Opening Hours

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 curator and co-founder of the Visual Arts Workers Forum Rachael Gilbourne. VAWF 2016 takes place at the Glucksman on Friday 24 June. The forum is now sold out.


Rachael Gilbourne: 17 June 2016

What are you reading?
I Love Dick by Chris Kraus – I was lucky enough to be gifted a ticket to Chris’s talk as part of the recent International Literature Festival in Dublin – I’m now hooked. Also Miranda July’s short stories, No one belongs here more than you, John Berger’s Pig Earth, Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis and the ever-fascinating The Passion According to Carol Rama. Oh andMindfulness at Work (a Christmas present – I do try).

Favourite museum?
Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri. Never have I been welcomed so generously to an art space, or so totally immersed within a building (designed by Tadao Ando) and the works on show. St. Louis is the hometown of the Pulitzer family. For me, their desire to create a laboratory and a sanctuary for the visual arts proved itself entirely.

Best performance?
LA artist Emily Mast’s INDEX (Mona B) at Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris. Torches, flags, naked bodies and breadsticks within the exquisite décor of the late 19thcentury hôtel particulier. And one more – if talks can be a performance, then Mick Wilson’s reflection at the end of the first VAWF at Project Arts Centre, was a feat of greatness!

What is your most treasured possession?
Is it possible to possess those around you?

What work(s) of art inspire you?
I still think back to William McKeown’s installation The Waiting Room at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane in 2011, as part of The Golden Bough series. A combination of my own state of mind and the power of the work, my breath was literally taken away.

A lightbulb moment?
These come to me regularly when I’m with my curatorial wife Kate Strain (as RGKSKSRG). Lights, flashes, bulbs at every turn.

Guilty pleasure?
The worst pop music – Taylor Swift, ZAYN, Phil Collins – I’m there.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Swimming, always swimming.

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 Ní 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