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Culture Chats is a round table discussion that intertwines cultural and social conversations with performance; while delving into the minds of some of the leading contemporary voices in Irish culture. 

Produced by MART Gallery & Studios, Pick Me Up Pictures, CIACLA Los Angeles.

Episode 1 - Performance & The Spectacle

The first episode features musician Erica Cody, writer Felispeaks, visual artist MASER, DJ/Broadcaster Tara Stewart and musician James Vincent McMorrow discussing the spectacle and performance. The discussion is led by Matthew Nevin.

Through an accessible and free flowing conversation the panel of artists, musicians, writers and actors discuss their creative processes, artistic drives, performative anxieties and triumphs while intercutting performances and examples of their work.

Episode 2 - Contemporary Disciplines

For Episode 2 Matthew Nevin chats with an exciting lineup; featuring multidisciplinary artists Niamh Hannaford and Day Magee, award winning director Eamonn Murphy, composer Ruth O'Mahony-Brady and internationally renowned singer Chloë Agnew.

The chat showcases and celebrates these artists' work, while discussing the highs and lows that come with a career in the arts. The conversation moves across artistic disciplines and provides an insight into how these artists are paving the way to create and develop a modern arts scene in Ireland.

Episode 3 - Sustaining a Career in the Arts

Episode 3 features internationally renowned artist Amanda Coogan, playwright and director Philip McMahon, writer and journalist Una Mullally, Actor and writer Paddy C. Courtney and award winning choreographer and performer Philip Connaughton, led by Matthew Nevin.

All of whom over their creative careers have made important contributions and impact into the development of Contemporary Irish culture. The conversation covers the highs and lows of working in the arts, tips for their peers and focuses on the journeys that led them to gaining international recognition. 

Episode 4 - Irish in LA

Episode 4 was filmed on location at Building Bridges, Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica, and features: Olivia Tracey, an established actress and one of Ireland's most distinguished models, Kirsten Sheridan is an Irish film director and screenwriter, Sonya Macari Devlin an entrepreneur and actress and Jenn McGuirk an actress, singer, voice over artist.

Matthew Nevin hosted a discussion with Irish Creatives living in Los Angeles on how the they have found success, the ups and downs of their experiences of working in LA and advice for anyone looking to follow in their footsteps.


CIACLA is a non profit 501(c)(3) arts organisation that promotes Contemporary Irish Culture and supports local communities in Los Angeles through a multidisciplinary diverse programme in collaboration with local and international cultural partnerships. CIACLA is focused on developing a creative platform to support and challenge artists as a means of promoting creative innovation and collaborative initiatives in Los Angeles and across the USA. Kindly Support us by making a donation here.