Wednesday, April 5, 2017

College for a Day! BA Contemporary Visual Culture, 7 April 2017

CVC Students on an Exhibition Visit
College for a Day!

BA Contemporary Visual Culture

7 April 20179.30am-12.30pm

Room NA003 North House Annex 
Dublin School of Creative Arts
Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

09.30:  Welcome - Meet the key staff teaching on the programme
             Brief Overview of BA Programme by Niamh Ann Kelly      
10.00:  Lecture by Mary Ann Bolger, Re-thinking Newgrange”
10.40:  Tea & Coffee Break
11.00:  Tour of Library DIT Grangegorman campus
11.20:  Lecture by Tim Stott, How to make sense of abstract art”
12.00:   Meet past and current students on Contemporary Visual Culture
12.30    Finish

If interested in attending, please email:

CVC Students present their research at Irish Museum of Modern Art
CVC Students visit the
National Gallery of Ireland
CVC Students on Study Trip to
Patrick Pearse and Kilmainham Gaol Archive
CVC Students contribute research to exhibition at
National Print Museum


Monday, April 3, 2017

Third year BA Contemporary Visual Culture students working on exhibition for National Print Museum, May 2017

Clannad single designed by Bill Bolger,
one of the many covers being documented by students as part of the project.

Third year BA Contemporary Visual Culture students are working with Visual Communication students on research for Green Sleeves, an exhibition of Irish album covers and the Irish music printing business to be held in the National Print Museum in May 2017.

BA CVC Lecturers' Recent Conference Papers

BA Contemporary Visual Culture Lecturer, Dr. Connell Vaughan, has just published his conference paper called, 'Statecraft: Vandalism and Iconoclasm in the Digital Age'.
See publication here: European Society for Aesthetics

BA CVC Lecturer Dr. Tim Stott gave a paper 'Playing with Loose Parts: The Design 12 Course and Pre-Digital Interactive Environments', on the panel Playing Art History / Gaming the Museum, College Art Association annual conference, New York, 16th February 2017.

Friday, March 31, 2017

BA CVC lecturers Tim Stott and Mary Ann Bolger in 2017 Design History Society Annual Conference, Oslo

BA Contemporary Visual Culture lecturers Tim Stott and Mary Ann Bolger have both had papers accepted for the 2017 Design History Society Annual Conference in Oslo this September.

Mary Ann Bolger
Mary Ann will be speaking as part of the special anniversary strand, “Making and Unmaking Design History” which addresses the history and historiography of the discipline in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the first DHS Conference, held in Brighton in 1977. Her paper is presented as part of a panel devised in collaboration with two colleagues, Dr Lisa Godson and Dr Sorcha O’Brien, which is entitled “Making and Unmaking National Identity: Design ‘In’, ‘Of’ and ‘From’ Ireland.” This sets out to interrogate some of the limits and possibilities of a “national history of design” using the emerging field of Irish design history as a case study. Mary Ann’s paper is called “Putting the ‘Irish’ into Irish design 1950-2015” and looks at some aspects of the Irish government’s attempts to promote Irish design internationally and, in so doing, to claim the global for the local.
Tim Stott
You can read more about the conference here:

Friday, November 11, 2016

Final Year BA CVC Students to hold a seminar on the Art of Street Resistance, 28 November 2016


A Public Seminar on Acts of Resistance 
in Ireland using the street as a platform.

Monday, 28 November 2016, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Robert Emmet Community Development Project, 3-8 Usher Street, Dublin 8.

A seminar on the visual culture of resistance within Ireland from past and present. We aim to investigating these visuals through means of street art, murals, posters and other elements of visual culture that influence the society we live in. 
Our chair for the evening is Dr. Tina Kinsella who will direct the conversation of the Art of Street Resistance.

The past year has sparked numerous debate and discourse surrounding topics like same sex marriage, abortion and the right to water. As celebrations of 1916 are soon coming to an end, the final year class of Visual and Critical Studies have organized a seminar to present a collection of five conversations. Each will stem from a common theme of street art. Attendees will experience an exploration of how art is used today as a means of protest and the power of visual resistance.

First we will discuss how street art is used in Ireland, how it is seen and how it is an Art of Resistance, the Occupy Movement and the camp that was set up at Central Bank on Dame Street in 2011, the Repeal the 8th the murals and the merchandise and apparel along with it and the protests that have taken place. We will then have a 20-minute break before the final two topics up for discussion. These are the Water Charge protests and the picket signs created during the resistance to water charges and 2015’s Same Sex Marriage Referendum and the visual aspects of the murals on Georges Street in Dublin and others related to it.
There will be plenty of time at the end of the presentations to answer any questions from the audience.

Panel of Speakers: Third Year Students of BA Visual and Critical Studies DIT

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact The Art of Street Resistance PR at 0857245666 or email at 

To reserve your seat please book at: Art of Street Resistance Booking

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

College for Day! on the BA Contemporary Visual Culture, Friday 11 November, 10-2pm

11 November 2016 
10am - 2pm
Dublin School of Creative Arts 
Dublin Institute of Technology
St Laurence’s Church (SL01)
Grangegorman Campus, Dublin 7

College for a Day!
BA Contemporary Visual Culture
10.00: Welcome - Meet the key staff teaching on the programme
10.30: Brief Overview of BA Programme by Niamh Ann Kelly
11.00: Lecture by Mary Ann Bolger, “Re-thinking Newgrange”
11.40: Tea & Coffee Break
12.00: Lecture by Tim Stott, “How to make sense of abstract art”
12.40: Meet past and current students on Contemporary Visual Culture
13.30: Tour of DIT Grangegorman campus
(2.00 - 3.00: Staff will be available in St. Laurence’s to answer any questions you may have or you can email:

If interested in attending, please email to indicate numbers of students in your group attending.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

An essay by CVC lecturer Mary Ann Bolger in the forthcoming anthology Death and the Irish: a miscellany, November 2016

An essay by CVC lecturer Mary Ann Bolger is included in the forthcoming anthology Death and the Irish: a miscellany, edited by Salvador Ryan, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at St Patrick's College, Maynooth. The book will be launched at the Royal Irish Academy on 10th November. Mary Ann's research interests include the design of everyday religious and memorial objects –– this essay looks at the interplay between spiritual and commercial agendas in the design of Irish Catholic memorial cards. More details about the book are available on the publisher'swebsite:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Contemporary Visual Culture Lecturer Mary Ann Bolger to speak at National Museum of Ireland, November 2016

Contemporary Visual Culture Lecturer Mary Ann Bolger is presenting at the Mise Éire? Shaping a Nation through Design Conference on 4 -5 November 2016 at the National Museum of Ireland.
Mary Ann Bolger

Mise Éire? Shaping a Nation through Design is a partnership project and part of the 2016 centenary programme of both bodies, will see design historians, academics and practitioners explore the expression of collective and national identity in Ireland through the lens of design and craft.

The conference is aimed at design and craft historians and academics, practitioners, students and anyone with a general interest in design and collective and national identity. Full details on this event here:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

BA CVC Lecturers, Mary Ann Bolger and Clare Bell organize Typeface Workshop, 18-20 November 2016

BA Contemporary Visual Culture Lecturers, Mary Ann Bolger and Clare Bell, have organized: Typography Ireland | Type Together | Typeface Design Workshop | Dublin 18–20 November 2016

Typography Ireland are delighted to announce the details of our second Type Together typeface design workshop to take place from 18th to 20th November 2016, organised by Typography Ireland in association with the Dublin School of Creative Arts, DIT and the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM).
This workshop, led by internationally renowned Type Together typeface designers Veronika Burian (Type Together) and José Scaglione (President of ATypI, Type Together) will cover the essential aspects of the type-design process, including glyph-drawing, spacing, kerning techniques and multiple-master technology. Winners of the ISTD's Certificate of Excellence in Typeface Design, Veronika and José will lead intensive practical sessions, combined with open critiques and short lectures, creating a fast-paced but hopefully fun working environment. For details of Type Together's last workshop in Dublin please see Type Together, last workshop 
Please email or with any queries.

BA Contemporary Visual Culture Lecturer, EL Putnam, has a performance and a conference paper upcoming in November and December 2016

EL Putnam performing Whisper Almost Without Sound
multimedia installation and performance 
with wearable electronics at Mobius, Cambridge, MA, 2016. 
Image credit: Melanie Hedlund.
BA Contemporary Visual Culture Lecturer, EL Putnam, will be performing Circuit at "Stance," a performance event organised by Justine McDonnell and Rachel Rankin at the Pollen Studios, Belfast, 3 November 6 to 9 pm.

EL will also be presenting a paper, "“Neglect of Their Duties:” Feminist Maternal Ethics and the Irish Intimate Public Sphere" at the upcoming SWIP-Ireland conference “Feminist Ethics in Theory and Practice: Challenging practices in contested domains”, December 2-4, in Galway, Ireland. Click here for more on: Society for Women in Philosophy website

Friday, September 23, 2016

BA CVC lecturer Mary Ann Bolger to speak at symposium at the University of Brighton, on Friday 7 October 2016.

BA Contemporary Visual Culture lecturer Mary Ann Bolger will speak at the forthcoming symposium at the University of Brighton, ‘Facing the World Differently? Seventy years on from the Britain Can Make It Exhibition’ on Friday 7 October 2016. 

Catalogue for Irish Design Exhibition 1956, designed by Thurloe Conolly 
at The Design Research Unit of Ireland for the Arts Council. IMMA Collection
The symposium sets out to consider the impact and legacy of the 1946 exhibition, Britain Can Make It, held at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition reflected a desire to reaffirm Britain’s global position in design and manufacturing after World War Two. Mary Ann’s paper will contribute to the debate about the implications of imperial models of design practice, education, exhibition and professional organization, focusing on the situation in the self-consciously modernising Ireland of the 1950s and 1960s. Her paper examines how design was mobilized in an attempt to make the state ‘legible’: coherent, comprehensible and ordered.
Britain Can Make It Exhibition, 1946.
'What Industrial Design Means' section
designed by Misha Black OBE, FSIA, s
howing the 'Birth of an Egg Cup'.
University of Brighton Design Archives, DCA080

The keynote speakers are Professor Jonathan Woodham and Dr Paddy Maguire. For more details and to book tickets see here: Symposium Details.

Photograph in ‘Einladung an Unternehmer: Irland’, a guide to Ireland
for German industrialists
published by the Industrial Development Authority, circa 1961.
The original caption reads: ‘An Irish factory with a symbolic name: Progress’

BA CVC Lecturer, Dr Tim Stott, to chair panel of speakers at the Society of Literature, Science and the Arts 30th Annual Meeting Atlanta, Georgia, 4 November 2016

Tim's panel is called Weird Systems and will examine the weirder aspects of cybernetics in post-war artistic and literary culture.
 The panel will consider what we might still learn from those occasions where systems become weird.
The panel, chaired by Dr Tim Stott (Dublin Institute of Technology), will include the following papers:
Professor Bruce Clarke (Texas Tech University), ‘Cosmic Weirdness in John Lilly’s The Scientist: A Novel Autobiography’, Professor Philip Thurtle (University of Washington), ‘William Bateson’s Waves of Living Flesh’,
Dr Francis Halsall (National College of Art and Design, Dublin & University of the Free State, Bloemfontein), ‘Occult Systems: ‘Thinking the Absolute’ in Luhmanns’s Systems Theory’.

For full Conference Programme, click here: litsciarts Conference Programme 2016 

Saturday, September 17, 2016


First Years students in discussion with BA CVC Lecturer, Dr Tim Stott


First Year students visit the Francis Bacon Studio at Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane, as part of Induction Week, 2016