Seán O Sullivan is a writer and curator whose work focuses on the politics and preservation of localities. He has curated projects and written critical texts dealing with subjects such as architecture, ecology and the bonds between people and places. He is a former chairman of Black Church Print Studio, Dublin. He holds an MA in Curation and a BA in Fine Art from IADT, Dún Laoghaire. He is currently Visual Arts Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland / An Comhairle Ealaíon.

This page: Visual Arts Workers Forum 2014 discussed the case for artistic leadership, accounted for the visual arts’ contribution – artistically, structurally and economically – and analysed the characteristics of good governance.

Visual Arts Workers Forum

Visual Arts Workers Forum 2014 took place at Project Arts Centre, Dublin on Friday 9 May 2014. Photo by David Upton.
Visual Arts Workers Forum 2014 took place at Project Arts Centre, Dublin on Friday 9 May 2014. Photo by David Upton.

Details:

The Visual Arts Workers Forum 2014 forum was hosted at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, and it included contributions from Donal Maguire, Mike Fitzpatrick, Anna O’Sullivan and Roise Goan, Dr. Clare McAndrew, Garrett Phelan, Una Carmody, Francis Halsall, Annie Fletcher, Dónall Curtin, Martin O’Sullivan, Barbara Dawson, Eve-Anne Cullinan, Vaari Claffey, and Seán O Sullivan. Visual Arts Workers Forum 2014 was collaboratively organised by Tessa Giblin, Rachael Gilbourne, Seán O Sullivan and Vaari Claffey. There is a podcast discussing VAWF 2014; it was recorded for Art in the Contemporary World and includes contributions from Tessa Giblin, Vaari Claffey, Francis Halsall and Declan Long.

From the Press Release:

Visual Arts Workers Forum is designed to engage and give a platform for debate for workers across the visual arts – artists, writers, curators, educators, funders, gallerists, shippers and framers, to name but a few.
Key issues for the 2014 forum include a session devoted to the case for artistic leadership, featuring presentations and opinions from Donal Maguire (National Gallery of Ireland), Anna O’Sullivan (Butler Gallery, Kilkenny), Mike Fitzpatrick (Limerick School of Art & Design) and Róise Goan (Freelance), chaired by Tessa Giblin (Project Arts Centre). This is followed by a session aimed at accounting for the visual arts’ contribution – artistically, structurally and economically – with the wisdom and reflection of Dr. Clare McAndrew (Arts Economics), Garrett Phelan (Artist), Una Carmody (Arts Audiences), and Francis Halsall (National College of Art and Design).
We are delighted to announce a keynote presentation by Annie Fletcher (Van Abbemuseum). This will be followed by the final panel discussion analysing good governance, including Dónall Curtin (Byrne Curtin Kelly), Eve-Anne Cullinan (MCO Projects), Martin O’Sullivan (Arts Council of Ireland), Barbara Dawson (Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane) and chaired by Vaari Claffey (Independent Curator).
Visual Arts Workers Forum 2014 will culminate in an open Prime Time debate, chaired by Seán O Sullivan, enabling expanded questions and statements from the audience, an appeal for a hosts for the 2015 forum, and finally a place to let off steam – the bar, with ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ into the night.