Ciaran Smyth, Vagabond Reviews, 2017. Between Mythos and the Curriculum: the Arcade Project as a Mode of Pedagogical Enquiry. TransActions#2 Field and Academy: Knowledge and Counter Knowledge in Socially-Engaged Art. Published by National College of Art and Design, Create & Fire Station Artists' Studios.

Transactions Publication

Print launch and Seminar – Autumn 2017

Ciaran Smyth, Vagabond Reviews, 2016. I Said to Myself, Who Else?

Review essay presented at The Blanks and the Trap-Doors, a closing event at the Irish Museum of Modern Art following the nationwide tour of E.gress, a short film produced by artist Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan. Commissioned by Marie Brett and Helen O’Donoghue (IMMA), the essay invited critical response to the film and its reception over the course of its tour. Working with artist Suzanne Walsh an extract from the full essay text was adapted for the spoken word and presented at IMMA on 14th July 2016.

I Said to Myself, Who Else?.

Vagabond Reviews, 2016. Station to Station. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Issue 3, May – June: p28 - 29

Station to Station.

Ailbhe Murphy, Vagabond Reviews, 2016. A View from the Bird Tower. In Yhteisötaiteen värikartta: kirja avaa arjen taikaa. Saaren Kartanon Julkaisuja 3, Saari Residence Publications No.3. Helsinki: p8 – 16

Vagabond Reviews, 2015. On the Persistence of the Analog Ethnographer. A case study on the shared drawing practice of Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith.


Commissioned essay.

Vagabond Reviews & the Rialto Youth Project, 2014. Arcade 2: Five Models of Practice for Arts-Based Youth Work.

This series of documents describe the Rialto Youth Project approach to arts-based youth work in Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Street Performance and ArtSparks, a foundational arts programme for 5 to 8 year olds. Each Model of Practice defines the art form, the pedagogical approach & philosophy and the organisational values underpinning the work along with an overview of the programme architecture, including components & outcomes.

See www.rialtoyouthproject.net for online versions.

Vagabond Reviews, December 2014. More Bite in the Real World: Usership in Arts-based Research Practice. On Curating, Issue 24, After the turn: art education beyond the museum. Michael Birchall & Philip Sack (Eds.)

More Bite in the Real World: Usership in Arts-Based Research Practice.

Vagabond Reviews, 2014. Nine Degrees of Freedom.

This pamphlet is one of ten produced by the City(Re)Searchers group to mark the completion of the City(Re)Searches: Experiences of Publicness (see Projects). Vagabond Reviews reflect on their experience of the City(Re)Searches process from its earliest iteration in Lithuania in 2011 to its conclusion in Rotterdam in 2013.
Nine Degrees of Freedom.

Vagabond Reviews, 2013. Lockout in the Age of Control. In Still, We Work, NWCI Legacy Project: Representations of Women’s Work. V. Connor (Ed). Published by the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Design by Oonagh Young.

Lockout in the Age of Control.

Vagabond Reviews, 2013. Beyond Collection, Selection and Display: the Case of Young Curators, Digital Design and the Living Archive

Commissioned by Pivotal Arts Studio and the Chester Beatty Library, this case study was formulated as a critical contribution towards understanding new models of curatorial practice. The review provides a polyphonic analysis of the collaborative process between an independent arts education organisation, a museum and young people with creative interests in digital media and new forms of curatorial practice.

Beyond Collection, Selection and Display: the Case of Young Curators, Digital Design and the Living Archive

Ailbhe Murphy, 2013. Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Temporal Economies in Socially Engaged Arts Practice. In Slow Visibility. Fugitive Papers. M. Cutaya & J. Merrigan (Eds), Winter, Vol.5: 16 – 19.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?.

Ailbhe Murphy, 2012. Artistic Formation for Collaborative Art Practice. In Art Education and Contemporary Culture: Irish Experiences, International Perspectives. Ed. Gary Granville. Intellect: Bristol and University of Chicago Press, p149 – 166.

Vagabond Reviews, 2012. Arcade 1: Mapping the Principles of Practice. Overview prepared for the Rialto Youth Project.

This document presents an overview of Arcade1, a collaborative, arts-based research process on organisational values conducted by Vagabond Reviews and the Rialto Youth Project over 2011. The collective validation process for the emergent organisational Values Framework is outlined along with the framework itself.

Vagabond Reviews, June 2012. City (Re) Searches: Experiences of Being Public, Post-Facto Reflections.

This document reflects on a four-day interdisciplinary research workshop facilitated by Vagabond Reviews as part of the Art and Public Programme of the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania.

City (Re) Searches: Experiences of Being Public..

Vagabond Reviews, 2010. Speaking the Truth to Power: the Case of the What’s the Story? Collective. In The Policing Dialogues Review Newssheet, Dublin.

A commissioned essay by What’s the Story? Collective for the Policing Dialogues Review a newssheet reflecting on their Policing Dialogues exhibition and residency by at the LAB, Foley St, Dublin.

Vagabond Reviews, 2010. Review Article, Arts Value to Health. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Issue 1, Jan – Feb.

Ailbhe Murphy, 2010. Contextualising the Artist: Studio 468 and the Request to Engage. In Studio 468: A Working Place in Rialto, L. Sisley and S. Geoghegan (Eds.), Studio 468 Publications with Common Ground, p11 - 16.

Interview, June 2009: Vagabond Reviews & RAQS Media Collective.

In 2009 Vagabond Reviews was invited by the Arts Council of Ireland’s PublicArt.ie initiative to conduct interviews profiling the work of international practitioners concerned with questions of public space. Taking the form of email correspondence, we engaged with Delhi-based RAQS Media Collective on questions of monumentality and nostalgia in public art.

RAQS Media Collective Profiled

Interview, June 2009: Vagabond Reviews & Stroom Den Haag.

Vagabond Reviews engage with Stroom Den Haag on their approach to creative mediations between art and architecture in urban space.

Stroom Den Haag Profiled

Vagabond Reviews, 2007. Review Article,The Situational Drive: Complexities of Public Sphere Engagement. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Issue 5, Sept – Oct.

Vagabond Reviews, 2007. Art in Urban and Suburban Open Space: A Report on Innovative International Models of Support.

In 2009 Vagabond Reviews was invited by the Arts Council of Ireland’s PublicArt.ie initiative to conduct interviews profiling the work of international practitioners concerned with questions of public space. Taking the form of email correspondence, we engaged with Delhi-based RAQS Media Collective on questions of monumentality and nostalgia in public art.