Amanda Coogan

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“Work in the Visual Arts is so badly paid in Ireland – the average annual income is between €10,000 and €15,000 a year – that it is especially tricky to sustain a career, because you can’t afford childcare.”

When Amanda Coogan was beginning to think about becoming a parent, the voice of her mentor, Marina Abramovic, kept coming to mind. “If you want to be (...)

Louise Bruton performing ‘Why Won’t You Have Sex With Me?’

Disability has no rigid set of rules so it’s important that we ingest the stories of disabled people in as many different ways as we can. The written (...)

Culture Night 2018:   ballerinas from Dance Ireland with drumming sensations the Hit Machine. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Friday is Culture Night all over Ireland. Do you: (a) put on comfy shoes, arm yourself with the guide or the app and let loose, collapsing with exhaus(...)

Louise Lowe: Seeing On Raftery’s Hill and Cyprus Avenue at the Abbey made me feel like I’d been sucker-punched

Current favourite book? I’ve been so busy with work that I want books which send me to a different world. So I’ve been reading Skin Deep, by Liz Nugen(...)

Mikel Murfi and Amanda Coogan in Dolores

Dolores ★★★★ Dolores Haze was raped and brutalised in Nabokov’s novel Lolita. In Junk Ensemble’s Dolores, she is dancing back at that oppression, high(...)

“We rarely hear Dolores’s voice. The story is written by a male writer and narrated by a male character, and they both deny her existence as a human, instead creating this fantasy being called ‘Lolita’”

Dolores Hazes is not a famous literary character. But Lolita is. When Humbert Humbert, the child rapist narrator in Nabokov’s novel, imposes his nickn(...)

Raven Eyed by Loosysmokes will take over a warehouse in this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival

Dublin Fringe Festival has announced its programme for 2017. This will be its last programme under current artistic director Kris Nelson. With 81 pr(...)

Artist Alice Maher photographed in Lough Carra, Co Mayo recreating one of her installations entitled ‘Les Filles d’Ouranos Art Grandeur Nature, Seinne Saint-Denis, Paris. Photograph: Keith Heneghan.

In 1986, the US feminist group Guerrilla Girls proclaimed that “It’s even worse in Europe”, referring to the art world’s sexual and racial discriminat(...)

Aideen Barry’s Not to be Known: a single channel performative film from 2015

What were your cultural highlights? Aideen Barry’s Brittlefield at RHA in July: dark shards turned into private viewing experiences of worlds where (...)

The view form the floor: Corban Walker’s installation at the Lab. Photograph: Peter Varga

The Museum of August Destiny: Aideen Barry, Mark Clare, Amanda Coogan, Anthony Haughey, Dragana Jurisic and Sarah Pierce Pearse Museum, Dublin, (...)

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