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.

 

 

 

 

January Irish arts jobs & events

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Happy January! Today we kick off another term here at UCD – we’re especially pleased to be starting Semester 2 of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management with our new permanent lecturer Dr Annette Clancy on board.

For your cultural calendar this week & next, events and announcements of note include:

  • Culture Ireland’s ‘Global Ireland’ conference in Dublin Castle takes place on Thursday the 24th, with an interesting (and rather starry) array of speakers commenting on Ireland’s global cultural reputation.
  • Tradfest begins on Weds. the 23rd, with one of its strongest lineups I’ve seen!
  • Bauhaus Effects is a major conference on the Bauhaus co-hosted by our School, which sold out in an eyeblink! Get yourself on the list for returns if 20th c. modernism is your jam: this is a fabulous event.
  • Francois Matarasso’s new book ‘A Restless Art’ (free to download!) about ‘the principles, practice, and history of participatory art’ has just been published: his work on arts participation is always provocative and well worth a read.

I’ve just spent the afternoon updating the jobs page with more than fifty new opportunities in the arts & cultural sector – lots to peruse and consider there, including plum roles at the Butler Gallery, ACNI, Macnas, Science Gallery, Irish Heritage Trust, etc. A few positions close ASAP, so get cracking!

 

Back to business: a new semester, and lots of new arts/cultural jobs!

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I hope all my readers had a wonderful summer – we’re back in the thick of it now here at UCD, with our new term just begun last week. This year in my school (Art History & Cultural Policy) I’m working with both MA classes (30 students in Arts Management & Cultural Policy; 14 in our new MA Art History: Curating & Collections) in addition to the annual crop of undergraduates, so it’s going to be a busy academic year! Although both classes are full for this academic year, if you’re interested in either of our programmes feel free to get in touch with me.

Also worth noting: this year’s competition for PhD funding via the Irish Research Council is now open, with a closing date of 1 November. UCD is running an information session on applying for these TOMORROW – 20 September, in case you’re interested… I am always happy also to speak with folks who have ambitions to pursue a PhD in art history, cultural history, arts management or cultural policy: contact me for a personal guide I’ve developed to doing a PhD, and an informal chat about what the right fit for you might be.

The Ireland Fulbright Commission is also currently accepting applications for a number of fellowships at different career stages (going to and from the US/Ireland): http://www.fulbright.ie/

For all your job-seekers out there – I’ve just updated the jobs page with more than sixty new opportunities in the arts & cultural sector across the island. The range and type are pretty extraordinary — but it’s worth mentioning that the National Gallery of Ireland is currently hiring for ten new roles; and the nationwide Music Generation programme is hiring six new officers across the country. Lots of closing dates are in the coming days and weeks, so time to get cracking if you’re on the hunt!

 

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!

 

 

That Friday feeling: new jobs & and other announcements

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UCD has just announced its 2017-18 Artists in Residence: this programme has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted to be welcoming these folks to campus soon!

Jobs have just been updated with a new crop of listings; I’d also like to highlight the following opportunities:

  • The Arts Council is sponsoring a Jerome Hynes Fellowship for 2017/18, as part of the Clore Leadership Programme. This is a prestigious opportunity to access leadership training in the UK; deadline is 13 Februrary
  • The Irish Museums Association Board of Directors is recruiting! We have 3 board positions open: this is a hard-working and energetic voluntary board that represents the interests of museums, north and south. Deadline for expressions of interest is 24 February!
  • The Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust awards are open for applications until 10 March; grants up to 5k are offered for projects and research related to the visual arts in Ireland.
  • The Centre for Creative Practices in Dublin (set up by one of our past MA grads Monika Sapielak) has recently launched a new resource, Artconnected, that lists call-outs for creative talent, venues, arts professionals, service & equipment providers — well worth bookmarking & signing up to their newsletter for notifications.