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it wonderful, ambitious, and brilliantly executed — it’s a kind of contemporary Rake’s Progress chock-full of art historical references and wit, but rather dark too.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 🙂

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:

 

2023: Future Retrospectives (Arts Council ART:2016)

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I’m very much looking forward to this event tomorrow: taking place in the Science Gallery, this day-long symposium from the Arts Council will reflect on the role of the arts in public commemoration, and review the Council’s ART:2016 programme. I’ll be chairing the final session Currency in the afternoon, with speakers Lorelei Harris (head of arts and cultural strategy for RTÉ), Eugene Downes (Director, Kilkenny Arts Festival), Annette Nugent (arts marketer & cultural consultant), and John Concannon (director, Creative Ireland initiative). The programme is chock-full of excellent speakers and has been curated by Roise Goan. Attendance is free, and you can book here. Talks will also be live streamed throughout the day!