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.”