Schedule and Fee

Fee €25
12pm-2pm Sun 20 May
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2

Who is this for?

This seminar is aimed at any individuals wishing to earn a living from creative and artistic practices, particularly those struggling to start. The goal is for participants to leave with new tools and thinking processes to progress in their practice and professional career. The seminar is ideal for students and recent graduates.


The seminar encourages all participants to think critically about their present circumstances, to examining what changes need to be carried out to achieve a sustainable practice. Presenting basic business concepts and ideas, the mentor will offer you core skills in the administration of your new sustainable practice. Special focus will be placed on identifying and generating sources of revenue. The seminar will end with a practical exercise that will help all participants to write up an action plan to affect change.


Ángel Luis González

Ángel Luis González is CEO and Director of PhotoIreland Foundation, an organisation that promotes a critical engagement with Photography. Ángel won the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011 for the PhotoIreland Festival. In 2013, he launched The Library Project, a cultural hub in Dublin city centre offering a growing photobook library, an eclectic Art bookshop and a productive gallery. He has been a portfolio reviewer at many international festivals and is responsible for books like ‘Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade’ in 2011, ‘New Irish Works’ in 2013, and the latest series of ‘New Irish Works’ in 2016. He was a contributor to Landskrona Foto 2016, focused on Irish Photography, and he lectures at the Fine Art Photography Master at IED Madrid.

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About the Critical Academy

The Critical Academy opens up a new radical space where to learn, research and examine contemporary art practices around Photography and their contexts, as much as the arts management and cultural policy that affects them. The academy has been created by PhotoIreland Foundation in a bid to develop an educational space outside the traditional institutions where practitioners and theorists can gather to experiment and challenge contemporary ideas that affect their practice.

The Critical Academy offers a number of opportunities to actively participate in its programme, aiming at times at very specific backgrounds, with three main components: a new educational space for Seminars; group Research on key projects; professional Development and Support programmes for artists and Arts administrators.

The Critical Academy is a project by PhotoIreland Foundation. Find out more at