Sunday, March 13, 2011


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CHIRA - the Cultural History of Ireland Resarch Association

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • Lunchtime Curators Tour of the Jack B. Yeats exhibition at The Model
  • TOMORROW! Urban Party : The Complex, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7 - Great Line-up! Doors at 6.30pm. Kick off at 6.45pm.
  • John Redmill: Lecture on the Royal buildings of Ireland 7.30 pm
  • Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Thurs. 10th March 4.30pm  - Public Discussion and Seminar with Simon O’Sullivan : All welcome
  • National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Sat. 12th March, 12.00 – 16.00  - “What Do You Stand For?” a public discussion on alternative art spaces in Ireland
  • Annual Trinity College Secondhand Booksale: 10 -12 March all day in the Exam Hall       (Even if you don't buy anything go and look at the building!)
  • Dublin Contemporary announces the first list of artists taking part in its inaugural exhibition.
Calls for Papers/Forthcoming Conferences/Seminars
  • GRADCAM Seminar (NCAD)  Thursday March 10th at 9:30 - on explaining
    change in cultural history. 
    For more information and advance readings please contact Dr. Lisa Godson at
  • Royal Society of Antiquaries, Dublin Saturday 12 March - H.G. Leask Seminar 
  • UCD Humanities Institute 14 March - Redrawing Dublin: interdisciplinarity and interrogation
  • UCD Humanities Institute 18 March - The new scientists in Ireland - a tribute to the Loebers
  • 'Scotland and Beyond: Early Medieval Carved Stones,'March 31-April 2nd at the
    University of Edinburgh and National Museums of Scotland. Speakers include: Professor Roger Stalley, TCD & Colleen M. Thomas, TCD 
  • ‘Honest to Blog : Web Legitmacy Symposium - Review by Dr Cian O’Callaghan (NUIM)
  • Review of Suzanne Loebl's book: 'America's Medicis: the Rockefellers and their astonishing cultural legacy' 
Trinity College Dublin 
  • Ussher Lecturer in Nineteenth Century History: Ireland, Britain and the Empire
  • Long Room Hub: Visiting Fellowships

Queen’s University Belfast
  • Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships in the School of History and Anthropology

University of York, England
  • Lectureship in History of Art: Modern/Contemporary

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcome to CHIRA - Cultural Historians of Ireland Research Association. 

You can now find all updates from CHIRA using the tabs on the left hand side. Here's what is new to our blog this week: 
LISTINGS:   DEARC: 150 years of the RDS Taylor Prize; '...of de Blacam and Meagher'; Projects, Personalities and Publics
NEWS: My_Project; The Abbey Theatre, 1904;  Urban Party 
CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Health, Illness and Ethnicity: Migration, Discrimination and Social Dislocation';  'Modern Catholic Space';   'Tudor and Stuart Ireland'
SYMPOSIUMHonest To Blog: Weg Legitimacy

CONFERENCES:'Medieval Buttevant: European Urbanism in Ireland'; ' Culture After Conflict: Between Remembrance & Reconciliation'

CAREERS: Lecturership in Medieval History, London;Post-doctoral Fellow, School of  History, UCD;  Open University: Lecturership in Art History &  Staff Tutor in Art History; Research Fellowship, New York  City Public Library
Resources: Early Irish maps from State Papers c.1558 -c.1610 now online at the National Archives (UK) 

Review: STONE CARVING WORKSHOP at D15 Studios by Caroline McGee


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Welcome to CHIRA - Cultural Historians of Ireland Research Association. 

You can now find all updates from CHIRA using the tabs on the left hand side. Here's what is new to our blog this week: 

LISTINGS: Public Discussion and Seminar: What is an Object?
LISTINGS: Paul Seawright and Colin Graham in conversation, Kerlin Gallery
LISTINGS: First Thursdays Dublin
LISTINGS: David Sherry at Mother’s Tankstation
LISTINGS: Hans Thyge Raunkjaër at NCAD Gallery
NEWS: Listen to interview with the newly appointed Dublin Contemporary Curators
NEWS: Pallas Projects
NEWS: Dublin Culture App
CONF: Medieval Buttevant Conference: European Urbanism in Ireland
REVIEWS: Stone Carving Workshop at D15 Studios by Caroline McGee
ELECTION: Video clip from NCFA’s hustings 

CHIRA have also added a flickr photo feed, you can find in on the right hand side of the blog! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

15th February 2011
ELECTION: Are you familiar with the arts policy of the parties?
ELECTION: Read the Irish Times report from the NCFA’s hustings.
ELECTION: Visual Artists Ireland seeks answers from the main parties.
LISTINGS: Antiques Roadshow in the United Arts Club.
LISTINGS: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
LECTURE: Structures and Intuitions in Art and Science from Leonardo to Now - Prof Martin Kemp @ The Science Gallery.
READ: How powders added to yellow paint by Van Gogh is turning his works brown. 
CFP - WRITING COMPETITIONOBG and VAI Critical Writing Competition 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

7th January 2011


EXHIBITION: ‘Visceral: The Living Art Experiment’, @ The Science Gallery
EXHIBITION: Patrick Collins HRHA, Last Daylight, the late cut-out paintings 
of Patrick Collins @RHA
EXHIBITION: ‘The Geneva Window’, @ The Lab
FESTIVAL: Five Lamps Arts Festival 2010
NEWS: New Curators for Dublin Contemporary 2011
EVENT: In your twenties? RHA 20 for 20
LECTURE: 'Aloysius O'Kelly:Citizen Artist' The place of politics and the politics of place in the late 19th century, in the work of Ireland's Fenian artist. Dr.Niamh O'Sullivan, Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture, NCAD 
INTERNSHIP: RIA Publications Intern (9 month contract)
RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Research Assistant  for ‘Bacon’s Books: Francis Bacon’s library and its role in art’
WORK PLACEMENT: Whyte's Auction House
CFP: Irish Association of Art Historians Study Day/Artefact Journal
CFP: Shift Graduate Journal of Material and Visual Culture 

31st January 2011

Call for Papers/Forthcoming Conferences: 

SYMPOSIUM:  Honest to Blog: Blogging Legitimacy
LECTURE: Materiality and Display: Ireland in America at the end of the Nineteenth Century,  Fintan Cullen
ANNUAL LECTURE: James Peill Goodwood - England's Greatest Sporting Estate


FILM SCREENING: Satantango Dir. Bela Tarr / 1994  at Douglas Hyde Gallery
EXHIBITION OPENING: The Golden Bough William McKeown at The Hugh Lane Gallery
EXHIBITION OPENING AND CURATOR'S TALK: Jack B. Yeats; The Outsider at The Model, Sligo 
LISTEN: 'From Stage To Street' a new six - part radio series on RTE Radio 1 presented by Colin Murphy
LECTURE:'Aloysius O'Kelly:Citizen Artist' The place of politics and the politics of place in the late 19th century, in the work of Ireland's Fenian artist. Dr.Niamh O'Sullivan, Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture, NCAD. 

24th January 2011

LECTURE: The old ‘Green’ and the new ‘Pleasureground’: Aspects of St. Stephen’s Green 1660-2000 Dr. Desmond McCabe, Thursday 27th January from 7.30pm
EXHIBITION OPENING: Visceral: The Living Art Experiment, 28th January, Science Gallery

SEMINAR SERIES: Richard Tuttle Seminar Series in Collaboration with NCAD 
Points of Departure, Lines of Flight 3 February to 8 April 2011

Call for Papers/Forthcoming Conferences: 
IMA 2011 Annual Conference: The Way Forward: Sustainability and the Museum, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 25 February - 27 February 2011
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Irish History Students’ Association Conference, UCC, 25 – 27 Feb 2011.
CONGRESS: International Medieval Congress, Leeds
SYMPOSIUM: A SPACE FOR ARCHITECTURE IN SCHOOLS, Friday 28th January, 9.30am-5pm, NCAD, Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre

CHIRA Reading Group:
READING GROUP MEETING will take place in a Dublin city centre location on: WEDNESDAY 23rd FEBRUARY next @ 6 pm. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

EXHIBITION OPENING & ARTIST'S TALK: Mirosław Bałka, Douglas Hyde Gallery, 
20 January at 6pm.

Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
Between Honey and Ashes (Part 1)
Gallery 1

Miroslaw Balka
Between Honey and Ashes (Part 2)
Gallery 2

Artist’s Talk
At 5pm on the day of the opening, Miroslaw Balka will hold a conversation with Declan Long on his own work and the work of S.I. Witkiewicz. There will be forty seats; doors will open at 4:50pm
Last chance to see Kabakovs at The Model
Angelology, a large-scale installation exhibition, by world-renowned Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov has been extended at The Model by a week until Sunday, 23 January. 

This project takes the theme of angels – humanity’s imagination and romanticisation of angels especially – as its beginning point, and includes paintings, sculpture and mixed-media installations that fill the entire Model exhibition spaces.

ATTEND :  Turner Watercolors at the National Gallery of Ireland, 22 January 2011 at 11:15 amTour the Print Gallery exhibition: ‘Colour and Light: Caring for Turner's watercolours' and take a behind-the-scenes look at the print and drawings study room with Curator of Prints and Drawings, Anne Hodge.This is a free event. Booking is advisable as numbers are limited.Click here to email the IMA Administrator Katherine Scott to reserve a place or phone +353-1-4120939
22 January 2011

SEMINAR : Prof Nigel Smith (Princeton), 'Andrew Marvell’s sense of humour: Wit, evil, and why we should read him'

1-2pm, Friday 21 January 2011, Seminar Room, Long Room Hub, Trinity College DublinProfessor Smith is the editor of the Longman Marvell edition and the author of Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion, 1640-1660 (1989), Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660 (1994) and Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (Yale UP, 2010).Please contact for further details.

PUBLIC LECTURE: Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith on Richard Tuttle Triumphs, The Hugh Lane Gallery 23 January at 1:30 pm
Lecturer and critic Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith will  give a walk through response to the current exhibition
This lecture is free and open to the public. Early arrival is recommended as places are limited.

READ : First Details of New Irish Arts Festival in U.S. Are Unveiled ... by Dave Itzkoff 

"An operatic version of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” national tours by the Abbey Theater and the Druid Theater Company and an Irish film series curated by Gabriel Byrne at the Museum of Modern Art are among the highlights of a year-long Irish arts series in the United States that will be funded by the Irish government, press representatives for the series said on Thursday.
The full program, called Imagine Ireland, will feature some 400 events in 40 states and will be supported by a $5.3 million investment from Ireland. It is expected to be announced on Friday morning at a presentation hosted by Mr. Byrne, the “In Treatment” star and Irish cultural ambassador, and Christine C. Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council...

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LISTEN : The History Show with Myles Dungan 

Bringing the past to life Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past. Hear stories about people, places, objects, songs, events, movements, leisure and much more besides. Join us on Sundays from 6.05pm until 7pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on Click here for more from Myles at

A MUST HAVE! 'Dictionary of Living Irish Artists' by Robert O'Byrne
Written by leading arts commentator, Robert O’Byrne, the Dictionary of Living Irish Artists includes such pre-eminent names as Barrie Cooke, Sean Scully, James Coleman and Dorothy Cross as well as many younger practitioners based in Ireland and overseas.
Extensively researched, with an incisive analysis of style, development, context and a command of new technological media, O’Byrne has produced an impressive volume featuring high-quality full colour images of each artist’s work alongside extensive biographical information, the Dictionary of Living Irish Artists is the only reference work of its kind, a must-have for dealers, collectors and anyone with an interest in contemporary Irish art.
Admission: Price $99 / €75 / £64; purchase information here