A Closing Event for Response to a Request
Friday 2 February 2018


Response to a Request was an art-writing publication that ran from August 2016 to July 2017. Over that time, it published twenty-two texts, each in response to an image that was of particular interest or value to the writer - this included a painting by Agnes Martin, a photograph by Andre Kertész, and another photo from the scene of Gianni Versace's murder. These texts were available to read for a period of two weeks; after that, they disappeared. 

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is delighted to host this one off event organised by Rebecca O'Dwyer, art writer, critic, and founding editor of Response to a Request. As a means of bringing the project to a close, three final responses will be shared: from the writer Mike McCormack, the artist Isabel Nolan, and the poet Stephen Sexton. As with all the other contributions, there will be no archive, no chance to hear them at a later date. 

Admission is free, but booking is strongly recommended. 
We really hope you will join us.

This event is supported by the Trinity College Provost’s Visual and Performing Arts Fund.


Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Mayo. His previous work includes Getting it in the Head (1995), Crowe’s Requiem (1998), Notes from a Coma (2005), which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award, and Forensic Songs (2012). In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. In 2016 he won the Goldsmiths Prize and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award for his most recent novel Solar Bones.  He lives in Galway. 

Isabel Nolan lives and works in Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include: Another View from Nowhen, London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, London, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Calling on Gravity, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, (2017), Run for the shadows, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, The weakened eye of day, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto, (all 2016), Bent knees are a give, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, A Thing Is Mostly Space, Launch Pad, New York (both 2015). She is represented by Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.

Rebecca O’ Dwyer is an art writer, critic and editor. She recently completed PhD study in the department of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Her writing has been published in Paper Visual Art Journal, Source Photographic Review,Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Enclave Review, Fallow Media, frieze, this is tomorrow, Eyeline, The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine, and elsewhere. She has also written catalogue texts for exhibitions at the Project Arts Centre, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, the Lab, Temple Bar Gallery, and mother’s tankstation.

Stephen Sexton is the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Competition. He lives in Belfast where he is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. His pamphlet Oils was published by The Emma Press in 2014, and was the Poetry Book Society’s 2014 Winter Pamphlet Choice.  Stephen Sexton’s poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London and Best British Poetry 2015.

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The event is kindly sponsored by O'Hara's Irish Craft Beer.