Sinéad Dinneen

Artist and educator Sinéad Dinneen will be our guest speaker at the next Workspace Social. Sinéad will be discussing her artistic practice inspired by her diagnosis of ovarian cancer and subsequent journey through chronic illness. Her work investigates the possibilities that visual art offers in communicating the sometimes poignant and often undocumented experiential dimension of illness. We will also be chatting about projects and activities including the Cut Out Dolls, the Death Café, Kicking the Bucket, and the Ukealadies.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Don’t forget to bring along your lunch!

About Sinéad:

Sinéad Dinneen is a visual artist, educator and performer from Limerick. She holds a Diploma in Fine Art and Design Teaching from LSAD, and a BA in Art & Society and a MA in Interactive Media from the University of Limerick. She recently completed an Introduction to Thanatology course at the Milford Education Centre.

Sinéad is a former lecturer in Visual Art Education in Mary Immaculate College. After 11 years of teaching, she took early retirement to focus on her personal/patient life and visual art career. Sinéad was involved in the setup of the first Death Café in Limerick in 2015 and was one of the co-founders of Kicking the Bucket, a course which looked on the lighter side of illness, death, dying and grief. She co-designed the course and resultant exhibition which became the topic of a RTÉ documentary podcast of the same name [listen here].

Sinéad’s most recent exhibition Whisper and Beyond is currently open at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in Dublin City University until 12 December 2018. The exhibition features Sinéad’s work and responses to this work with nursing students following a series of lectures exploring art and illness. She is a founding member of the Cut Out Dolls, a walk-about contemporary female performance group, and of the Limerick Ukealadies, an all-female ukulele group based in Limerick.  Both groups performed during the opening weekend of EVA International 2018 as part of the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

About the Workspace Social:

The Workspace Social is a weekly event developed as an alternative format for artists’ talks and networking. Every Thursday, a local or visiting artist is invited to join us for lunch: to discuss a recent project, to share new research or to propose an activity. Participants are welcome to bring along their lunch and to eat with the artist.

The Workspace Social is supported by Healthy Limerick, an initiative jointly funded by Limerick City and County Council and the HSE as part of the Social Development Directorate.


Workspace Social #51: Sinéad Dinneen

Thursday 22 November 2018, 1-2pm

The Workspace Social is programmed by Caimin Walsh for Autumn-Winter 2018.
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