Dr. Gráinne Coughlan

Gráinne graduated from B.A. Creative and Cultural Industries, Dublin Institute of Technology in 2015 and subsequently received the Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism PhD Scholarship, beginning her research project ‘A systems theoretical analysis of the organisation and socially engaged programming of arts institutions.’ Previously she has worked in a number of diverse arts organisations within Ireland. Gráinne’s research interests include, systems theoretical and cybernetic intersections with art, social and community arts practice, and the concerns of education and outreach within arts institutions. Presentations of her research at international level include; The AAH New voice’s conference 2016.



Title: A systems approach to participatory art in the arts institution

Supervisors: Dr Tim Stott, Dr Glenn Loughran

Overview: The project emerges in general from the increasing turn towards aspects of collaboration and participation within contemporary art and in particular from the identification of socially engaged programmes as particularly contested areas of the arts institution.

The project aims to unpack the organisation of socially engaged programmes, to interrogate their motivations and subsequently to investigate models of participation and interaction developed with the public under these conditions.

By utilising a systems theoretical approach in the investigation of participatory projects and their organisation as well as drawing from the history of participatory systems art, this research will view the institution and participatory projects as embodying complex interactions between social systems. The language of general systems theory provides critical criteria for the analysis such work and promotes reconsideration of how institutions and their programmes may be re-conceived as flexible and transformative entities within alternative methodologies.

Research Outputs

Gráinne Coughlan, “Representing Reality; The social organisational insight and potential of Stephen Willats’ diagrams” Paper Presentation, Association of Art Historians, New Voices Conference (Plymouth: November, 2016)

Gráinne Coughlan “Collaboration and Co-Creation: A Systems way of Thinking” College Art Association, paper presentation (Los Angeles: February, 2018)

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