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Response to a Request

Closing Event

Response to a Request was an art-writing publication that ran from August 2016 to July 2017. Over that time, it published twenty-two texts, each in response to an image that was of particular interest or value to the writer – this included a painting by Agnes Martin, a photograph by Andre Kertész, and another photo from the scene of Gianni Versace’s murder. These texts were available to read for a period of two weeks; after that, they disappeared.

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to host this one off event organised by Rebecca O’Dwyer, art writer, critic, and founding editor of Response to a Request. As a means of bringing the project to a close, three final responses will be shared: from the writer Mike McCormack, the artist Isabel Nolan, and the poet Stephen Sexton. As with all the other contributions, there will be no archive, no chance to hear them at a later date.

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Current Events

Joanna Walsh
the feast

Enter the feast, a walkthrough game by Joanna Walsh that responds to Deirdre O’Mahony’s work, The Quickening, which examines the issues facing farming, food production and consumption in the face of present ecological and climate crises. Using the words of invitees to two feasts staged by Deirdre O’Mahony, the feast invites readers to explore ideas, […]

A close up of a Dung Beetle
Deirdre O'Mahony
Reading List

Each Wednesday, from April 3, we will share highlights from Deirdre O’Mahony’s literary and academic inspirations. Over the course of 12 weeks, uncover a weekly gem from the artist’s library, each book having played a pivotal role in shaping her research and creative processes for The Quickening project. These carefully selected recommendations will be available […]

Areal view of tractor marks in a field
The Quickening
Walls & Halls Tour

The Quickening by Deirdre O’Mahony will tour six rural locations in the East and South East of Ireland, among them barns, farms and community centres as part of the Walls & Halls Tour. Each screening includes a respondent and Q&A session which will focus on a particular aspect of the film, developed in partnership with local […]

Upcoming Events

Gabriel Coleman
THE INSTITUTE

THE INSTITUTE is a collaborative storytelling card game where players assume the role of delegates convening at a powerful and prestigious Institute to address an urgent issue. Throughout the course of the game, players collectively determine what that issue is, how the Institute aims to address it, and all the office politics in between. Based […]

Alisha Doody
Seeds of Thought: Letters to the Future of Farming and Food in The Quickening

Seeds of Thought is a collaborative workshop that invites participants to engage deeply with The Quickening, a multilayered artwork focused on the crucial themes of food sustainability, farming, and the future of food production. Through the introspective and creative process of letter writing, attendees will communicate directly with the envisioned future, the farmers, the landscapes, […]

The Quickening
Creative Labs

As a part of Deirdre O’Mahony’s ground-breaking exhibition, The Quickening, The Douglas Hyde is thrilled to introduce a series of dynamic Creative Labs. The Creative Labs aim to ignite collective imagination and action in response to the pressing challenges of food production, farming, and the climate crisis. Each Lab will be designed to investigate innovation […]

The Quickening
Eat Food Policy Workshop

As part of Deirdre O’Mahony’s The Quickening exhibition engagement programme, The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present the Eat Food Policy Workshop, a generative event responding to the urgent need for a multidisciplinary approach to food production, farming, and the climate crisis. Guest scientists, farmers, food producers and policymakers from the community are invited to propose topics for discussion […]

Joanna Walsh
the feast

Enter the feast, a walkthrough game by Joanna Walsh that responds to Deirdre O’Mahony’s work, The Quickening, which examines the issues facing farming, food production and consumption in the face of present ecological and climate crises. Using the words of invitees to two feasts staged by Deirdre O’Mahony, the feast invites readers to explore ideas, […]

Deirdre O'Mahony
In conversation with Georgina Jackson

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a walk-through of the exhibition The Quickening where artist Deirdre O’Mahony and our Director, Dr Georgina Jackson, will discuss some of the themes, subject matter, histories and ideas of the work on show. The Artist Talk is free but booking is required. If you wish to attend, please […]

Solar farm within an overgrown green field
Student Forum Group
Open Forum

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present our third Open Forum. Hosted and delivered by the Student Forum Group, Open Forum is an initiative that aims to create a safe space in which everyone can gather to share thoughts, experiences and stories, find out about specific topics and interact with members of their communities through […]

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