Grounded in the 21st century, these seminars look at Arts practices as a sustainable & critical endeavour.

From Autumn 2017, the Critical Academy launches a growing series of seminars around key aspects of contemporary Arts practice aimed at developing and strengthening key skills and mindsets, taught in participatory environments with clear and focused aims.

Introduction —

The Critical Academy seminars look at very specific skills that are commonly considered secondary in the teaching of artistic practices, mostly focused on methodologies and theory. We consider these skills not complementary but fundamental for a sustainable practice and a wholesome life, and they contribute to a continuous self-development.

These relate to essential aspects and core values of a stable Arts practice, from daily administration routines, to competence in resolving grant aid paperwork, and understanding the importance of applied self-discipline; others refer to entrepreneurial matters, acknowledging both the artist’s output and the artist’s needs.

Likewise, we aim to advance and deepen crucial skills regarding critical thinking, researching, speaking and writing about your work, and we are introducing alternative ways to foster a creative practice through mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.

The seminars are offered in different formats and lengths according to the subject at hand, and to better adapt to a successful outcome. The participant tutors were selected for their extensive knowledge and experience in their fields, and a proven track record in delivering engaging lectures. These seminars have been created specifically for the Critical Academy, and there are others to be added in the coming months. They are divided in four strands: Research, Discipline, Business, and Output. The following seminars are now available for booking:


9th March 2019 in Research

Project Development: From Work in Progress To Presentation

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9th March 2019 in Research

Writing for Artists

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6th November 2018 in Research

Research Skills

6th Nov-11th Dec 2018
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19th May 2018 in Research

Photobook Trends

12pm Sat 19 May 2018, at The Library Project.
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4th May 2018 in Research

Masterclass on Research, Narratives and Platforms

11-2pm Fri 4 May 2018, at The Library Project.
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3rd May 2018 in Research

The Politics of the Long Haul: Photography, Pro-Choice Artistic Practices and the Archive.

3 May 2018, at NCAD.
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7th March 2018 in Research

Flux I: Ana Mendieta

7th March 2018, at The Library Project.
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19th January 2018 in Research

Harnessing Mindfulness in our Creative Practice

19-20-21 January 2018, at Mulvarra House.
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20th May 2018 in Discipline

On the State of Photography in Ireland

3pm Sun 20 May 2018, Studio 6, TBG+S.
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13th May 2018 in Discipline

Reset Your Practice

4pm Sun 13 May 2018, at The Library Project.
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4th November 2017 in Discipline

Administration Skills & Arts Practice: from Funding to Everyday Workflows

Courses — Output 02 — Photobook Publishing with Éanna de Fréine DESCRIPTION This purpose of this course is to inform and advise photographers on the best practices for self-publishing photobooks. The course is aimed at photographers…
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9th November 0201 in Discipline

Essentials for Cultural Event Management

28th Nov 2017 - 20th Feb 2018
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20th May 2018 in Business

Art as a Sustainable Practice: Nurturing Your Entrepreneurial Mindset

12pm Sun 20 May 2018, at The Library Project.
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24th February 2018 in Business

Sustainable Practice for Photographers

24-25 February 2018, at The Library Project.
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25th November 2017 in Business

Cultural Branding and Strategies

25th Nov 2017, at The Library Project.
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13th May 2018 in Output

Printing Secrets: Press Checking

12-1.30pm Sun 13 May 2018, at The Library Project.
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26th March 2018 in Output

Choosing the Right Output For Your Project

26-27 March 2018, at The Library Project.
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3rd February 2018 in Output

Photobook Publishing: An Independent Guide to Editing, Funding, Printing and Promoting

3th-4th February 2018, at The Library Project.
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9th December 2017 in Output

Exhibition Making with Steven Maybury

Dec 2017 - Feb 2018, at The Library Project.
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