February Irish arts job updates, news & opportunities

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‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ by Grayson Perry, on show at the RHA until 19 March

Hello readers, some interesting updates for today!

I’ve just added almost 40 new listings to the jobs/internship/opportunities page – with three separate Seamus Heaney-related posts (that must be a record!)

Have you visited the exhibition of Grayson Perry tapestries currently on at the Royal Hibernian Academy, ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’? I thought it wonderful, ambitious, and brilliantly executed — it’s a kind of contemporary Rake’s Progress chock-full of art historical references and wit, but rather dark too. Well worth popping in, as the RHA is playing a blinder with wonderful exhibitions on from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation (for lovers of the Mayo coastline), jaw-dropping intricate and layered paintings in the main gallery from Elizabeth Magill, origami on steroids from Alex Pentek, and rhythmic abstractions by Niall de Buitléar inspired by the musician David Byrne.

On Joyce’s birthday (3 February) the new Museum of Literature Ireland made its Twitter debut — this is a new cultural space currently under construction at Newman House, St Stephen’s Green, that’s a project of UCD in partnership with the National Library of Ireland. Its new director Simon O’Connor (late of the Little Museum of Dublin) was also profiled over the weekend in the Irish Independent. Lots of exciting plans in development! Watch this space…

Fancy heading to Malta and discussing arts management research? The Arts Management Studies Research Stream is introducing a new ‘Research Cafe’ coinciding with the Sociology of the Arts Conference in Malta, September 4-7, 2018, and co-organised by one of the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland founders Kerry McCall. Find out more details here.

Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann is organizing an interesting seminar on Creative & Cultural Industries on 13 February at University of Limerick, focused on cities’ relationship to cultural planning.

Dublin’s Culture Connects is offering a free Introduction to Marketing seminar on 14 March that’s led by two powerhouses of Irish cultural marketing, Rowena Neville and Helen Carroll! Ideal especially for small cultural organizations looking to up their game in marketing and fundraising… places will go fast!

Looking for funding for study? If you’re interested in postgraduate / postdoctoral study in the arts/humanities, be sure to keep an eye on the upcoming NUI scholarship application deadlines in March and April. The Thomas Dammann annual awards for research in the visual arts are also open – a valuable and flexible scholarship fund for students and visual artists.

Don’t miss this wonderful blogpost by Peter Harbison on the life and legacy of Françoise Henry, the founder of my art history department at UCD, and a trailblazer in medieval art historical scholarship on the island. This coincides with a small exhibition of her work currently on show at the RIA (on until 31 May)

 

p.s. apologies for missing any job updates sent to me in January! I’m getting a helper for the jobs site to keep the updates more regular, as my work commitments have increased exponentially since this blog was started eight years ago, and with almost 5,000 subscribers I get a lot of email! Thanks for your patience 🙂

New format from 2018! Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy

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As part of the Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy, I’m pleased to share details of our new format and deadlines for the 2018 issue!

The review of the Journal (which followed publication of our first four issues, 2014-17) was prompted by our desire to provide a more diverse, representative and inclusive platform for academics and emerging researchers, those involved in both creative and management practice in the cultural sector, and policymakers, to engage with questions of policy and management on cultural issues across the island of Ireland.

While maintaining our existing commitment to publishing original academic research papers, the new policy seeks to highlight emerging research from the wealth of student work at MA level on the island, and provide an opportunity for cultural managers, practitioners and policymakers to reflect on policies and practices shaping the cultural sector here.

Under our revised policy, therefore, we will be maintaining:

  • Our core commitment to publishing academic papers based on peer-reviewed original research
  • A Book Review section, with some revised guidelines

And introducing three new sections:

  • Policy and Report Reviews: reviews and reflections on recent policy and reports published in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  • Perspectives on Practice: a section showcasing current practice in arts management, heritage management and cultural policy
  • New Voices: Postgraduate Research: a new section devoted to short summary articles summarising original postgraduate research work at master’s level and above

Proposals for special issues of the journal are also always welcome.

We now invite submissions for the 2018 issue of IJAMCP:

Section Word count Submission Deadline
Research Articles 4,000-5,000 1 March 2018
Book Reviews 1,000-2,5000 1 June 2018
Policy & Report Reviews 1,000-3,000 1 June 2018
Perspectives on Practice 1,000-3,000 1 March 2018 for proposals to designated editor, final texts 27 April 2018
New Voices: Postgraduate Research 2,000-3,000 1 March 2018

Detailed information about submission to each section is available at: http://www.culturalpolicy.ie/index.php/ijamcp/about/editorialPolicies

For further enquiries, please contact the corresponding Section Editor:

Research articles Emily Mark-FitzGerald emily.mark@ucd.ie
Book reviews Niamh NicGhabhann niamh.nicghabhann@ul.ie
Policy reviews Victoria Durrer v.durrer@qub.ac.uk
Perspectives on Practice Ali FitzGibbon fitzgibbonali@gmail.com
New Voices: Postgraduate Research Pat Cooke pat.cooke@ucd.ie
General enquiries Laura Ryan (Assistant Editor) irishjournalamcp@gmail.com

Ho ho ho: 50+ new Irish arts jobs & opportunities

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Royal Irish Academy Christmas tree

Hello friends, I’ve just updated the Jobs, Internships, & Opportunities page with a whopping 50+ new listings! Lots of great roles on offer at UCD, IMMA, National Gallery, National Museums Northern Ireland, Abbey Theatre, Butler Gallery, Children’s Books Ireland, IFTN, Solstice Arts Centre, and many many more!

This will likely be my last jobs update before Christmas, but feel free (as always) to get in touch with new listings etc, and I’ll update them when I can.

Wishing all of my readers a lovely holiday season (and best of luck to all the students for exams!)

— Emily

 

NEW: MA in Art History, Collections and Curating to be offered at UCD from 2018

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We are delighted here in the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy to announce a new taught postgraduate programme launching in the 2018/19 academic year: the MA in Art History, Collections and Curating. This has been designed to provide advanced academic training in the history of art, with a special focus on collections and curatorial practice. I’m very pleased to be delivering the core Seminar in Collections and Curating which forms part of this exciting new programme — you can download an MA brochure for more details.

Led by MA course director Dr Conor Lucey and involving our full staff, students will benefit from our School’s extensive partnerships with local, regional, and national cultural institutions and gain first-hand exposure to advanced, active research in art history. This MA will provide an excellent foundation for future careers in art historical research and writing, and prepares students for further study in either higher level academic research or specialized curatorial training programmes.

The programme is aimed at postgraduate students of art history and of cognate subjects such as art, architecture and geography. It is also intended for those with experience in the art world and in the cultural heritage sector looking for an opportunity to hone their skills in the interpretation, critique, and analysis of works of art and architecture, developing the knowledge and capacity to pursue careers in academia, research, writing, and curatorship.

The programme includes taught modules, a week-long guided international trip (which in 2018-19 will be to Berlin), and a supervised dissertation. Examples of taught modules include:

  • Approaches to Art History
  • Seminar in Curating and Collections
  • Classical and Early Medieval Collections of Europe
  • Institutional and Private Collecting in the Netherlands in the Early Modern Period
  • Architecture and the Museum
  • Museums and Modernity

For more information about the new MA, and application/deadline details please visit: our MA course blog, or get in touch!

 

 

Friday updates: new jobs & reactions to Budget 2018

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Irish artists having it rough since (at least) 1870 (‘View in an Irish Studio’ by Wallis Mackay, 6 July 1870, published in Zozimus)

Happy Friday everyone!

The Jobs section has just been updated with a yuuuge number of new positions, including Director of the National Museum of Ireland; curatorial roles at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Hillsborough Castle, and National Trust; five (!) Music Development roles on offer from Music Generation across the country; two positions at the Arts Council; and other roles at Dublin Dance Festival, the Ulster Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Gate Theatre, Body & Soul Festival, etc. etc. Time to brush off the CV!

In other news, responses to arts & cultural funding as provided in Budget 2018 has been very mixed: increases to Culture Ireland and increases in capital expenditure for national cultural institutions have been welcomed; however the minor increases to the Arts Council and other funding streams have fallen well short of expectations, particularly those raised by the Creative Ireland initiative, which seems to have failed to put its money where its mouth is…

More reaction can be found here: