What’s on | Events in November

It’s not Christmas yet, but with so many amazing visual arts events in November, it may as well be! Read on to see our top picks from around the country. 

Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: The Story of Ireland’s Creativity | Dublin Book Festival
12 November at 15:30-16:45
Smock Alley Theatre

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Dublin Book Festival

Has Ireland’s creative output created a space for culture and the life of the mind? Join an expert panel panel as they interrogate a century of creativity. Broadcaster Mike Murphy will chair a debate with editors Fintan O’Toole, Catherine Marshall and Éibhear Walshe and artist Aideen Barry, whose 2015 artwork, Silent Moves, was chosen by the public to complete the list of 100 Irish artworks. The panelists will assess the artworks that made it past the chopping block and question whether this list is representative of our cultural identity.

Following this debate, join us upstairs at Smock Alley where Aideen Barry will officially launch the book that has provoked a dialogue about the evolution of modern Ireland.


Artist as Witness: Lessons from the Hugh Lane Gallery with Roisin Kennedy
13 November at 14:00–15:00

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Michael Kane, Joggers, 2016

Drawing on key examples from the 2016 collection and exhibitions programme of the Hugh Lane Gallery, this lecture will consider the role of art in periods of conflict and political change.

Dr. Róisín Kennedy is a graduate of UCD and the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the critical reception of modernist art in Ireland, the role and function of art writing post 1880, and on  the position of women as artists and subjects in modernist art.  She completed an IRCHSS funded PhD on Politics of Vision: Critical Writing on Art in Ireland, 1939 -1972 in 2006She has published widely on the subject in edited collections and in CircaIrish Arts Review and Third Text.

This event is free and open to all. No pre-booking required.


Dublin Gallery Weekend
25 – 27 November 2016

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Dublin Gallery Weekend

3 Days, 36 Galleries, 55 Events, One Weekend to Discover Great Art in Dublin Galleries

Following a phenomenally successful inaugural year, Dublin Gallery Weekend is set to return even bigger in 2016 with more galleries taking part. The visual arts festival will be taking place in Dublin from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November 2016. Over one weekend, 36 art galleries across the city will throw open their doors and invite visitors old and new to experience the exciting and inspiring art on offer in Dublin art galleries. A series of special events, including exhibition openings, artist and curator talks, walking tours, late openings and workshops will take place over the weekend, and almost everything will be free of charge.

The wide range of events and exhibitions for all ages will be taking place across Dublin city in galleries such as IMMA, MART Gallery, Douglas Hyde, RHA, Project Arts Centre, NCAD, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and many more featuring a range of Irish and international artists. Walking tours will showcase the cultural delights of area such as Trinity, Parnell Square, Monto, The Coombe, Merrion Square, St. Stephens Green and Temple Bar.
To navigate around the diverse and exciting range of participating galleries and exhibitions and to find out what events are on offer, pick up a copy of the Dublin Gallery Map in November in one of over 50 locations throughout the city or log on to www.dublingalleryweekend.ie.


Dublin Art Book Fair | Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
10 – 13 November 2016
Opening Hours:
Thursday 10 November | 6-9pm
Friday 11 + Saturday 12 November | 11am-8pm
Sunday 13 November | 12-6pm

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Dublin Art Book Fair

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is thrilled to present the sixth edition of the annual Dublin Art Book Fair. The weekend consists of a vibrant programme of informal conversations, workshops, readings, performances and artist-led programmes. The Dublin Art Book Fair is a venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature new releases and present their publications. The fair engages established and emerging publishers in a large-scale event delivered over four days dedicated to the appreciation of printed work.

This year’s fair welcomes over 50 exhibitors, artists and publishers (national and international) who have devoted themselves to the medium of “the book as art”. With a focus on the production of text, this year we celebrate ‘Artists as Writers’.


Born to Create | KEMP Gallery
17 – 27 November

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Born to Create | ADW Art

This November will see ADW descend on the KEMP Gallery with a new body of work for a two week exhibition.
The show will see an exciting and engaging blend of meticulously crafted artworks, assemblages and prints from one of Ireland’s boldest street artists. Since his beginnings in 2008, when he first picked up a scalpel and tin of spray-paint, he has continually pushed the boundaries of his craft to new levels. His art has become identifiable for both it’s culture clash of satire and humour while addressing social and political issues.


The Centre For Dying On Stage | Wexford Arts Centre
12 November

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The Centre for Dying on Stage

A group of strangers, international artists with diverse backgrounds and practices, are coming together to exchange ideas underpinned by a shared interest in matters of life and death, performance and disappearance.

Working under the aegis of The Centre For Dying On Stage, and based between Cow House Studios, Rathnure, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the five participating artists have assembled on residency for five weeks of developing ideas before performing their findings live on stage.

Participating artists Jessica Foley, Marjorie Potiron + Lisa Hoffmann, Steven Randall, and Alex Mirutziu AKA The Artist and Himself at 29 (TAH29), and curator Kate Strain are delighted to present this experimental performance work at Wexford Arts Centre.

Tickets cost €10, this includes:
Entry to 3pm performance at Wexford Arts Centre
5pm food and refreshments at Cow House Studios, Rathnure, Co Wexford
Complimentary bus travel for our Dublin-based visitors on our chartered bus*
*Bus departs IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin at 12:30pm and returns to Dublin by 9pm the same evening

Tickets can be purchased online at: https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873565405


Cut and Stuck | Golden Thread Gallery Belfast
10 November to 7 January

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Christian Marclay | Video Quartet (2002)

Golden Thread Gallery’s new exhibition Cut and Stuck brings together two simultaneous presentations: ‘Video Quartet’ (2002) by Christian Marclay on loan from the Tate, London, and ‘Small Axe: Queer Caribbean Visualities’, a guest curated exhibition hosted by Outburst Queer Arts Festival, in collaboration with the British Council. The juxtaposition of these two distinct presentations will invoke moments of calmness and dramatic counterpoints.

Video Quartet is a four-screen DVD projection synchronizing hundreds of Hollywood film excerpts that feature actors and musicians playing instruments or making sound. Compelling both visually and acoustically, the piece is a mixture of laptop multimedia collage and more conventional acts of cinematic and musical arranging that shows Marclay at the peak of his powers.

Further information about this work can be found on the Tate website: www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/marclay-video-quartet

The Golden Thread Gallery is also proud to host ‘Small Axe: Queer Caribbean Visualities’ a new group exhibition of queer work from Caribbean artists, in partnership with Outburst Queer Arts Festival and British Council.

One of the most remarkable developments in the Caribbean and its diaspora over the past two decades or so is the emergence of a generation of young visual artists working in various media (paint, film, performance) who have been transforming Caribbean visual practice, perhaps even Caribbean visual culture.

Further information: www.smallaxe.net/sxvisualities

Light Moves Festival of Screendance | Limerick
3 to 6 November

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Light Moves

Locations: Light Moves will take place in locations across Limerick, including Dance Limerick’s home in John’s Square with the historic St John’s Church, Belltable Arts Centre and Limerick City Gallery of Art.

This year’s festival will feature artists from home and abroad, past and present, including Tacita Deane, Terence Malick, Olwen Fouéré, Jennifer Walshe, Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Laura U. Marks, Vivienne Dick, John Scott, Douglas Rosenberg, and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.

Light Moves, Ireland’s festival of dance on film, is back for its third year, with a programme that showcases beautiful, thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues. The festival is an opportunity for audiences to watch, learn, film, compose, dance, discuss and participate. The programme will include Irish and world premieres, performances, installations, workshops, labs and talks from leading artists and thinkers from across the world. Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) will be home to the screenings from visual artist Tacita Dean and will also exhibit works from the ground-breaking 24 Frames Per Second project developed by Sydney-based contemporary multi-arts centre Carriageworks. These works will include The Fourth Notebook, which takes Nijinsky’s letter “To mankind”as the score for new choreography by London-based dancer Banjamin Ord. Other installations at the Gallery will include Lift, Carry, Hold by Douglas Rosenberg, in which Rosenberg invites participants to allow him to lift and hold them for as long as his strength allows.