Daily Archives: August 15, 2017

Open Call | Blitz Residency 2018, Malta

Deadline: 31 August

Incoming residents are given the opportunity to live and work in a unique space in the heart of the city that will be European Capital of Culture in 2018. Applications are open to highly motivated individuals from all artistic disciplines, including (but not limited to) film, photography, performance, painting, sound, architecture, electronic music, installation and digital platforms, etc. Blitz residents are given a space to work, experiment and research their project, and engage with the Blitz community, culminating in a final production for presentation to the public.

Travels can be reimbursed to up to 300 euros. Production cost support is of 1,500 euros.

For more information and application details:


TBG+S and RHA Appoints Katy Fitzpatrick as Learning and Public Engagement Curator

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Royal Hibernian Academy are delighted to announce Katy Fitzpatrick as their shared Learning and Public Engagement Curator. This new position has been made possible through Arts Council funding in 2017. The role brings specialist expertise and knowledge to audience development and public engagement programmes at both institutions. It will support the deepening and expansion of our existing audience programmes, as well as developing new strands of programming including cross-institutional learning and exchange, and enable us to build and nurture new and diverse audiences. It is an exciting new development that prioritises how we think about audiences and the many possibilities there can be for encountering and experiencing contemporary visual art and artistic practices.

Katy Fitzpatrick has worked for over fourteen years in arts education, in particular in gallery and visual arts education, and has held positions in Tate London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane, as Acting Adviser to The Arts Council’s Young People Children and Education team. She was a co-opted member for the National Council for Curriculum’s Junior Cycle Art, Craft, Design Development Group and is currently on the NCCA’s Senior Cycle Development Group, both on behalf of the Arts Council. She has also lectured at Marino Institute of Education and tutored on the Professional Masters in Education programme at Maynooth University.


Open Call | Golden Fleece Award 2018

goldenfleeceDeadline for receipt of applications: Friday 17 November, 2pm

The Golden Fleece Award broadens selection criteria for 2018 prize worth €20,000.

The trustees of the prestigious Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the most significant changes to the selection criteria of the award since its inception over 17 years ago.

The Golden Fleece Award, the most generous art award in Ireland with an average of €20,000 awarded annually to recipients, will now be open to all art forms. The award was established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. In the past the award was limited to craft and figurative visual art. Now artists working in all forms of visual arts and craft are invited to enter their work for consideration for the Golden Fleece Award 2018.

We feel the new parameters reflect contemporary art practice and we are hoping that as broad a range of artists as possible may now benefit from our aunt’s great generosity. Geraldine Mitchell – trustee and niece of Lillias Mitchell

The Golden Fleece Award is governed by a board of trustees which includes members of Lillias Mitchell’s family, professional fund managers and arts professionals who work closely together to fulfill her wishes. They are supported by a distinguished advisory panel whose knowledge and experience are invaluable in guiding the development of the award. This year the panel is delighted to welcome Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy as their new chairperson. Also joining the panel is jewellery designer and NCAD academic Angela O’Kelly. The other panel members are graphic artist Robert Russell; painter Eoin Mac Lochlainn and Dara O’Leary, Manager of the RDS Art Programme.

This year also marks the retirement of ceramic artist Neil Read who has chaired the award’s advisory panel since 2011. The trustees want to acknowledge Neil’s extraordinary support and commitment to the Golden Fleece Award and to ensuring that Lillias Mitchell’s wishes were respected and fulfilled.

Entry to the award is now free.

For more informational please contact dairnemosullivan@gmail.com.

For more information and to apply online: www.goldenfleeceaward.com

Open Call | Surface Tension, Interface Members’ Exhibition

Deadline: 1 September

Open call for work responding to the theme of Surface Tension for exhibitions at Interface, Connemara (September 13th – 24th) and Detroit Stockholm (November 2nd – 5th).

Applications to be made by sending a single PDF containing the following:

  • Artist’s statement (max A4),
  • description of work for submission,
  • up to 5 images and list of requirements for installation.

All media welcome for consideration.

Applicants must be members of Interface to apply. Please note there is a membership fee €30. Criteria for membership can be found at www.interfaceinagh.com/apply/membership.

Contact info@alannahrobins.com or 086 1993878

Job Vacancy | Peace IV Project Facilitator, Cavan County Council

Application deadline: Friday 18 August, 5pm.

Cavan County Council intends to fill the position of Project Facilitator (Peace IV) post on a 2 year specific purpose contract basis. (subject to funding).

This project will enhance the capacity of children and young people to form positive relationships with others irrespective of their background. It will support their development to make a positive contribution to a more equal society. The various arts practices that the young people will engage in will encourage them to think and question beyond their own community and experience. Young people who have experiences in the arts and this will build on their awareness of the literal, visual, dramatic, aural and a range of multi disciplinary symbols.

The project will enhance self confidence and self awareness leading to respect for self and others. The project will enhance problem solving through developing visual, literal, aural and spatial awareness by this sustained approach. It will support a greater understanding of diversity. It will develop community relations through engagement work that includes workshops, events and exhibitions in community contexts.

Each candidate must on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms have:

• A recognised professional qualification in Arts or Community Practice with a minimum of two years work experience
A good standard of general education with five years work experience in Arts or Community Practice

• Experience of working with young people in formal and informal environments

• hold a current class B Drivers Licence and have access to own car

Remuneration will be €41,213 per annum.

2 Year Specific Purpose Contract.

For full job description and requirements see: Project Facilitator Briefing Document
For application form: Application form project faciliator – arts


Artist Talk | Kiera O’Toole, Drawing from the Non-Place at The Model

Saturday 26 August, at 2pm

Kiera O’Toole is a Sligo-based artist working primarily in the field of drawing, with a research interest in phenomenology and contemporary drawing. Her practice examines the perceptual experience of drawing and considers the felt and lived experiences of place and non-place.

As a participating artist in Artist Select, O’Toole has been invited by The Model to select works from The Niland Collection, which resonate with her own artistic interests.

O’Toole considers the work of renowned Dutch drawing artist Arno Kramer. As O’Toole’s practice is realized through drawing, digital media, photography and sound, it seems only natural that the artist would be drawn to the work of Arno Kramer. Arno often combines organic with inorganic forms, like screens, grids and found mathematical images. His work is stratified and the image develops step by step and occasionally abstract forms appear from the edges of the work. Artist Select; Keira O’Toole features three works by both O’Toole and Arno Kramer.

The Model
The Mall, Co. Sligo
T: 071 914 14 05
E: info@themodel.ie
W: themodel.ie

Percent for Art Commission | Gaelscoil Riabhach Loughrea, Co. Galway

Application deadline: Friday 29 September, 12 noon.

Budget €29,000

Guidelines, click here: Stage 1 Project Brief and Application Form

Gaelscoil Riabhach’s Public Art Working Group have made the decision to commission Permanent Artworks for both the internal and exterior spaces of their new school. The exterior artwork to help express their welcoming identity, visualise their presence and help to express their vision.

They wish the artist(s) to engage meaningfully with as many of their 183 students as is possible as part of this process. Various approaches and levels of engagement are welcomed as part of this Per Cent for Art project. Collaborative partnerships are also welcome, should artists wish to partner with another artist for this project.

Fluency in the Irish language is not a requirement to be considered for this commission, however, the artist(s), the process and final artworks should be cognisant of and sympathetic to the central role of the Irish language in the school and the school’s identity.

It must be noted that the new school building is ‘on site’ at present with an estimated completion date of October, 2017.

The Commissioning Process:
The selection process will take the form of a Two Stage Open Competition. It is open to all interested professional artists at any stage of their career or experience. Selection will be based on the information supplied, establishing the competence of the artists to carry out this commission. No designs or detailed proposals are required in Stage 1.

From the completed Stage 1 applications; a shortlist of artists will be selected by panel jury. The Selection Panel will consist of two / three members of the Public Art Working Group and two Professional Artists and will be chaired by the Curator / Project Manager.

Stage 2 short listed artists will be paid a concept development fee of €150 to work on a detailed proposal for final selection. A Stage 2 brief will be available to shortlisted artists and a site visit is expected at this stage.

Stage 1 application form and supporting information should be returned HARD COPY to the address below:

Per Cent for Art Commission
Rina Whyte
C/O The Principal,
Gaelscoil Riabhach
Co. Galway

Applicants can make enquiries regarding the commission to Rina Whyte, email rinawhyte@yahoo.com or by telephone + 353 87 238 9591.

Job Vacancy | Communications Assistant at Project Arts Centre

Application deadline: Friday 1 September, 5pm

Project Arts Centre are seeking an individual with energy and commitment, to support the daily operations of the Communications Department. Working closely with the Communications Manager, to deal with publicity, marketing, and assisting with the development, implementation and co-ordination of the organisations marketing plan.

Skills and Education:
• High level of competency in written language, organisational skills with acute attention to detail, clarity of presentation and ability to handle a busy work load
• High level of competency in IT including but not limited to Microsoft applications including Word and Excel, and a working knowledge of Photoshop, WordPress or similar CMS would be an advantage
• Experience with various social media profiles, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube & Instagram
• The ability to work on your own initiative, and to work within a busy team environment, utilising one’s own problem-solving skills
• An interest in contemporary arts in Ireland (including performance, music and visual art) essential
• Degree in an Arts or Marketing related subject an advantage, but not essential

Summary and Terms and Conditions
Salary: €28,000-€30,000 pro rata dependent on experience
Holidays: 20 days each year, 9 days statutory Bank Holidays

Application Process:
• Applications to Melanie Wright, Communications Manager at hello@projectartscentre.ie – please include the reference Communications Assistant
• Applicants should supply a CV and letter of interest, including personal strengths, and what specifically you might bring to the role
• This is a full time position

Full Job Description at http://bit.ly/PACjobs

Job Vacancy | Technical Manager at Project Arts Centre

Application deadline: Friday 1 September, 5pm

Project Arts Centre is currently seeking a Technical Manager to work as part of its Production team. The Technical Manager is responsible for providing technical support to all visiting groups, companies, artists & individuals in the presenting at Project. Experience in the theatre environment is essential and in the Visual Arts environment is beneficial.

The ideal candidate will be:
• Be self-motivated and display a high degree of initiative
• Work well within a team environment
• Have an ability to communicate effectively
• Have a high level of accuracy and an acute attention to detail
• Have experience in audio-visual equipment and the installation, operation, maintenance, repair of the same along with typical in house sound and light systems
• Have experience in the theatre environment, either freelance or in house.
• Have experience of visual art-handling
• Have relevant professional qualifications and training (MEWP Licence, Stage Pass etc.) including a good working knowledge of current Health and Safety regulations

Terms and Conditions
Salary: €30,000-€32,000 pro rata dependent on experience
Holidays: 20 days each year, plus 9 days statutory Bank Holidays (pro rata)

Application Process:
• Applications to Joseph Collins, Production Manager at hello@projectartscentre.ie – please include the reference Technical Manager.
• Applicants should supply a C.V. and letter of interest in the job, including personal strengths, what specifically you might bring to the role.
• This is a full time position.
Full job description at projectartscentre.ie/recruiting-technical-manager

Watercolour Demonstration with Gill O’Shea, Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny

Friday 18 August, 2pm to 4pm.

Would you like to learn more about achieving a loose style of watercolour painting? The Newpark Hotel and Vogue in the Afternoon artist Gill O’Shea are hosting an exclusive watercolour demonstration followed by afternoon tea with Gill. Gill will be sharing her technique and be available to answer any questions on the medium of watercolour.

Tickets €35 (includes the demo and afternoon tea).

Contact Newpark reception to book – 059 7760500
Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny

Open Call | Exhibitions at The Fact Finder, Berlin

The Fact Finder invites artists to submit proposals that respond to the concept of “fact-finding”.

We are looking for works and art projects that rely on unmediated, first-hand experiences the artists have been through while aiming to better understand a specific topic, fact or everyday life aspects. Field research/immersive journalism/flâneur-ism/voyaging are examples of the processes we regard as fact-finding missions, among others. Our focus is on works involving a long-term commitment and preferably having an archiving/serial character.

Preferred mediums: drawing (drawing reportage), painting, installation, spoken word/storytelling, archiving and every other medium that connects well with the concept.

The selected works will be included in the 2018 exhibition program of The Fact Finder, a recently opened art space in Berlin (DE) that commits to showcase fact-finding artists going the full length of researching a particular topic.

We welcome submissions of any length, with images of works and/or links to online material, including the “making of”, if relevant to the concept. We want to have a bigger picture of the artistic process and context.

For the opening exhibition in September 2017, please send proposals no later than 29th August 2017. For the 2018 exhibition program, please send proposals no later than 15th November 2017.

For more information contact: info@thefactfinder.de

Open Call | Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Collaborative Artist for Project

Deadline for applications is 12pm Thursday 24 August 2017

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in partnership with Allied Irish Bank (AIB) Art Collection, is seeking expressions of interest from professional collaborative artists who are interested in engaging with a women’s group from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County to select an exhibition programme for the Municipal Gallery at dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire.

We are looking for a visual artist who is experienced in working collaboratively, flexible in approach and responsive to the needs of the participants.

For more information email mdavey@dlrcoco.ie

or phone (01) 2362756


Open Call | Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Caterpillar Commission 2017

Application deadline: Wednesday 13 September, 12 noon.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office is looking to commission a new interactive arts based experience for pre-school children based in Ballyogan Community Childcare Service. This commission is grant aided by the Arts Council and Creative Ireland.

The successful applicant/s will engage with children (from 1-5 years) and early childhood educators from the Ballyogan Community Childcare Service to learn from, be inspired by and develop their ideas. It gives the successful applicant/s time to reflect on and develop the work with their target audience.

DLR envisage awarding 1 commission to a maximum of €12,000.

For more information email: mdavey@dlrcoco.ie or phone (01) 2362756


Oct/Nov Studio Sublet Available at MART, Dublin 6

Bright studio space available to sublet in October and November this year.

Located in MART House Studios, Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6, it is a couple of mins walk from the canal.

The studio is in a shared space with 3 other artists, each with a space as big as the one in the photo.

There is a sink in the studio and all furniture in the photo will be there including a printer for your use. All other materials will be cleared.

The studio is in the Basement of the building and is calm, quiet and surprisingly bright due to sky light and lovely high ceilings.

All bills are included and Wifi are included. Rent is €200/ month

Get in touch with Nessa to arrange a viewing:


Yvonne McGuinness Commissioned for Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from visual artist Yvonne McGuinness for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall. McGuinness’ practice encompasses performance, video, photography, sewing, writing, sculpture and context-specific installations. She has an interest in embodied experience of place and in re-imagining the everyday by devising projects that create dynamic moments of connection to place and community. Her work is immersive, collaborative and is often a catalyst to generate other narratives for its participants.

For this commission, McGuinness will work with a culturally diverse group of local young people, exploring themes of identity, place and their connection to it. This collaboration during the autumn months will result in a site-specific performance and film installation to be shown in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery – itself a two-way mirror between ‘the art world’ and ‘the real world’
Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) is an annual exhibition funded by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office, in collaboration with Draíocht. The exhibition was initiated in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal. Yvonne McGuinness grew up in Portmarnock, Co Fingal.


Blacksmithing and Willow Weaving Weekend at Mourne Creative, Co. Down

Don your leather apron to take part in this exciting new experiential workshop in Blacksmithing with Andrew Smyth Blacksmith. Andrew will guide you through the basic tool making skills required for blacksmithing and then you can use your very own tools to create an axe or Blade to take home ready for the winter fuel harvest.

Andrew’s Blacksmithing workshop will take place on 23rd September over at the stables at the cottages from 10-4pm with lunch in meelmore cottage from 1-2pm

Willow Weaving has to be one of the most tactlle and theraputic crafts around. Clive lyttle is a master weaver who works under his own brand of Welig Heritage Crafts Basketry, Chair seating and countryside skills will guide us through the weaving process to further produce a platter (Skib) to take home.

Clive’s Willow Weaving workshop will take place on Sunday 24th Septmenber from 10-4pm with a break for lunch to the cottages from 1-2pm

No experience is needed for either workshop.

Fee: Both Workshops and an overnight stay at the cottages to include all home made meals cost £200
An overnight stay and one workshop costs £155
OR £90 for the Blacksmithing Workshop and £70 for the willow weaving workshop
Location: Mourne Creative at Tory Bush Cottages, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Booking: mournecreative@gmail.com

Pottery and Cyanotype Printing Weekend at Mourne Creative, Co. Down

Thomas Powell is coming back to the Mourne Creative workshop on Saturday 16 September to guide participants into this unique experience. You will get to throw your own pots on the wheel and also learn a few other Pottery techniques that Thomas will demonstrate.

On Sunday you will create your own unique and beautiful photograms with Alice Burns Artist in an exciting method of printing called Cyanotype. Cyanotype is a heliographic sunlight printing process, which produces stunning blue print on fabrics and paper. It actually predates photography.

No experience is needed for either workshop.

Dates: 16th and 17th September 2017
Times: 10-4pm
Fee: Both Workshops and an overnight stay at the cottages to include all home made meals cost £185
An overnight stay and one workshop costs £135
OR £60 each for thr Pottery and Cynaotype Workshops
Location: Mourne Creative at Tory Bush Cottages, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Booking: mournecreative@gmail.com

Glass Art Course at KCAT Art and Study Centre, Co. Kilkenny

Experience a range of different types and techniques of glass art making, with artist Maria Stafford, getting hands on practice with tools and materialswhile discovering artistic possibilities.

Dates: Starts 4 September
Times: Monday Evenings 6.30- 9.30pm
Fee: €220
Location: KCAT Art and Study Centre, Mill Lane, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Booking: 056-7706863/056-7755115 or alice@kcat.ie, or fill in our Online Application Form
Website: kcat.ie/glass-art/

Bronze Casting Workshop with Helle Helsner at h2studio, Cork

This 2 day intensive casting workshop will cover wax modelling, mould making,( including inexpensive rubber mould technique) bronze casting and small scale foundry techniques. The participant will create and cast a bronze piece using a combination of ancient and modern technology. This is a great course for developing an understanding of the bronze casting process and small scale foundry techniques.

Cost includes all materials , tea/coffee/snacks

Dates: September 16-17
Times: 10 am to 4pm
Fee: €250
Location: Kilbrittain, Co Cork
Booking: h2studio@gmail.com – 0863256689
Website: www.h2studioart.com