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Fancy a Fika?

  • February/March 2021

{fee-ka} noun or verb

A coffee break with friends, often accompanied with pastries; a moment of quality time to appreciate the good things in life.

Inspired by the Swedish tradition, VISUAL would like to invite you to Fika!

Are you a visual artist, performer, producer, director, curator, maker, arts worker or any other kind of fabulous human being?

If so, we would love for you to Fika with us!

As much as we love each other at VISUAL we are in desperate need of new company, new faces and new inspiring conversations!

Join a member of our programming team for a one hour, one to one Fika. No agenda, no strings attached, just a good old chat!

It's simple, just choose the person you would like to chat with, Emma Lucy, David or Clare and book a time.

The chats will be via video call. 

**Booked Out**


Meet the Team

Emma-Lucy O’Brien became CEO & Artistic Director at VISUAL Carlow in 2019. Previously curator for VISUAL she has been producing and presenting exhibitions and arts projects for the last 11 years from Carlow where she lives. Emma’s practice is contextually driven and emerges in different ways, focusing primarily on the social and pedagogical potential of art and creative space. She likes to connect people and has; supported artists to make work with and for local, national and international audiences; overseen the programming and installation of major group and solo shows, learning and engagement programmes. Recent curatorial projects include Katie Holten; The Irish Tree Alphabet, 2020; Marjetica Potrč: Shelter: Closed and Open, 2018; Dennis McNulty; TTOPOLOGY, 2018; Daria Martin: Subjects and Objects 2017; The Playground Project, 2017.

Emma has a degree in Art History and English from University College Cork and holds an MA in Art in The Contemporary World from The National College of Art and Design Dublin. As CEO for VISUAL she is guiding to development of VISUAL’s new strategic plan for 2022- 2026.

She represents VISUAL on The Carlow Town Development Forum; the Public Participation Network PPN; and is a member of Carlow County Environmental Network CCEN. She is learning to be a beekeeper and currently reading Handiwork by Sara Baume.

David Francis Moore is Theatre Programe Manager at VISUAL Carlow. He is an arts leader with over 16 years’ experience working within the arts sector. His professional experience traverses both artistic practice, arts management, lecturing and producing. 

He is the Artistic Director of the Collaborative Artists Collective, a research and production hub for collaborative practice and is the chairperson of the Strollers Network, Ireland’s largest consortium of Art Centres. David also lectures in drama and performance as part of the Media and Cultural studies programme at Carlow College.

As a performer David has toured both nationally and internationally performing at some of the world’s most prominent stages including the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Dalhalla Amphitheater, Sweden and the Royal Theatre Carre, Amsterdam.

He holds a BA in Drama Performance from TU Dublin, a Master of Fine Arts in Art in the Contemporary World from the National College of Arts & Design. David has also studied directing, playwrighting and solo performance at Columbia College Chicago and interactive art/collaborative practice at Manchester School of Art.

Clare Breen is Learning Curator at VISUAL Carlow. Clare is an artist and her practice as a learning curator is deeply informed by artistic research methodologies. She works with community groups, schools and artists to develop learning programmes at VISUAL that aim to build strong ties with community inside of and beyond they walls of VISUAL.

Clare has a degree in Fine Art from NCAD and a Master in Education in the Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute in the Netherlands. Clare worked as part of the education team at Documenta 14 in Athens and coordinated various community-based and school-based projects in Ireland. Clare obtained a number of national funding awards for work as an artist and practice-led researcher, and worked with numerous institutions of art and education in Ireland and internationally.

Relational practice is at the heart of her approach and she incorporates a range of collaborative and individual artistic forms to produce objects, meals, conversations, exhibitions and collaborative workshops.

“Talking, making and sharing food together, are foregrounded in my practice as intimate gestures of care. Responding to bodies in relation to one another, making, eating and living together, is a way of working that I derive from feminist pedagogy.”

Clare is particularly interested in collaborating with artists and researchers who are curious about the dialogues that can arise when their work enters the public sphere.