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The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Each week we ask the same set of questions to a different member of our community. Throughout 2015, we interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here. Thanks to all who took part!

This week our Little Interview series features Ben Gearey, Lecturer in Archaeology, who recently contributed an In Detail talk on I Went to the Woods: The artist as wanderer.


Ben Gearey: 14 October 2016

What are you reading?
Usually several things on the go at once, in various stages of progress or not: currently I'm on Derek Gladwin's new book 'Contentious terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic' (Cork University Press!), 'The man who made things out of trees' by Robert Penn and 'echopraxia' by Peter Watts. There's also Edward Thomas 'Collected Poems', which I've been dipping in and out of for a while.

Favourite museum?
It would probably have to be Manchester Art Gallery. My hometown - when I'm back in the city I try and drop in to gaze at the rather fantastic collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings in there...

Best performance?
I went to see the comedian Doug Stanhope in Dublin a few months ago, and it was the sanest, deepest, Oh not sure I could pick one. I spent alot of time going to gigs in the past, less so these days. If I was forced to choose I'd probably go with one of the first concerts I went to as a teenager, and that would be (wait for it...): Marillion! The Spectrum Arena, Warrington, England, 1986. That may count as an embarrassing admission (even more so that guilty pleasure...see below), but it still stands out in my mind as an example of what music can do for your soul and heart, especially when you're young and less cynical...

What is your most treasured possession?
My health. A cliche. But true.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
Again I'd struggle to pick any one. I've always loved the energy, emotion and iconoclasm of the abstract expressionists, especially Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. The pre-Raphaelites (see above) for their craft, skill and vision. I have to say that the current Glucksman exhibition has inspired me - anything that opens up new mental vistas and gives me a different perspective on what it means to 'be alive' is inspirational.

A lightbulb moment?
I have lots of small light bulbs going on quite often. Though sometimes the filaments burn out quite quickly...

Guilty pleasure?
Reading science fiction and fantasy novels...ahem

What would you like to be doing right now?
Quite honestly I'm happy in the here and probably helps that its Friday though...


Danielle Byrne, 7 October 2016
Laurie LeGrand,
3 October 2016
Tessa Giblin,
24 June 2016
Rachael Gilbourne
, 17 June 2016
Maud Cotter, 10 June 2016
John Duncan,
3 June 2016
Sheila Beecher,
27 May 2016
Ellen Byrne,
20 May 2016
Marie Bourke,
13 May 2016
Theresa Reidy,
6 May 2016
Eleanor Duffin,
29 April 2016
Lee Welch,
22 April 2016
Darn Thorn,
15 April 2016
Luise Ebner,
8 April 2016
Damien Flood
, 1 April 2016
Ailbhe NĂ­ Bhriain, 25 March 2016
Eoin Colfer,
11 March 2016
Colin Darke,
4 March 2016
Daniel Blackshields,
27 February 2015
Antonia Hirsch,
19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here