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BAUHAUS EFFECTS: A conference in Dublin, organised by NCAD, UCC, UCD and the Goethe Institut Dublin

BAUHAUS EFFECTS: A conference in Dublin, organised by the National College of Art and Design, University College Cork, University College Dublin and the Goethe Institut Dublin

7-9 February 2019

More details:

Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Heike Hanada, the architect of the Bauhaus Museum currently under construction in Weimar

Prof. Irit Rogoff, one of the initiators of the transdisciplinary field of Visual Culture and founder of the department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Call for Papers

As the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus approaches, we seek contributors to reflect on the legacy and resonances of the innovative artistic, architectural, design and teaching practices developed there.

Bauhaus Effects aims to assemble an interdisciplinary collection of papers that analyse the repercussions of the legendary Bauhaus school in the hundred years since its inception, considering the ways in which the broad range of practices — including material analysis, models of pedagogy, textile and wallpaper composition, theatre staging and costume design, photography, and interior systems – have transformed everyday experiences from the 1920s to the present day.

Bauhaus innovations and models of thought continue to resonate within the contemporary built environment, from chair construction to skyscraper design, from interior spaces to urban topographies, warranting a thorough, methodologically diverse studies of its effects a century after the school was founded.

Bauhaus Effects aims to investigate the continuing impact of the Bauhaus on an impressive range of contemporary practices across the globe. We propose that the Bauhaus was not just a radical art school but in fact initiated a fundamental paradigm shift in design culture whose import is ripe for assessment a century on.

We welcome papers from a wide range of perspectives, including urbanism, city and regional planning, architecture, drama and theatre studies, art school pedagogy, photo history, art history, contemporary art practice and theory, design history, corporate design and diaspora/exile studies.

Bauhaus Effects and Contemporary Art

We especially welcome proposals for contributions that relate to the practice and discourse of contemporary art. Given that this will be one of many conferences happening across the EU for the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus – for this particular contribution to the conference we feel at liberty to bypass those hegemonic legacies of the Bauhaus that might lead to historical or nationalist claims being celebrated without being problematized.

Hence, the contribution to the conference from the School of Visual Culture will be a strand in the programme that will consider the legacies of the Bauhaus in the context of contemporary art. We will interrogate alternative geographies and ways of working, thinking more about inhabitations of discipline and “school” such as the artist-teacher, radical pedagogies, student bodies, and so on.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 50 word biography by 1 July 2018 to:

Kathleen James-Chakraborty:

Francis Halsall:

Sabine Kriebel:

Curating in the 21 st Century: Summer School with Morgan Quaintance

Applications are open / Deadline is June 25.

10-13 July, 2018

In addition to the curator’s traditional duties of administration, artist liaison, exhibition design, and fundraising, what other tools can be used to fulfill the essential curatorial function of presenting, interpreting, and disseminating contemporary art and ideas for a given public? This year’s Summer School, led by Morgan Quaintance – including key invited speakers, such as The White Pube (Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad) – will consider the possibilities offered by filmmaking, broadcasting and criticism. With an emphasis on the transference of practical skills and theoretical knowledge, this summer school is also aimed at artists and other cultural producers as participants will be given a basic introduction to each field designed to encourage further exploration beyond the course.

Morgan Quaintance is a London-based writer, musician, broadcaster and curator. Born in South London, he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, and has written for The Guardian, The Wire, Art Review, Frieze,, and a number of curatorial sites and blogs. He is a contributing editor for E-Flux’s online publishing portal Art Agenda, is a founding member of the curatorial collective DAM PROJECTS, and was the 2015/16 curatorial fellow at Cubitt Gallery, London. As a presenter he has worked with BBC radio and television, Channel Four, Artfund, the Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Roundhouse, and is also the producer of Studio Visit, a monthly hour-long interviews-based programme, broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, featuring international contemporary artists as guests.

Course requirements
Participants should come with something they would like to curate (i.e. formally present, interpret and disseminate to a given public). It can be anything from an idea, socio-cultural or political issue, to a survey of artists or an artistic tendency. What is important is that each participant will have something to test out in the filmmaking, broadcasting and criticism sessions.

Application procedure
This programme is open to curators and artists.
Selection will be based on submission of a curatorial /artist statement, a short bio, an up to date CV and 4-5 images where appropriate.
Please note this four day course has a limit on places and is competitive.

Cost – €200

For more information, please contact Jennie Guy at

Fire Station Artists’ Studios
9-12 Lower Buckingham Street
Dublin 1

Open Call for Curators for New Spaces Project, Derry

Application deadline extension: Friday 11 May

Visual Artists Ireland, Northern Ireland invite curators to take part in New Spaces. This year long project offers four emerging curators the unique opportunity to develop all aspects of their practice by providing the space and budget to produce four exhibitions with artists of their selection, mentorship from experienced curators Mary Cremin (Void), Sara Greavu (CCA Derry~Londonderry) alongside two other high profile curators based in Northern Ireland and assistance throughout from project officers Rob Hilken & Anne Marie McKee.

New Spaces is a programme of 16 contemporary art exhibitions in four unconventional spaces across the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. Curators will be selected from an open call and will each produce four exhibitions over an eight month period. Each exhibition will run for up to 4 weeks.

View the full project brief here: New Spaces – Call for Curators

Project Aims

● Create opportunities for artists and curators
● Increase the number of skilled arts professionals/producers
● Retain talent in the region
● Develop long-term private sector partners
● Enhance the reputation of Derry City and Strabane as a centre of artistic excellence


The programme will include a programme of support and mentoring for selected curators that will be delivered by Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with local arts partners, Void gallery, CCA, Derry~Londonderry, and Nerve Visual. The mentoring programme will see participants work with experienced curators to develop their proposals, gain project management skills and enhance their professional networks.

Mary Cremin, New Spaces project mentor and Director of Void Gallery, has recently been selected to curate the Irish Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

A two-day workshop – Project Management for the Visual Arts – will be delivered within the first month of the project.

The Spaces

We are currently in the process of finalising the venue partners. Venues will be high footfall, unconventional spaces in the Derry City and Strabane District Council. Confirmed at this stage are the Walled City Brewery, Gwyn’s Café and Pavilion, Brooke Park and The Cottage, Craft Village. The final venue is to be confirmed.

Curators will each produce four exhibitions, one in each of the four venues. It is anticipated that the first exhibitions of the programme will open on 23rd June 2018. The details of all exhibitions in the programme should be finalised prior to the programme going to print at the beginning of June.


● Curators will receive a fee of £250 per exhibition
● There is a fee of £200 per artist or artist collective (one fee per exhibition)
● There is a limited budget available for travel and transportation
● There is a limited budget available for installation costs

Each exhibition has a budget for one artist, or artist collective. There is also a limited budget for transportation of artworks and installation costs. Budgets must agreed in advance with the project officer. Special consideration should be given to project logistics within proposals. VAI artist payment guidelines dictate that the available fee will not be suitable for experienced artists or commissioning new work.

How to Apply

Curators are invited to submit proposals for two exhibitions according to the brief.

● Outlined proposal for Walled City Brewery and Gwyn’s Café and Pavilion, Brooke Park
● Covering letter that outlines your suitability according to the criteria outlined in the brief (no more than one side of A4)
● CV

Send your applications to:

If you have any questions about the position please contact Rob Hilken on the above email address or by telephone on 028 9587 0361

Principal Funder Arts Council NI through Lottery Funds in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council.

More information at:

Postgraduate Scholarships (ACW)

Following the successes of the two Masters programs offered by the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, a scholarship worth full tuition fees will be awarded to a student on the MA Art in the Contemporary World and the MA Design History and Material Culture. The scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students.

To be eligible for consideration for one of the Visual Culture MA tuition Scholarship awards applicants should apply for admission to the programme in the normal way. In addition you should submit a one page covering letter outlining your academic achievements and the reason why you should be considered for the scholarship award. Please refer to Postgraduate Admissions for application procedures.

Both MA programmes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis over one or two years respectively. Click here for information on application guidelines, fees and funding. Application/admissions queries to

Deadline for applications: 30th April 2018

Call for Submissions for /Glitch Festival Sedimentary Structures Gallery Talk

Invited Participants: Current students & previous graduates at University of Ulster, NCAD’s ACW & ADW and IADT’s ARC.
Deadline for Pitch Proposal: March 3rd, 2017
Deadline for Text: May 2nd 2017

Email: your text or short proposal by March 3rd.

The curators of /Glitch Festival Dublin 2017 would like to invite current & previous students at University of Ulster, NCAD’s ACW and IADT’s ARC to submit an existing article/text relating to artistic practice which engages with digital technology. Alternatively, we are open to submissions of a short pitch of 200 words on a new text/presentation/performative text you would like to compose responding to some of the curatorial ideas outlined in the festival statement below. The scope is wide, seeking experimental, engaging texts or presentations. New texts will have a cap of 2000 words, existing texts may need to be edited to a 15-minute talk.

Four submissions/participants will be chosen to present their text on May 17th as part of / Glitch Festival Sedimentary Structures Gallery Talk.
Each speaker will receive a €200 fee for their participation.

About /Glitch Festival 2017:

Location: RUA RED Gallery 1 & 2.
Sedimentary Structures – Traces of the Live event Curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of MART. Assistant Curator: Deirdre Morrissey

Featuring: Cecile Babiole, David Beattie, Cathy Coughlan, Richard Forrest, Cliona Harmey, Livestock, David Lunney, Robin Price and ITT Tallaght.

“This year /Glitch Festival will celebrate it’s 6th year. During that time /Glitch Festival has grown into Ireland’s foremost digital arts festival. We work to bring the best of digital arts practices to the fore. /Glitch Festival brings leading media and technology artists, curators and artist groups together with audiences to draw out connections between art, culture and technology with the aim of fostering greater critical understanding and debate around artists interaction, investigation and intersection with technologies.”

For /Glitch Festival at RUA RED 2017 the curators have invited visual artists working with technology, digital media, video and the web with a specific focus on creating new and innovative work for a series of live event which culminates in an exhibition. The trace of an experience leaves a sediment or a resonating footprint in the space it occupied. As public engagement within the digital arts increases, traces of their participation and connectivity begins to be lost through technological advancements and lack of cataloging.

However the transient nature of these engagements have begun to leave traces of ‘the event’; mystifying what has previously occurred while combating the sedimentary structure of the traditional showcase. The festival will engage in discovery and investigation of these traces, resulting in a series of live, performative, experimental artwork that will leave residues, results and footprints

The curators have worked with the artists to create experimental technological driven artworks for the public engagement and participation. These works are interactive, reactionary, impulsive, divisive, explosive, political in creation, with at its core leaving a significant and possibly mystifying residue of what took place.

The exhibition structure will be transient and temporary in nature, with artworks changing and evolving throughout the duration of the festival. Whether the artwork is a performance or installation that degrades over time, the basic ingredient of the festival is that the work is impermanent.

This years /Glitch will be segmented into the first 2 weeks of active experimentation, during which the participating artists will be present in the space, with the public invited to engage, question and interact with the artists and artworks. The final 2 weeks will form an exhibition of the remnants and showcase of the previous events experiments, along with workshops, gallery talks and live performances.

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:

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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