Thursday 21st February, 7.30pm


The conversations aim to create dialog and to provoke critical thinking around art and culture and the contested ‘value’ of culture in society. The title of the programme aims to give the artists presenting, a guide to frame the presentation of their work and talk about their art practice and how that connects with the world they live in. It provides an opportunity to talk about their unique approach to their practice, how it has changed and developed. How does the work interrogate the world you live in and what has been the driving force in making work?

The format for the evening of the talk will be two different artists giving a 20 minute presentation; one artist will be from outside the county and the other will be a local artist. Afterwards there will be a discussion with both artists and a Q&A with the audience chaired by Bernadette Hopkins. We will be asking artists from different disciplines to present showing diversity in art forms and practice.

Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny
Admission Free / Everyone Welcome

Treasa O’Brien

Treasa O’Brien is an award winning filmmaker and film curator based in Ireland and London. Her films have screened in the Lebanon, Greece, Mexico, Palestine, Italy, Germany, France, UK, USA & Ireland.

As a film curator, she has curated film programme for Tate Modern, Frames of Representation ICA, London Short Film Festival, Club des Femmes, BFI and others. She was Executive Director of London Open City Documentary Festival 2012-14, and is a co-curator of London Essay Film Festival 2015-18.

Treasa has written on art and film for Circa, Visual Artists Ireland, Film Ireland, Oberhausen Catalogue, Filmmakers Journal, Sight & Sound, and edited a book and DVD on experimental filmmaker Vivienne Dick, published by The Crawford Art Gallery and Lux.

She has lectured on film in Goldsmiths, Westminster University, UCL, Birkbeck, UCD, Filmbase and Huston School of Film NUIG. She studied film directing at Goldsmiths London (MA), and visual art in Limerick School of Art & Design (BA). She has a PhD in Film by Practice, exploring documentary as a performative act, with full scholarship at Westminster University 2014-18. She has been a participant of ESoDoc, IDFA Academy and Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School.

Christy Keeney

Christy Keeney studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London. His figurative ceramics is an investigation into the human condition, and his forms are stretched to the point where sculpture and drawing overlap.

After spending 17 years in London Christy Keeney returned to his native Donegal where he now lives and works. His Sculpted slab built heads and figures demonstrate a wonderful sence of draughtmanship as details are drawn into the wet clay surface.