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Past and upcoming events

RTE Radio 1 Arena Live Show @ Dublin Book Festival
Nov
15
7:00 am07:00

RTE Radio 1 Arena Live Show @ Dublin Book Festival

With Kevin Barry,  Siobhán McSweeney, Sue Rainsford and Patrick Freyne

In Conversation with Seán Rocks

Friday 15 November

Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

€10/€8 concession, Booking advised

 

Join us for an evening of conversation and music with RTE Radio 1’s cultural guru Sean Rocks in conversation with Kevin Barry and contributors to the new edition of Winter Papers including actor Siobhan McSweeney,  writers Sue Rainsford, Patrick Freyne and more! Now in its fifth volume, Winter Papers is an annual anthology for the arts in Ireland and beyond.  Featuring fiction, essays, photography, visual art, along with artist in-conversation pieces, its annual publication is an eagerly anticipated event.

 

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Kevin Barry is the author of three novels and two story collections.  He also writes plays and screenplays. He lives in Co Sligo.

Siobhán McSweeney trained at Central School of Speech & Drama, London and Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris. She has worked at the Royal Court, RSC, National Theatre, Donmar, The Abbey and The Lyric, Belfast. TV and film credits include; Derry Girls, Porters, Extra Ordinary, The Fall, No Offence, and London Irish.

Sue Rainsford is a recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary Award, the VAI/DCC Art Writing Award and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Her debut novel, Follow Me To Ground, received the Kate O’Brien Award. She is Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth University.

Patrick Freyne is a writer of journalism, essays and stories. He works for the Irish Times and his work has appeared in the Dublin Review and Banshee. A collection of his essays will be published by Penguin Ireland in 2020.

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Irish Book Week | Reading | Wendy Erskine, Adrian Duncan and Sue Rainsford
Oct
26
3:00 pm15:00

Irish Book Week | Reading | Wendy Erskine, Adrian Duncan and Sue Rainsford

As part of Irish Book Week, join us for an afternoon of readings in Dublin's famous Hodges Figgis and gain a fascinating insight into the writing processes of three contemporary debut writers.

Sue Rainsford will read from Follow Me to Ground, her "seethingly assured" debut novel (The Guardian).

Adrian Duncan will read from his own debut, Love Notes from a German Building Site, which was recently released in the UK by Head of Zeus and hailed by the Irish Times as "a captivating debut".

Wendy Erskine, nominated for the Edge Hill Prize 2019, will read from her debut collection of short stories, Sweet Home.

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 Irish Glass Biennale 2019 | Symposium + Writing Workshop
Oct
24
9:00 am09:00

Irish Glass Biennale 2019 | Symposium + Writing Workshop

Critical Practices: Making, Writing, Curating, Educating

The Museum is delighted to host, in conjunction with the Glass Society of Ireland, the Irish Glass Biennale 2019 Jury Speakers' Symposium on Thursday, October 24.

This selection of talks forms part of a two-day symposium and exhibition, which will open at the Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Garden, on October 23.

Symposium speakers include Diane C. Wright, Curator of Glass and Decorative Arts at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, United States, and Paula Stokes, Artist and Co-Founder of the METHOD gallery, Seattle, United States.

Writing workshops on vocabularies of writing about making to be led by Dr. Francis Halsall and writer Sue Rainsford. 

This event will be run in conjunction with the Ireland Glass Biennale 2019 exhibition, in the Coach House at Dublin Castle as part of Creative Europe Project: ISGNE.

Booking required. Email bookings@museum.ie.

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How to Write About Your Artwork @ Garter Lane Arts Centre
Oct
19
to 20 Oct

How to Write About Your Artwork @ Garter Lane Arts Centre

Writing about your work is an essential element of your art practice. Covering such topics as proposals, funding applications and statements for press and marketing purposes, this session will equip participants with a core text to work from, develop and adapt in the future.

Over the course of the day, we will work interactively to produce texts that address the concepts, approaches and methodologies particular to your work. In addition to concise, accessible language, we will also consider writing as a dynamic and reflective tool, exploring the more expansive, generative ways in which writing can meld with an arts practice, operating within or alongside it.

In discussing how participants might develop a long term relationship with writing that will serve their practice and its shifting demands as it develops over time, we will also cover various opportunities regarding the production of text in relation to an artwork or exhibition.

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VAI Workshop | Writing About Your Work with Sue Rainsford – Wexford
Sep
18
11:30 am11:30

VAI Workshop | Writing About Your Work with Sue Rainsford – Wexford

As an artist, you will be required to write about your work for a variety of reasons including press releases, proposals and applications. Focusing on the artist statement, this session will equip participants with a text to work from, develop and adapt in the future.

Concisely conveying core elements of your practice is essential to promoting your work and ensuring its accessibility. Covering such topics as proposals, funding applications, and statements for press and marketing purposes, we will discuss the dos and don’ts in writing statements. Over the course of the day, participants will work in an interactive way with peer supported feedback, producing texts that succinctly deliver their concepts, approaches and methodologies.

While working toward developing a concise statement, this session will also explore writing as a dynamic and reflective tool. We will consider the more expansive, generative ways in which writing can serve an arts practice, operating within or alongside it. In discussing how participants might develop a long term relationship with writing that will serve their practice and its shifting demands as it develops over time, we will also cover various opportunities regarding the production of text in relation to an artwork or exhibition.

Wednesday 18 September, 11.30am to 5.00pm.

Wexford Based Artists: €20
VAI Members (Non Wexford Based): €50
General Admission: €100

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In Conversation with Celina Muldoon @ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery
Aug
24
1:00 pm13:00

In Conversation with Celina Muldoon @ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

Kevin Kavanagh is proud to present SIRENS Part III, an exhibition and two performances by Celina Muldoon taking place Thursday 22nd and Saturday 31st August at 7pm. Performance duration approx 25 mins. Muldoon will also be in conversation with Sue Rainsford in the gallery at 1pm Saturday 24th August.

LIVE; BALOR; ROCK; TOWER; SOUND; RALLY; FILM; KIDS; EYE,
STREAM; LIFT; CALL; DIFF; SEE; BREAST; PLAY,
POWER; RISE; ACT; DARK; CHAOS!

SIRENS Part III is the third in a series of test events. For 2 weeks in August Kevin Kavanagh Gallery will become a site of call/response; action/reaction.

SIRENS was originally conceived out of a desire to identify mythological races based around her home in Donegal and the isolated community of the North West of Ireland. What transpired was a deep exploration into our ancient cultural heritage and the supernatural sea-faring race called the Fomorians or Fomoire. Her research involved collaboration with young people in Donegal around their ideas of identity, isolation and a sense of place while living within fringe territories. Recurring topics where relationships with space, connections between landscape and escapism and rally culture.
Muldoon collaborated with writer Sue Rainsford to explore language, text and symbolism in ancient folklore and how they might translate in contemporary culture. Working with music producer Keith Mannion they tested experimental sound techniques to create a 'battle cry' or 'Siren Call' for the contemporary world. What evolved became a re-imagining of the power structures within Irish folklore to claim space through live performance, sound and text. SIRENS live installation - performance has been presented as a solo exhibition in Pallas Projects and Studios, as a Live procession from Temple Bar Gallery to The Project Arts Centre as part of LIVE COLLISION festival and will be exhibited as part of RHA FUTURESthis November.

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Cúirt International Festival of Literature
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Debut Irish Voices

Three fresh, diverse voices in Irish fiction share a common focus on strong, isolated characters struggling to forge their own journeys. What are the roots of the Emergency that has destroyed Ireland? Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press) is well-known Tramp Press co-founder, Sarah Davis-Goff’s gripping first novel. Sue Rainsford’s debut, Follow Me To Ground (New Island) is a beautifully controlled, sinister tale that questions our preconceptions of predator and prey and the consequences of unchecked desire. Well-known Galway poet and short story writer, Aoibheann McCann has penned her debut novel. Marina (Wordsonthestreet) is a moving account of its eponymous central character’s solitary existence. This event will be chaired by Danny Denton, a novelist from Cork. The Earlie King & The Kid In Yellow was published by Granta Books in 2018 and was shortlisted for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Irish Book Awards. Denton is also the guest editor of The Stinging Fly (Summer 2019).

Tickets available here.

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In conversation with Maeve Connolly @ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery
Apr
3
6:00 pm18:00

In conversation with Maeve Connolly @ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery


Sue Rainsford's debut novel Follow Me To Ground was released in May of last year with New Island Books. Published as a piece of literary fiction, the novel initially took root in research around such artists as Jenny Keane, Megan Eustace and Kiki Smith, and was presented as Sue’s final project for her MA in Visual Arts Practices at IADT.

Sue and writer Maeve Connolly  will discuss some of the prevalent themes in the novel, and how literary writing functions within and alongside contemporary art practices.

This conversation is very generously hosted by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.  

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Maeve Connolly is the author of TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television (Intellect, 2014) and The Place of Artists’ Cinema: Space, Site and Screen (Intellect, 2009). Her writing has appeared in journals such as Afterall, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Millennium Film Journal, MIRAJ and she has authored catalogue texts on the work of numerous artists, including Vivienne Dick, Jesse Jones, Mairead O’hEocha, Bea McMahon, Niamh O'Malley, Susan Philipsz and Sarah Pierce. She co-directs the MA in Art & Research Collaboration at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dublin.

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Better Words @ EVA International
Apr
2
to 10 Apr

Better Words @ EVA International

Better Words is an educational initiative by EVA International developed with support by Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund. The project seeks to empower children’s access and understanding of contemporary art through creative language. The project will result in the production of a children’s ‘dictionary’ or ‘glossary’ of new Contemporary Art terms, developed by school children in Limerick City and County through a series of guided workshops and artistic encounters at leading artists’ studios, museums and galleries across Ireland. Through creative facilitation and direct engagement with practicing contemporary artists and creative writers, children will be encouraged to creatively articulate their experiences of art; improving literacy and experimenting with new word-forms.

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Kate O'Brien Award
Feb
24
6:30 pm18:30

Kate O'Brien Award

The shortlist of writers for the Kate O'Brien Award 2019 has been announced. The nominees are:
Eileen Battersby, Teethmarks on my Tongue

Rebecca O'Connor, He is Mine and I Have no Other

Caroline O’Donoghue, Promising Young Women

Dervla McTiernan, The Ruin

Sue Rainsford, Follow me to Ground

The Kate O'Brien Award was established in 2015. It celebrates new Irish writing by a female author. It was established by the organising committee of the Kate O'Brien Weekend to celebrate Irish Women's Writing in memory of Kate O'Brien. It is an honorary award which celebrates debut Irish fiction; this award is a great affirmation for the debut winner and a recognition of the literary quality of the book. There is a presentation to the winner at the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien.

We celebrate the shortlisted authors and the winner on the Sunday of the Festival after the Kate O'Brien lecture with photographs and press coverage.

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Basic Talks ~ Sue Rainsford
Dec
14
1:00 pm13:00

Basic Talks ~ Sue Rainsford

Basic Space is delighted to present writer Sue Rainsford for our December BASIC TALK.

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art. BASIC TALKS is a collaboration between Basic Space and The Hugh Lane, exploring alternatives in the dissemination of contemporary art and its discourses.

Admission is free but spaces are limited to 50 so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

BASIC TALKS ~ Sue Rainsford, takes place in conjunction with Pallas Projects/Studios Exhibition: Periodical Review #8

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Dublin Book Festival
Nov
17
3:30 pm15:30

Dublin Book Festival

EMERGING AUTHORS SERIES II
In the second of our Emerging Authors events, expect a wealth of insights from four of Ireland’s most daring new voices. Caitriona Lally’s debut novel, Eggshells (HarperCollins), draws readers into the perspective of an eccentric, lonely woman as she wanders the streets of Dublin. Aoibheann McCann, with short story, non-fiction and poetry publications already to her name, has recently treated readers to her first novel – Marina(Wordsonthestreet), a moving account of its eponymous central character’s solitary existence. Playwright and children’s author Darragh Martin has explored new territory this year with his first novel for adults, Future Popes of Ireland (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate imprint), a searing account of a family’s escape from the control of the Catholic Church. Sue Rainsford’s debut, Follow Me To Ground(New Island), is a sinister tale that questions our preconceptions of predator and prey. The disparate voices of these four authors are drawn together by a shared focus on the isolated lives of characters who struggle to belong, and who are ultimately forced to carve their own paths. This conversation will be guided by eminent journalist Sue Leonard.

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RHA & TBG+S Young Art Writers Programme
Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

RHA & TBG+S Young Art Writers Programme

The Young Art Writers programme is an initiative of RHA and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) and takes place over two days: Saturday 8 & 15 of September. The programme is designed for anyone age 18 – 25 who is interested in art and writing, or who would like to be introduced to this area. No previous experience is necessary and all levels of writing ability are welcome.

The programme is devised to immerse the participants into thinking about writing in relation to the visual arts in a number of ways, in order to support the participants formulating an individual writing practice. Over the two days, participants will visit exhibitions at RHA, Kerlin Gallery and TBG+S, visit artist Kevin Smith in his studio, attend a talk by Gavin Corbett (TBG+S’s 2017, Writer in Residence), attend workshops by writers Sue Rainsford and Aidan Wall and view a variety of diverse arts publications. Participants will be encouraged to think about various possibilities of writing in and around art and to be open to engaging with new techniques, critical thinking, and more.

After the two days, participants will have 2 weeks to submit a written piece which will then be designed into a zine and launched at Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 22 – 26 November 2018.

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Writing About Your Work @ VAI
Nov
15
10:30 am10:30

Writing About Your Work @ VAI

Concisely conveying core elements of your practice is essential to promoting your work and ensuring its accessibility. Covering such topics as proposals, funding applications, and statements for press and marketing purposes, we will discuss the dos and don’ts in writing statements. Over the course of the day, participants will work in an interactive way with peer supported feedback, producing texts that succinctly deliver their concepts, approaches and methodologies.

While working toward developing a concise statement, this session will also explore writing as a dynamic and reflective tool. We will consider the more expansive, generative ways in which writing can serve an arts practice, operating within or alongside it. In discussing how participants might develop a long term relationship with writing that will serve their practice and its shifting demands as it develops over time, we will also cover various opportunities regarding the production of text in relation to an artwork or exhibition.

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Everything is in Everything
Mar
16
1:00 pm13:00

Everything is in Everything

As part of Everything is in Everything, a collaborative commission between Super Projects, Clodagh Emoe, 4th year students at Hartstown Community School and in partnership with Fingal Arts Office, I presented a workshop on script writing and contemporary art practice.

Taking influence from Rancière’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster, specifically the quote ‘…the very act of storytelling…presumes in its interlocutor an equality of intelligence rather than an inequality of knowledge’, the workshop entailed giving voice to inanimate materials, to objects not typically associated with speech.

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