The Visual Culture of Modernity in Ireland

9 09 2009

Workshop: Friday, 25 September 2009

10.45 am – 7.00 pm

National Library of Ireland

This workshop is part of a collaborative project between University College Dublin’s  Research Strand on Material and Visual Culture (comprising a network of academics whose research is linked by these themes) and the Faculty of Visual Culture, NCAD. One of the key aims of the day is to encourage the expansion of a research network focused on the theme of visual culture and modernity in Irish contexts.

Attendance is free and open to interested participants; please register in advance.

This event has been convened to interrogate critically the working concepts of modernity and ‘visual culture’ within Irish contexts. Speakers and audience will participate in a discussion that uses the contexts of visual culture and “Ireland” as frameworks to explore both the relevance of ideas of modernity and their expressions in the different varieties of modernism.

The day will comprise a series of two roundtables with a panel of invited speakers, followed by discussion. The workshop will be concluded with a keynote address:

Fionna Barber (Manchester School of Art): ‘Second Sight: modernity, amnesia and the visual in Ireland’

Participating roundtable speakers include:

Hugh Campbell (School of Architecture, University College Dublin)

Justin Carville (Department of Art and Design, Dun Laoaghaire Institute of Art, Design, & Technology )

Luke Gibbons (Department of English, NUI Maynooth)

Lisa Godson (Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design / GRADCAM)

Colin Graham (Department of English, NUI Maynooth)

Declan Long (Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design)

Andrew McNamara (Art and Design, Queensland University of Technology)

Dennis McNulty (Independent artist)

Yvonne Scott (Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin)


This event has been convened by:


Francis Halsall, Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design


Emily Mark-FitzGerald, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin