Schedule and Fee

Fee €50
11am-2pm Fri 4 May
At The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2

Who is this for?

This seminar is ideal for artists, photographers, and creatives whose work focuses on storytelling, and for those wishing to expand and enrich their present practice around narratives. The goal is for participants to leave with new tools and thinking processes to develop your own storytelling methodologies.


This intense masterclass led by artist Laia Abril aims to provide participants with a series of tools and strategies to enhance the storytelling within their own projects. Abril’s research-based work revolves around conceptualisation and interpretation of facts, working with photography, video and mixed media installations. Trained as a journalist and through her experience as a photographer, bookmaker and art director, Abril has developed a collaborative creative method to construct, analyse and refine narratives across a number of platforms. Examples of her work methodology will act as triggers for participants to think laterally about their own projects.


Laia Abril is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound based in Barcelona. Abril’s projects are produced across platforms as installations, books, web docs, and films. Her long-form project A History of Misogyny is a visual research undertaken through an historical and contemporary comparative framework. In her first chapter, On Abortion, Abril documents and conceptualises the dangers and damages caused by women’s lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion. Using extensive research methodologies, Abril draws on the past to highlight the long, continuous erosion of women’s reproductive rights to the present-day. She weaves together visual, audio and textual evidence to construct questions about ethics, morality and stories around abortion that have been invisible until now.

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