Conference Venues

Dublin Workshops 31st October: University College Dublin, Newstead Campus, Dublin 4

The conference will be held at University College Dublin, located just four kilometers from the city centre. This modern campus, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens, is an ideal location for this conference. The campus is a one stop conference location with the meeting facilities being complemented by well appointed residential accommodation and first class banqueting and hospitality services. The attractions of the city and main transport hubs are easily accessible with buses running constantly between the university and the city centre. Wireless internet is available throughout the conference space in UCD.


Dublin Conference: 1-2 November: Richmond Barracks, Dublin

Richmond Barracks, Inchicore was completed in 1810 and was named after Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond. The Barracks was first occupied by the British Army in 1814. Many Irishmen were stationed there before going overseas to fight in the First World War.

After the Irish Free State was founded in 1922, the Barracks was occupied by the Irish Army, and named Keogh Barracks, after Commander Tom Keogh who fought in the war of independence. The Irish government closed Keogh Barracks down in 1922.

The building came into possession of the Dublin Corporation and was used to house Dublin families who were on the housing list; they built Keogh Square, which was demolished in 1970, and this was replaced by St. Michaels Estate there. At the same time as the transfer of the barracks to the corporation, Christian Brothers purchased three of the buildings and turned two of them into class rooms and called it “St Michaels Christian Brothers School”, a national school opening in 1929.

The buildings remain today that were once were part of Richmond Barracks here have very specific connections to the Easter Rising and its immediate aftermath. After the surrender, it was designated by the British as the holding centre for over 3,000 suspected rebels, until they were released or sent to prison camps in England, Wales and Northern Ireland… The signatories of the Proclamation (with the exception of James Connolly) and other leaders were also interned, court-martialled and sentenced to death in the barracks before they were sent to Kilmainham Gaol for execution.”

The barrack is now an irish history museum, event and conference venue.


Belfast Conference & Workshops: 3-4 November: University of Ulster School of Art

Creative and inspiring, Belfast School of Art is a world leading art school that makes a significant contribution to contemporary art and design both at home and abroad. their students produce innovative work in a dynamic studio-led environment, supported by the very latest technology and staff who are research-active and passionate about their subjects.

Their lecturers and professors are practicing artists and designers who are actively involved in research as well as teaching. Much of their work is independently recognised as world leading. The school draws on its international networks, bringing important figures in world of art and design to Belfast to work with our students.

Art and design practice has a long and rich history in Belfast and the school was established in 1849, making it the oldest in Ulster University. Since then provision has grown and thrived and today the school is one of the leading providers of art and design education in the UK and the largest on the island of Ireland. They provide a centre of excellence and an environment for innovation, creativity and energy.

They have recently moved to a new state of the art building in Belfast city centre, which is located in the Cathedral Quarter, an area that is known for its vibrancy, where the University plays a central role in the creative and cultural life of the city.