Name some of Ireland’s pre-eminent contemporary artists and chances are your top ten list would include the likes of Dorothy Cross, Willie Doherty and Alice Maher. Well every Thursday for the last few weeks and continuing into March the National Gallery of Ireland is staging a series of conversations with those very same top artists. Encountering such prestigious art practioneers in the form of a series of chaired talks and discussions is a unique opportunity. The Anniversary Series, as they are being called, form part of an ambitious programme of events marking the 150th anniversary of the Irish National Gallery in 2014.
Meeting and hearing any artist discuss their practice always provides fresh and often unseen insights into their creative drive, impulses and motivations.
Tomorrow the provocative and important performance artist Amanda Coogan is in conversation with Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy.
Future talks include the artists James Coleman, Paul Seawright and Gerard Byrne. The final lecture in the series on March 27th is with the renowned Alice Maher.
The lectures are ticketed events with prices from €10 for a single ticket and €7 for students. Check the NGI website for further details or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Coogan photo © Paddy Cahill. Alice Maher photo © Dermot Seymour. Gerard Byrne photo © the Artist