Third Space Galway offers an experimental context to animate interdisciplinary critical discourse, cultural research, and activity by offering a thought-provoking programme of transdisciplinary collaborations, discursive events, projects, screenings, and public lectures.

Interdis­ciplinary Research Forum

Twice Every Month

Third Space holds an

Interdisciplinary Research Forum

in partnership with

CKI (Community Knowledge Initiative), NUI Galway

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 2nd December, 2.30 – 4.30pm in the Community Knowledge Initiative Office, Corrib Village, NUI Galway, Dangan

Please see below a link to the recent Fire Station Artist Studios seminar that took place on 13th Nov. 2014 ‘The intersection between Art and Politics”, with contributors –

  • Ana Dević (WHW Croatian curatorial collective)
  • Megan Johnston (Curator & Director of The Model Art Centre)
  • Jesse Jones (Artist). Chaired by Liz Burns (Fire Station Artists’ Studios)

And also a text by John Molloy “Wild Country: Art, Community and the Rural, commissioned by Bluedrum in 2009″

This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Directions:

Community Knowledge Initiative Office Building in Corrib Village, NUI Daingean before Dangan Nurseries – on the right, on the road to Moycullen. The building is the first on the left as you come into Corrib Village.

Please contact 0872201972 for further information

Creative Time Summit 2014

Friday 14 November 1.30-5.35pm


Creative Time Summit 2014

Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

Last year the Creative Time Summit focused on questions of gentrification and the role of the arts, both good and bad, in the making of the new city. This year’s summit will focus on expanded public practice, investigating uses and potentialities of art in the public sphere, with a focus on practices with social and political implications. The Summit wishes to discuss the role that artists can play in producing more equitable and thoughtful responses to current day crisis and conditions and how these challenges are met by artists through re-imagining the public realm.

In a collaboration between the New York City-based Creative Time and Public Art Agency Sweden, the 2014 Creative Time Summit this year takes place in Stockholm and asks.. ‘Who is art in the public sphere for and what is it supposed to do? How does art produce debate, contribute to a sense of the civic, or perhaps, more cynically, merely perpetuate the status quo? Summit Stockholm will bring together artists who perform new interpretations of the city, reclaiming and reformulating the ways we interact and experience each other and the built environment.

Stop by during the afternoon and learn more about new developments and cultural practitioners and thinkers to the fore in this field of practice and be part of the global dialogue on some of the most pressing issues of our time.


The city operates not just as backdrop to public art but also as inspiration and a site and stage for opposition. While some artists enjoy what is possible in the city, others produce new lenses to understand its possibilities. The relation between artist and city is often performative–and like the city, these expressions range from grandiose to quietly intimate.

  • Andrea Phillips (moderator)
  • Myriam Lefkowitz
  • Nástio Mosquito
  • Núria Güell
  • Poste Restante
  • Jeremy Deller in conversation with Nato Thompson

3:05 – 3.45 PM – Local Discussion

Local Discussions included a research paper by Galway City Council Architect Rosie Webb – The Governmental Lab and an overview of the Galway City Council Architects Office’s ground-breaking Designing with Communities architectural project in Woodquay.

Students from SAUL, the School of Architecture at University of Limerick, together with Galway City Council presented the exhibition ‘Imaginative Neighborhood Woodquay’, a display of design proposals for interim use projects in Woodquay which focused on the questions ‘Have we lost the use of our streets a community resource? Can we imagine them differently?

Choreographer and dance movement artist Bernadette Divilly presented on her Public Engaged project ‘Walking Wisdom Woodquay’ as part of this Participatory Design project

3.45 – 4.00pm Coffee Break


Public art today includes projects that strive to activate the civic beyond the level of aesthetics. These artists deploy forms of engagement that enliven and contest what is possible in the commons. These practices offer an alternative to formal modes of art production and a new sense of the role of culture in the composition of the urban landscape.

  • Magdalena Malm (moderator)
  • Nina Möntmann
  • Roberta Uno
  • Joanna Warsza
  • Maria Lind, Tensta Konsthall
  • Bettina Pehrsson, Marabouparken
  • Work Group Representing Konsthall C
  • Miriam Andersson Blecher, Botkyrka Konsthall

5.25 – 5:30PM CLOSING REMARKS Nato Thompson

Learn more about the summit here:

Creative Time is a New York based public art agency committed to supporting socially and politically engaged art. Now in its sixth year, the annual Creative Time Summit is a key conference globally, exploring the diverse ways in which artists are tackling social and political issues, platforming voices from arts and activism and highlighting diverse strategies for social change. This year the summit is convening in Europe for the first time. Creative Time have partnered with Public Art Agency Sweden to co-develop a packed two day programme.

Summit: Stockholm will focus on innovative practices that relate to five core themes: Nationalisms, Performing the City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Age of Surveillance, and Migrations –

This year’s summit includes keynote addresses from Edi Rama (Prime Minister of Albania) and Saskia Sassen (Professor of Sociology at Columbia University) and live-streamed presentations from leading artists, activists, curators and critics from around the world including:

  • Tania Bruguera
  • Jeremy Deller
  • Maria Lind
  • Amar Kanwar
  • Joanna Warza
  • Dora Garcia
  • Tone Olaf Nielson
  • Nastio Mosquito

The Workers Symposium

July 18th 2014

Third Space members attend

The Workers Symposium

Roscommon Arts Centre

Guest Contributors included:

  • Grizedale Arts (UK) Fiona Woods (Visual Artist, IE) & Richard Saxton (Co- Director of M12, USA)
  • Deirdre O’Mahony (Visual Artist, IE) Philip Delamere (Leitrim Arts Officer, IE)
  • Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy, Elaine Reynolds (Exhibiting Artists, The Workers Exhibition, Roscommon Arts Centre Gallery)
  • Hollie Kearns & Rosie Lynch (Independent Curators/Workhouse Assembly, IE)

Chair: Katherine Atkinson, Create

Photo: Adam Sutherland – Grizedale Arts, Honesty Shop Coniston Institute


June 2014

Third Space Makes A

Research Visit to EVA

In the past few years we have witnessed protests unfolding into serious unrest across many parts of the world. After initial excitement at this new global wave of voicing political demands, seasons change, and what was a novelty becomes a norm that lures many of us into the trap of trying to determine and define this previously undetermined phenomenon. Such engagements with current political upheavals can be termed agitations, an old philosophical term which denotes the extreme tension of the brain in its attempt to determine something perceived as previously undetermined—such as a sublime experience of nature. These agitations usually recast the sense of the human self accompanying all thinking into a clearly distinguishable entity, treating it as if it were something we could claim to really understand.

Agitationism, on the one hand, is the condition of living under a constant flow of agitations, including the ones that you inevitably sometimes produce yourself. However, it is also the process of ‘working through’ them with the aim of seeking adaptation to a logic situated somewhere else beyond the entrapment between past, present, and future—three tenses that overlap in the contemporary moment, creating a kind of palimpsest of half undone histories, half imagined futures, and a present of phantasms as a consequence.

EVA International 2014 AGITATIONISM simulates the sense of living under agitation while capturing how we are slowly adapting to a different perception of the world by working through our relationships with historical ideologies, post-colonial narratives, other beings (including animals), and speculations about the not-so-distant future.



May 15th 2014

Film Screening

!WAR – !Women Art Revolution

Main Room, Huston School, NUI Galway. 7:00 pm

The Third Space Arts Research Collective in partnership with The Huston School, NUIG & VAI assistance – screens Lynn Hershman Leeson’s film !Women Art Revolution

For over forty years, Director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist art and which reveals previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures.

New ways of thinking about the complexities of gender, race, class, and sexuality have evolved. The Guerrilla Girls emerged as the conscience of the art world and held academic institutions, galleries, and museums accountable for discrimination practices. Over time, the tenacity and courage of these pioneering women artists resulted in what many historians now feel is the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.



Making Visible

April 7th 2014

THIRD SPACE were INVITED TO PARTICIPATE in the Discursive Aspect of

Making Visible

126 Gallery Galway

Socially Engaged Artist Ceara Conway invited THIRD SPACE Arts Research Collective to participate in the discursive aspect of her socially engaged art project, Making Visible, which aimed to highlight and Make Visible the current Direct Provision system in Ireland and to bring to light the suffering of Asylum Seekers living within this system.

Drawing upon the old Irish tradition of “Caoineadh”, a vocal lament associated with mourning, Ceara created a series of ritual performances that were informed by her time engaging with “Able Women”, a group of women who are currently seeking asylum and living in Galway. In the series of performances each woman had chosen a lament from their own country and a location in Galway City where they wished to have it performed. The location and lament they had chosen was pertinent to a personal aspect of their experiences living within the direct provision service in Galway. Following these off site performances in the City, Ceara held a 2 week Vigil and discursive event in 126. For more information – please visit  Ceara Conway Making Visible

Bassam El Baroni

March 25th 2014


Bassam El Baroni – EVA Curator 2014

Seminar in An Taidhbhearc, Galway

Bassam El Baroni is a curator and writer based in Alexandria, Egypt. He is the Curator of EVA International 2014 edition “Agitationism” which took place from 12 April – 6 July in Limerick City.

El Baroni co-founded Alexandria’s first non-profit art space, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF) in 2005 working with International and Egyptian Artists on a wide variety of projects until the space’s closure in 2012. His work aims to be reflective of a positioning that is neither an argument for arts autonomy nor a demand for a socio-politically engaged art in the prevalent sense of the term, but rather a search for the maximisation of art’s critical and political potentials.

El Baroni currently teaches theory at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, the Netherlands and is a PhD researcher at the Curatorial/Knowledge programme, Goldsmiths, University of London. He was co-curator of Manifesta 8, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2010, Murcia, Spain, for which he curated (with Jeremy Beaudry, ACAF’s former associate curator) OVERSCORE, an exhibition project in three different venues. He recently co-curated (with Anne Szefer Karlsen and Eva González-Sancho) the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Norway, 2013; and curated When it Stops Dripping from the Ceiling (An Exhibition That Thinks about Edification), 2012, at the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris.

Hosted as part of the 2014 programme entitled “The Para-Institution” curated by Galway city Curator in Residence Megs Morley. Kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council, GMIT Centre of Creative Arts & Media, The Huston School of Film NUIG



12th February 2014


National Campaign For the Arts COLLOQUY #4

Radisson Hotel, Galway

Education and the Arts: Policy, Research and Responsibilities

This colloquy addressed the fundamental question of education, arts policy and research in the development of arts participants, audiences and practitioners in the future. The event featured three speakers:

  • Ms. Hannele Lehto (Finland)
  • Dr. Julian Sefton-Green (UK)
  • A local respondent

The aim of the NCFA Colloquia series is to amplify and illuminate key research issues for the arts and arts policy in Ireland. Specifically, to develop a research agenda for the arts/arts policy  and to increase understanding and debate about the arts in Ireland and to do this by bringing together key stakeholders in the delivery, reception and policy context of the arts – the public (civil society/public sphere etc.), arts practitioners and the government (including policy makers etc.).

This was the final of four core events in the NCFA Colloquia series curated by Tara Byrne, independent arts manager and cultural policy adviser.