PR#7 Closing Event—Gallery talk: Eimear Walshe, Van Abbemuseum Deviant Practice, 2017

Closing event: Saturday 20th January, 2pm

Gallery talk: Eimear Walshe, Van Abbemuseum Deviant Practice, 2017

Eimear Walshe will give a talk on their research from the Van Abbemuseum’s Deviant Practices Research Programme 2016/2017, following a presentation for the Basic Space series, Basic Talks at the Hugh Lane Gallery earlier this year. The project is currently being developed into a publication featuring illustrations by Dearbhla Ní Fhaoilleacháin, which will function as a learning resource at the museum. Walshe looks at the history of queer separatism as a deviant impulse, and examines how this impacts the production of knowledge, the formation of communities, and the development of art practices. Walshe is artist and writer specialising in feminist epistemology and queer theory. Their work seeks to reconcile queer histories with personal or local narratives through fiction, biography, and academic work.


Image: Eimear Walshe, because not all straight people are straight, illustration series by Dearbhla Ní Fhaoilleacháin. Image Courtesy of the artist


Open Call: Artist-Initiated Programme at PP/S 2018

Pallas Projects/Studios' Artist-Initiated Programme 2018, is a new, funded, open-submission, annual gallery programme, that is highly accessible to artists. It will focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates* who demonstrate their potential with the quality of their work, and their ambition to challenge and test their practice in the public realm, in the context of an established gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. Mid-career artists with experimental or collaborative projects may also apply.

Submissions from visual artists are now sought via open call for up to 12 x 2-week exhibitions, between March–November 2018. Both solo, 2-person, and group exhibitions will be considered, and we welcome projects/bodies of work that are completed/near completion, or work in progress, across all contemporary visual art forms. This programme of self-directed, artist-initiated projects will receive an artists fee/production budget, publicity, invigilation and other supports. Artists are encouraged to supplement their projects with artists' talks, texts or performances, gallery visits by colleges and local schools will be arranged, and artists are assisted in aspects such as inviting curators, and how to document their work.

Pallas Projects/Studios is one of Ireland's longest running artist-run spaces, with a 21 year track record in providing opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists to develop and exhibit new work. PP/S have established a nationwide and international reputation among artists and organisations, and a public profile through successful exhibitions, publishing, collaborations and partnerships, media coverage and education programmes for schools. Recent projects include the 4-year research project and publication 'Artist-Run Europe', published by Onomatopee, Eindhoven in 2016, and the annual 'Periodical Review' exhibition now in its seventh year.

*Due to the self-directed nature of the exhibitions the programme is envisaged to be primarily aimed at artists who are Irish, and international artists living or working in Ireland, or who have studied here.

The Artist-Initiated Programme at PP/S is supported by an Arts Council project award.

Submission guidelines are available below, and the deadline for submissions is Monday 15th of January 2018 at 5pm.

What the artist gets:

Artists fee/production budget of €500 for solo and 2-person exhibitions, €1000 for group exhibitions

All rental costs paid, insurance, invigilation, printed and online ads, publicity and social media, inclusion in exhibition fold-out posters

How to apply:

Applicants should fill in the accompanying application form, and return to info@pallasprojects.org with the exact subject line: ‘Artist-Initiated Submissions 2018’, including the following:

For individuals: 1 x Word Document/PDF including: maximum 1 page of text outlining your proposal; a brief biog (250 words); a maximum of 6 images; max 1 link to video/audio work; CV including any recent/forthcoming shows.

For 2-person or Groups: 1 x Word Document/PDF including: maximum 1 page of text outlining your proposal; group & individual biogs (1page total); maximum of 10 images; max 2 links to video/audio work; CV of artists including any recent/forthcoming shows; and CV of curator/coordinator if applicable.

Further info on the Artist-Initiated Programme at PP/S:

The programme aims to provide a platform for artists to produce and exhibit work of merit across all art forms and media; to further the opportunities for the artist's practice and career as an outcome of the exhibition; to develop audiences for the artist; and develop new audiences for contemporary art and artist-led practice. The Artist-Initiated programme at PP/S aim to act as an incubator for early careers, and support artists' practices at crucial stages.

The artist-initiated programme demonstrates the value of – and very real need for – an accessible gallery programme for artists to take part in short-run exhibitions with a relatively short turnaround time of 3–6 months. This model is an alternative to the normal institutional/commercial model, where the process of studio visit to exhibition can take several years, and where solo exhibitions are often reserved for established artists. As such, emerging artists with productive studio practices can have difficulty in securing solo exhibitions in established venues, and reaching new audiences, both professional and public. Shorter lead-in times allow the programme to be quick and responsive, reflect what artists are currently making, and encourages experimentation and risk-taking. These artist-initiated exhibitions put the artist and their ideas at the heart of the programme.

Please note: Projects will be selected through a competitive open call process, and will be selected by Pallas Projects/Studios. Successful artists will be notified and offered dates. The dates requested by the artist may not always be available, and artists are asked to be flexible. In the unlikely event that an artist cannot exhibit on the date offered PP/S reserves the right not to proceed with the exhibition. The decision of PP/S is final in respect of submissions. Due to the volume of applications PP/S may not be able to provide feedback. PP/S recommend that you please see our website for more information on our programme and organisation before applying.


News: Nasty Women Dublin announce results of fundraising exhibition

Nasty Women Dublin & Pallas Projects are pleased to announce that over €6000 was raised through the sale of art works at the Nasty Women Dublin exhibition in August 2107, which was held in support of The Artist Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment and The Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment. The Dublin project was initiated by the artist-run space Pallas Projects/Studios, and was co-ordinated by artist Eve Woods. Artists were selected by leading Irish artists and curators including Sheena Barrett, Helen Carey, Mary Cremin Jessamyn Fiore, Siobhan Geoghegan, Gillian Lawler, Loitering Theatre, Alice Maher and Kathy Tynan. In total 70 out of the 90 works kindly donated by the artists for the exhibition were sold, and the exhibition and its events attracted huge numbers and interest in the Nasty Women cause.

Originally a project by curators Jessamyn Fiore, Roxanne Jackson and Angel Bellaran hosted in the Knockdown Centre, New York it has spread to over 40 fundraising exhibitions worldwide.

“Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. With over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad, Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organisations defending these rights and to be a platform for organisation and resistance.”

We would like to thank The Hunreal Issues, Eve Djs, Against The Grain and Telephones for their help in making our events and overall project a success.

We are very grateful to all the artists and selectors for their donations and suggestions. We would like to give a special thanks to Margareta D’Arcy who performed ‘I am a Killer They Say’ on our opening night, Leann Herlihy who performed ‘A Glove is a Gift’ on our closing day, Catherine Barron who was very generous in hosting her workshop FINDING CREATIVITY, and artist Katie Holten, who used the font she created for the original exhibition in New York to make the work ‘Kisses for Repeal’, specially for Nasty Women Dublin.

A special thanks to Aggie Veale who designed the Nasty Women Dublin logo, Chlöe Nagle & Marina Pontin for their help in organising and building the Nasty Women Wall.

Full list of artists:

Mona Atkinson, Aida Bangoura, Catherine Barragry, Catherine Barron, Anne Maree Barry, Aideen Barry, Mariah Black, Alanna Blake, Tammy Bradley, Sarah Browne, Rachel Burke, Jade Butler, Aimée Chan, Siobhan Clancy, Nuala Clarke, Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty, Susan Connolly, Amanda Coogan, Maud Cotter, Pauline Cummins, Margaretta D’Arcy, Aislinn Delaney, Mujers Libres Derry, Fiona  Dowling, Millie Egan, Isadora Epstein, Marie Farrington, Jessica Foley, Sara French, Aoife Giles, Orla Goodwin, Roisin Hackett, Cliona Harmey, Molly Hennigan, Léann Herlihy, Leah Hilliard, Katie Holten, Helen Horgan, Jesse Jones, Wendy Judge, Dragana Jurisic, Mary Kelleher, Sandy Kennedy, Ali Kirby, Barbara Knezevic, Katharine Lamb, Vicky Langan, Gillian Lawler, Breda Lynch, Susan MacWilliam, Kathryn Maguire, Niamh McCann, Siobhan McGibbon, Patricia McInerney, Sibyl Montague, Janet Mullarney, Chloë Nagle, Doireann Ni Ghrioghair, Aisling O’Beirn, Emer O’Boyle, Margaret O’Brien, Sadbh O’Brien, Margaret O’Connor, Katie O’Grady, Kate, O’Kelly, Helen O’Leary, Deirdre O’Mahony, Mandy O’Neill, Seoidin O’Sullivan, Aine Philips, Laragh Pittman, Ann Quinn, Fiona  Reilly, Donna Rose, Stina Sandstrom, Ciara Scanlan, Una Sealy, Polina Shapkina, Celine Sheridan, Sonia Shiel, Jennifer Smith, Vicky Smith, Gráinne Tynan, Erica Van Horn, Aggie Veale, Ruby Wallis, Isabella Walsh, Amy Walsh, Chanelle Walshe, Eve Woods

Aoife O'Neill produced for this amazing video for us of our opening event. She is a Masters Student of Film and Screen Media in University College Cork & is currently doing a documentary on the Repeal the 8th movement for her thesis.


Space, Place and Change: Reflections on Allan Kaprow and Otobong Nkanga’s ‘Baggage’ 1972/2007

Please Note change of date: Friday 8 December, 6pm
Location: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Studio 6

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Melissa Rachleff Burtt and Maeve Connolly will have an exchange about the legacy of Allan Kaprow and his influence on artist-run spaces and artists today. In light of Otobong NKanga’s exhibition which is opening in the gallery at 6pm, this talk will focus especially on Kaprow's 1972 Happening, Baggage and Otobong Nkanga's 2007-08 re-conceptualization of the work.

This event is a collaboration between Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, IADT ARC programme, Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG) at the CONNECT Centre in Trinity College Dublin, and Pallas Projects/Studios.

Melissa Rachleff Burtt is clinical associate professor, NYU and curator of, Inventing Downtown: Artist Run Galleries in New York City, 1950-1965. She spent 8 years as a program officer at the New York State Council on the Arts from 1999-2007. Previously, Rachleff Burtt was associate curator at Exit Art and head of adult and community programs at the Brooklyn Museum. She has written on the subject of photography, art, and art management for a variety of publications. Her essay, "Do It Yourself: A History of Alternatives" was published in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010, by MIT Press in 2012.

Maeve Connolly is a Dublin-based researcher, focused on changing cultures and economies of art and media practice. She is a Lecturer at IADT, where she co-directs the MA in Art & Research Collaboration (ARC) and also teaches studio modules on the BA in Art. She is currently a visiting research fellow at CONNECT – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications – in Trinity College Dublin.

Image Credit: Allan Kaprow, 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, 1959. offset print. Reuben Gallery, New York


Periodical Review 20/16: performance, screening & talk

Tuesday 17th January

Talk by Rosie Lynch curator with Callan Workhouse Union
Screenings of films by Seamus Harahan & Jesse Jones
NCAD, Sybil Connolly room: 5pm

The 1916 Song Project and more
Aileen Lambert and Fergus Russel
The Lord Edward Pub, upstairs lounge: 7pm


Talk with Rosie Lynch, curator with Callan Workhouse Union.
Screenings of films by Seamus Harahan & Jesse Jones.

NCAD: 5–6.40pm

Rosie Lynch, curator with Callan Workhouse Union (CWU) will discuss the impetus and thinking behind various CWU projects and the role of the artist in civic life.  

CWU is a developing facility and commissioning agency for visual art, design, architecture, research and community activities and projects, based in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. Since 2013, artist and designer-led projects have been accumulating use and meaning for the building's new life, bringing access for the public to this significant historic site.  Current and recent projects at CWU include  Workhouse Guild  (2016) a residency programme with art/craft collaborations and commissioned new work;  Workhouse Union  (2015) a series of new work critically exploring the history and legacy of Callan Workhouse in the context of institutionalism and  Workhouse Assembly  (2013) a twelve-day active research workshop. CWU's work extends to projects that examine the future of rural towns, housing, civic infrastructure and the commons.   CWU is working on a long-term project with Camphill Community Callan to develop  Nimble  Spaces, an innovative citizen-led approach to housing. The first phase of the project culminated in May 2015 with  Ways to Live Together: New Cultures of Housing, an international conference held at VISUAL, Carlow, exploring participatory design, spatial justice, social housing and co-housing. The project has now entered into the design and build phase, with three inclusive neighbourhoods (24 new homes) in the initial phase of development in the Callan area. CWU continues to support new work examining the future of rural towns through Meet You at the Green? - a large-scale project starting in early 2017.

The 1916 Song Project and more

Old and Contemporary Songs in the Irish Tradition
Aileen Lambert & Fergus Russell

The Lord Edward: 7–8.30pm


New original songs in the traditional style based on the events of the 1916 Easter Rising will be performed by Wexford singer and artist Aileen Lambert and Fergus Russell from Dublin. The songs featured in the 1916 Song Project which was presented in the National Library earlier this year, a project which was devised and coordinated by Aileen with her partner Michael Fortune. Aileen and Fergus will provide an insight into the process involved in the project and composing a new song in the traditional style, as well as providing some other samples of new and old traditional songs which have featured in recent projects devised by Aileen and Michael.


Aileen Lambert, visual artist and traditional singer, along with Dublin singer Fergus Russell, will share with you some of their repertoire which stems from a series of innovative traditional song projects which Aileen and her partner Michael Fortune have devised and produced in recent years. The most recent is ‘The 1916 Song Project’, which resulted in a national touring concert of new songs relating to the Easter Rising, including one written and performed by Fergus ‘April 1916’, and another written by Aileen and Michael, ‘May Moran of Enniscorthy’ and sung by Aileen. This presentation will include performances of these and songs from other projects such as ‘The Wexford Song Project’, ‘Man, Woman and Child’ and ‘The Bird Song Project’.


Aileen Lambert

In recent years Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune have developed a practice of devising and facilitating traditional song projects, from themed concerts to song composition projects, with a wealth of fine traditional singers from across the country. Their efforts have generated renewed interested in the narrative ballad, revived many old songs, resulted in the composition of many new songs in the traditional style and most importantly have supported the development of singers and the reaching of new audiences.


Aileen brings to her traditional song projects her sensibility as a visual artist and years of experience working in the field of participatory arts. Aileen studied in LSAD, Limerick, from ‘93 to ‘97, and graduated with an MA in Visual Arts Practices, from DLIADT, Dublin, in ‘07. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been undertaking collaborative projects with communities of all ages and various backgrounds for the past fifteen years. Her practice spans video, performance and sound work, and includes participatory and public art projects. Her public art project 'En Route' for Mayo County Council currently features in Pallas Projects Periodical Review 20/16.


Aileen’s own singing is rooted in the English language repertoire of her native County Wexford, where she regularly works with communities of all ages and abilities, sharing her love and enthusiasm of traditional song, while undertaking field research in parallel. For the past ten years, she has been tirelessly delivering traditional song workshops in primary schools to children throughout South Leinster, supported by the Heritage in School Scheme. For further info see 'Aileen Lambert – Traditional Singer' on facebook.

Fergus Russell

Fergus Russell is from Dublin and learned to sing at his mother's knee. A stalwart of An Góilín Traditional Singers’ Club and one of the organisers of the annual Frank Harte Festival, Fergus has a passion for collecting and reviving long forgotten traditional songs. When he finds a song that interests him, Fergus will try to track down the original air, but if that proves futile he will write a new air to suit. Some of these songs have proved popular and are being reabsorbed back into the tradition. In an endeavour to bring them to a wider audience Fergus has recently released ‘Landless & Free’ a CD comprising fifteen traditional songs not previously recorded. Fergus has participated in a number of projects devised by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune including ‘As I Roved Out’, ‘Man, Woman and Child’, ‘The Bird Song Project’ and ‘The 1916 Song Project’.


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