PVA: ‘Maslow’s Hammer’ essay by Sara Damaris M.

Our friends and collaborators at Paper Visual Arts have published Sara Damaris M.’s wonderful text, ‘Maslow’s Hammer’, produced as part of our annual PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission, a collaboration between @pva_journal and @pallas.projects.studios. The text is now online - read here.

This is the third year we have worked together on this award, which aims to encourage, develop, and support new and ambitious critical writing in the context of contemporary visual art in Ireland, and to afford the recipient the opportunity to reflect on and publish work on their specific area of interest.

The commission happens in relation to Pallas Projects’ ongoing curatorial project Periodical Review (2011–ongoing) and together with the selected works is intended to further discourse on the contemporary moment in visual art in Ireland, while also building a record of art practice, projects, and concepts over time.

Sara is the Curatorial Fellow at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and a visiting lecturer in Fine Art at TU Dublin, previously teaching in the department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. Alongside artist Tamsin Snow, Sara co-curates Montpelier House, an experimental domestic exhibition programme. She is also the Curator of Visual Art at Brown Mountain Diamond, an artist-run art residency space in deep rural Ireland.


Image: Katherine Waugh and Fergus Daly

I See a Darkness, 2023
Film still, from the exhibition at Photo Museum Ireland
Image courtesy of the artists

ID: Film still depicting a desolate rocky landscape on a sunny day with mountains visible in the background. A coyote stands facing the camera in the centre foreground.


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Lee Welch—In Praise of Idleness: The Artist in conversation with Pádraic E. Moore


The Artist in conversation with Pádraic E. Moore (Ormston House)

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Saturday, 4th May 5pm

Pádraic E. Moore is a writer, curator and art historian. Recent projects include Communal Enthusiasm; a major exhibition marking 75 years of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and I’ll Be Your Mirror, an event programme that accompanied this Warhol show at Hugh Lane.  In 2022 Moore became the inaugural mentor of Catalyst Commissions at De Appel, Amsterdam. From 2019 to 2021 he was guest curator at Garage Rotterdam and led several new commissions in this role. Moore is artistic director of Ormston House, Limerick.


You can read more about this exhibition using this link to our Projects page.

Image: Lee Welch

It’s an interesting question, 2024

acrylic on polyester

ID: Painting of a person on a rocking chair, body turn to one arm and resting their head in one hand. Muted sandy colours, their dress in colourful stripes.


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Architecture of Ritual and Loss

Time: Saturday, 13th April 2pm

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Architecture of ritual and loss walking/moving tour will explore the area around PP/S in Dublin 8. Socio-political and personal narratives of ritual and loss will be woven together along the tour as we examine the ways in which ritual becomes embedded in the ever changing landscape. Participants are encouraged to share their own stories.



Emily Waszak is a Donegal-based visual artist. With a background in industrial weaving, her textile, sculpture and installation work has been exhibited in Ireland and internationally, including most recently at IMMA as part of the RDS Visual Art Awards. Recent solo exhibitions include: Grief Weaving, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny; Shadow and Fold, Arts Itoya, Japan; To Guide Shadows, Old Church Grangegorman, Dublin. Waszak is the recipient of the Arts Council's Visual Arts Bursary in 2020, 2022, 2023 and the Donegal County Council's Artist Bursary in 2022 and 2023. In 2022 Waszak was Artist in Residence at DCU. She was awarded the Artist in the Community Award in 2016 and 2021 from the Arts Council and Create. Waszak also received the Arts Council's Agility Award in 2021. She is a member of Praxis artist union.

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Lar Hynes is a lifelong resident of the Liberties. He is involved in many community groups in the area and a passionate mental health advocate. Lar is coach and coordinator of G Force Street Force, a running and fitness club based in the local area.



ID: Nestled in a typical Dublin brick building in a wooden display case there is a shrine of the Virgin Mary wearing a white and blue robe/mantel.



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Job Opportunity – Gallery & Communications Assistant (CE Scheme)

Pallas Projects/Studios are seeking a candidate to join their team as part of the Community Employment (CE) Scheme*.

Role description
The Community Employee will gain practical experience in how Pallas Projects/Studios, which is an Artist-Run Organisation in The Liberties, is run. This will involve first hand interactions with artists, and the curator/directors in preparing exhibitions as part of the newly funded Artist Initiated Programme.

The role will involve the Community Employee in all aspects of organising content for the various Pallas Projects media channels, including its website and other social media outlets. This will include documenting exhibitions and exhibition openings, events, workshops and talks, and preparing content for dissemination to internal and to all our external media channels.

Please download our full Job Description/Guidelines below before applying.

How to Apply:
Please note this scheme is being provided by The Mercy Family Centre and as such applicants should send a LETTER OF INTEREST as a PDF attachment explaining why they are suitable for this position with a CV/biog emailed to: cescheme@mercyfamilycentre.com and cc-ed to info@pallasprojects.org with PALLAS CE SCHEME APPLICATION - COMMUNICATIONS in the subject line. Please be informed about Pallas Projects/Studios and what artist-run spaces are before applying. www.pallasprojects.org

Deadline: Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Interviews: End of February 2024

* Please contact your local DSP Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility and to apply for this vacancy. Vacancy Reference Number will be required.  Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and applicants must also be in receipt of a qualifying Irish social welfare payment for 1 year or more. This is a developmental opportunity, no experience necessary. Accredited training will be provided to support your career.


Closing Performance—Whistling Past The Graveyard

Saturday 27th January, 2pm. Please note: the performance duration is 15 minutes, please arrive promptly by 2pm

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Performance event with Lidija Šola & Sadhbh Moriarty



Pallas Projects is delighted to present a new work in progress by Lidija Šola & Sadhbh Moriarty to mark the last day of Maslow's Hammer.

Whistling Past The Graveyard is a new semi-autobiographical play in the early stages of development, after (Un)Holy Blood, the second collaboration of writer Sadhbh Moriarty and circus artist Lidija Šola.

This performance contrasts Šola's own experiences of "consumption" with the bizarre romanticization of illness in the Victorian era.

The event will mark an end to this year's Periodical Review, a long-running curatorial project which sets out to consider, revisit and review current movements within contemporary art practices from around Ireland.



Sadhbh Moriarty is a Kerry writer and playwright expatriated in Cork City. She is a recipient of the Eamonn Keane Full Length Play Award and her work has been internationally toured. Her writing sets out to give voice to the marginalised and is  often tinged with elements of magical realism.

Lidija Šola is a Cork based-contemporary circus artist and co-founder of Tricycle Trauma, an experimental circus collective. She’s been a part of the independent art scene for over a decade as a performer, author, director and producer.



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