#event…Shadows and Lights – Women and Irish Visual Culture

Shadows and Lights – Women and Irish Visual Culture – panel discussion

For International Women’s Week, 4th – 8th March, 2013
Emmet Theatre (Room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Chair; Dr Angela Griffith, History of Art and Architecture Department, (TCD)

Geraldine O’Neill, ARHA, artist

Rowan Sexton, Independent curator

Catherine Marshall, Joint Editor, 20th Century Ireland, Dictionary of Irish Art & Architecture (RIA) and former Head of Collections Irish Museum of Modern Art(IMMA)

To a large extent, the focus of scholarship surrounding the question of women and Irish visual culture has, not unjustifiably, been one of recuperation by reintroducing audiences to earlier Irish women practitioners, educators and patrons, and addressing the (patriarchal) social constructs within which they operated.
However, the primary aim of this panel discussion is to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution and agency of women in visual culture in Ireland today. A conscious decision was made to invite active practitioners and/or those who work directly with female practitioners, in particular with relation to curatorship. As the panelists discuss their professional experiences and individual perspectives, audiences will have a unique opportunity to engage with the contemporary issues surrounding women and Irish visual culture. The format, of panel presentations and audience participation, will provide an opportunity for synergistic discourses to emerge.

This event, to mark International Women’s Week, aims to create new levels of awareness of women’s contributions to Irish visual culture and will ideally provide dynamic platforms for further exploration and debate.

This event is part of a wider schedule of events in TCD for International Women’s Week. A full schedule is available here.