image of entrance to Belltable Arts Centre Limerick

E.gress travels to Limerick | Thursday 12 May 2016

Limerick is the next stop on the E.gress exhibition tour | Thursday 12 May 2016


The Belltable Arts & Cultural Centre, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick
Times: 11am – 1.30pm & 4.30pm – 5.30pm

E.gress is showing continually on a 10 minute loop.

Everyone is welcome. No booking is required for this free event.




Úna McCarthy, Director/Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art will share opening words followed by guest speakers, a live dance response and a chaired audience discussion.

Guest speakers:

Dr Alice Feldman is a lecturer in the School of Sociology at University College Dublin and Dr. Tracy Fahey is Head of Department in Fine Art and Head of Centre of Postgraduate Studies in Limerick School of Art and Design. Each will respond to the artwork particularly exploring the issue of ethics in relation to the film and the collaborative process of making the work.

This conversation will be followed by a live performance by dancer Angie Smalis who has devised a new dance interpretation of the artwork E.gress, which she will present as a live movement within film performance.

Chairperson Dr. Susan Liddy, a lecturer at University of Limerick’s Department of Media and Communication Studies, will then faciliate the final part of the event by welcoming the artist Marie Brett together with the guest speakers and dancer Angie Smalis to join her in conversation. Audience input is encouraged and ample time will be allowed for visitor’s comments and questions.

E.gress will be screened before this free event.

No booking is required.

Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

Marie Brett is presenting these Limerick events in partnership with Limerick City Gallery of Art and Limerick School of Art and Design



The Belltable Arts & Cultural Centre:69 O’Connell Street, Limerick


image of entrance to Belltable Arts Centre Limerick



Úna McCarthy is Director/Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA). She worked as Head of Festivals with The Arts Council since 2004 and worked extensively in arts management since the early 80’s in Ireland and the UK. Prior to joining The Arts Council, she held positions as Director of the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo; The Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol and the Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast.

Dr Alice Feldman is a lecturer in the School of Sociology at University College Dublin and co-Director of the Migration and Citizenship Research Initiative at UCD. She has managed and undertaken numerous research projects in the areas of diversity, identity and social change and has also served as a research advisor to several NGO’s and community groups as well as state agencies. Additionally, she has also worked in a variety of research, advisory and volunteer capacities with many civic organisations and other agencies in Ireland involved in anti-racism, inter-culturalism and integration work. Through the use of arts-informed and participatory methods, her work explores the multiple and intersecting marginalities underpinning constructions of otherness and forms of collective mobilisation in the spaces of the nation and everyday life. This work links to her scholarship and practice relating to decolonial epistemologies and reflex-ivities, critical pedagogies and research-innovated teaching.

Dr. Tracy Fahey is Head of Department in Fine Art and Head of Centre of Postgraduate Studies in Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD). In 2013 she established the LSAD research centre ACADEMY where she also acts as principal investigator. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Centre for Research in Popular Culture, AUT, Auckland and the Centre for Studies in Otherness, Denmark. Her primary research area is the Gothic, with special reference to the visual arts. She has chapters on this subject in edited collections by Routledge, Palgrave, Manchester University Press, McParland, Cork University Press and Rowman & Littlefield. She has also published on medical Gothic, contemporary art, design and pedagogy. In 2010 she founded the art collaborative, Gothicise, who create site-specific performances that interrogate the relationship between site and narrative. Her research interests relevant to this project lie in medical humanities, specifically the Gothic and its relationship with fine art and chronic illness. She has published articles relating to this in the M/C Journal and Gothic Studies, presented papers in conferences in Ireland and the UK, and worked on the IRC funded ‘Health Research Futures Lab: Creating interdisciplinary capacity’ with University of Limerick (2016).  She currently works with research partners, thanatologist Jennifer Moran Stritch and artist Sinead Dinneen on the development of Death Cafes that focus on the application of the arts to conversations around end of life.  She recently organised a symposium on interdisciplinary research applications to health issues; ‘Death/Dis-ease/Design’ in March 2016.

Angie Smalis is a dancer who trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Viennese Opera (Volks Oper Wien). In 2003 she relocated to Ireland, Limerick to join Daghdha Dance Company. Angie is an independent contemporary dance artist, leads Limerick Youth Dance, is Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Founder and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of dance artists with intellectual disabilities. Her most recent production ‘Chaplet of Roses’ (2015) won Outstanding Irish Work at Light Moves Festival of screen dance and will be presented at Abrons Arts Centre in New York City, in May 2016.

Dr. Susan Liddy lectures in the Department of Media and Communications in Mary Immaculate College, (UL) Limerick. Her research interests and publications relate to gender issues in the (film) script development and production process; creativity and creative practice; female screenwriters and a female ‘voice’ and the representation of older women in screen narratives.  She is currently researching the working lives of Irish female screenwriter/directors. She is a member of the Equality Action Committee (EAC) representing the Writers Guild and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland on matters pertaining to equality. She was the organizer of the recent colloquium Women in the Irish Film Industry: Moving from the Margins to the Centre in Mary Immaculate College.


Marie Brett is a visual artist working in photography, film, sculpture and immersive installation. She produces work which recurrently questions culturally shunned and difficult topics, often exploring ideas of loss, crisis and human suffering. She is the 2016 artist-in-residence at University College Dublin, College of Social Sciences and Law and a recipient of numerous awards, including this years Arts Council Touring & Dissemination Award, to tour the film E.gress through Ireland with an extensive events programme. The artist’s Art/Life practice is multi-layered and informed by research collaborations which are framed within non-stable contexts. Her work is held in public collections both nationally and internationally. She studied visual art at Goldsmiths, London University, receiving an M.A. and a B.A. (1st class) and has writing published in both Ireland and Finland.

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