Supporters Club Talks 2017

24 January 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce the next three in our series of Supporters Club Talks. Each year these Talks present artists, writers, curators, filmmakers and others who inspire artistic practices to talk or present on their work and thinking, under the theme Production, Practice + Ideas. This year’s guest speakers are Oliver Dowling (Independent Curator), Brian Dillon (Writer + Critic, UK editor of Cabinet magazine) and Alison Pilkington and Stephen Loughman (TBG+S Studio Artists).

The first in this year's Supporters Club Talks features Oliver Dowling and takes place on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 6pm.

If you would like to attend any of these Talks now is the time to join our Supporters Club and take advantage of the full programme! Our 2017 Supporters Club Talks programme follows on from an excellent series which featured Vivienne Dick (Filmmaker + Artist), Susan MacWilliam (TBG+S Studio Artist), Emily Pethick (Curator + Director of The Showroom London), Mick Wilson (Researcher, Valand Academy), Mark O’Kelly (TBG+S Studio Artist), Declan Long (NCAD), Francis McKee (CCA Glasgow), Gavin Wade (Eastside Projects, Birmingham) and Jaki Irvine (TBG+S Artist).

Simply become a Supporter by signing up on our website at or pay by cash or cheque at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Once you have joined, book your place (+1 free guest) by emailing Muriel Foxton at or calling 01 6710073. Places at Supporters Club Talks are reserved solely for members of the TBG+S Supporters Club. There will be a limited number of spaces available for non-Supporters Club members with a donation paid on the door.

For more information on our Supporters Club, a full list of benefits and to join, please click here.

Oliver Dowling is an independent curator with an extensive experience, understanding and knowledge of the Irish arts scene.

Oliver's career spans from the late 1960’s to the present day. He worked on the earlier ROSC Exhibitions and with the Arts Council of Ireland’s first touring exhibitions, also in the late 1960’s. In 1971, he established the Oliver Dowling Gallery Dublin (1971- 1995) showing international and Irish artists, and was part of an emerging dynamic around contemporary visual arts in Dublin. (A year later, 1972, the Project Arts Centre would be established). Oliver has played a significant role in promoting and developing Irish art and advancing connectivity for Irish artists to an international scene. He was curator of visual arts programme of L’Imaginaire Irlandais, France 1996, and he was co-founder of Dublin Contemporary 2011, advocating for a major international exhibition / biennale for Dublin for many years. He has curated alongside Bruce Arnold, Dorothy Walker, Medb Ruane and Caoimín MacGiolla Leith for Shifting Ground, Irish Art 1950-2000, for the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), and was curator for Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2010.

Oliver was Visual Arts Officer and Advisor at the Arts Council of Ireland (1997-2006). He has contributed to publications and discussions on Irish art – he was advisor to the Arts Council’s seminal publication ‘Into the Light’ (ed. Karen Downey, 2012), and held a series of discussions on Contemporary Sculpture at the Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, 2008. In 2012, he was a panel member for RTE’s series, Masterpiece, Ireland’s Favourite Painting. Oliver’s knowledge of and unique experience of an Irish visual art scene, over a particular timespan and across a range of incredible moments and events makes his personal insights and recollections precious.

Brian Dillon is a writer and critic, and UK editor of Cabinet magazine. He contributes regularly to art magazines, newspapers and journals in the UK, USA and Ireland, as well as writing books that range in subject matter from contemporary art to the history of hypochondria, the physical space of writing to the aesthetics of decay. His book, Essayism (Fitzcarraldo Editions) will be published in June 2017. His writing has been described as ‘as thought provoking and perceptive as it is intrinsically poetic’ (Michael Bracewell, writer, novelist and cultural commentator, on Brian Dillon’s Ruins, Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art, MIT Press, 2011).

In her quasi figurative paintings, Alison Pilkington seeks to explore the interaction between the 'intrinsic qualities' of paint as a material, and how they can be manipulated by the artist; utilising subject matter that has the ability to be both familiar and disorientating. Her recent exhibitions include Slippery and Amorphous - Contemporary Painting Curated by Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur, Marylebone Crypt Gallery, London (2016); The Visitor - Curated by Adrian O Connell, The Engine Room, Belfast (2015). Alison Pilkington is a studio member at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Stephen Loughman utilises imagery usually sourced from commercial films. The act of freezing these images in painted form allows him to distil and re-edit them to form (as Hugo Hamilton has written) “a cross reference fictionalised somewhere in the past by culture and commerce”. His selected solo exhibitions include WI, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery (2016); Volta NY solo presentation (2012) and 26th São Paulo Biennale (2004). Selected group exhibitions include Hold to the Now, SLAG Gallery NYC (2015); Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2012) and what happens next is a secret, IMMA (2010). Stephen Loughman is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. He is a studio member at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

TBG+S Supporters Club is established to help support Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. All the income raised from this fundraising initiative goes back into the artistic programme, making great art happen. Events, from talks to social gatherings, are programmed for our members in order to bring our supporters closer and to connect them with each other.