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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 Sarah McAuliffe, staff member at the Glucksman.


Sarah McAuliffe: 20 October 2016

What are you reading?
At the moment I am reading Donna Tartt’s, The Goldfinch, a beautifully written page-turner, and Don McCullin’s, Unreasonable Behaviour: The Updated Autobiography, a provocative and honest piece of writing.

Favourite museum?
Difficult to choose just one! Some off my favourites include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; MOMA, NYC; and of course The Glucksman- all architecturally stunning and hosts to a number of captivating exhibitions.

Best performance?
Going to go with a musical performance for this one - Ben Howard’s 2014 Olympia Theatre performance. About halfway through the show he became completely lost in a guitar solo. He seemed to forget about everything else around him and slip into a different realm. To me it seemed like one of the greatest feelings one could experience.

What is your most treasured possession?
My first copy of Catcher in the Rye. I read it every few years and each time it takes on a different meaning, a subtle reminder that I’m getting older. One thing that stays the same, however, is that okay always agree with Holden’s words- ‘What really knocks me out about a book is that when you’re all done reading it you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours…’ Also, a poem jotted down in one of my journals by my Grandfather when I was a child that I treasure more and more as each year passes.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
Documentary photographic images with a powerful message for social/ civic change. Robert Frank’s photobook The Americans in my view is the best example of this with its moving images of a divided society. Also, anything by photographer, SebastiãoSalgado underlines my belief in the power of the photograph to effect change on both a local and global level. Both Frank and Salgado have inspired and continue to inspire both my research and interest in documentary/ street photography - the artists as much as the artworks inspire in this case. In addition, I find a number of works by William Kentridge, Jo Spence, and Robert Mapplethorpe inspiring.

A lightbulb moment?
Following on from the previous question, seeing the photograph Trolley, New Orleans by Robert Frank for the first time. At that moment all of my beliefs in the power of photography were confirmed.

Guilty pleasure?
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups- I could eat them all day long- now that they are available in Irish supermarkets this is a likely possibility. Yikes!

What would you like to be doing right now?
Sitting on South Beach in Martha’s Vineyard- my favourite place.

Ben Gearey, 14 October 2016
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 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