ARC Events

ARC Events and Collaborations

ARC collaborates regularly with Dublin-based art organisations such as The LAB, IMMA, Pallas Projects, aemi, PLASTIK, and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Details on selected events can be found below.

ARC and aemi

On Saturday 2 November 2019, ARC collaborated with aemi and the Douglas Hyde Gallery on the development and presentation of No Longer Peripheral, a day of screenings & talks focused on artist moving image cultures in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland. More information on this event can be found at

ARC + The LAB: Public Discussions

Recent collaborations with The LAB include a public discussion event, The Expanded Field: A Conversation Art and Research, with Aurora Tang (Centre for Land Use Interpretation), Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Arts) and Paul McAree (Lismore Castle Arts), the LAB, Dublin, 25 April 2018. Video documentation is available here 

ARC + IMMA: Lecture Series

ARC and IMMA collaborate regularly on public talks and lectures, which are recorded for IMMA’s Soundcloud.

Authenticity and the Theatre of Self, Dr. Sinead Hogan,15 February 2018,

Actors, Performing Bodies and the Matter of Storage, Dr. Maeve Connolly, 1 February 2018. This lecture focuses on artworks that suggest material manifestations of acting or performing bodies, and combine sculptural media with technologies such as digital 3D modelling or animatronics to propose new understandings of the human body as a medium of storage, including discussion of works by Cecile B. Evans, Nathaniel Mellors and Jeamin Cha.

Heidegger – Technology and Art, Dr. Sinead Hogan, 2 March 2017.

Aesthetics – Ressentiment – Non-place, IMMA, 1 April 2016. Sinéad Hogan (Lecturer, IADT: ARC) introduces the work of Jacques Derrida in relation to a politics of statements, trauma and impossibility. The focus of the talk will be on the radical impossibility of an apology. Audio recording here.

‘The Infrastructural Turn’, IMMA, October 2, 2015: Maeve Connolly (Lecturer, IADT: ARC) explores definitions of infrastructure developed in art and media theory, referencing works by Celine Condorelli, Simon Denny, John Gerrard, Melanie Gilligan, Fiona Marron and Andrea Zittel, and also critical texts by Hito Steyerl. Audio recording here.

Media Archives in Transition, IMMA, February 26, 2015: Maeve Connolly (Lecturer, IADT: ARC) explores the changing form and function of broadcast and film archives, addressing issues of access, dissemination, archive oriented art practice, and the role of the artist as mediator of the archive. Audio recording here.

What is sculpture? IMMA, May 9, 2015: Sinead Hogan (Lecturer, IADT: ARC) presents What is Sculpture…? This talk considers new definitions of sculpture and explore how contemporary forms of ‘expanded sculpture’ prompts the viewer to question the object-nature of art. Audio recording here.

ARC and IMMA: Begin Anywhere – Third Level Forum, 5 April 2016. This event, inspired by John Cage’s advice to ‘begin anywhere’, was organised by IMMA and ARC. Undergraduate art students from all over Ireland were invited to participate in an artist-centred conversation about the possibilities of artistic practice after art school. Presentations explored the practices of artist-led spaces, independent curators and resource organisations, aiming to provide opportunities for students to exchange ideas, pose questions and make connections. Documentation and programme details available here

ARC and PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image, Irish Film Institute & Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

ARC has collaborated with PLASTIK in both 2015 and 2017. PLASTIK is a unique platform for the engagement and appreciation of artists’ moving image in Ireland. The festival offers an innovative, accessible and creative platform for the presentation of artists’ film and video, with a focus on discursive events and the cinema as exhibition space. Developed in collaboration with LUX London, PLASTIK is presented in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and IADT Dublin, and is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council

ARC exhibition and public programme at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, 4-6 November 2016

ARC researchers participated in a curatorial networking project, entitled PIIGS An Alternative Geography of Curating. It was conceived as a platform for debate about the economic crisis and how it has affected artistic and curatorial practices from the point of view of PIIGS* nations (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain), characterised as careless and negligent by the international economic community.

Participating curators and institutions included ARC researchers Sophie Behal, Maeve Lynch, Steven Nestor, Rosie O’Reilly and Ben Stafford along with Campo 15, Italy; Neon Foundation, Greece; ARTIS, University of Lisbon, Portugal; and University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Irish artist and IADT MAVIS graduate Fiona Marron was selected by the group to exhibit recent video and sculptural work which relates to interconnected social systems and an interest in mercantile and economic influences.

ARC & Pallas Projects:  in the making, BA Art student exhibitions

ARC regularly collaborates with Pallas Projects on the organisation of IADT undergraduate exhibitions, titled in the making. In 2017, in the making was presented in three instalments, titled SPARK, FORGE and QUENCH, unfolding over three weeks in November 2016. Conceived as an experiment in learning through exhibition-making, the project was developed with guidance from PP/S co-curator Gavin Murphy and assistance from ARC students. Three invited respondents—Linda Shevlin, Paul McAree and Lee Welch—were invited to engage with elements of the exhibition in conversation with IADT students as part of the exhibition’s public programme. Further information is available here

Public Discussion at the LAB in association with ARC IADT and UCD Parity Studios.

Art & Research Practices: Encounters & Entanglement, Friday Nov 6, 2015. Speakers: Alice Feldman (sociologist) and Michael McLoughlin, (artist). Chaired by Dr. Sinead Hogan, Co-Director, Art Research Collaboration MA, IADT. The discussion explored areas of intersection between both the practice-based methodologies and the recurrent substantive areas of research in the work of sociologist Alice Feldman and visual artist Michael McLoughlin. The initial impetus for this conversation was the relationship between two pieces of work: We are here because you were there, Alice Feldman (2015) is and excavation of the intertwined histories of encounter between Irish and African diasporas, and the implications of these inheritances in the contemporary migration moment. Part of the Placing Voices, Voicing Places project, funded by the Heritage Council Ireland and UCD Seed Funding programme. I am here because I know you will be too, by Michael McLoughlin (2014) is a book of drawings that explores the importance of informal social spaces and having a place to meet for older people. Commissioned by Dublin City Council under the PerCent for Art Scheme.

A to Z of Resort Life: Zine project by Maeve Connolly & Fiona Gannon,  2015

Produced by Maeve Connolly and ARC researcher Fiona Gannon with the support of Fingal Arts, A to Z of Resort Life is a zine devoted to the work of US artist Andrea Zittel. Since the early 1990s, Zittel has used her daily life as the material of her practice, making objects, furnishings and clothing. Some of these objects are inspired by Zittel’s own childhood experiences of holidaying in trailers and recreational vehicles. Most of the artworks are functional things that can be customised by their owners and users, such as her Travel Trailer Units and A-Z Escape Vehicles, and Zittel has also created miniature islands for temporary habitation. The A to Z of Resort Life was produced within the context of Resort Revelations, a residency programme organised by Caroline Cowley of Fingal Arts at Lynder’s Mobile Home Park in Portrane, north county Dublin. It was devised for hardcopy distribution at the Bleeding Pig Festival in Portrane, September 11-13, 2015. A compressed PDF of the zine can be downloaded here.

Symposium and Publication on Curatorial Education, California College of the Arts (2015)

The Next 25 Years: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education is the third in a series of recent symposia organised by the California College of the Arts (San Francisco) aiming to gauge the status and prospects for curatorial programs internationally. The symposium and accompanying publication (forthcoming 2016) includes contributions from graduates of IADT programmes MA in Visual Arts Practices (2004-2014) and staff of the MA in Art & Research Collaboration

Commissioning and Curating at the Intersection of Art & Science, February 2015.

A public lecture by Dr. Sarah Cook, presented by IADT/ARC in collaboration with the LAB and Dublin City Council Arts Office. Dr. Sarah Cook is currently a fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, where, among other interdisciplinary research initiatives, she is engaged in curating artists’ projects for LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery.

ARC Associate Researchers

Ruth Kerr

Associate Researcher 2014-2016

New Collaborations

ARC is open to potential collaboration with research, education and industry partners on projects, events, talks and seminars both nationally and internationally. The decision to collaborate is based on the relevancy of the project to ARC programme learning outcomes, the timing within our schedule, and a clear assessment of the resources available to deliver the project to a successful outcome. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us with a proposal and details of resources available/needed. Our main planning sessions take place in June and December of each year and we prefer to have at least 3 months lead-in time when developing projects.

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