TITLE - Abstract Art and the Philosophy of Seeing
Leader - Oliver Sears, Art Dealer & Gallery Owner

Thu, 28/10/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Following the great response which he received to his powerful and moving talk to our Bray Heads U3A group in 2019, about his mother who was a Holocaust survivor and the influence which this has had on his own life, Oliver is returning to share with us his personal overview of the evolution of Abstract Art and how it connects to science, language and philosophy. We are sure that you are going to greatly enjoy this fascinating and well-illustrated talk, on a subject which is at the heart of his profession as an art dealer and gallery owner, but which mystifies so many of us. Oliver was born in London and moved to Ireland in the mid 80s. After 20 years of representing artists in Ireland, in 2013 he opened his eponymous gallery in central Dublin, presenting a contemporary exhibition programme including Irish and international artists, both emerging and established. The gallery is distinguished for its inclusion of contemporary applied arts exhibitions. The gallery is also recognised for its international presence, bringing carefully curated exhibitions to London & New York. Oliver is also the founder of Holocaust Awareness Ireland and Chair of Irish National Youth Ballet.
TITLE - Wicklow Public Participation Network
Leader - Helen Howes

Wed, 03/11/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in

The Bray Heads U3A is a full member of the Wicklow Public Participation (PPN) Network, which is an important vehicle for supporting participative democracy at local level. This talk by Helen Howes, Resource Worker in the PPN, will explain what the PPN is, the benefits of member engagement with the network, and how individuals and groups can get involved. Helen Howes is the Co Wicklow PPN Resource Worker and provides full-time support for the Secretariat and the network. Helen has over 20 years’ experience working in the community sector as a volunteer and in a professional capacity. In that time, she has worked with many groups and organisations at local level. Helen has supported the capacity building of individuals and groups through the various social inclusion programmes in the county. She worked with children and young people, residents’ associations and Travellers and also coordinated the Wicklow Town Fáilte Isteach Programme where local volunteers provided English speaking supports to the migrant community. Helen was the coordinator of Wicklow Community Platform, a social inclusion network in Co Wicklow and supported it to develop into Co Wicklow Community Forum, a network that pre-dated the PPN. Her work with Co Wicklow PPN has led to her working at local, regional, and national level as well as linking the community sector to the statutory sector. Helen has participated in many training sessions and courses including equality training, communication skills, committee skills, and disability awareness. In 2006 & 2007 she did the Meitheal Foundation and Advanced Facilitation Skills. Between 2006 and 2010 she studied for and received a BSc in Rural Development from UCD before going on to receive a Certificate in Addiction Studies from Maynooth in 2012. Helen was Chairperson of her residents’ association for many years as well as being treasurer for a group that managed a community hall in a neighbouring estate.
TITLE - Riotous Assembly or Mature Parliament? A Personal Perspective on the European Parliament
Leader - Francis Jacobs, Former European Parliament Senior Official

Thu, 11/11/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Francis Brendan Jacobs lives in Dublin, is a dual British and Irish citizen, an Adjunct Senior research Fellow at University College, Dublin, and a visiting Professor at the Collegio Europeo in Parma, Italy. His main areas of academic interest include the evolution of the European Parliament, the implications of Brexit, and the legacy of the UK within the EU. He is the co-author of "The European Parliament" now in its 9th edition and edited a reference book on "Western European Political Parties". His book, "The EU after Brexit: political and institutional implications" was published in spring 2018, and he is currently working on a guide to the Landmark Sites of the European Union, on EU activities and historic locations. He has also taken part in the Collecting Memories Project, interviewing former Members of the European Parliament for an oral archive housed at the European Union Archives in Florence and has contributed two chapters to a book based on those archives. Francis worked for the European Parliament from just before the first direct elections in 1979 until May 2016, as a staff member on various European Parliament committees, and latterly as the head of the European Parliament's Liaison Office in Ireland, communicating within Ireland about the role and activities of the EU Parliament with Irish and other MEPs and reporting back to colleagues in Brussels and Srasbourg about Irish concerns and policy positions on EU issues.
TITLE - Addressing agricultural emissions in Ireland’s carbon budget
Leader - Professor Alan Matthews, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Policy

Thu, 25/11/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

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Thu, 09/12/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

TITLE - Our Group's Fourth Christmas Celebration
Leader - Group Members, led by Léonie

Thu, 16/12/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Print Date: 21 Oct 2021