Death, etc: makers, experts & academics


IRELAND – This unique event explores the history, present & future of death at Dublin School of Creative Arts.

We’ve brought together a wide range of academics, makers & those working in the business of deathcare to give a fascinating series of short talks on death, dying and funerals over the course of a single afternoon.

The talks will explore visual design and mortality. Learn how Irish funerals are changing, what a green graveyard looks like, the heartbreaking story of 19th century Dublin post-mortem photography, meet the contemporary craftspeople creating special objects to memorialise the dead, and hear inside stories from those who work in the deathcare space.

Registration opens at 1.30pm. The first speaker will be on stage at 2pm and the event will finish up with a Death Cafe.


1.30pm: Registration

2.00pm: Lisa Kennedy Byrne, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep – Taking only photos parents will have of their child

2.15pm: Prof Salvadore Ryan, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth – Death & The Irish

2.35pm: Gus Nichols, funeral director, managing director of J&C Nichols – The strange future of Irish funeral

2.50pm: Colin McAteer, Green Graveyard Company, Wexford – Stories from Ireland’s only natural burial ground

3pm: Coffee/tea break

3.15pm: Orla Fitzpatrick, University of Ulster – Heartbreaking story of 19th century post-mortem photographs

3.30pm: Siobhan Doyle, DIT School of Creative Arts – Conflicting roles of modern mixed-use cemetery

3.45pm: John Sherlock, ceramicist, Irish Ceramic Urns – Sacred vessels; creating urns to carry ashes of the dead

4.30pm: Ciaran Wallace and Lisa Marie Griffith, ‘Grave Matters’ – Revealing over 60 years of funeral bills

4.45pm Death Café – Talking about death, dying and funerals

Tickets available from eventbrite