Daily Archives: September 12, 2017

Open Call | Light Eye Mind Gallery Exhibition, London

Application deadline: 20 September

An open call for an exhibition at Light Eye Mind Gallery in Finsbury Park, London exploring group exhibitions as teams.

Sid and Jim are seeking artworks for an exhibition at Light Eye Mind Gallery in Finsbury Park, London exploring group exhibitions as teams.

Light Eye Mind is in a very interesting position geographically; being so close to the Emirates Stadium there is a meeting of two dedicated factions of interest; Art and Sport, Art fans and Sports Fans. While the two groups don’t need to be pushed together it’s interesting to consider the similarities and differences; how much of the mind set of one party falls into the same basket as the other.

The gallery will act as the space where conversations happen before the final event; the changing room. This is where teamwork is visible and perhaps when it is most effective. Running off the idea of teamwork and the space of the Footballer’s (or general sportsperson’s) dressing room, we are combining the idea of gallery and changing room, or at least, what those sorts of space represents. Artists will be asked to decide what their art is in the role of the team, this can be anything they decide, from making work that’s referential to another artist in the exhibition, to providing a public service that gives some traction to the proceedings of the show. It’s up to them to consider their position within the team of the group show.

Unfortunately this is an unfunded artist-run project, Sid and Jim are unable to pay artists a fee but hope to promote them and their work and possibly collaborate in the future.

More information and apply HERE.

Commission | Allianz Arts + Business NI Awards Pieces Tender

Submission of initial design concepts: 9 October 2017

The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards celebrate the best in creative partnerships between the business and arts sectors in Northern Ireland.

This glittering annual ceremony is the Arts & Business NI flagship event of the year and always attracts an impressive cross-section of approximately 250 high profile people from the worlds of business, arts, media and government across Northern Ireland.

Budget for 16 pieces is £3,200

Our theme this year is Partnership. We connect our business and arts member network in original and unexpected ways with amazing results. We find new ways for businesses to grow and arts organisations to flourish.

The partnership theme invites us to explore not only the types of relationships that exist between arts and business organisations, but also the breadth and diversity of the Arts in Northern Ireland.

We are looking for artworks that reflect this theme; however the brief leaves it open for the artist to interpret partnership in their own way, and medium, based on the brief outlined below

Briefing Notes

  • The award should be a high quality art piece interpreting the theme
  • The award pieces should reflect the 3-way relationship between Arts & Business NI, Business and the Arts
  • It should reflect the quality, creativity and style of the Allianz Arts & Business Awards event
  • The piece must be suitable for display in a business office or boardroom
  • The piece can be free standing or wall mounted
  • The award should be sufficiently light-weight and compact, yet also robust, for the purpose of being handed from one person to another during the awards presentation
  • The design should include a surface for engraving purposes

It is essential that in addition to being functional, the pieces stand out as being unusual and imaginative pieces of art

The design must be capable of being replicated 16 times (16 pieces are required).

Submissions for applications:

Post: Sarah Mackey, Arts & Business NI, Bridge House, 2 Paulett Avenue, Belfast, BT5 4HD
Email: s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

For more information on the Awards please go to www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk
or contact Maeve McKervey m.mckervey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk or 028 90 735 150

Conference | Design meets Play, Point Village, Dublin

17 October

Do you want to live in a city with curious corners, that surprise and delight you? A thoughtful city that designs for its children, elderly, and all in between? A city that is vibrant, spontaneous and adventurous?

We are delighted to offer early bird discounted tickets to join us at Point Village for Design meets Play – an immersive conference that will bring out the inner child in everyone to help make a playful city into a reality. Join international thought leaders, local experts,and a diverse mix of attendees of all ages and perspectives from art, urban planning, design, architecture, education and more to discuss the serious business of play. At the conference, you’ll have the chance to develop concepts that will feed into real outcomes – playful interventions that will come to life in Spring 2018.

Speaker highlights include: Turner Prize winning Assemble Collective (Amica Dall), socially engaged artist Rhona Byrne, Head of Interventions of Superuse Studios in the Netherlands (Jos de Krieger), Google facilities designer (Aoife Cooling), and many more from Ireland and all over Europe.

Get your tickets here: aplayfulcity.com


23 September 2017

Internationally renowned architects, designers, and craftsmen from Europe and South America are participating in a seminar in the rural countryside town of Fartha in County Cork, Ireland. Entitled “Decoding Craftsmanship II”, the seminar takes place on September 23, 2017, at Joseph Walsh Studio and is moderated by Deirdre MacMillan, Fashion Editor at the Irish Times. The event explores how emerging technologies can enable a new form of maker culture, whilst generating stimulating discussions between partakers and prominent designers.within the disciplines of design, art, architecture, craft, and fashion, offering them a new perspective both within and outside their own disciplines.

The seminar features varied approaches to making by different practitioners, from the highly refined work of John Makepeace to the explosive design of Campana, demonstrating how both are rooted in ‘making’ culture, whilst showcasing the similarities between their seemingly diverse works.

Where: Joseph Walsh Studio, Cork, Ireland

Speakers include London-based contemporary furniture designer, Gareth Neal , who will explore digital manufacturing in the future. Brazil-based furniture designer Humberto Campana , will analyse the importance of craft as a form of expression. UK-based furniture designer John Makepeace will discuss the creation of works in a technology-free era. Material scientist Chris Lefteri will introduce his approach of breaking down and re-combining materials to create altogether new materials. Jorg Berchtold , a Germany-based architect, will bring his expertise in the ways manufacturing processes influence design decisions. London-based architect Hanns Gunther Schnell will present an overview of material studies, 3d forms, and their impact on the realisation of products. Joe Hogan, a renowned basket maker, will discuss the joy of making. John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell, partners in a Dublin-based practice, will examine craft, materiality and connection to place through case studies.

For More Information Please Contact Lindsey on 014970313 lindsey@lhpublicity.ie

Call for Participation | Recent Graduate New Materialism Reading Group

It cannot be ignored that there is an inherent interest in a certain kind of materiality common to many recent graduates in Dublin. Whether it be an interest in objecthood, environmentalism, the natural environment and our relationship to it, the Anthropocene etc; it seems recent graduates have started to have New Materialist tendencies.

‘With the changing of societies on local, national and international scales owing to economic, ecological, political and technological developments and crises, a reorganized academic landscape can be observed to be emerging… New materialist scholars use ‘matter’ as their focal point and searchlight. Zooming in on the matter of ecology, economy, politics, technology and art, these scholars move away from a framework of representation.’ (http://newmaterialism.eu/about/cost-action-is1307)

There is a common feeling of isolation and a lack of agency in the years after graduating, a reading group is a good way to start a peer to peer supportive dialogue.
What this reading group will intend to do is to tease out some of these New Materialist ideas in a group setting, supporting each individual’s common interests and practices. Through reading certain texts (listed below) it is hoped that a dialogue will emerge between a group of recent graduates dealing with similar tendencies in their own practices.
There is no long-term commitment, only a vague hope that this dialogue could turn into an event, happening or publication of sorts.

If interested please fill out form and read schedule: emmamckeagney.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/new-materialism-recent-graduate-reading-group/

Artspace Studios call for New Members, Galway

Artspace studios invite applications from visual artists for studio rental for the period 2016- 2017.

Professional visual artists working in any medium are welcome to apply.

All applications will be kept on file and looked at as studios become available during the period 2016-2017.

Studio space is subsidised,limited and competitive, submitting an application does not guarantee a studio.

Artists must submit a current CV,artists statement, cover letter and 6-8 examples of previous work by e mail. (no slides or originals please)

Artspace Studios
Unit 7/8 Addley Business Park,
Liosban Industrial Estate,
T: 091 773046
E: artspacegalway@eircom.net
W: artspacegalway.com

Royal Literary Fund Reading Round at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

What is The Royal Literary Fund ‘Reading Round’ and why is it different from other Reading Groups?

The Royal Literary Fund ‘Reading Round’ is a network of reading groups across the UK. Each group is run by former Fellows, all published authors of literary merit. The group leaders (the RLF calls them Lectors) may be playwrights, poets, or writers of fiction or non-fiction, and all are able to offer a unique, writerly perspective on the texts under discussion.

There is no preparatory reading or homework. Each week you will listen to at least two different pieces of writing (such as short stories, poems, short plays or non-fiction such as art or theatre reviews and articles). Photocopies of these texts will be given to you for free. The text is then discussed at length and in depth. Guided by the ‘Lector’ you consider the texts in detail, looking at tone, choice of words, viewpoint, the effect of a certain image or turn of phrase, and so on.

There will be 30 term time sessions, each lasting 90 minutes long. Sessions will be on Fri 11am – 12.30 and Sat 11 – 12.30.

Although anyone can come to the group, there will be an emphasis on theatrical texts and texts on the visual arts so this Belfast group will be of particular interest to those of you who are working in, or stimulated by, both the visual arts and the theatre. Brian McAvera will be running the sessions as Lector and is a playwright, director, art critic, curator and art historian.

There are 15 spaces available which will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Dates: Third week of September
Times: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Fee: Free
Location: Golden Thread Gallery – 84-94 Great Patrick Street
Booking: Email Catherine at info@gtgallery.co.uk with email subject marked as ‘Reading Round’.
Website: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk/?v=79cba1185463

Autumn Classes with Marta Golubowska, Kildare Town

Book a class with FOURHANDSART in Kildare Town this autumn.

We offer classes run by a professional artist Marta Golubowska in a nice friendly atmosphere, small groups, for all levels in:

Life Drawing – practice drawing a human figure from life, learn the principles of portraiture, study human anatomy, a relaxed and professional atmosphere with expert tuition, we provide some materials

Ceramic/Clay – master the hand-building techniques with the award-winning artist. We will help you with the project from the design stage to glazing with the high-quality materials. Relaxed atmosphere, small groups, all ages and levels welcome. The cost covers all the materials and two firings. You can join in at any time (subject to availability)

After school art – creative fun for children from primary schools. We are experimenting across art disciplines. We are looking at old and new art discussing our views. This class is to promote self-confidence, friendship, and respect to each other.
bookings Marta 087 125 95 96, www.fourhandsart.com, Fb@fourhandsart

Dates: Starts in September
Times: Life Drawing – Monday 7pm – 9pm in The hive, Clay/ceramic classes Adults Thurs 9 – 11 am or 7 – 9 pm , Teens Wed 7 – 9 pm, Kids Wed 3:30 – 5 pm, After school Friday 3:30 – 5pm
Fee: Life drawing 6wks – €80, Ceramic/Clay 8wks – €120 (kids 6wks – €80), afterschool 6wks €60
Location: Kildare Town
Booking: Phone Marta 087 125 9596
Website: fourhandsart.com

Job Vacancy | Facilitator for Children’s Outreach Project, The Model, Sligo

The closing date for applications: Friday 29th September.

The Model (Sligo) seeks an artist from any arts discipline (especially film, animation, visual art and performance) to facilitate a series of 6 evening workshops from mid-October, 2017 for children (7 – 11 years) in Sligo. The artist should have significant experience in delivering high quality arts experiences for children and young people. This project is delivered in collaboration with Cranmore Community Cooperative. The total fee is €600 (& materials budger). This programme is funded by International Fund for Ireland.

For further information please email marielouiseblaney@themodel.ie.

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

Exhibition Venue Hire | Signal Arts Centre 2018

Deadline: Friday 6 October, 5pm

Signal Arts Centre first opened to the public in 1990 and, in that time, has embedded itself firmly into the cultural and social fabric of the community. The Centre has provided an irreplaceable resource for artists and the general public alike and continues to upgrade and develop its arts programme each year. The Centre has also made a significant impact in Bray, not only in the arts and educational fields, but also as an addition to the town’s basic tourism infrastructure. They are now accepting exhibition submissions for 2018.

When submitting your application please include the following:

• A Submission proposal, including title, covering what you would hope to exhibit if you were successful.
• A Minimum of six images in digital format clearly marked with your name and title of picture. (all images should be suitable for print reproduction (300dpi) jpeg format, not exceeding 5mb in size)
• Artist CV (art related only)
• Artist Statement (for PR purposes)

PLEASE NOTE: There is an venue hire fee of €250 to be paid by the artist if selected.

Submit by post/email to:

Exhibitions Organiser
Signal Arts Centre
1A Albert Avenue
Co. Wicklow

Email: exhibitions@signalartscentre.ie

Claymation Horror Film Workshop at A4 Sounds

Participants will work in groups to create spine tingling scenes of animated horror, limited only by their own squeamishness. This workshop will no doubt be suited to animation enthusiasts of an unwholesome disposition. Paper Panther’s workshop facilitators hope that through engaging with the craft of plasticine animation, they might once again become moral and upright members of society.

Not for the fainthearted.

A4 will supply all necessary materials.

Paper Panther Productions are an award winning Irish Animation company, that specialises in original storytelling and a stop-motion aesthetic. Paper Panther have over 10 years experience creating short films, advertisements and TV Series as well as illustration and education. Their most recent projects include, The Bird and the Whale and An Gadhar Dubh. Since 2010, the Paper Panther team have been organising animation workshops and classes with students aged 1-60. You can view some of their students’ work in here!


Dates: 22 October
Times: 2pm paperpanther.ie 6pm
Fee: €50
Location: A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1
Booking: a4soundsshop.org/product/claymation-horror-film-workshop

Comic Illustration and Creative Writing workshops – All Levels (10 weeks), Cork

If you love drawing or writing short stories, this workshop is for you. Open to aspiring authors as well as illustrators, we’ll covers the basic aspects of comic book design as well as creative writing.

You will be looking at different styles of writing and illustration, story board and story line structures. No experience is necessary, only motivation!

It is open to young adults (16+) as well as adults, people wishing to work in collaboration or alone.

You can choose to focus on writing or illustration or both. The workshop will culminate in the binding and distribution of the Volume created by the class.

Dates: 4 October to 6 December 2017
Times: Wednesdays, 18:00 – 19:30
Fee: €100
Location: St John’s Central College of Further Education and Training, Sawmill Street, Cork, Ireland
Booking: stjohnscollege.ie/evening-leisure-courses-autumn-2017/
Website: the-laboratory.org/art-and-languages.html

Bookbinding & Bookmaking – Beginners and Improvers (10 weeks)

A very comprehensive and creative course where students will follow at their own pace, helped step by step by the workshop leader Laurie Legrand, M.A. Fine Art graduate, practiced technician and teacher.

Course Content:
Over the course of these fun, practical classes, participants will learn to:
– differentiate different types of books and how they can be reproduced,
– set a basic book-binding station at home
– stitch and glue different types of book-blocks
– choose, design and make different types of covers (using hard card, fabric, paper, fold over leather, ribbons, etc..)
– repair beloved old books
– as well as to design their own project with the help of the teacher (artist’s sketchbooks, notebooks, portfolios, etc..).

There is no compulsory list of material for this workshop, all tools and basic material will be provided, but students will be encourage to source material they might enjoy working with over time.

This wonderful, and very high quality course, is a step by step Introduction to bookbinding. It is open to students of all levels interested in bookbinding, book repair and building customized presentations for 2D works.

Dates: 4 October 2017 – 6 December 2017
Times: Wednesdays, 20:00 – 22:00
Fee: €120
Location: St John’s Central College of Further Education and Training, Sawmill Street, Cork, Ireland
Booking: stjohnscollege.ie/evening-leisure-courses-autumn-2017/
Website: the-laboratory.org/art-and-languages.html

Focus On: Printing Your Black and White Negatives Workshop at Belfast Exposed

Learn how to get the best out of your previously taken black and white negatives in a full-day hands on session aimed at understanding the potential of black and white photographic printing.

This course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

What You Will Need
– You must bring your own 35mm processed negatives.

What You Will Learn
– Process your roll of film to contact sheets.
– Produce an edit from your contact sheet.
– How to achieve the correct exposure and tonal range of your print and how to enhance certain aspects of the image.
– Set the correct printing grade and split grade.
– Pre-Flashing the paper and printing on different papers (e.g resin, coated, single grade, multigrade and fibre papers)
– Gain knowledge of printing with traditional black and white darkroom techniques.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 11 November 2017
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: £80 Earlybird £70 – Expires 11th October
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/photography_courses

Introduction to Abstract Painting with Damien Flood, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Ever wonder how you begin an abstract painting?

What sources do you use? In this course you will gain an understanding of abstract painting and learn how to create abstract images of your own.

Abstract painting is all about learning how to see the world differently. Through practical exercises each student will learn how to turn everyday objects and images into abstract paintings.

We will start with a simple still life exercise and gradually explore different working methods, while experimenting with a range of painting techniques, approaches and colour palettes. This 6 week course will be taught in a supportive, fun and friendly environment dedicated to enjoying learning in a stress free class room.

An Introduction to Abstract Painting is suited to beginners and people who would like to learn more about abstract painting. The class sizes will be kept small so each student can avail of one to one tuition.

Dates: 4 October – 8 November
Times: 7pm – 9:30pm
Fee: €140
Location: Enniskerry, County Wicklow
Booking: schoolhouseforart.com/classes/wednesdays-x-4-introduction-to-abstract-painting-damien-flood?rq=damien

Encaustic Painting Drop in Sessions with Isabelle Gaboritat, Whitegate, Co. Clare

Encaustic artist Isabelle Gaborit is introducing her new Drop-in Encaustic Painting sessions, an open studio for previous students to explore their new skills in encaustic painting, starting in October.

These drop-in sessions are now available for returning students and mostly those who do not have their own studio and would like to continue with a more relaxed class and enjoy the freedom to continue to experiment with encaustic painting and deepen their experience of this versatile medium. Come and be inspired!
Time: each session is taking place on the first Saturday of the month, staring on Saturday 7th October), 10.30 to 12.30 pm

Spaces limited to 5 participants.

Are you interested? The only thing you have to do is to call or email to confirm attendance at least 24 hours in advance (first call first serve policy to avoid over booking, only 5 places available at each session).

Dates: 7th October, first Saturday of each month after.
Times: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Fee: €35 (including all materials) or € 120 for 4 consecutive classes
Location: Isabelle Gaborit encaustic studio, Whitegate, County Clare
Booking: phone 0872793819 or email isabellegaborit@gmail.com. You can also secure your space in advance at : PayPal.Me/isabellegaborit
Website: http://isabellegaborit.com/

Focus On: Wet Plate Collodion Beginner Workshop at Belfast Exposed

Wet Plate Collodion is a 19th century photography process of creating images on glass or metal plates. This one day, intensive workshop will let you relive the excitement experienced by the pioneers of photography. Each participant will shoot and process their own, unique ambrotypes, from start to finish.

What You Will Need

– Mid level knowledge of photography is recommended.
– Equipment and materials are provided.

What Will You Learn

– Overview of the process and its history, the chemicals and equipment needed, the darkroom set up and organization, and safe handling, care and maintenance of chemicals.
– Demonstration of the process. (Camera set up, pouring a glass plate, sensitisation, exposure, development, fixing and washing).
– Individual guidance with the process; trouble shooting. You will work with 4×5’’ large format cameras with use of natural and artificial light. Each student will make several plates, which they take home.
– Demonstration of the varnishing technique.

Tutor: Monika Fabijanczyk
Dates: Saturday 25 November 2017
Times: 11am to 5pm
Fee: £135 / £120 Earlybird
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/photography_courses

Open Studio Group at Blackwatch Studio, Co Kilkenny

Opportunity for artists, budding artists, or just anyone interested in exploring their creative side, to come together once a week to make art, in a warm friendly studio environment, to support and inspire each other in developing their artwork.

This small group of artists have been working together for just over a year. There are still a couple of places remaining in this group which come together every Monday morning. An additional group will be set up at a time to be decided.

€25 per month to cover utilities, and tea/coffee/biscuits.

Please call Vicki on 086 837 0205 if you are interested.

Blackwatch Studio
Co Kilkenny
T: 0868370205
E: blackwatchstudiokk@gmail.com
W: blackwatchstudio.ie

Infinity Farm Honey and Herb Workshop at Framewerk, Belfast

Join Infinity Farm at Framewerk Gallery in East Belfast for our first Honey and Herb workshop.

You will make a one off monoprint inspired by herbs and bees, your own 100% beeswax and Honey lipbalm using beeswax made from Infinity Farms own Bees who live across the road! We will finish the afternoon with our Belfast honey and herb cocktails and snacks by the well known food artist Phillip McCrilly who will also share his recipes with you!

Dates: 14 October 2017
Times: 2pm – 5pm
Fee: £26 + booking fee
Location: FRAMEWERK, 10 Upper Newtownards Road Belfast BT4 3EL
Booking: eventbrite.co.uk/e/infinity-farm-honey-and-herb-workshop-tickets-37695836261
Website: infinityfarm.info/

Job Vacancy | The Model Punc 1×1 Outreach Schools Project, Sligo

The closing date for applications: Friday 29 September

The Model seeks an artists from any arts discipline to facilitate a unique educational experience in 7 primary schools across the county as part of the Punc 1×1 Niland Collection Outreach Schools programme 2017/2018.

The artist should have significant experience in delivering high quality arts experiences for children and young people and be interested in working collaboratively in schools throughout the county. Punc 1×1 funds 60 hours – 14 hrs development time, 34 hours contact time and 12 hours evaluation, documentation and meetings at a rate of €40/hr. The total fee is €2,400. For further information please email marielouiseblaney@themodel.ie

This programme is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland.

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