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Once Upon a Time – Jean Ryan explores Micheál O’Connell’s creative process

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Join art historian Jean Ryan’s she shares her insight into artists approaches to their practice, here looking at Micheál O’Connell’s


Jean Ryan brings you closer to the ideas, thoughts, processes and theory considering our temporary exhibitions on Saturday 13th January at 12noon.


Our first talk of 2024 sees Jean focusing on Micheál O’Connell’s exhibition, System Interference, running to the 19th of February.


Please note places are limited and are charged €5 per person.

Tea, coffee and biscuits served during this social event



Jean Ryan is an art historian who is interested in exploring the topic of creativity in the visual arts. She aims to show how artworks are the end product of multiple decisions artists make when creating their work. These decisions range from the subject matter they want to bring to the viewer’s attention to the direction of research and focus on that subject. What aspect of it do they want to bring to the viewer’s attention and why?


Artists have to decide how to communicate their ideas to the viewer. What visual form will they take? Which materials are best suited to their needs? How will they use them effectively? The decisions are endless and while some are planned others are more spontaneous as the artist responds to unexpected events while making the work.


Creativity needs imagination, understanding, curiosity, skill, and risk-taking. The ability to think laterally allows an artist to present the viewer with new images based on associations between diverse ideas and points of reference.


Jean is curious to explore and map the creative process. She wants to pinpoint the decisions made along the way so the viewer can understand the artists thinking and making as they give form to their ideas.

  • Type: Adult,Afternoon Event,Exhibition,Talks
  • Time: January 13, 2024 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Venue:Highlanes Gallery