Masters programme for critics, curators and art-makers Call for Applications

Masters programme for critics, curators and art-makers Call for Applications

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)

September 3, 2008
Masters programme for critics, curators and art-makers Call for Applications
Masters of Arts, Visual Arts Practices

Application closing date: 26th September 2008.

MA in Visual Arts Practices is a Masters of Arts programme, provided by the Institute of Art, Design & Technology ( It is based in the centre of Dublin, and encompasses pathways in criticism, curating and art-making. The programme begins in January and can be completed in either a 12 or 24 month period.

MA in Visual Arts Practices (MAVIS) emphasizes the importance of real-world learning experience and offers a combination of taught lectures (on Visual Culture, Contemporary Art Practices, Seminar and Research Methods in Practice), tutorials, critiques, seminars, workshops and independent study. It provides you with an opportunity to build and expand your professional networks through a high profile visiting lecturer programme, an annual symposium and two international study trips. You are also invited to develop work for a research collaboration event, which opens to the public.

During your time on MAVIS, you will extend your practice by examining a range of validating contexts within which your work is understood. A key aim of the programme is to ensure that research becomes an intentional rather than an assumed activity and you are encouraged to contextualize rather than theorize your practice. Each year new learning opportunities are explored through international study trips and this year MAVIS students have visited the Berlin Biennial and will participate in a Stockholm-based postgraduate workshop.

MAVIS is open to a diverse range of practices, with past and current students working in areas such as public art commissioning, performance, photography, criticism, sculpture, video installation, curating, and painting. The programme also provides an opportunity to develop and explore hybrid practices incorporating art-making, writing and curating.

MAVIS Programme team for 2008/2009 includes Amanda Ralph (Programme Co-ordinator), Maeve Connolly, Tessa Giblin and Sarah Pierce.

Visiting lecturers on MAVIS have included Dave Beech, David Blamey, Iwona Blazwick, Nicolas Bourriaud, Roger M. Buergel, Gerard Byrne, David Carrier, Justin Carville, Adam Chodzko, Alex Coles, Valerie Connor, Pip Day, Vivienne Dick, Jeremy Deller, James Elkins, Mike Fitzpatrick, Annie Fletcher, Maria Fusco, Liam Gillick, Sarah Glennie, David Godbold, Paul Hedge, Darragh Hogan, John Hutchinson, Jesse Jones, Enrique Juncosa, Fiona Kearney, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Leith, Francis McKee, Dennis McNulty, Leif Magne Tangen, Alice Maher, Mike Nelson, Harold Offeh, Paul O’Neill, Aisling Prior, Linda Quinlan, Tim Stott, Anne Tallentire, Anton Vidokle and Grant Watson.

From September 2008, MAVIS will be engaged in multiple research collaborations with professional art institutions – an exploration of practice-led research with The LAB, a curatorial research collaboration with Project Arts Centre and an investigation of artistic production with the National Sculpture Factory.

The programme meets regularly in The LAB and will work towards the development of a public event in the gallery in June 2009. The aim of this event is to explore the possibilities presented by The LAB, and the laboratory model, as a setting for practice-led research through experimentation. In October 2008, MAVIS will collaborate on a curatorial research initiative, originated and led by Tessa Giblin. This project will bring international curators to Dublin to conduct studio visits and participate in a public seminar. This initiative will also result in the online publication of a Research Reader to include research by MAVIS students and the invited curators. MAVIS will also open a dialogue with staff and members of the National Sculpture Factory, in order to investigate the ongoing significance and potential of the factory as a model and site for contemporary art production. This dialogue will explore post-industrial contexts for artistic production in Cork city and beyond, with a particular focus on traditional forms of ‘making’ and these discussions will form the basis for a more extensive collaboration in 2009.

Open Day is Saturday 13th September, 2008, from 2-5pm at The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, where you can meet lecturers and students currently on the programme.

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