Ciaran Benson

Ciarán Benson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University College Dublin. His research interests include the cultural psychology of self, philosophical psychology, and the psychology and philosophy of ‘Art’. His publications include The cultural psychology of self: Place, morality and art in human worlds. London/New York: Routledge, 2001, and The absorbed self: Pragmatism, psychology and aesthetic experience. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993. He has long been practically active in the arts in Ireland as a policymaker, occasional curator and critic. Most recently, he co-curated with Brian Lynch Tony O’Malley’s Self-Portraits; A Centenary Exhibition (Oct-Dec, 2013) in The Butler Ormond Gallery in Kilkenny. His policy proposals for the arts in education for the Arts Council, The place of the arts in Irish education, was published in 1979. He was the first chairman of the Irish Film Institute, of the City Arts Centre and, from 1993-1998, he was Chairman of An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council of Ireland. He is currently Chair of Poetry Ireland, amongst other things. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).