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Friday, 30 November 2018 - Friday, 30 November 2018

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Climate change scientist and artist, Gordon Bromley, has launched a truly special art exhibition on campus. ‘Art on the Edge’ features intricate drawings and paintings from Gordon’s fieldwork on the front line of climate change, including in Antarctica.

According to Gordon, “The world is stunning and if we don’t appreciate what we have to lose then we don’t know it’s going.” The exhibition gives personal insights into his research and the landscapes that inspire it.

This free exhibition is on display for a month in the Hardiman Building foyer near the entrance to the James Hardiman Library.

Event Time
Hardiman Research Building foyer
School of Geography & Archaeology
An exhibition of posters and objects celebrating the people who took part in the VOICES project.The Voices of Individuals: Collectively Exploring Self-determination (VOICES) project aimed to change the law in relation to the right to legal capacity for people with disabilities. The project was based at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway under Dr. Eilionóir Flynn. The right to legal capacity in its most basic form is the right to make decisions which have legal consequences and to have those decisions respected by the law. This project took an innovative approach to legal capacity law reform by publishing the stories of those with lived experience of disability and pairing them with researchers, practitioners, front line workers in disability services and activists to develop grounded ideas for legal reform. The VOICES project placed participants from eleven countries and five different continents in pairs. Each of the pairs worked together to co-author a chapter of an edited collection entitled, ‘Global Perspectives on Legal Capacity Reform: Our Voices, Our Stories,’ which was published by Routledge in 2018. The exhibition will feature a poster and object celebrating each of the chapters in the edited collection,  their unique content and diverse experiences.
Event Time
Institute for Lifecourse and Society
Centre for Disability Law and Policy

A series of Sean-nós Singing workshops with Tomás Ó Neachtain, the 2018 Sean-Nós Singer-in-Residence at NUI Galway will begin on Tuesday 9th October.  This series of workshops will take place for five weeks, is free of charge and open to all.

Further information available from Samantha Williams at 091-492051 or

Event Time
Seminar Room, Centre for Irish Studies, Distillery Road
Centre for Irish Studies

Fintan O’Toole is probably Ireland’s best-known journalist, with many books to his name and a widely read column in The Irish Times.

For this talk, he will discuss his new book, Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain, a ruthless dissection of the psychology and politics of Brexit.

The book explores how trivial journalistic lies became far from trivial national obsessions; how the pose of camp indifference to truth and historical fact has come to define the style of an entire political elite; the redefinition of a country that once had colonies as an oppressed nation requiring liberation; the strange gastronomic and political significance of  prawn-flavoured crisps, and their role in the rise of Boris Johnson; the dreams of revolutionary deregulation and privatisation that drive Arron Banks, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg; and the silent rise of English nationalism, the force that dare not speak its name. 

It also looks at the fatal attraction of heroic failure, once a self-deprecating cult in a hugely successful empire that could well afford the occasional disaster: the Charge of the Light Brigade, Franklin lost in the Arctic, Captain Scott so near yet so far from the South Pole.

Fintan will be introduced by Catriona Crowe, Curator of Galway International Arts Festival's First Thoughts Talks discussion series.

Read some of Fintan's recent work in The Guardian and The Irish Times.

Event Time
Aula Maxima, The Quadrangle
GIAF First Thought Talks