Schedule and Fee

Fee €25
4pm Sun 13 May
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2

Who is this for?

This seminar is aimed at artists, photographers, and creatives working within any discipline or methodology, wishing to expand and enrich their present practice. The goal is for participants to leave with new tools and thinking processes to progress in their practice and professional career, escaping self-imposed limitations.


The seminar encourages you as a participant to think critically about your practice as a means to unraveling new avenues for exploration. Following a presentation you will be invited to share with other participants your practice in a conversational and relaxed atmosphere. Through a series of group dynamic reflections, and real-life examples, we will identify a number of ways in which our creative and intellectual growth becomes restricted and will find out why this happens. With a series of playful exercises, we will propose ways to learn from these limitations, using them creatively as positive characteristics.


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