Niamh O'Malley and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Ireland at Venice 2022 Team Centre: Niamh O’Malley, artist; Left: Clíodhna Shaffrey, TBG+S Director; Right: Michael Hill, TBG+S Programme Curator. Photograph: Dragana Jurišić. Courtesy Ireland at Venice 2022

Sculpture Talks

Join us on Saturday 24th April as we celebrate International Sculpture Day! Book into one, two or all of the talks below as we speak with Ireland’s most exciting sculptors working at home and abroad!

Sculpturally Speaking: Niamh O’Malley in conversation with Clíodhna Shaffrey & Michael Hill

Saturday 24 April, 11am

This live talk brings together the artist and curatorial team representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2022.

Introduced by Sculpture Dublin Programme Director Karen Downey, artist Niamh O’Malley and the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Curatorial Team, Clíodhna Shaffrey and Michael Hill, will present individual illustrated talks reflecting on various aspects of sculpture.

Sheena Barrett in conversation with the EXPERIMENT! Sculpture Award Winner

Saturday 24 April, 12.30pm

Join the winner of the Experiment! Sculpture Award (presented by Sculpture Dublin in partnership with The LAB Gallery and Fire Station Artists’ Studios) and curator Sheena Barrett for an informal conversation about the concerns that have driven recent changes in direction within the artist’s practice, their materials, process and influence, issues of sustainability in artmaking, and the importance of this kind of developmental opportunity in supporting artists to take risks with their work.

Barbara Dawson in conversation with Maud Cotter

Saturday 24 April, 2pm

Barbara Dawson and Maud Cotter will discuss the artist’s recent work in the context of her wider practice and upcoming exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Using materials gathered from a variety of sources, the artist’s surreal assemblages involve a process influenced by the concept of the readymade.

The exhibition, a consequence of – a dappled world, is a solo presentation of a body of work in development by Cotter since 2015. The first site specific manifestation was exhibited in Limerick City Art Gallery; its second in The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon, and its third in the Hugh Lane Gallery opening on 2 June 2021 (subject to government restrictions). A catalogue documenting these exhibitions will be published by the three venues in July 2021.

Ruairí Ó Cuív in conversation with Vera Klute

Saturday 24 April, 3.30pm

Ruairí Ó Cuív and Vera Klute will present a conversation about the artist’s sculptural work in the context of her wider practice. The discussion will involve looking at work in various media and subject matter, from public sculpture and portraiture to kinetic work. As each medium has its own possibilities – as well as limitations – they will talk about how other areas of Klute’s practice, such as painting or video animation, have fed into and informed her sculptural work.

‘Six Works – Augmented Reality’: Panel talk with Eilis O’Connell RHA, Patrick T. Murphy, and Niall Ó hOisín, moderated by Ruairí Ó Cuív

Saturday 24 April, 5pm

For International Sculpture Day, the RHA has organised a talk in partnership with Sculpture Dublin about Eilis O’Connell’s outdoor work exhibited in Six Works – Augmented Reality, in Wilton Park, Dublin 2.

Speaking on the panel will be artist Eilis O’Connell RHA, Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy, and Niall Ó hOisín of Noho. The talk will be moderated by Ruairí Ó Cuív, Public Art Officer with DCC and member of the Sculpture Dublin’s Steering Group.

As well as informing us about this project, the conversation will touch on subjects including public art and the new possibilities for engagement that are emerging through digital technologies.