In conversation sociologist, Professor Mary Corcoran and visual artist Amanda Jane Graham

Professor Mary Corcoran and visual artist Amanda Jane Graham will discuss the themes of art and society, how they interact and connect, and the art centre as a point of convergence.

Mary P. Corcoran is Professor of Sociology at Maynooth University, and a graduate of the University of Dublin, Trinity College and Columbia University, New York.  Her research and teaching interests lie primarily in the fields of urban sociology, public culture and the sociology of migration, and she has published widely on these topics. In particular, she has been at the forefront of community studies in Ireland contributing to major national and international studies on precarity in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, European neighbourhood regeneration through partnership, the quality of life in social housing, civic, social and cultural life in the suburbs and the role of urban agriculture in social cohesion.

As part of her interest in public culture, Corcoran has developed collaborative practices with visual artists and arts practitioners.  In 2018, she collaborated with Muireann Ni Chonaill and Mary Burke on the Townscape visual art project and contributed to the Central Field project curated by artists Yvonne McGuinness and Rhona Byrne (   Mary was an invited panellist at the Galway International Arts Festival speaking on Identity in Ireland 2016. In the spring of 2015 she was a participant in the Scientia Civitatis Missing Titles project at the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin. That same year she collaborated with Tallaght Community Arts and Mary Burke on House Portraits.

Corcoran was one of a team of interpreters in Turner prize-nominated artist, Tino Sehgal’s This Situation at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Earlsfort Terrace) April- May, and at IMMA Kilmainham in October 2013.  Mary Corcoran has also been an invited contributor to events organised by the Dun Laoghaire Mountains to the Sea festival, Kildare Reader’s Festival, IMMA, RIA, and Leviathan debates amongst others. Check out Mary’s talk to Google workers in Dublin on the theme of connectedness at

Amanda Jane Graham is an artist and researcher concerned with social issues. Her practice is a trajectory of self-reflection, personal narrative, and memoirs where the viewer completes the experience. This involves delving into memories to create humorous fantasies that can be humorous macabre and disturbing. ‘‘Stage Left’ is an installation and a residency.  The imagery of the exhibition is a playful approach to looking at societal taboos and difficult social issues such as serious illness and violence.  The exhibition approaches these subjects, through references to humour in popular culture, a pastiche of humour itself.  Graham exhibition  ‘Stage Left’ is currently on show in gallery one until January 5th, 2019 and more information can be found be following this link-

Graham is currently a doctoral candidate at Maynooth University. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘The Domestic Abuse Panorama’ at Transart Cavan in 2018. A Tribute To The Irish Community Butte Montana 1916-1919’ at RHA Ashford Gallery in 2017. She was a recipient of ‘The Bullock Lane Residency Award’ in 2017 and, Arts and Health Award 2016 from Uillinn:West Cork Arts Centre and Cavan Arts Office.  She was commissioned to write and perform a play for theatre called, ‘The Pram That Helped The Rising’ for the Cavan 2016 centenary celebrations. Her exhibition ‘Warrior’s One in Three’ was invited to be part of the 18th International Psycho Oncology Congress 2016 at the Aviva Stadium, where she presented a talk as part of Psycho Oncology and the Arts. Her work has featured in many publications including The Irish Times.  Graham is currently the visual arts correspondent for The Arts Hour on Shannonside and Northern Sound FM and, in 2016 a documentary which she wrote, performed and co-produced was aired on both stations.

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