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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 curator and co-founder of the Visual Arts Workers Forum Tessa Giblin. VAWF 2016 took place at the Glucksman on Friday 24 June. You can read a blog post about the event here.


Tessa Giblin: 24 June 2016

What are you reading?
At this very second, a book is open in front of me called ‘Self-Organised’, edited by Stine Herbert & Anne Szefer Karlsen: preparing for my short address at the Forum!

Favourite museum?
Gauged by the level of relief on my part, and delight on their part, when we manage to hit the opening hours correctly: Dublin’s Natural History Museum.

Best performance?
Brokentalker’s recent performance of Blue Boy (admittedly at Project) – but it’s just so good.

What is your most treasured possession?
That is the hardest question here… last Christmas my husband gave me a work of Ronan McCrea, a photo from his series called ‘School Play’, which was a public commission in which he observed children playing in the school playground, and then devised a series of coloured markings to I suppose inspire, problematize and complexify the rules of play that those linear markings imply - it’s just such a fascinating work and full of joy for me as it hangs in our children’s’ playroom. That is a treasured possession, for sure.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
During three different talks in the gallery recently I’ve found myself talking about Masaccio’s ‘Holy Trinity’ from 1427, who would have thought? So, apparently, Masaccio’s Trinity, it just tickles around in my mind as a very early work of artistic self-reflexivity.

A lightbulb moment?
They tend to come when I’m overwhelmed and pretty sure there’s no further room for any new ideas.

Guilty pleasure?
The sun.

What would you like to be doing right now?
I think this is just perfect.

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