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Ulster University and the British Council host Difficult Conversations in partnership with the University of Canberra. Launched in 2022, Difficult Conversations involves a series of talks by world-leading artists and researchers asking ‘What is the role of art and creativity in a polarised society?’

For GFA@25, Difficult Conversations will host a book launch of work by contributors to those conversations at an event that will host over 30 international artists, curators and cultural policy-makers from around the world. These delegates and the public will also be treated to a series of international workshops hosted by Northern Ireland’s Turner Prize-winning Array Collective.

These events are by invitation only. Places are very limited due to the size of venue. If you are interested, do contact us at

Wednesday 19th April, Ulster Museum

  • ARRAY Collective workshops

Thursday 20th April, Belfast Campus

  • 11am - Artist's talk by Amanda Dunsmore (All places taken)
  • 12pm - Networking session (All places taken)
  • 1.30pm -  Difficult Conversations Book Launch
    • Launched by Colin Davidson, artist and Chancellor of Ulster University.
    • Prof Brandon Hamber, artist Dr Sandra Johnston, poet Dr Paul Collis and Dr. Jen Crawford in conversation with Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Seawright
    • Including readings of work by poets Dr. Kathleen McCracken and Dr. Paul Collis

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