Perspectives: Artistic Practice and Research

Friday 24 September
11.00 – 5.00pm (Online)
IMBAS and Solstice Arts Centre host a one-day, online gathering of artists and scholars to explore the relationship between research and artistic practice. Supporting the development of a community of artists and arts practice researchers within and beyond academic institutions, the event is funded under the Irish Research Council New Foundations 2020 scheme. This event will include presentations by Danny McCarthy, Lisa McLoughlin, Wayne Jordan, Kathleen Turner, Brian Fay and Tríona Ní Shíocháin.  

Solstice Arts Centre supports an ethos of equal opportunity that is multi-generational, multi-cultural, and multi-art. Its core values include participation, engagement and creativity, resonant with the UN sustainable development goals of wellbeing, quality, equality, sustainability and partnership CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SOLSTICE WEBSITE.

IMBAS is an Irish forum for artists and scholars working within and beyond the University sector who share an interest in arts practice research, particularly in the performing arts. IMBAS facilitates communication between institutions and individuals, promoting scholarly discourse and modes of practice concerning knowledge creation through performance and performance-related creative practice.

The event includes the launch by Tríona Ní Shíocháin and Fióna Bolger of a new publication, The Artist and Academia (Routledge 2021), edited by Helen Phelan and Graham F. Welch.


This is a free event but booking is required. If you are in the position to support us, we kindly ask for a donation.

To book your free place at this event click here.


Panel Session 1: 11am – 12.30pm

Three, 20-minute presentations and 30-minute Q’n’A. Presenters: Kathleen Turner, Wayne Jordan, Lisa McLoughlin Chair: Aileen Dillane 

Book Launch: 12.30 – 1pm

The Artist and Academia (Routledge 2021), edited by Helen Phelan and Graham F. Welch. Launched by Tríona Ní Shíocháin and Fióna Bolger.

Panel Session 2: 2pm – 3.30pm

Three, 20-minute presentations and 30-minute Q’n’A.

Presenters: Danny McCarthy, Brian Fay, Trióna Ní Shíocháin Chair: Belinda Quirke 

Roundtable Discussion: 3.40 – 5pm

Short responses to the panel presentations from Olga Barry, Yvon Bonenfant, and Helen Phelan followed by open discussion with all contributors and seminar attendees.

To read more about the sessions and biographies click here.



IMBAS is pleased to have contributed to two online panels as part of the Visioning the Future – Artistic Doctorates in Ireland project based at UCC.

Thursday September 3rd, 2020 at 11am  Artistic Doctorates in Ireland  More information here

Tuesday September 22nd 2020 at 11am  Artistic Research PhDs: Process, Experience and Ideas  More information here

IMBAS was formally launched at an event in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick on 9th November 2017. The event was marked with a public lecture by Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling, chaired by Chris Baldwin, Creative Director of Galway European Capital of Culture 2020.