ATAI Conference 2016 – Art Matters – Artist Teacher Activist

This years conference is unfortunately sold out.


The  2016 ATAI annual Teacher Professional Network conference is taking place on the evening of Friday 23rd September and all day Saturday 24th, at the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, Co. Kildare.



A limited amount of discounted rooms for Friday and Saturday night are available on a first-come first-served basis:

Discounted rate:

Bed & Breakfast (including use of leisure centre)

Date Single Room Double or Twin Room
Friday 23/09/2016 €89.00 €99.00
Saturday 24/09/2016 €99.00 €109.00

To avail of the discount, please ring or email the Glenroyal Hotel directly (please note the discount is not applicable if you book via the website or a 3rd party) and quote this reference number:

Reference number: 196068

Contact details:

Phone: +353 1 629 0909  

Conference details

Art Matters: Artist – Teacher – Activist 

This year, we have a really exciting lineup to reflect our theme, which is all about the energy and passion that art teachers bring to their classrooms and the subject. We’re focusing on the whole person, as artist, teacher and activist, by which we mean: reigniting our passion for the subject and its value at second level; inspiring each other to be the best we can be as artists, designers and craftspeople – and passing this passion on to our students, giving them the skills and abilities to process their ideas, make mistakes and challenge themselves.

Conference running order


  • 6pm: Registration & workshop booking
  • 6.45 – 8.45pm: Puca Puppets shadow puppet & set design workshop with Niamh Lawlor
  • 9pm: finger food 
  • 9.15 -10.15pm:Art Quiz


*Water, paper and pens available at each table throughout day

  • 8.30 – 9 am: Registration & workshop booking

  • 9am – 9.15am: Opening address

  • 9.15 – 10.00: Keynote: Susan M. Coles, Artist & Arts, Creativity & Educational Consultant.

  • 10 – 10.45: Art History: Dr. Angela Griffith, TCD

  • 10.45 – 11.15am: break

  • 11.15am – 12pm: Artist as teacher: Prof. Dervil Jordan, NCAD

  • 12-12.45pm: Joe Caslin, Artist

  • 12.45 – 1.15pm: Panel Q&A with Mark Ewart, Crawford College of Art

  • 1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch 

  • 2.20 – 3.20pm: Workshops

  • 3.30 – 4.20pm: Workshops

    (Workshops to include: restorative practice, calligraphy, art history with practical resources – full details of all our workshops will follow soon)

  • 4.30 – 5.15pm: Raffle, prizes for voted best JC & LC student works, Launch #stateoftheart; Closing address
Exhibitors – will be open throughout the day on Saturday

You can expect the same excellent exhibitors and organisations from previous years, with a particular emphasis on 3rd level courses available to your students.

Full details for the conference, including more information on Saturday workshops, exhibitor lists and transport advice will follow soon.

Many thanks,
Nadine McDonogh Cunningham
The Art Teachers’ Association of Ireland