Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Monstrous Mothers at Open Day

CVC lecturer Dr EL Putnam will be giving a talk on 'Monstrous Mothers' as part of the Open Day events this Thursday 24 November at 10.30 in North House Studios. The talk will give an overview of cultural representations of monstrous mothers, surveying the fears and otherness manifest in these maternal figurations from Medea to Disney and Irish Contemporary Art.

Open Day This Thursday! DIT Grangegorman

Come along and see our new campus at DIT Grangegorman, meet the CVC staff and attend a sample lecture on Monstrous Mothers...

There will be information sessions on the CVC course at 10.00 and 4.00 in the North House Studios where you can meet current students and alumni as well as members of the course team.

See below for the full programme.

For queries please email maryann.bolger@dit.ie

Friday, June 2, 2017

DIT Graduate Exhibition opens

The 2017 DIT Graduate Student Exhibition, entitled 'Making a Show', opened last night at the DIT Grangegorman campus @DITGradEx Excerpts from final year dissertations by the CVC students were presented in this beautiful booklet, designed by their colleagues in Visual Communications. 
Pick one up at our next Open Day!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

College for a Day!
BA Contemporary Visual Culture

Thursday, 1 June 2017
9.30 am-12.30pm

Room RD006, Rathdown House
Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

An Information Morning hosted by Dublin School of Creative Arts:

09.30:            Welcome - Meet the key staff teaching on the programme
                       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 Connell Vaughan, What Happens When Statues Talk Back? Adventures in Graffiti, Public Art and Visual Culture
12.00:           Meet past and current students on Contemporary Visual Culture
12.30             Finish

This event is for anyone interested in knowing more about the BA Contemporary Visual Culture, taught at the Dublin School of Creative Arts, DIT.

All welcome and if interested in coming along, please email: niamhann.kelly@dit.ie  

BA CVC Lecturer, Niamh Ann Kelly presents paper at Artist as Witness – Migrations at Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane

BA Contemporary Visual Culture Programme Chair, Niamh Ann Kelly, recently participated in the  public seminar, Artist as Witness – Migrations at Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane, organised as part of Port Perspectives Programme, May 2017.
Guest speakers were: Erwin Joos, Dr Niamh Ann Kelly, Alaina Claire Feldman and Prof. Declan McGonagle.
Further information here:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

New: MA in Visual and Critical Studies

Image of DIT Library
The Dublin School of Creative Arts is delighted to present a new MA in Visual and Critical Studies, which studies the theory and criticism of contemporary visual culture and the history of art and design. We offer the MA as part of the Creative Arts Masters Platform, which offers a unique opportunity for focussed study in an interdisciplinary environment along with MA students in art and design studio practice.

Student discussion at Project Arts Centre,
with curator, Kate Strain
The MA Visual and Critical Studies is for graduates of visual culture, art history, design history, and philosophy of art. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity for focused study in contemporary visual culture, supported by archival and textual research.

Students of Visual and Critical Studies benefit from an extensive library at DIT, access to local art and design archives, the possibility of collaboration with local and national arts institutions, and the opportunity to work with faculty on live research projects.

Collections at ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art,
National Gallery of Ireland

Current areas of faculty research specialisation include: Museum Studies and Museology; Contemporary Art History and Theory; Historiography of Art and Design; History of Design and Material Culture in Ireland; History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Design; Contemporary Art and Environment; Visual Culture of Science; Aesthetics.

Details on the courses can be found here:


Details on how to apply for a postgraduate course can be found here: http://www.dit.ie/studyatdit/postgraduate/howtoapply/

Friday, May 12, 2017

3rd Year CVC students reach their final goal, May 2017

Congratulations to the Final Year BA BAVACS (CVC) students who submitted their Degree Theses this week! Here are some of them looking very happy...

Some of the thesis topics this year included: 

Pastiche in Cinema
Artists' Resistance to Border Walls
Anthropomorphism in Documentary 
Korean Art and Ireland
Androgyny: from Bowie to Gaga
Transgression in Performance Art
Gender Roles and Stereotypes in Harry Potter

BA CVC assist in National Print Museum exhibition and DSCA Symposium, May 2017

Third year student Rebecca Quinn has been working with the National Print Museum in preparation for the Green Sleeves exhibition which opened on May 4th and runs until October. Rebecca helped with press and publicity in the lead up to the exhibition. 

BA Contemporary Visual Culture students also helped out with the accompanying symposium, organised by Dublin School of Creative Arts research group Typography Ireland.

CVC Lecturer publishes article on John Moriarty, May 2017

Contemporary Visual Culture Lecturer, Dr. Connell Vaughan has just published an article on the late Irish philosopher, John Moriarty. You can read it here:


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: http://www.makingandunmaking.net

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 irishresistancepr@gmail.com. 

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