Daily Archives: July 17, 2017

Tanad Williams and Tom Watt at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

29 July to 2 September

Tanad Williams works with philosophically engaged objects, dialogues and texts. Rooted in academic research and linguistic investigation, the final object is constructed to represent both its material reality and its theoretical conception. He is a multidisciplinary artist working with performance, texts, objects in both his solo practice and his collaborative projects.

Tom Watt’s practice deals with altering the existing architecture of a space or temporarily assigning it a new function. His interests lie in the gap that exists between our understanding of the space that we dwell in and other spaces, which co-exist alongside us. Watt plays with uncovering these spaces, and their properties of silence and invisibility, re purposing them through actions and built extensions.

Tanad and Tom are primarily interested in work that engages with the diverse elements of Architecture. Their work focuses on altering existing spaces or temporarily changing their view, function or use. Together they create spaces and platforms that are constructed in a way that reflects the processes that made them, inviting viewers to investigate and question their environments. In this exhibition Tanad and Tom will use Mermaid’s gallery as a testing ground for modular structures designed and built to work through the existing space, making visible and creating new spaces to be used and to be in.

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
T: 01 2724030
E: marketing@mermaidartscentre.ie
W: mermaidartscentre.ie

Sandman | Stream Exhibition at The Complex

27 July to 1 August
Opening 27 July, 6pm

They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it […] Old Testament, Book of Exodus, Verse 32

The term fetish originally described an inanimate object which people believed to contain supernatural power. Many cultures have produced talismans, statues, good-luck charms, and so on, which are said to possess some sort of spirit or magic. These objects may be used in ritual or religious rites, or be worshipped in their own right. The term was generally used to describe these kinds of objects from Africa in particular, which Western travellers found fascinating. The term is now primarily used in Western culture to refer to sexual attraction to an object rather than a person, as well as a broader infatuation with commodities such as money or status symbols.

For Stream’s second exhibition, we are asking the artists involved to produce work which considers the human tendency to worship; to elevate objects, ideas or people to semi-divine or miraculous status. We would like the artists to contemplate the role of worship or superstition within our current Western culture and our future culture, from a religious or secular perspective.

Artist involved:
Léann Herlihy, Stephen Lau, Mark O’Gorman, Ronan O’Reilly, Paul McGrane

Performance on the opening night by Léann Herlihy 7:00pm

The Complex
15 Little Green St,
Dublin 7
T: (01) 544 6922
E: orla@thecomplex.ie
W: thecomplex.ie

Job Vacancy | Venue Assistant at Dance Ireland

Closing date for applications: 27 July

Dance Ireland is seeking an experienced and dynamic Venue Assistant for DanceHouse.

A full-time post, the successful applicant will have good reception skills, be a clear communicator with strong verbal and written skills, with a pleasant and welcoming manner. A minimum of one year’s experience in a similar or administrative role is required.

The Venue Assistant is one of two full-time positions, and provides reception, studio booking, operational and administrative duties for Dance Ireland. The position is based at DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

For full job description and requirements see: www.danceireland.ie/whats-on/news/

Tidal Offerings | Anne Jeffares at Signal Arts Centre

31 July to 13 August

Anne Jeffares is a contemporary textile artist and tutor who lives and works in Co. Wicklow. For the past fourteen years, she has been teaching fashion in further education as well as delivering courses and workshops in textile art. Her work has been exhibited in Ireland, Europe and America. Anne is also a member of the 04 Group of Textile Artists and The Irish Guild of Embroiderers.
The space between the shoreline and the cliff face of the North Beach at Bray is a constant source of inspiration and discovery for Anne. This landscape at the mercy of both weather and tides is constantly changing, depositing a variety of treasures and detritus at the same time on the beach.

Observations of the changing landscape, found objects gathered on walks, pocket size treasures and tidal offerings have been sorted and arranged together for this work on cloth, embodying the essence of this landscape. Using sketch books and photography, each piece is built from hand dyed, printed and stitched cotton, linen, wool or silk. Marks have been made on the fabric directly from the found objects; though the objects may appear random, they have in fact been chosen for their shape, colour and texture.

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow
T: 353 01 276 20 39
E: info@signalartscentre.ie
W: signalartscentre.ie

West Cork Landscapes | Group Exhibition at Blue House Gallery, Schull

28 July to 15 August
Opening on Friday 28 July, 6pm

Blue House Gallery, Schull, will be showing work by West Cork artists Donagh Carey, Wendy Dison, Barry Linnane and Catherine Weld.

The inspiration of living in West Cork provides a common theme that unites the diverse approaches of the four artists. For both Donagh and Wendy, the rural landscape’s relationship with its human inhabitants, both ancient and contemporary, is frequently referenced. Wendy’s recent work has also been informed by a sense of absence, the old field boundaries and tracks over the hills reminding her of the uses to which this land was put in the past. Donagh’s home faces the Atlantic and inevitably his work acknowledges the ever changing state of light and weather on the sea and land. Catherine Weld’s paintings are her response to the physical and emotional experience of being in the landscape which she aims to express through the physicality of paint, charcoal, pencil or ink on canvas or paper.

Sculptor Barry Linnane is best known for large public works in metal, such as the one on Bantry pier, but he also enjoys creating smaller gallery pieces suitable for the home and garden. Having grown up around boats and harbours, he is inspired by crossing points: coastline, harbour, man and boat, architecture, atmosphere, weather and character. These are reflected through design, texture, colour and presence.

Blue House Gallery
Main St,
Co. Cork
E: info@bluehousegalleryschull.com
W: bluehousegalleryschull.com

Ian Humphreys Exhibition at Doswell Gallery, Cork

15 July to 10 August
Reception on Saturday 29 July, 6pm.

Doswell Gallery presents works from internationally acclaimed artist Ian Humphreys. Ian’s newest paintings are drawn from moments and feelings encountered from the landscape surrounding his studio on Heir Island, West Cork. The exhibition runs on par with another of Ian’s earlier works at Lissard Estate House, Skibbereen, West Cork and the launch of his new book which is also available to purchase from the gallery.

Ians new book “Selected Paintings 2007-2017” will feature portraits of the artist by photographer John Minihan, words from Peter Murray and Nicholas Fox Weber, high quality images of a selection of his paintings and a limited edition print.

Doswell Gallery
West Square
Co. Cork
T: +353 (0)23 8848137
E: info@doswellgallery.com
W: doswellgallery.com

Open Call | The Equinox Performance Event, Co. Laois

Application deadline: 31 July

Open call for artists whose work is performance based to perform at The Equinox : Live Art event in Kavanagh’s (upstairs venue), Portlaoise, Co. Laois on the 22nd of September 2017. The Equinox will be a night dedicated to live performance-based art.

This project will bring to the stage – performance art, experimental dance, storytelling, poetry, short drama pieces, burlesque, live painting, and video art. There is no set theme for the night but we are looking for work that could be described as flowing, beautiful and mystical.

The Equinox is open to artists at all stages; we want it to be an accessible platform for those starting out or wanting to try out a new piece, also for experienced artists to perform to a new audience.

This opportunity is open to artists / performers from across Ireland. Performances can be up to 15-20 minutes in length (no minimum duration). There will be a small payment for selected artists to help cover their travel expenses etc.

To apply please send a description of your proposed performance and samples of previous work (if applicable) to the.equinox@outlook.com.


Irish Landscapes | Paul Dunne at The Courthouse, Kinvara

28 July to 7 August

An exhibition of original photographs by local landscape photographer Paul Dunne.

The exhibition will showcase some of Paul’s interpretative images of the beauty of the Irish landscape with particular emphasis on the areas in which Paul has worked for many years, namely Connemara, The Burren, Mayo and the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

For further details phone Paul at 087 2540676.

The Courthouse
County Galway


Open Call | Irish Concrete Society 2017 Sculpture Award

The closing date for the return of nominations: Friday 8 November

The Irish Concrete Society is pleased to announce the return of a special Award scheme for sculpture. This Award scheme enables the Society to acknowledge the work of sculptors who use concrete as a medium of expression. Entries are eligible which use concrete as the main visual element in the sculpture. €1,000 is awarded to the winning sculptor.

Nominations for the award may be made by sculptors or others directly involved in the nomination. Nominations must refer to work completed since August 1st 2015 which is currently in Ireland and which can be made available for inspection by the jury later in the year, if requested.

The adjudication will be carried out by an independent jury convened by the Council of the Society.

The winner will be announced at the Irish Concrete Society’s 36th Annual Awards evening held in March 2018.

Nomination forms may be obtained here: www.concrete.ie/downloads/.pdf

Or by contacting the Society at 041 9876466 / info@concrete.ie

European Art History Diploma at University College Cork

At a time when questions about the nature of Europe, and what it means to be European are contentious, this course seeks to explore the concept of European identity displayed through visual culture.

This course will examine visual culture as expressed through the push and pull between the metropolitan centres (such as Rome, Venice and Florence and Amsterdam) and European regions. We will use cultural artefacts (e.g. paintings, architecture and the decorative arts) to examine these centre/periphery tensions from Classical Antiquity to the Baroque in year one and from neo-Classicism to contemporary art practices in year two.

Programme lectures take place on Tuesday evenings, from late September, on the main UCC campus between 7-10pm

For any further queries please contact James Cronin, programme coordinator, email j.cronin@ucc.ie


Watercolour Workshop with Aine Divine at The Schoolhouse for Art, Wicklow

Aine Divine is a portrait artist and art teacher. Aine was shortlisted for the Irish National Portrait Award three years in a row and was an award winner in 1993. In 2005 she painted Mo Mowlam for BBC 1’s ‘Star Portraits’ and was delighted that her portrait was chosen to keep. In 2007 she painted Olympic triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards and her commissioned portraits include footballers for the Hibernian Historical Society and winners of the British Open Golf Championship. Aine was a finalist in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year award 2014, painting singer Neil Hannon in the first round, then a double portrait of Richard Dawkins and Sally Hitchner in the semi-final, RSC voice coach Cicely Berry, and Sir Ian McKellen in the final.

One of Aine’s self portraits was selected for exhibition in the Royal Watercolour Society’s annual contemporary art show at the Bankside Gallery in London in 2014 and won the Heatherleys Studio Award. Aine has also won Winsor and Newton awards for her portrait of Matthew in the same show in 2013, and for ‘Carolina in Gold’ in 2015. Aine exhibits widely in Scotland and won the watermark award at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour summer show last year for one of her many portraits of singer Lake Montgomery. Aine’s work is currently featured in The Artist and Artist and Illustrators magazine.

Aine will giving a two day watercolour workshop in the Schoolhouse for Art on Saturday the 30th sep and Sunday 1st Oct.
Places are limited and early booking advised.

Dates: September 30th and October 1st
Times: 10am – 4pm each day
Fee: €350
Location: Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow
Booking: www.schoolhouseforart.com/classes/september-watercolour-workshop-aine-divine

This is Not a Dream | Overnight Event at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

Saturday 29 July, 6pm and Sunday 30 July, 10am.

The artist partnership art manoeuvres aims to respond to the current climate in Ireland for making art in a collaborative context and seeks to engage new audiences in art and politics. Following six months of intensive research work by the artists, the first event: Emergency Sleepover: Delusions, Dreams and Dilemmas, was held in June at Clonakilty Community Arts Centre.

This is Not a Dream will be the second overnight, performative event, providing an opportunity to imagine and engage with urgent social and political issues in an immersive environment. During the evening, participants will co-create contexts and characters on the theme of survival in simulated scenarios including interventions, screenings, analogue urban projections and more. This is neither performance nor spectacle: come as a participant to co-create an unforgettable shared experience. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bedding – nutrition provided).

As a lead in to This Is Not a Dream, art manoeuvres will be in residency at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre for one month from July 8. An open-door policy will operate during this residency to invite the general public in West Cork to get involved and participate on the night.

Strictly over 18’s. Limited places available. Up to 24 people can attend from 6pm – 11pm. Only 12 people can stay overnight. To express an interest in attending this event please contact Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre Front Desk.

Please contact: info@westcorkartscentre.com or call 02822090
Find out more about art manoeuvres on artmanoeuvres.com or www.facebook.com/artmanoeuvres

Anatomical Drawing Masterclass, Hand and Foot with Una Sealy at RHA

This comprehensive one and a half day workshop will tackle those most notoriously difficult body parts to draw, the hand and the foot. Knowledge of the underlying anatomy greatly assists in understanding the forms and will be a useful tool to aid successful figure drawing. The workshop will consist of a full day at the RHA studio, working from a combination of diagrammatic instruction and live model plus a half-day at the Royal College of Surgeons observing the specimens. This workshop will suit those with experience in life drawing who would like to add to their skills.

For more information, please contact Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride – kate@rhagallery.ie

Dates: September 15th and 16th 2017
Times: 10AM to 5PM / 10AM to 1PM
Fee: €150
Location: RHA School, Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, D02 A213
Booking: Deadline for applications is 11th August 2017, online applications only www.rhagallery.ie/anatomical-drawing

Open Call | Creative Spark Residency Programme 2018

Application deadline: 18 August

The residency programme will award up to five residencies to visual artists each year. Residencies will be of 2 to 3 months in duration (commencing Jan 1 2018 to December 31st 2018). Residencies will be offered to a selection of artists from Louth (originally from/ living in), Ireland (Nationwide) and International artists.

Responsibilities: Residencies fall into two types and these may also overlap:

1. Residencies to support artists wishing to develop or extend the boundaries of their own professional and technical skills and/or practice. It is envisaged that two residencies would fall within this category.
2. Residencies to support artists to lead engagement with places / people / industry / groups / communities or landscapes in Louth (to be suggested or identified by the artist in their proposal). It is envisaged that three residencies would fall within this category.


The recipient artist will be required to give demonstrations and provide talks on their practice during their residency and donate one piece to Creative Spark archives. The residency should include a community participation element and may conclude with an exhibition of the recipients work locally.

Accommodation Information:
Private rental – no accommodation provided. Where possible they advise artists about possible options locally.

Studio Information:
Fully fitted studio space with water supply.

Technical Information:
Fully equipped printmaking studio-Creative Spark print studio.

Application Form available to download on website: creativespark.ie/residency-programme-open-call-for-applicants-2018/

Residency programme generously supported by Create Louth.

Bronze Casting Workshop with Helle Helsner at h2studio, Cork

Throughout the 2 days the participants will be introduced to all the small scale foundry processes including wax working, mould making , bronze casting and finishing processes. It is the aim of the workshop to give the participant a good understanding of what is required to set up a small scale foundry. The techniques used are a combination of ancient and contemporary methods.

Dates: 18 and 19 August
Times: 10 am to 4pm
Fee: €250
Location: Kilbrittain, Co Cork
Booking: h2studio@gmail.com – 0863256689
Website: www.h2studioart.com

Classroom Space Available for Hire at BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

BLOCK T Studios has a large classroom available for hire and suitable for all types of classes, workshops, working groups and team meetings.

The rooms are flexible and accessible with AV for presentations. Support staff are on hand during working hours, and available on arrangement for other times.

BLOCK T also offer special discounted rates for not-for-profits.

If you are interested in hiring the classroom or would like an appointment to drop in, email info@blockt.ie

Block-T, 8 Basin View, Dublin 8
W: blockt.ie

Open Call | Halcyon Days Exhibition at glór, Ennis

Application deadline: Thursday 7 September

glór, Ennis is delighted to invite submissions from artists, both established and emerging for an autumn exhibition, entitled Halcyon Days.

The exhibition will be held at glór and will open on Friday 13th October. The deadline for completed entries is close of business on Thursday 7th September. The exhibition will run until early January 2018.

Selected Artists will receive a €100 contribution towards their costs and a curators’ award of €2500 will also be awarded.

Artists working in the following media are encouraged to apply: painting, print, sculpture, photography, digital, ceramic/glass and textile. Artists are asked to respond to submit work based on the theme of Halcyon Days, which is expanded on in the Guidelines.

The exhibition is open to artists nationwide. More than one piece may be selected for exhibit from successful submissions.
Please note that work in other formats is not eligible.

The exhibition will be selected by an independent curatorial panel and all decisions are final.

Please read the guidelines and terms and conditions carefully:

No One Place, No One Time (The Weaving of Imagined Cities) | Michael Bruce Weston at Steambox

28 July to 6 August

Solo exhibition by Michael Bruce Weston. This Imagined City, a project which started at the end of 2013 and is still ongoing, started while the artist was waiting in a room during his placement studies. It has kept growing organically ever since. It is a work in progress. After all, can we ever say when a city is finished, can we put bounds to it and say it will not grow or change any further?


School Street, Dublin 8
E: steambox@imoca.ie
W: steambox.imoca.ie