Cristín Leach – Cruinniu na Casca, Monday April 17th

Two events with Cristín Leach in for Cruinniú na Cásca. Tickets free but require booking. Both at Dublin Castle on Easter Monday April 17th:

11am –

“Curated by Clí­odhna Ní Anluain, this strand of Cruinniú na Cásca gathers together visual artists at various stages of their working lives for a series of conversations, visual presentations and performances, and also includes a view from abroad about public engagement with visual art. Each session will be introduced by Ní­ Anluain.

This session, chaired by art writer and critic Cristín Leach, introduces recent art graduates Laura Skehan from DIT, Bassam Al-Sabah from IADT and Sven Sandberg from NCAD. Each of them has already gained public recognition
for their art through awards and prizes. Through their own words and selected images they share their particular art practice. They also consider the aftermath of graduation – its challenges, opportunities and expectations.”

1pm –

“The days of a thumbs up or down from a critic to decide the fate of a new work or project are coming to a close. Between publications cutting back on the number of professional reviewers and the ability of everyone to be a critic online and on social media, the critic is quickly becoming a relic of the past. Yet is there still a need for someone to exercise those critical facilities and provide more than just a listicle or a tweeted review? Where do we find these critics in 2017 and how do they get paid? And will arts and culture organisations miss the critic when he or she
leaves their free seat for the last time?

The speakers at this Cruinniú na Cásca Banter special will Cristín Leach (art critic, *Sunday Times Ireland*), Ian Maleney (writer and critic for *The Wire*, *The Quietus*, *The Irish Times* and *Fallow Media*), Graham McLaren
(Director of the Abbey Theatre) and Nadine ÓRegan (arts editor, *The Sunday Business Post*).

Banter is presented by Jim Carroll.”


The Jason Oakley Art Writing Forum

landing-pagebanner1August 26, 2016, 14:00  –  16:30, Johnson Suite, IMMA
Get Together 2016

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MorganMorgan Qaintance NathanNathan O’Donnell

Each year, in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland, we look at key areas concerning art writing in Ireland. This year we bring editors, writers, artists, and commentators from Ireland and the UK together to have an open discussion about how art writing can be better supported, disseminated and funded as a practice; perhaps even asking the question can it be more than it is already?

This part of Get Together is dedicated to our friend and colleague Jason Oakley, Editor of The Visual Artists News Sheet and Member of AICA Ireland for many years.

This event is part of Get Together 2016. The event also includes a wide range of panel discussions and artists talks. Details of these can be found on the Visual Artists Ireland site. AICA Ireland and AICA International members can avail of the discounted price of 25 Euro for the General Entrance ticket for the day. (Full price is 50 Euro plus booking fee). When asked for the VAI Members Number, put AICA Member. They will then check these details with us.


Alan Phelan studied at Dublin City University and Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. His practice involves the production of objects, participatory projects, curating and writing. These all inform, combine and contribute to an interest in the narrative potential surrounding an artwork. This can be exploited or explored from actual and historical events, ideas, things and places as well as their fictional counterparts. Working in the museum and archive sector has shaped this approach somewhat but more as a counterpoint than agency. Alan is Treasurer of AICA Ireland.

Chris Clarke is Senior Curator of the Glucksman, where he has curated exhibitions including I Went to the Woods: The artist as wanderer; 2116: Forecast of the next century; Everything Must Go: Art and the market; Selective Memory: Artists in the archive; and Fieldworks: Animal habitats in contemporary art. Chris has also curated international exhibitions including Under the Surface: Newfoundland & Labrador at the 55th Venice Biennale; WADE IN at Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland; and The Second Act at Arts Centre de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam. Chris has published numerous texts and reviews of contemporary art and is a frequent contributor to art journals and magazines including Art Monthly, Source, VAN and Photography & Culture.

Critical Bastards is a creative criticism magazine that engages with contemporary visual art and publishes creative writing by artists. Started in Belfast in 2011 and now in its 12th issue, past contributors have included Dennis McNulty, Francis Halsall, Maria Fusco and Adrian Duncan amongst others. Current editors are SuzanneWalsh and Jennie Taylor. Suzanne Walsh is a writer and audio/visual artist from Wexford. Her work has a performative element, with sound and text. Recent performances include IMMA, The International Literature Festival and Burren College of Art. Jennie Taylor is an independent curator, with exhibitions in Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Moxie Studios, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios and The Mart Gallery. Her work currently focuses on performativity, using spoken language and static objects.

Eimear Walshe completed a joint degree in Fine Art and History of Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2014. She makes sculptures, videos and performances that play on fictionalised accounts of history, language, humour and gender. Her work is most often situated in spaces that differ from conventional galleries, which create specific challenges in terms of display, audience, and participation. She has shown in Dublin, Longford, and the Netherlands. She has curated exhibitions and residencies such as setup, a device in Dublin 8 and The 46th Lock in Longford.

Jeremy Millar is an artist living in Whitstable, and tutor in art criticism at the Royal College of Art, London. His recent solo exhibitions include M/W, Muzeum Stzuki, Lodz; XDO XOL, Whitstable Biennale; Chandelier, London; The Oblate, Southampton City Art Gallery (2013); Resemblances, Sympathies, and Other Acts, CCA, Glasgow; and Mondegreen (with Geoffrey Farmer), Project Arts Centre, Dublin (both 2011). He conceived Every Day is a Good Day for Hayward Touring, the largest exhibition to date of the visual art of John Cage, which opened at Baltic in June 2010, and has curated many exhibitions nationally and internationally. Millar has also written numerous catalogue essays and published in magazines and newspapers such as Frieze, Art Monthly, and The Guardian; his most recent book is The Way Things Go (Afterall Books, 2007) on the film by Fischli and Weiss.

JJ Charlesworth has been writing about contemporary art since he left Goldsmiths College London in 1996, where he studied art. He now writes regularly on contemporary art for magazines such as Art Monthly, Modern Painters, Time Out London and ArtReview magazine, where he works as associate editor. He is tutor in painting at the Royal College of Art, and is currently researching a doctoral thesis on British art criticism in the 1970s.

Morgan Quaintance is a London-based writer, musician, broadcaster and curator. Born in South London, he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, 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 is the 2015/16 curatorial fellow at Cubitt Gallery, London. As a presenter he currently works with the BBC’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show, and is also the producer of Studio Visit, a weekly hour-long interviews-based programme, broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, featuring international contemporary artists as guests.

Nathan O’ Donnell is co-editor of Paper Visual Art Journal and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. His writing about art and architecture is published or forthcoming in The Irish Times, Apollo, gorse journal, The Dublin Review, Architecture Ireland, this is tomorrow, and the Visual Artists’ News Sheet, amongst others. He has been appointed editor of the 1914 British avant-garde journal, BLAST, for the forthcoming OUP Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis, and his own book on Lewis’s art criticism will be published by Liverpool University Press next year. He also writes fiction; in 2015 he was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council in 2015

Changes to our Financial Year

Due to new rules governing the provision of annual stickers set by AICA International, we must change our membership subscription process.  The Secretary and Treasurer will issue invoices for existing members in October, which must be paid before the middle of November. Any member not paying in time will not receive a sticker for the following year. This is due to the change that we must provide all membership fees due to Paris before they will provide us with stickers.  They will only provide the number that we have paid for.

This also effects our nominations of new members. Nominations will only be received mid-year so that we can allow for their ratification by the membership, and have all paperwork processed before the invoicing process starts.

Your Membership Subscription

We continue to have issues with some members being very late with their annual subscription.

The matter was discussed at the March 2015 Paris Meeting of the Administrative Council. It was enforced strongly that National Sections must send the money to the Paris Office before the Administrative Council in March of each year.  This means that all subscriptions must be made before the end of February each year so that the treasurer can send it off in a timely manner.

Failure to pay on time means that we will be unable to provide you with a sticker for the current year. This makes your membership card invalid for the year.

If you have yet to pay for 2016 then please do so urgently as the new policy is being introduced by Paris immediately.

If you fail to pay then you will not be eligible for the annual sticker which makes your card invalid for use for the year.  You become liable for the outstanding year in the following year’s subscription. Failure to pay for a third year means that you will have to reapply to become a member of AICA which can take up to a year with the requirement that all applications need to be validated during the General Congress.

If you wish to set up a Standing Order, then please contact Alan before doing so. In this way we can make sure that payments received electronically are allocated against the name of the member. Electronic Banking is too expensive for our limited income, so it takes some time for a statement to come through which verifies the payment so that the sticker can be sent.

Note: If you are standing down from membership of AICA Ireland then please let us know so that we can properly account for our projected income for the year, and send the correct figures to the Paris Office.

AICA Ireland Members – Antony Gormley Lecture in IMMA

Winter Lecture 2015 | Antony Gormley

Tuesday 8 Dec, 7 – 8pm, the Chapel

To mark and celebrate Antony Gormleys major contribution to the practice and discourse of contemporary sculpture since the 1970s, the artist will present a lecture that considers his current practice in the light of his seminal work at IMMA shown shortly after the museum opened in 1991.

This talk will be followed by a drinks reception and is in association with AICA Ireland.

AICA Ireland members have 20 seats reserved for paid up members.  Please contact Sophie in IMMA to reserve your seat. It would be good to let them know as soon as possible as this event is over subscribed.