January Irish arts jobs & events

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a case of the januaries

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.

Arts jobs, events, and publication announcements

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Places Matter The Umbrella Project by Rhona Byrne, commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios and supported by Dublin City Council

Like most scholars of memory & Irish history on this island, I’m wiped – 2016 has been a crazy busy year due to centenary-related events (nine conference papers/presentations since Sept, plus an exhibition opening!) Apologies for the relative blog silence as consequence.

A few updates, in any event:

Jobs have recently been refreshed — lots of great ones in there: CEO for the Irish Baroque Orchestra; General Manager of Macnas; Collections Registrar for the National Trust NI; Heritage Officer for Westmeath Co. Council; etc.

Registrations are now being taken for Places Matter: what happens when we invest in the arts? on 12 January 2017, Dublin Castle, a one-day conference on local arts engagement organised by the Arts Council of Ireland in collaboration with Local Government. The speaker list looks very interesting (esp. keynote by Geoffrey Crossick), and I’m looking forward to seeing Emmett Kirwan in a new setting!

The Irish Museums Association’s Annual Lecture is next week (28 November) and this year features Diane Lees, Director-General of the Imperial War Museums. The lecture will be taking place in the special surroundings of the newly renovated Courthouse at Kilmainham Gaol. Tickets are only €5 and this lecture regularly books out, so do register to avoid disappointment.

Next week will also see the launch of two big projects, long in development:

  • The Irish Museums Survey 2016, the first major survey of Irish museums in more than a decade, will be launched at the National Library of Ireland on 30 November by Minister Heather Humphreys. I was the Principal Investigator on this project, which was funded by the Irish Research Council and executed in collaboration with the Irish Museums Association. I’ll be publishing a separate post after the launch, detailing some of our key findings, which will be of interest to anyone working in the heritage or museum sector on the island!
  • We’re very pleased as a School to announce the publication of After Francoise Henry: 50 Years of Art History at UCD (1965 – 2016), part of our current anniversary celebrations. arthistorybookIt features scholarly contributions from members of the staff, past and present. The book will be launched on Thursday, and will be available soon for purchase.