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:



Research Skills
6 Nov-11 Dec 2017

Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick, Photo-Historian
Kerstin Hamilton, PhD candidate, Valand Academy


Harnessing Mindfulness in our Creative Practice
20-21-22 Mar 2018

Tim Dawson, Visual Culture Lecturer & Yogi


Project Development: From Work in Progress To Presentation
2 Dec 2017-5 May 2018

Erik Vroons, GUP Magazine


Writing for Artists
5 Feb-12 Mar 2017

Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick, Photo-Historian



Essentials for Cultural Event Management
28 Nov 2017-20 Feb 2018

Julia Gelezova, PhotoIreland Foundation


Opening soon
Administration Skills for an Arts Practice: from Workflows to Applications


Opening soon
Interprofessional Skills for Artists



Sustainable Practices for Photographers
10.30am to 2.30pm on 24-25 February 2018

Marc Prüst, Curator NOORDERLICHT & Consultant


Cultural Branding and Strategies
2-4pm 25 Nov 2017

Menno Liauw, Strategic Director, Vandejong (UNSEEN, FOAM)


Opening soon
Nurture Your Entrepreneurial Mindset



Exhibition Making
17 Nov-22 Dec 2017

Steven Maybury, Artist and Consultant Curator


Photobook Publishing: An Independent Guide to Editing, Funding, Printing and Promoting
10am to 5pm on 3-4 Feb 2018

Éanna de Fréine, The Velvet Cell.


Choosing the Right Output For Your Project
26-27 Mar 2018

Moritz Neumüller, Independent Curator


Opening soon

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