Refresh and reset: artsmanagement.ie

(sunnier days and remote Irish beaches ahead… hopefully!)

The blog’s been very quiet of late — because, well, pandemic — but I’m pleased to share that I’ve taken on some help to keep the job listings updated (thanks James!) Do feel free to send any new postings in, as these are now being updated weekly. I’ve also given the site a wee refresh and update.

Our MA programmes at UCD have undergone quite a few changes of late: most especially our MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, with Dr Annette Clancy taking over as Director of the programme from last September, and being joined by Dr Victoria Durrer, who came to us after running QUB’s programme in arts management. Our current MA CULP students have just finished their coursework and are now on their work placements: many thanks especially to all of the arts organisations in Ireland and internationally who’ve taken folks onboard for the next few months, given the upheavals the cultural sector has faced since last March! It’s certainly been a challenging year for the university working fully online, but the students have been brilliant and engaged, and have gone above and beyond in demonstrating their resilience and creativity!

Our MAs in Art History: Collections and Curating have similarly weathered the Covid storm with good humour and hard work! We’re so grateful to all of the alumni and colleagues who’ve Zoomed with the students, and shared their expertise as curators, gallerists, and arts professionals (pictured below is Sheena Barrett, Arts Officer with Dublin City Council and Curator of The Lab Gallery, who’s assisting with development of students’ exhibition plan assessments.) Our MA Art History students’ brilliant work is also captured in a research blog, which demonstrates the fantastic range of work they’re undertaking.

My UCD colleagues have been working incredibly hard to deliver courses online, mind our large student cohorts, and support one another (in sickness and in health) over the past year. I’m so fortunate to have an enormously collegial School and supportive College, and I know we’re all looking forward to campus life returning in the near future.

More announcements are also coming soon about exciting new programme developments – stay tuned!

That’s all folks: wrapping 2020 for artsmanagement.ie

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Hello gentle readers – I’ve just completed my final jobs & opportunities update for the year – 36 new listings for you to peruse over your mulled wine & mince pies! Still some silver linings there, even in these dark times… Apologies for any missed listings that were sent in early December; this semester has been a doozy for anyone working in universities.

I’ll be back in early January, so do feel free to send on any new opportunities & I’ll update ASAP.

Happy Christmas & New Year to one and all! Over & out for 2020.

— Emily

p.s. many thanks to all who applied for the Archiving the 8th Research Coordinator position — the response was tremendous, and I deeply appreciate everyone who took the time to send in an application.

Come work with me! Research Coordinator for Archiving the 8th

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I’m really excited to share news that I’m currently recruiting for the position of Research Coordinator for Archiving the 8th!

This is a part-time (0.5FTE), temporary postdoctoral position in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy at UCD, from December 2020 until 31 August 2021, working with me to support, develop, and extend the activities of the Archiving the 8th Network, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The role of the Research Coordinator will be to consolidate and develop research resources, especially a new Archiving the 8th website, working primarily online and remotely. The candidate will also be collaborating with allied research project Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the 8th (TCD/DRI/Irish Qualitative Data Archive), also funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The purpose of the Archiving the 8th Network is to support and coordinate nationwide efforts to archive, collect, and research the 8th Amendment referendum and related outputs concerning women’s reproductive health and rights. These include collections and research on political ephemera, organisational records, websites and digital material, photography, visual and material culture, and oral histories.

This is a flexible position that can be adapted to the candidate’s research/work schedule, and is ideally suited for an experienced researcher (with a PhD) with an interest and/or experience in activism, women’s rights and/or collections, archiving, and public history.

The salary is €50,029 (pro rata).

The full job spec and application instructions can be found here – https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/ (just search under the name of the school – Art History and Cultural Policy).

** update: please do note, a PhD is a requirement for this position. Also, whilst this is a remote working position, applicants must be based in Ireland. **

You can also download a copy of the job advert here (but please note all applications must be made through the UCD HR portal online).

There’s a short application window — deadline is 30 November, 2020 — but all you need is a CV+ cover letter. Happy to take any informal enquiries at emily.mark@ucd.ie, and please do forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

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Artsmanagement.ie back in business: Sept 2020

Did you miss me? 🙂

I’m happy to share that I’ve refreshed http://www.artsmanagement.ie, with 24 new Irish arts job listings, and an overhaul of the site to come in the next week.

Last year I took on the role of Head of the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, and regular blog updates became too difficult to manage alongside the day job. I’m still not sure how the workload will be balance out  in the coming months — I’m still taking it one day at a time (like many others, I reckon!) We’ve just started our autumn term yesterday here at UCD — with 26 students in our MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management programme, and 12 in our MA in Art History: Collections and Curating, alongside hundreds of BA students and our staff of 13. News of the Dublin partial-lockdown on Friday has certainly made things even more interesting – but still we persist!

In any case, given that we’re all living online more these days, I thought re-starting the blog would be a way to connect with folks who are looking for arts/cultural work in Ireland, returning to education, or who’ve been missing my sporadic cultural updates 😉 I hope it helps!

It’s hard to believe this blog has had more than 1.2 million hits since I started it more than a decade ago, and still reaches more than 7,600 people via Twitter and email subscriptions. Thanks to everyone who’s remained a follower, and do keep sending me on your job and event announcements. Stay well, and keep on keeping on…

Emily

News (and new jobs) for a new trimester!

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The blog is back after a bit of a hiatus last year!

Yesterday we began a new trimester at UCD, and I’ve just begun my new role as Head of the School of Art History and Cultural Policy. After 16 years with the School they’ve finally put me in charge of the place 😉

It’s been a crazy busy last few months as we’ve expanded our staff (with more announcements to come very soon!), and wrapped up the first year of our new MA in Art History: Collections and Curating, as well as another year of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. I’ll be doing my best to keep this site up to date (thanks to some new admin help) – especially the ever-popular jobs & careers page, which has just been updated with lots of new roles. I’m currently accepting new postings again, so feel free to email them to me.

A few recent developments and upcoming events to highlight:

We were delighted to welcome Dr Annette Clancy as a new Assistant Professor in our School last semester; Annette will be particularly contributing to our MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, focusing on teaching arts management and pursuing her own research on organisational structures and behaviour.

This year we’ve a brilliant and international MA cohort in our School: thirty-one new MA Cultural Policy students (the biggest class in a decade), and twelve in the MA Art History. Looking forward to beginning teaching this week, and getting to know all our new folks.

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Prof. Colin Scott (Principal, College of Social Sciences and Law); Assoc. Prof Nicola Figgis (outgoing Head of School of Art History and Cultural Policy); UCD President Andrew Deeks; Dr Catherine Marshall; Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty; Assoc. Prof Emily Mark-FitzGerald (incoming Head)

Last Thursday we were honoured to confer an honorary doctorate on founding IMMA Head of Collections and wide-ranging curator and scholar Catherine Marshall. Catherine’s contributions to the discipline of art history are immense, and it was a wonderful occasion celebrating her scholarship and generosity to the arts over many decade.

Dublin Fringe Festival’s now in full swing! Gotta give a shout out to a few current students, colleagues and alumni keeping busy at this year’s Fringe:

  • THISISPOPBABY is supporting a whole range of shows & artists (their POPbasers and POPbabies) – not to mention offering up a pretty sweet picks of the Fringe guide
  • Current MA student Mollie Molumby is producing Alison Spittle’s new play Starlet – a fiercely talented duo!
  • Brokentalkers’ The Examination has returned to Dublin after a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, and it’s been picking up superb notices – it’s a collaboration with our School of History colleague Dr Catherine Cox, drawing on her research into prisons and mental health

Dublin Theatre Festival is headed our way too in late September – we’re especially pleased to be welcoming its Director Willie White as a contributor to one of our core Cultural Policy modules this semester (hat tip also to Richie O’Sullivan, one of our MA grads who recently started a new role as DTF’s Festival Administrator).

Culture Night (Friday 20 September) is also on the horizon: it gets bigger every year, and there’s a nice write-up of it in today’s Irish Times, featuring an interview with its coordinator Aimee von Wylick (another of our MA grads!)

Unfortunately all is not well for Dublin and culture: the bad news landed yesterday evening that beloved artsy pub and cultural innovator The Bernard Shaw is set to close. It’s the latest victim in Dublin’s relentless purge of many of its arts spaces and small creative enterprises in the wake of rising property prices and gentrification (the Dublin Flea is another recent casualty). The Bernard Shaw was an indie beacon of experimentation and optimism during the lows of the recession, and it’s a terrible shame to see it go. It’s clear urgent action is needed by the Council to ensure Dublin’s cultural core isn’t hollowed out, and that creative space (studios and venues especially) aren’t squeezed out of our city centre.

I’m proud to be a board member of Arts & Disability Ireland, and we have a MAJOR event coming to Dublin from 11-14 May 2020, produced in collaboration with the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts / Very Special Arts in Washington DC – From Access to Inclusion 2020: An Arts & Culture Summit. Our call for proposals is now open, with lots of opportunity to get involved. This will be the biggest arts & disability event ever held on the island, and the ADI team is absolutely brilliant. One to pop in the diary!

The first all-island dance conference Co-Motion is taking place from 25-26 October in Belfast, with a great looking programme centred on the artist-as-citizen.

I’m co-organising a special session at the American Conference of Irish Studies in Houston TX in April 2020, focused on the intersection between visual culture and Irish Studies! We especially welcome PhDs and ECRS; see all the details here for how to submit.

The Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy is accepting submissions and proposals for its 2019-20 issue. Contributions are welcome from scholars, students, and arts practitioners to feature in its online publication.

Finally – if you’re keen to undertake a PhD with our School in Art History or Arts Management/Cultural Policy: the primary source of funding (the Irish Research Council Postgrad Scholarship Programme) has just opened. Deadline is 31 October, but come speak with us first if you’re interested – we have lots of support for potential applicants here at UCD. I also encourage anyone interested to download my personal guide Thinking of Undertaking a PhD that has loads of helpful info and advice.

Phew! Onwards and upwards, y’all.