(Archived) Curatorial & Projects

Firestation Artists Mentoring Sessions Curators Sarah Searson and Aisling Prior will give one-to-one critical feedback and practical support to artists and curators on their practice, how to present themselves or their project proposals. This includes a one hour meeting between artist and a curator at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in January 2014 with a follow up studio visit/meeting at the end of March 2014. Download  News_Views_2013

The Unit Project Investigated the seen and unseen visual cultural aspects of Portlaoise. The Arts Office invited Sarah Searson to guide us in the selection of and curators who could respond to a brief, which focused on Portlaoise. We were also interested in supporting research and investigation as part of that brief.  Review on PublicArt.ie (link)

Alight The artists, Dermot Bolger, Connolly and Cleary, Jackie Sumell, Jennifer Walshe and Bik van der Pol, were inspired by the people and places, stories and situations they encountered during their time in South Dublin. They used a variety of media to explore their ideas, including photography, film, sound, poetry, installation and digital media work. Download Information Tallaght Invite 

Insight Open a forum for discussion, coincides which this exhibition. Both the exhibition and talks are an exploration into current practice and creativity between children, artists, educators and technology. Insight Open is a forum by which we can exchange ideas and think together about artists’ practice with young people with an emphasis on how creativity can be mediated through technology. DOWNLOAD Information here Insight Open

TULCA Festival of Visual Art is a multi-venue, artist-centered festival of contemporary art that works with Irish curators to present innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the Visual Arts.TULCA Festival champions Galway city and county as central to the contemporary visual arts community and as a hub for artists, audiences and culture. We promote the development and exhibition of the contemporary visual arts culture through a national and international network of artists, audiences, curators and art critics. Curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey Sarah Searson, and Aine Philips Download Tulca Catalogue 

Public Art Symposium Panel discussion: Working in Partnership – Initiating new Visions Chaired by Sarah Searson with Tania Banotti, Theatre Forum, Alan Fitzpatrick, Filmbase, Deirdre McCrea, Music Network, Orlaith McBride, National Association for Youth Drama, Jane O’Hanlon, Poetry Ireland,Katherine Atkinson, Create  DOWNLOAD Public Art Symposium

TRADE is a visual arts programme which provides knowledge, resources and opportunities for visual artists to develop their practice and engage internationally. Conversations with keynote speakers and artists presenting at TRADE were chaired and facilitated by Declan McGonagle ( University of Ulster), Sarah Searson (Curator/Consultant).Mike Fitzpatrick (Limerick City Gallery), Siún Hanrahan (Artist/D.I.T) Ailbhe Murphy (Artist/Consultant) It featured national and international artists, curators and thinkers including Alfredo Jaar (Chile/USA) and Rebecca Fortnum (UK) who each worked with a group of five artists from Leitrim and Roscommon over the last number of months. The programme also featured writer and critic Patricia Phillips (Head of Art at Cornell University) and artist Phillida Barlow (Professor of Art at Slade School of Art).Irish artists presenting at TRADE included Carol Anne Connolly, Gareth Kennedy, Alice Lyons, Christine Mackey, Anna MacLeod, Angie Duignan, Francis McGonagle, Cathy Reynolds, Holly Asaa, Laura Gallagher and Kristy Varenga.  LINK HERE




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