Material Culture. The scholarship will be awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non-EU students.

For more information (including application procedures) on these opportunities and the research environment in the Faculty of Visual Culture at NCAD, visit:

Deadline for scholarship applications: April 29th 2016

You may also contact the programme directors:

Declan Long, / Francis Halsall, (Art in the Contemporary World)

Anna Moran, (MA Design History & Material Culture)
Other enquiries:

“Bungalow Bliss”, TG4, Saturday 26th March, 19:50

“Bungalow Bliss” revisits Jack Fitzsimon’s housing catalogue of 1971, and the extraordinary effect it had on Irish house design and rural ways of living. Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward’s cinematic work presents these bungalows, and the landscapes they were built on, in a radical new way. Their response recognises this period of building and dwelling as a major architectural movement in the history of the Irish state.

“Bungalow Bliss” stems directly from research Adrian Duncan undertook and thesis he wrote during his MA ACW studies in 2010/11.

A FAIR LAND: MA ACW at The Irish Museum of Modern Art (2016)

MA Art in the Contemporary World (ACW) at National College of Art & Design, Dublin is pleased to announce the details of their forthcoming collaborative seminar series with Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Lead by Declan Long and Francis Halsall and ACW students these discursive seminars will focus on themes related to the IMMA/ Grizedale Arts residency, studio and summer events program until the title A Fair Land.

For more details contact: or

A Fair Land/ A Far Land

Mondays 4, 11, 18, 25 April and 9th, 16th May, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm IMMA, Studio 5
Lead by MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

This seminar series begins from 3 conceptual starting points:
(1) a concern with imagining or navigating territories that are ‘beyond knowledge’
(2) an interest in ways that metaphors of geography shape our thinking and behaviour
(3) the aesthetic, ethical and political potentials and risks of utopian thinking.

These MA ACW seminars are open to the public to ‘listen/join in’ but participation is conditional on attending all seminars.

1. Out there, Thataway; what lies beyond?
2. Sarah Glennie on Grizedale at IMMA
3. Hippie Modernism: Alternative Systems
4. A Phenomenology of North: geographical and bodily systems
5. Science Fictions: Outer Space & Inner Space
6. Green and Pleasant Lands: Irelantis and Utopias

The Politics of Participation: Public Spheres

Fridays 15, 22, 29 April and 6 May, 11:00am – 1:00pm IMMA, lecture room
Lead by MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

This series of seminars focuses on the theme of ‘public spheres.’

They are open to the public to ‘listen/join in’ but participation is conditional on attending all four seminars.

Participants will discuss some key issues and theories, relevant to contemporary cultural discourse relating to: participation; social organization and political agency. We’ll be asking what makes a public, and how this happens.

Topics include:

1. The Aesthetics of Relations, Networks and Systems
2. Museums/ Galleries: Public Spheres vs. Mausoleums
3. Public Sphere(s): Private and Public Identity
4. The politics of aesthetics/ the aesthetics of politics

Fabian Marti: FM

Fabian Marti: FM

Edition Patrick Frey is realeasing a new publication featuring the work of Swiss artist Fabian Marti with text by Irish philosopher & ACW contributor Paul J. Ennis.

This book is a trip. A trip through the visual realms of the artist Fabian Marti. Its prevailing cosmic black is subtly accentuated now and then by color: the milky white of mountain crystal, the raw dun of rock caves, the sandy beige of pillared Greek ruins. Or color as a by-product of alchemistic photogram processes. The shapes are original and familiar. Marti reinterprets symbols and reviews the cultural history of modernity and beyond. A journey through time as past and present blend in simultaneity. Digital and analog united. Scanned objects revealed: mushrooms, stones, toast, a pair of hands. And modified pictures from outside sources.

This is a book about altered states of consciousness triggered by substances and shapes. It’s about spiritual views and mystical experiences – and their negation. Not somber, not sad, not heavy, but contemplative and awake. An oscillation between yes and no.

2116: Call for open submission

2116 is a forecast of the next century. It explores our predictions and projections of an increasingly globalised and technology-driven world, and asks how Ireland will look from both within the country and from outside. From our contemporary vantage point, halfway between the origins of Irish independence in 1916 and an unknown, imagined future, how do visual artists see the next 100 years?

2116 is an exhibition featuring work by contemporary Irish artists as well as artists with a strong connection to Ireland, its art and culture. This inclusive approach towards Irish identity allows for a dialogue between local and global communities, between the specifics of place and the cultural connections that network Ireland to the world. The exhibition, taking place a century after the Easter Rising, will be a platform for what is rising now, questioning how the past shapes the future, and a way for Ireland in all its definitions to begin to imagine what lies ahead.

2116 invites artists from Ireland or who can demonstrate a connection to Irish culture to submit proposals as part of this initiative. This open call for submissions looks to encourage artists to engage in new visions of the next 100 years, its technological advances, changing society, progress and decay, and to reflect on and imagine Ireland’s position and stake in this future world.

2116 is a collaboration between two partner organisations which are both world-class architectural art spaces in regional settings: O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork, Ireland (2004) and Zaha Hadid’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, USA (2012). The partners share a commitment to international exhibition practice developed in tandem with public programmes that involve young people and communities.

2116 will take place at the Glucksman, Cork, Ireland from March to July 2016 and at the Broad Art Museum, Michigan, USA from November 2016 to May 2017. An extensive program of curated events, courses and workshops will accompany the exhibitions as well as a dedicated publication that explores the themes, context and participating artists of 2116.

The sixteen artists for the 2116 exhibition will be selected by Chris Clarke, Senior Curator at the Glucksman; Caitlín Doherty, Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at Broad Art Museum; and ACW Alumnus Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Curator at VISUAL, Carlow; and through invitation and the open submission process.

To apply to the open submission, artists are requested to provide the following information by email to

- Up to 5 examples of previous and/or proposed work no larger than 1MB each. For video files, please provide a working weblink.
- Proposal of artwork for exhibition outlined on A4 page. Longer submissions will not be considered.
- CV demonstrating professional qualifications and experience (3 page maximum).

The proposal should outline how the work fits the 2116 brief above, as well as demonstrating a clear and considered approach to a group exhibition of this nature. Selected artists will be paid a fee of €500. There is no fee for submission. Deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm on Thursday 22 October.

Find out about visiting the Lewis Glucksman Gallery here.

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