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What is ACADEmy?

ACADEMY (the LSAD centre for research into Art, Curatorial Studies, Applied Design and Art and Design Education) was officially founded in 2013. The foundation of this centre reflects the growing importance of art and design research cited in the current LIT Research Strategy as a “Niche Strategic Research Area”. ACADEMY sits within the LSAD Centre for Postgraduate Studies. It currently has 28 registered researchers including 11 PhD/Tracking PhD students. It also has internal and external steering committees of experts in art, design, critical and contextual studies and curatorial practice.

The Director of the Centre is Dr. Tracy Fahey. Internal steering group members include Dr. Kieran Cashell, Dr. Dara Waldron, Dr. Maria Beville, Pamela Heaney and Fiona Quill. External steering group members include Prof. Donna Lee Brien, Central Queensland University, Dr. Iain Biggs, University of the West of England and Dr. PJ White, Designcore, IT Carlow.

ACADEMY acts as a centre to attract funding to encourage research mobility and also to support and grow LSAD research collaborations. In 2014 it was the successful recipient of Creative Europe funding. This project ‘Symbols – Culture of Death & Cultural Life: New Audiences and Creations around European Cemeteries’ is the product of a collaboration between ACADEMY and the Limerick Printmakers, in conjunction with the Aviles Municipal Foundation for Culture (Spain), Maribor Cemetery (Slovenia), Genoa Municipality (Italy), Dundee & Angus College (UK) and Communaute de Communes du Nebbiu (France). The work produced by two residencies in Spain and Scotland was exhibited in LSAD in 2016. More information on that can be found here.

ACADEMY is also involved in the pilot project of the Leerling/Meester Project (Apprentice/Master Project) initiated by Hogeschool voor de Kunsten at the University of Tilburg, and in conjunction with partners in Scotland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium and China which seeks to create a European network for emerging artists who are newly graduated, providing them with mentorship and international exhibition opportunities. ACADEMY is currently working on applications on the Gothic, medical humanities, women in art and creative and cultural industries under Creative Europe, the Welcome Trust and INTERREG. In 2014 it ran ‘Locating the Gothic’ conference and festival, funded by Limerick City of Culture 2014, in 2015 it ran Death/Disease/Design, a symposium on medical humanities, and in 2017 it will run a conference Supernatural Cities II: Gothic Cities in conjunction with University of Portsmouth.​​