Conversation series 2015

deAppendix hold regular conversation events with the artists exhibiting or on residency. These events are documented in a variety of manners, some of which are available below. Keep an eye on the blog and on our FaceBook page for details of forthcoming events. 

October 2015

deAppendix are delighted to share Mags O’Dea’s recent conversation with Lynda Phelan where they discuss the influences behind Mag’s practice and recent show at deAppendix : Possibility.




August 2013

deAppendix enjoyed the most recent of our conversation series between Deirdre Glenfield and curator Siobhan Mooney on 20th August at 7pm. Thanks to everyone who came along on the warm, warm, warm summer night, but if you didn’t make it, recordings of this fascinating conversation are below. The conversation discussed Deirdre’s exhibition which features installation and video projection, and was inspired by the story of Henrietta Lacks, a 31 year old impoverished tobacco picking American black woman. In 1951 Henrietta presented  to Sir John Hopkins Memorial Hospital, Baltimore MD with cervical cancer.  Cancer cell samples taken without her knowledge or consent during examination and were stored for later scientific experimentation. These cells subsequently were the first cancer cells to grow in culture. 

Henrietta died 8 months later but her cells still live today. 

Since discovery, Henrietta’s cells have transformed medical research, with scientists, now and then, believing that the secret to conquering death lies within her cells. Since discovery Henrietta’s cells have become embroiled in international politics. Her story explores the mystery of cell mutation, proliferation and replication within the human body, the political complexities of medical research and the enormous part that one person can unknowingly play in modern medicine.

 Thanks to everyone who came along, but if you didn’t make it,  recordings of the conversation are below. Enjoy.  

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July 2013 : Kathy Herbert, fine artist, in conversation with Cathy Fitzgerald, artist and researcher. 

This informal conversation between Kathy Herbert and artist researcher /filmmaker  Cathy Fitzgerald ( will delve into the influences and tensions of House Trees and Other Tales an exhibition at deAppendix. The sometimes fractious relationship between built and natural environments will be explored, with particular reference to Kathy’s work. More of Kathy’s work can be seen at

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KATHY HERBERT has been an Artist for over twenty years, exhibiting in Ireland, America, and Europe: She has taken part in Symposia, projects and initiatives, lectured and lead workshops. Kathy completed her MFA in the National College of Art and Design in 2011. She has recently shown in “Sculpture in Context”, Botanic Gardens 2012, the Drawing Project, IADT 2013 and presented her artist initiated project “Drawing Conversations” with Phizzfest 2012 and 2013, Dublin. From July Kathy will be Artist in Residence at Draiocht, Blanchardstown. Her forthcoming show, “Studies from Tree Journeys”, made using graphite drawings on paper and some watercolours, will shortly be on show at Excel Theatre and Gallery, Tipperary. Further details regarding Kathy’s work is available at or by contacting Kathy directly on +353 87 9481740 or at

CATHY FITZGERALD: Originally from New Zealand, Cathy has a diverse work background in both art and science. Although always passionate about art, Cathy spent the first eight years of her working career working in biological science working at a agricultural research institute in New Zealand. On moving to Ireland, Cathy spent the next six years completing a First Class Joint Honours degree in Fine Art Painting and Irish Art History at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD 1996-2000), Dublin, then an MA in Fine Art (NCAD Virtual Realities) 2000- 2002. Her MA further developed her interdisciplinary approach with a novel residency in the leukaemia laboratory at St James Hospital in Dublin, while also allowing her to develop considerable knowledge of interactive online media, and experimental film practice.

Since arriving in Ireland in 1995 Cathy has been very involved in Irish and European forest NGO’s, and Green politics (particularly Green Party Forest policy in recent years). From 2007-10 she acted at the first Director of, an innovative five county on and off-line programme of professional arts development catering to over 1500 creative practitioners through the Local Authority Arts Offices of the South East of Ireland (the website for this programme was short-listed for an e-government award in 2009 and 2010). Highlights in her art practice include an Art Council Residency and exhibition in the Zoology Genetic laboratories in the Zoology Department at Trinity College (2004-5), curation of ecological artist Cornelia Hesse-Honneger’s work for Visualise Carlow (2005) and her solo exhibition, ‘the local project’ at the Dock, Co. Leitrim (2006), comprising of a 30 minute film documentary and exhibition that celebrated Crann’s pioneering local native woodland planting scheme. In 2008 she created the first art & ecology resource website in Ireland and has since contributed to many international art & ecology networks. She began doctoral studies on her art-ecology-forest-politics practice in October 2010. For further information see:

CIARA MCMAHON practices both art and medicine. Subjectivity, intersubjectivity and the body are explored in the work, which researches osmosis between the disciplines of art and medicine. In 2012 McMahon founded and curates deAppendix an ongoing residency and contemporary art programme. deAppendix is symbiotic or hybrid with a Dublin suburban GP surgery, Amaranta Family Practice. A forth coming article by McMahon commissioned for 2ha magazine on the project will be published later this summer. McMahon is currently collaborating with The open rehearsals group on an Arts Council funded film commission. She was awarded the Adurey E. Klinck scholarship at the Banff Arts Centre in 2011 and in 2010 was funded by Create, the national agency for collaborative arts, to research the Leaky Self Project . McMahon exhibits both nationally and internationally, exhibitions include Temporal Sequencing, Banff Arts Centre Canada, Liminality, NCAD Gallery; Détruis Space, The Joinery. For further information see:www.ciaramcmahon.

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