Join us for performative conversation with Lisa Freeman, Austin Hearne, Jaki Irvine, Sarah Pierce and Atoosa Pour Hosseini.

Please join us for a very special conversation between five visual artists exploring the interplay between participation, collaboration, ritual, the body, experience, documentation, concept and the importance of medium when considering performance in visual arts practices. Taking a peer-based learning approach to an artist talk and playing on the notion of performance, the conversation seeks to tease out the threads of each artist's practice.

Lisa Freeman works across scripted performance, moving image, text and installation. Her films and performances are often set within specific geographic and architectural landscapes. They draw into question economic and power structures and explore how intimacy might be employed as a form of resistance. Recent projects include an online solo exhibition, aemi online (October 2022 - January 2023) and Súitú, aemi 2023 Touring Programme.

Austin Hearne’s practice is rooted in Photography, he comes from a family of Painters and Decorators and uses the stuff of this industry to make works and installations. His film work Whispers won Best Irish Short at the Gaze film festival (2022). Recent solo shows include Requiem For Raymo (RHA)(2022-2023) and Slabs II and Whispers at The Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray (2023).

Jaki Irvine writes, composes and creates video installations in which image and musical score overlap, coalesce and diverge. Contested histories, sonic bricolage, the built environment, and the peripheral or undervalued have all found their way into Jaki Irvine’s deep-reaching, polyphonic works. Recent work includes Re_sett_ings (2022-23), Complex Gallery and VOID Derry and Ack Ro (2019-2020) performed at NCAD gallery, installed at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Frith Street Gallery, London.

Since 2003, Sarah Pierce has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project, characterised by forms of gathering, both historical examples and those she initiates. The processes of research and presentation that she undertakes demonstrate a broad understanding of cultural work and a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art, the potential for dissent, and self-determination. Her solo exhibition, Scene of the Myth, is currently on view at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Atoosa Pour Hosseini is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Dublin. Her works are influenced by historical avant-garde cinema and explore questions about illusion, reality, and perception through the media of film, performance and installation. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions and performances include The Magic Circle, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (2023); We Return to Ground at National Concert Hall, Dublin (2023) and The Model, Sligo (2022).

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is a leading artists’ studio complex and contemporary art gallery. This year, TBG+S marks 40 years of artists working in the city. This special event is part of a programme of talks, tours, open studios and performances, as we open our doors in celebration of this milestone.