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.

 

 

 

 

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

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!

 

 

And so it begins: autumn 2017

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Greetings readers! Hope your summer was full of wonderful things, even if the sunshine somewhat eluded us here in Ireland… After a break from the blog, I’m getting back into the swing of things — not least since today is the first day of UCD’s new term! Today we’re welcoming 100+ new first year students in art history, and 23 members of our new class of MAs in Cultural Policy also. Lots of folks have been enquiring about our new part-time MA option at UCD, so do feel free to get in contact with me or our course director Pat Cooke if you’d like more details.

Jobs have just been updated — several senior roles are currently advertised, including Directors of the Hunt Museum, Crawford Gallery, Queen’s Film Theatre, Dublin Fringe Festival, etc. As always, feel free to send on any listings and I will post them as soon as possible.

I’ll be posting more event updates etc. in my next dispatch — but if you’re grousing for cultural policy news, two items for your perusal:

New curatorial internship at Chester Beatty Library

800px-ChesterBeattyLibaryFrountI’m happy to share news that The Chester Beatty Library has launched a new curatorial internship scheme, which is part-funded by the American Friends of the Arts in Ireland (AFAI). From the Library:

The objective of this new initiative is to offer practical museum training experience to a recent graduate or postgraduate interested in pursuing a career in the arts and museum sector. The programme will start by offering a short internship (part-time) of 4 months working with the Curator of Western Collections. The exact focus of the project will be dependent on the successful applicant’s academic background, professional skills and interests, however the intern will be expected to assist with the on-going cataloguing of the Library’s Western print collection.
Deadline for applications is 2 June.