VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Art & Ideas

Silver-Tongued Seas

Work commissioned by VISUAL Carlow as part of Iarlaith Ni Fheorais's Speech Sounds programme is presented in an exhibition at Jupiter Woods, London from 16th – 31st October

George Bolster Screening and Q&A

Screening of two short films by George Bolster and artist interview with VISUAL's Director Emma Lucy O'Brien

Interview with Judy Foley

Artist Judy Foley on how she combines scientific knowledge with ancient traditions of needlecraft


Sue Rainsford

Art writer and author Sue Rainsford hones in on the works of four artists in Woman in the Machine, using imagination, poetic language and literary references to untangle ideas of extraction and ooze

Against bold visions

Chris Hayes

An essay for curator Iarlaith Ni Fheorais’s programme Speech Sounds, bringing a critical perspective towards the politics of art, hope and imagination

Interview with Fiona Mc Donald

Artist Fiona Mc Donald explains how she uses coding and electronics to represent nature in data-driven artworks. The first in a series of interviews with artists from VISUAL’s Woman in the Machine exhibition

Nature Through a Screen

Roisin Kiberd

The first in a series of commissioned responses to Woman in the Machine, tech writer and author Roisin Kiberd considers our relationship with technology, and how we might use it to bring us closer to the natural world

Sibyl Montague SELF SOOTHERS

Cristín Leach

Art critic Cristín Leach responds to Sibyl Montague’s exhibition SELF SOOTHERS

Materials Matter Summer Workshops

Clare Breen's account of the Materials Matter Summer workshop series

Materials Matter, Ábhar Ábhar is a container, a holder, a way of thinking and a movement, that explores the production of sustainable art materials. The aim is to bring together practices and forgotten ways of working that are passed along, embellished, reworked, indigenous or partially remembered.

Interview with Deirdre O'Mahony

Deirdre O'Mahony talks with Dee Sewell about PLOT

PLOT is part of Sustainment Experiments, a new project that considers what actions can be taken in the face of ecological and climate crises. It looks back to a technology, the potato ridge that was born out of the need for food security in Ireland’s past, and forward to future food security, biodiversity and resilience in the face of climate change.

Engaging with Architecture

A project exploring the former Braun building by Emma Geoghegan and 4th year students from TU Dublin School of Architecture.

72 Hour Lost Weekend

Watch the video forming the centrepiece of the weekend of performances at the former Braun factory

For Woman in the Machine at the former Braun factory, the original intention was for the interior of the building to be open to the public who would have been able to experience the DJs, live music, visual, performing and sonic art all together in this giant landmark over the course of a weekend. We were able to turn up the bass and light the shadows to hint at what could have been through the creation of this film, 72 Hour Lost Weekend.