LCGA Events

Drawing seminar at Istabraq Hall

Thursday 28 October 2010, 2-4pm
LCGA - OFF SITE at Istabraq Hall, Limerick City Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick


Drawing: Starting Point of Finishing Line?

Limerick City Gallery of Art is delighted to present an afternoon of talks at Istabraq Hall on Thursday 28 October 2010, 2-4pm, to coincide with its current exhibition, The Woods, selected from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing and new works by artists from the Creative Limerick initiative.

The event intends to provide a forum for a variety of perspectives with contributions from a panel of distinguished speakers who engage with drawing either laterally or directly in their professional and/or artistic work. Presentations by Brendan Earley, Brian Fay, Deborah Harty, Marian Lovett, Brenda Moore-McCann, Paraic E. Moore, Jim Savage and David Lilburn will highlight the diversity of contemporary drawing practice, its potential and possibility, and what it is that motivates contemporary practitioners to persist with drawing as a defining element of their practice.

“Contrary to the will to define what drawing is, the nature of drawing appears to inhabit a level of ambiguity and a dynamic that promotes non-definition and the non-conclusive” (Steve Garner in Towards an agenda for drawing research, 2006)

As an expansion of the selection and content of The Woods, Drawing: Starting Point or Finishing Line? considers the myriad possibilities of drawing and reflects on the medium’s position relative to other media in an era dominated by technology, mass media and sophisticated production values.

Moderated by Mary Conlon
Admission is free.

About the speakers:

Brendan Earley lives and works in Dublin. After graduating from NCAD with first class honours, he spent several years travelling before winning the Fulbright scholarship to attend Hunter College, New York City. Earley graduated with a Master in Fine Art in 1999 and returned to Dublin where he now exhibits regularly. Past exhibitions include Scope 2, Artists Space New York, Prix Ars Electronica, Austria, Perspective, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Eurojet Futures, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, The Curated Visual Arts Award, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin and Ghosts of the Future, mother’s tankstation.

Brian Fay is an artist and lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Artists Panel at IMMA, co-founder of DrawingLab at DIT and board member of Visual Artists Ireland. His work is concerned with the area of recording time and dialogical references across media. While principally based in drawing Fay has worked in a variety of disciplines including installation, sound collaboration and digital video to explore the effect of time in different communication forms.

Recent exhibitions include Other Mens Flowers, Dublin City Gallery:The Hugh Lane, Dublin; Recent Acquisitions, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Interim Findings, The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, England; Without Walls, University of Northampton, England and Some Time Now, The LAB, Dublin, Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow and Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. Forthcoming shows include Broken Images or When does Posterity Begin RHA Ashford Gallery and The Uses of Drawing Rugby Art Museum, England.

Deborah Harty has a PhD in Drawing from Loughborough University. The practice-led research, entitled: drawing//experience – a process of translation, sought to uncover elements of a specific experience and find its equivalence in drawn marks. Deborah has been involved in TRACEY - Loughborough University’s online journal of drawing research - for several years becoming a co-editor in 2010. Deborah is a practitioner-researcher and has contributed to debates in drawing through both conference presentation and exhibition including a solo exhibition at C4RD and inclusion in the iNDA.

Marian Lovett is the Acting Director at the Limerick City Gallery of Art from now until March. Prior to this she was the Artistic Director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. In that capacity she curated over forty exhibitions, projects and events over the last nine years. She has curated solo shows with:  Shirana Shahbazi, Rosalind Nashashabibi, Malachi Farrell, Zineb Sedira, Brendan Earley, Clodagh Emoe, and jaki Irvine amongst other. Essay style group shows which she has curated include Bathers (2005), Under Erasure (2008), I can/can I?: On Painting and Potentiality(2008) and Compendium 2009. In 2005 she programmed and oversaw the production of The Square Root of Drawing, a survey exhibition at TBG&S that featured new drawing by over one hundred Irish and international artists.

Dr.Brenda Moore-McCann is an independent scholar, lecturer and writer.  She is the author of Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between Categories, launched at The Irish Museum of Modern Art last December, and The Chianti Sculpture Park (2004, 2008).  She is an adjunct lecturer in The School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin where she conducts an interactive student selected module on perception, to first year medical students using medical images and on-site visits to nearby art galleries.  The module is being evaluated for its efforts on subsequent doctor/patient relationships.  She is currently a contributor to Volume V (20th Century Irish Artists and their Work) of the forthcoming Art and Architecture of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press and the Rosc Exhibitions.

Pádraic E. Moore is a writer, art historian and curator. Moore graduated from University College Dublin with a B.A. in History of Art and English literature in 2004 and produced several exhibitions and projects before and while completing his M.A. in Visual Art Practices (curating) at IADT from which he graduated in 2007. The various facets of Moore's practice are unified by his subjective but rigorous approach to excavating art historical narratives. Moore worked as Exhibitions Curator at Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane and currently is a participant on the postgraduate programme Curatorlab at Konstfack, Stockholm.

Selected recent endeavours include Nevertheless, Faith is in the Air, Publication/Performance at Moderna Museet, Stockholm. June 2010, Maradona 2 for 4 an exhibition by Cullinan and Richards at the The Lab Gallery, Dublin; March 2010, Aion Experiments, a group exhibition at Project Arts Centre, Dublin; February 2010, Sunday Night, a solo exhibition by Aleana Egan at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, and Whispering Pines an exhibition by Shana Moulton at the Broadcast Gallery, Dublin in November 2009. 

Jim Savage studied at the Manchester School of Art and then at the Slade School of Art, London. In 2004 he received the RHA prize for drawing and was an invited artist in the RHA Annual Exhibitions of 2005, 2006 and 2007. For Cork’s year as the European Capital of Culture, he initiated an exhibition of the collaborative drawings of John Berger and the Spanish artist Marisa Camino, which was held at the Vangard Gallery in Cork; and he edited the book Berger On Drawing: an anthology of John Berger’s writings about drawing, published by Occasional Press (which he set up with the printmaker David Lilburn in 2001).

David Lilburn studied history and political science at Trinity College Dublin, (MA); lithography at the Scuole D’Arte, Urbino and art and design at Limerick School of Art and Design, where he taught for a number of years. He now works at the University of Limerick.

International shows exhibiting his work recently include: 7th International Biennial of Contemporary Engraving, Liège, Belgium (2009); 29th Mini-Print International, Cadaqués, Spain, France, UK: (2009); BIMPE V, Vancouver (2008, 2010); VIII International Graphic Art Biennial of Drypoint, Uzice, Yugoslavia (2007) and in Ireland: Artist’s Proof, Graphic Studio, Chester Beatty Library collaboration, Dublin (2009) and OPEN/INVITED e v+ a 2010 – Matters, Limerick.  Walking Drawing Making Memory: a Ballynahinch sketchbook by David Lilburn was published in 2009.  He has been awarded many public commissions, including: ‘In Medias Res’, commissioned by the National Library of Ireland (see  His work can also be found in many private and public collections. He is co-founder of Occasional Press with Jim Savage. ‘It publishes art-based projects as and when it has the means to do so.’ (see  

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