IMBAS National Workshop on Arts Practice Research

13 November 2023, 11am-4pm
Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin


The goal of this workshop is to support knowledge-exchange and discussion with arts practice researchers and key stake-holders including The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Culture Action Europe, towards the development of a roadmap for arts practice dissemination training and policy-building.

The workshop is hosted by Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin and facilitated by IMBAS, a national forum for arts practice researchers and artists.

Committed to ensuring that arts practice research is fully accepted and valued as an important mainstream academic discourse in Ireland, IMBAS engages in strategic and collaborative training and policy development within Irish Higher Education and seeks to influence the development of wider sectoral and national policy regarding performing arts research in Ireland.

In 2021, IMBAS published the Perspectives report with Solstice Arts Centre, providing an overview of the arts practice landscape in Ireland. The report identified the need for clear criteria and processes regarding the recognition and dissemination of arts practice research outputs. In 2023, IMBAS led a successful bid for one of thirteen National Open Research Forum (NORF) consortium awards around ‘Sharing Arts Practice FAIRly’. This marks a major national investment in training and guidance for storing, sharing and counting arts practice outputs.

This workshop will support the development of a roadmap to progress this work, through listening to, and learning from, the experiences of practitioners and stakeholders.


11.00-1.00: IMBAS-facilitated workshop on roadmap planning with arts practice researchers.

2.00-4.00: Roundtable with stakeholders including presentations from:

    • Lars Ebert, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe
    • Lisa McLoughlin, Head of Dance, Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
    • Siobhán Callaghan, Research Officer, Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

The day will conclude with open plenary discussion and a Q&A session with the presenters and participants.
Registration is required, but is free of charge.

Coffee/Tea will be provided in morning and afternoon sessions, but participants will make their own lunch arrangements.


Taighde Dána

Beidh tionól ealaíonta trí mheán na Gaeilge, dar teideal Taighde Dána, ar siúl in Ollscoil Mhá Nuad 14-15 Deireadh Fómhair 2022. Beidh meascán de cheardlanna agus de chainteanna ar siúl againn, agus beidh ealaíontóirí den scoth chugainn:  

Celia de Fréine (ceapadh drámaí), Eoin McEvoy (filíocht), Tadhg Mac Donnagáin (urscéalaíocht), Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin (filíocht/rap), Odi Ní Chéileachair (amhránaíocht ar an sean-nós), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (veidhlín/amhránaíocht), Pádraig Ó Sé (bosca ceoil/amhránaíocht), Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín (damhsa comhaimseartha), Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin agus Maebh Ní Dhuinnín (lúibíní), Nada Ní Chuirrín (damhsa ar an sean-nós), Marina Ní Dhubháin (amharclannaíocht). 

Beidh an ceoltóir iomráiteach, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, linn mar aoichainteoir ag Fóram na nEalaíontóirí istoíche Dé hAoine, agus beidh ceardlann ana-speisialta á thabhairt ag Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín sa damhsa comhaimseartha trí mheán na Gaeilge maidin Dé Sathairn, agus beidh sí le feiscint i mbun damhsa le hais Nada Ní Chuirrín (damhsa ar an sean-nós) do thaispeántas damhsa ar a 2pm an lá céanna san chomh maith. 

Is le tacaíocht mhaoinithe ó Fhoras na Gaeilge, ó Lárionad na Gaeilge, agus ó Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, atá an tionól seo á chur ar siúl. 

Tá liosta iomlán na n-imeachtaí le fáil anseo agus tá fáilte roimh chách. 

Saorchead isteach, ach is gá clárú roimré: 

Tuilleadh eolais:  

An Irish-language artistic symposium entitled Taighde Dána will be taking place 14-15 October 2022 at Maynooth University. Proceedings will include a mixture of talks and workshops, and the internationally renowned fiddle-player and singer from Gaoth Dobhair, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, will be with us as our guest speaker at the Artists’ Forum on Friday night. 

Other highlights include a contemporary dance workshop through Irish with Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín at 09.30am on Saturday morning, who will also perform alongside Nada Ní Chuirrín at an afternoon lecture-recital and dance performance at 2pm that same day. 

Other leading Irish-language artists who will be with us for the symposium include: 

Celia de Fréine (playwriting workshop), Eoin McEvoy (poetry), Tadhg Mac Donnagáin (prose and composition), Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin (poetry/rap), Odi Ní Chéileachair (sean-nós singing workshop), Pádraig Ó Sé (accordion/singing), Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin agus Maebh Ní Dhuinnín (lúibíní workshop), Nada Ní Chuirrín (sean-nós dance), Marina Ní Dhubháin (theatre). 

The symposium is funded by Foras na Gaeilge, Lárionad na Gaeilge, and Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge. 

The full list of events can be viewed here and all are welcome. 

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required: . Please note that places for workshops are limited and so early registration is advised. 

Further information:  

PERFORM_LIVE (25-27 March 2022)

A Festival of Music Performance Research at the National Concert Hall, Dublin

In association with

Performance Research Ireland


IMBAS: An Irish Forum for Arts Practice Researchers and Scholars

Further information available HERE

Perspectives: Artistic Practice and Research

On the 24th of September 2021, IMBAS and Solstice Arts Centre hosted Perspectives: Artistic Practice and Research. More than eighty people attended the event online to explore and discuss the relationship between research and artistic practice. More information on the event and the presenters can be found in the seminar programme here.

Session One

In session one, artists Kathleen Turner, Wayne Jordan and Lisa McLoughlin presented their work followed by a Q&A chaired by Aileen Dillane, Senior Lecturer in Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Book Launch

A new publication, The Artist and Academia (Routledge 2021), was launched by artists Tríona Ní Shíocháin and Fióna Bolger along with Helen Phelan and Graham F. Welch, editors of the publication.

Session Two

In session two, artists Danny McCarthy, Brian Fay, and Tríona Ní Shíocháin presented their work followed by a Q&A chaired by Belinda Quirke, Director of Solstice.


In the Roundtable session, Helen Phelan, Professor of Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Olga Barry, Director of Kilkenny Arts Festival and Yvon Bonenfant, Head of the Department of Theatre at University College Cork responded to the works, ideas and processes presented by the panellists in the earlier sessions. The discussion was chaired by Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, Lecturer and Head of Discipline at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway.

The report about the Perspectives event can now be seen above. To view full screen, click the full screen icon in the menu bar.



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.