Think Again: Critical Thinking in Art & Education, The Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Co Clare (Seminar)

Posted: Monday, 01 October 2018

Convened by artist / art educator collective CeA/R/T (Co. Clare Artists/Researchers/Teachers), the seminar Think Again: Critical Thinking in Art & Education willbe held at The Courthouse Gallery & Studios on Saturday 13 October 2018. Registration fee: €5.

It aims to provide a space for ideas and thoughts to collide and exchange as experimental pedagogy, and contemporary art practices are aligned with the concept of critical thinking in education today, both inside and outside the classroom.

CeA/R/T was formed by Bairbre Geraghty, Lorraine Callanan, Mary Moran and Edel Hogan following their Professional Development MA programme at Limerick School of Art and Design SAD (LIT). They have each subsequently worked as artists, researchers and teachers, developing a strong community of practice.

This seminar marks the close of their exhibition Out of Place at The Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Ennistymon, and offers an opportunity to engage in discourse around art education. The group has also produced a gallery guide, downloadable on The Courthouse website and available at the gallery, to act as an interpretation and teaching aid for second level students.


Aislinn O'Donnell
Professor of Education in Maynooth University and a founding member of Philosophy Ireland, O'Donnell believes, fundamentally, in the power of philosophy. She will present her paper Encountering the world: Contemporary art and philosophical enquiry in the classroom.
O'Donnell is interested in exploring innovative and experimental approaches to teaching philosophy, fostering cross-disciplinary dialogue between philosophy and other subject areas, such as contemporary art, and developing expansive pedagogical strategies. She has been involved in introducing philosophy to a range of settings including; schools and prisons trusting the premise that critical thinking and creative thought hold immeasurable power. Aislinn will share insights into a number of projects and collaborations with a unifying purpose of expanding thinking processes and pedagogical approaches - philosophical reflections are a guarantee.

John Beattie
John Beattie is an Irish visual artist, originally from Donegal, and currently lives and works in Dublin. His practice is centred on interrogating the traditional ideal of the artist, and the location of "the studio". Through moving-image, photography, and drawing, Beattie explores new meaning and value in the context of the social-political space the artists' studio embodies.
Beattie will present three projects: Thinking Visual (2014), Magnetic Fields (2015), and The Masterplan (2016) that he has evolved in educational contexts working within Art School, the curatorial framework directed by Jennie Guy in 2014 which focuses on establishing new interfaces between contemporary art and sites of education. The projects prioritise experimentation, risk taking, and critical thinking, resulting in a rich experience for the artist, the students, and the partnering schools.

About Michaële Cutaya
Michaële Cutaya is a writer, researcher and editor on art living in County Galway. She writes essays and reviews for Irish publications in print and online. She co-founded Fugitive Papers with James Merrigan in 2011. She continues a contextual writing and discursive practice in the West of Ireland and has regularly participated in public discussions on art and its broader social and political framework. She is editor at CIRCA Art Magazine.
Michaële will be writing an essay reflecting on the interplay between CeA/R/T exhibition ‘Out of Place' (currently installed in the Courthouse gallery, Ennistymon) and the seminar Think Again to be published in the forthcoming regional focus edition of the Visual Artist's News Sheet (Nov/Dec). Michaela will introduce this undertaking at the event.

Click here to register (external website). Booking fee: €5.