Daily Archives: October 24, 2017

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet November/December Issue

Deadline: 1 December

If you have recently been involved in a public commission, percent for art project, socially engaged project or any other form of ‘art outside the gallery’ we would like you to email us the information for publication in the the next issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet.
Send images (3-4MB in size) and a short text (no more than around 300 words) in the following format:

* Artist’s name
* Title of work
* Commissioning body
* Date advertised
* Date sited / carried out
* Budget
* Commission type
* Project Partners
* Brief description of the work

Work must have been undertaken in the last 6 months.

Send your info to Production Editor Chris Steenson at: chris@visualartists.ie

PhotoIreland Foundation Awards 2017 Open for Nominations

Nominations close: Monday 6 November

Nominations to the PhotoIreland Foundation Awards 2017 are now open to the public. You are welcome to nominate yourself, your friends, but most importantly others, as long as you are honest and concise. PhotoIreland Foundation will review all nominations equally.

You are also welcome to propose categories that you may feel are relevant. The existing categories include:

  • Best Arts Centre, Gallery, Museum 2017
  • Best Photography Exhibition in Ireland 2017
  • Best International Photography Exhibition 2017
  • Best Curator 2017
  • Best Artist 2017
  • Best Emerging Artist 2017
  • Best Graduate Project 2017

and more.

he shortlisted nominees will be announced on 13th November, and the Award ceremony will take place at The Library Project on Saturday 25 November.

For more information and to nominate visit: photoireland.org/

Free Admission announced for the Lucian Freud exhibition at IMMA from 24 Oct. to 5 Nov. 2017

IMMA has announced that it is extending its inaugural Lucian Freud exhibition until 7 January 2018, and is celebrating the first year of IMMA Collection: Freud Project with a two-week period of free entry for all visitors to coincide with the October mid-term and Halloween Bank holiday.

This landmark exhibition features 50 works by one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century – Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011), on five-year loan from a number of private collections.

The current exhibition, now extended until 7 January 2018, is the first installment of a five-year educational and cultural initiative. Throughout this unique project IMMA will present a series of different and exclusive Lucian Freud related exhibitions, with a new programme talks, openings, book clubs, research projects, artist residencies and other events each year.

All 50 works have been on display across this first year and will continue to be on display until 7 January 2018. A new exhibition entitled The Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by Irish artist Daphne Wright, will then open in early February 2018. This, and subsequent exhibitions, will include works and new commissions by other modern and contemporary artists in response to Freud, and will reveal exciting new perspectives on this major artist today.

Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Lucian Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life, Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality. The works in the exhibition, housed in the specially designated Freud Centre in IMMA, mainly date from 1970 onwards and explore several of the artist’s key themes – works that reflect his interest in people and the natural world.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990
E: info@imma.ie
W: imma.ie

Commission | Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project, Ontario, Canada

Stage 1 Deadline Date: Tuesday 14 November, 4pm

The City of Ottawa invites artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install a permanent site-specific artwork for the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project. This two-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy.

Budget: $385,000.00 in Canadian Dollars + HST

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project is part of a long-standing vision for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. It will provide a new Ottawa Art Gallery and help raise the profile of Arts Court as the City of Ottawa’s downtown arts centre, located on Daly Avenue in the heart of Downtown Rideau’s retail, arts and theatre district, surrounded by the University of Ottawa, the Rideau Centre, the Convention Centre, and steps away from the Rideau Canal, National Arts Centre, Byward Market and new LRT stations.

For more information, please review the full Call to Artists: Ottawa Arts Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project online: ottawa.ca/arts-heritage-and-culture//public-art
or contact Melissa.black@ottawa.ca

Studio Sublet Available in London, Kentish Town

Sublet period will be from November 2017 until April 2018 in general. The minimum sublet time should be a full month.

The space is approx. 35 sq. in size and has a pitched ceiling at some point 4.20m height. The space has excellent natural light condition.

The cost of the space is per month £650.00 – costs included.
There is WIFI and all rates are included. One a month payment upfront for security.
The building has 24 hours access, the studio is part of a bigger studio shared with one other artist. (two independent spaces, lockable)

See also the Raumx website for images of the space: www.raumx-london.com.
The space has a table and chairs available.

Contact Martina Geccelli for more information: raumx@mgeccelli1.plus.com

Job Vacancy | Director of Photoworks, Brighton

Application Deadline: 6 November 2017

Photoworks seeks to appoint a new Director to succeed current Director, Celia Davies, who leaves at the end of 2017, after eight successful years with the organisation.

Photoworks is the UK’s leading development agency dedicated to photography. In collaboration with local, national and international partners, they connect outstanding artists with diverse audiences to champion talent and ambition. Their internationally recognised programme includes commissions, exhibitions, publishing, learning and large-scale public events.

Photoworks are seeking a dynamic and ambitious individual who’ll build on achievements to date and their distinctive and respected reputation.

You’ll be a significant player in the photography and visual culture scene with a strong curatorial background and experienced in commissioning artists.You will have the vision to lead and ability to work in collaboration. You’re adept in understanding the operational demands of an organisation, with the ability to foster partners and stakeholders and seek out new cultural, strategic and commercial opportunities that extend the reach and impact of our work. You’ll be strongly committed to diversity and inclusion at every level of our activity.

Full-time, Brighton, circa £45k

For more information see: photoworks.org.uk/project-news/job-opportunity-director/

Job Vacancy | Assistant Curator Wanted at Hillsborough Castle, Co. Down

Deadline: 5 November 2017

Vacancy for an Assistant Curator – Hillsborough Castle.
This is a 12 months fixed-term vacancy, based at Hillsborough Castle (County Down) for an experienced curator with a specialization principally in historic buildings and an interest in British and Irish history. Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of HM The Queen, as well as the Secretary of State, in Northern Ireland and an important new heritage site for Historic Royal Palaces. The post holder will provide research support to the Curator as well as the wider Hillsborough team. This position presents an exciting opportunity for a knowledgeable, experienced, and talented individual.
You will support and advise the team on researching, understanding and sharing the stories of the Castle and its historic fabric. You will also help to champion an understanding of history in the presentation of the Castle and its estate today.


Funding | Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work 2018 / Advance Planning 2019

The closing date for application for both touring schemes: 11 January 2018

Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme for tours beginning between July and December 2018. Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Advance Planning 2019

We are delighted to announce that the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has confirmed that funding will be made available in 2018/2019 to touring applications which include a north / south element.

Touring in 2018 and 2019 will be supported through both the Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme and through the annual funding schemes Strategic Funding and Venues Funding.

If you are considering preparing an application for 11 January 2018, remember that a Memorandum of Understanding is required for each date on the tour and these take some time to agree.

Application forms and guidelines will be available from mid December 2017 through Online Services.

If you would like to discuss a possible application to the Touring Scheme, then please contact Val Ballance at val.ballance@artscouncil.ie

Funding | Arts Council Artist in Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017: Collaborative Art and Activism

Closing date: 17 November

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017 aims to support individual professional artists working in the area of collaborative art and activism. The Arts Council provides this €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, on behalf of the Arts Council.

The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with arts and activism using collaborative methodologies.

It is expected that the successful applicant will share the learning arising from the Bursary with the wider activist community and collaborative arts sector. Create will work in partnership with The Fire Station Artists’ Studios in providing information sessions and on the selection process.

For further information, please email info@create-ireland.ie and see www.create-ireland.ie

Arts Council announces appointment of Deirdre Behan at Strategic Development Director

The Arts Council has announced the appointment of Deirdre Behan as its new Strategic Development Director to join its senior management team.

Deirdre is an experienced senior manager with a long track-record of delivery, with a particular emphasis on strategy development, working in both the public and private sector, and has held previous positions in BT Ireland and DCU. She has worked in a number of roles in the Arts Council and led the project to develop the Arts Council online services website that annually manages the allocation of over €50 million to artists and arts organisations and which received the ICT Excellence Award and the Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Award.

Most recently, Deirdre has overseen the implementation of the Arts Council’s new organisation strategy Making Great Art Work and led out on the launch of the Funding Framework that sets out the Arts Council’s new approach to funding aligned to the priorities of the new strategy. She has also been responsible for the development of the new measurement framework which will allow the Arts Council to report more effectively on the outcomes of its investment.

Deirdre holds a BA in Communications from DCU, a MA in Interactive MultiMedia from DIT, and a Diploma in Applied Project Management from the Institute of Project Management. She is a member of the Portal Advisory Group for the Implementation Arts in Education Charter.

Open Call for Members | Art Book Club Dublin at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Deadline: Wednesday 1 November

Art Book Club Dublin is a monthly discussion group for art makers, thinkers and viewers to talk about art books in a mutually supportive environment. This peer lead self-organised alternative art education structure seeks theory outside the canon to expand a diverse and textured understanding of contemporary art.

At each meeting, the forum will discuss a text selected and introduced by one of the members. We will focus on the text’s relationship to our practice but this can be art, writing, curation, work or interest. We welcome those who approach art from an alternative perspective as well as those who have come via the art education route.

Art Book Club is hosted by TBG+S and runs over 6 meetings from November – May.

If you would like to be part of Art Book Club please send a short bio (100 words or less) to artbookdublin@gmail.com.


Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073
E: info@templebargallery.com
W: templebargallery.com

Introduction to Encaustic Painting Workshop with Isabelle Gaborit, Co. Clare

AAre you intrigued or curious about encaustic painting, an ancient painting process using pigmented molten beeswax? Are you art enthusiast wanting to discover a new versatile creative process in an intimate studio setting? Then join Isabelle for a day introductory workshop, learning the ancient art of encaustic Painting in her studio located on the beautifully scenic shore of Lough Derg, close by Williamstown Harbour, an ideal backdrop for creating atmospheric artworks in a relax and inspiring environment.

During the day long workshop, you will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating art of Encaustics, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments.she will introduce you to the basic techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with texture and colors and its versatility with building up layers. You will have the opportunity to learn easy and effective techniques in a fun and relax atmosphere and create beautiful artworks to bring home. Using an experimental approach to explore technique and manipulate the paint, you will be able to create a beautiful artwork and embellish it using a wide range of techniques.

Class limited to 4 participants for a personal and intimate studio setting experience.
Art Classes for everyone: absolute beginners and developing artist alike.

Dates: 11th November
Times: 10 to 4pm
Fee: €120
Location: Whitegate, County Clare
Booking: isabellegaborit@gmail.com
Website: isabellegaborit.com/

An Introduction to Figure Painting with Nicholas Robinson at Block T

Painting the figure has always been a staple exercise in learning the craft of oil painting. This week long daytime course is ideal for those looking to start their exploration into the art of Figure Painting, or even for the more experienced artist who wants to improve their fundamentals.

Nick Robinson (Florence Academy prize winner 2012 + 2013, Art Renewal Center finalist 2016) will instruct in the visual method: translating what we observe from life into oil painting on the canvas. The first class will explore the materials involved, some theory and preparation for the model. The rest of the course will be comprised of working from the nude in one 18 hour painting.
Canvasses and most materials will be provided (with the exception of paints). A materials list will be sent to each participant.

Dates: 6 mornings, starts Thursday 9 November
Times: 10:00 – 13:00
Fee: €250
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8
Booking: eventbrite.ie/e/introduction-to-figure-painting

Introduction to Using Your Digital Camera with Kate Nolan at Block T

This practical, hands-on course will introduce beginners to to digital photography and how to get the most out of their cameras.
You will get an introduction to your camera’s semi manual and manual controls and will get to know the potential of your camera, basic camera functions and exposure. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.
You will be given the chance to shoot in the historic streets around BLOCK T, followed by a review of your work with the course tutor.
Equipment: DSLR Camera

Learning Outcomes:
– How to work your camera in semi manual and full manual modes
– How to use ISO, shutter speed and aperture to get the correct exposure
– What white balance and metering settings to use in various situations
– File formats (RAW + JPEG) explained
– Overview of focusing, flash, lenses and filters
– Composition: what makes your images interesting and how to achieve creative camera

Dates: Saturday, November 4th
Times: 11:00 – 17:00
Fee: €80
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8
Booking: www.eventbrite.ie/e

Circus – Past, Present and Future | Irish Youth Circus Focus, Tralee

ISACS is delighted to have partnered up with the NCFI to discuss the theme ‘Circus – Past, Present and Future’ on 11 November at National Circus festival of Ireland from 10.30 – 12noon at Tralee Chamber of Commerce.

The event gives you a chance to:

  • share information, news and ideas with fellow producers, programmers and artists
  • participate in a lively open space style discussion around ‘Circus – Past, Present and Future’
  • find out how you can get involved and contribute to Circus250 in 2018

ISACS are delighted to say they will be joined by Dea Birkett, whose brainchild the Circus250 project is.

This is a free event. Booking essential: bit.ly/s17CF

Life Drawing: Gustav Klimt Theme with Tadhg McGrath at Block T

A short course devoted to exploring the world of Austrian Symbolist Artist Gustav Klimt through drawing. Working from the figure was central to the artistic practice of Gustav Klimt, who practised life drawing every day. This course will use exercises in life drawing to examine Klimt’s working methods. The hand-drawn line is essential to Gustav Klimt’s work. Through line, Klimt sought to convey the essence of the human form, and explore the nature of life. He sought to explore and emotional and symbolic world; and it was through the daily practice of drawing from the nude that he formulated and distilled his ideas.

In a series of linked classes, students will examine the potential for finding lyrical beauty in drawing. As well as short pose life drawing, there will also be semi-nude (halb akt) and fully costumed drawing, with models using props and costumes to inspire students to incorporate Klimt’s methods into their own ways of working.

About your tutor:
Tadhg McGrath has an honours degree in painting from Central St.Martin’s in London, and a Masters in Fine Art from NCAD in Dublin. He recently had a one person exhibition in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, and has shown in galleries across Britain and Ireland. He teaches painting at NCAD, Block T, and The Lab.

Dates: Five evenings, starts Tuesday, October 31st
Times: 18:30 – 21:00
Fee: €175 Most materials are included
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8
Booking: www.eventbrite.ie
Website: www.blockt.ie

Between Two Waves Of The Sea | Phelim O’Laoghaire at Signal Arts Centre

6 to 19 November

Phelim O’Laoghaire’s first exhibition is a subjective contemplation of the idea of coming of age, though he was not fully conscious at the time of what was being articulated. Only later, when he returned home and started his final year in school, did he recognise a mood of apprehension, even alienation in the pictures – the feeling of having been separated from past routines, aware of those new ones about to emerge. That time away was fraught with a growing sense of responsibility for his future and by envisaging himself as a separate individual, yet still caught up within the working of the world.

The location itself adds to this charged atmosphere of uncertainty and change. Yet in looking at the photographs, they emphasize the harsh and at times oppressive contrast of the sea and the concrete, evoking states of being, rather than place. We imagine it could be anywhere, that the boys leaping, plunging, submerged or about to jump, could be anyone.

A self-taught photographer, Phelim Ó Laoghaire has worked with a passionate obsession since he was 14 years old. In July 2015, having just won The Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year Gold Medal for Street Photography, Phelim Ó Laoghaire left Ireland for Crimea, to teach at a summer camp in the coastal town, Morskoe (meaning ‘of the sea’ or marine), where he later discovered his grandfather had once studied. There he produced his first major series, Postcards from the Black Sea.

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

Cork Scene/Heard at The Complex, Dublin

4 November, 8pm

Quiet Music Ensemble brings the unique sonic art of Cork to Dublin city centre.

Cork Scene/Heard explores the sound art scene of Cork through a collaboration with three of its most significant artists: Mick O’Shea, Irene Murphy and Danny McCarthy. These artists are renowned for their visual art and installation work, and each has created an approach to sound that derives from their visual arts practice. McCarthy has been exploring sound as an artistic resource, a philosophical and cultural idea, and as association with certain artefacts (like tape) since at least the early 1980s. For O’Shea and Murphy, sound arose originally from the act of creating visual art — the sound of pencil, pen or brush on paper, material rubbing against material — and has developed into an intrinsic part of their practice from there. All three artists integrate sound into sculptural work and use it performatively.

Mick O’Shea: Praest
Irene Murphy: FOUND by chance  
Danny McCarthy: The Great Listenin(g)

O’Shea, Murphy and McCarthy have created three challenging and beautiful new works for Quiet Music Ensemble, each embracing found objects as a trigger for sonic exploration. Part sculpture, part installation, part improvisation, these are captivating and thought-provoking pieces that offer something for everyone with an interest in art. World Premiere: The Complex in Dublin city centre.

Tickets to the premiere performance cost €15/7 and are available from qmesceneheard.eventbrite.ie.


Speculative Optimism | Deirdre O’Mahony at Digging Deeper Gallery, Reading

28 October to 21 December

Deirdre O’Mahony’s research at the Wellcome Trust Livestock residency at the University of Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) began with the proposition, is ‘carbon-neutral’ beef possible? Research in the university is currently testing the effect of different kinds of forage such as Sainfoin, on animal and soil health and on levels of methane produced by livestock. Deirdre spent the residency investigating historical references to forages like Sainfoin in the archives and reviewed some of the museum’s extensive collection of historical documentary films.

Speculative Optimism is the title given to the poetic essayistic film produced from this research. Shot in the archives, at the University of Reading’s Hall Farm and at Cotswold Seed’s Honeydale Farm and factory, the film makes use of the museum’s audio-visual archive and illustrations from the Ladybird book collection. It points to the history of changing agricultural policies that now require both efficient production methods and environmentally sustainability while maintaining the visual premium and heritage value of landscapes. Some might argue this is an impossible task. Refusing a singular position or narrative, the film relies on unconscious visual associations inspired by the imagery to provide unexpected insights into the complexities of global food production today.

The work will be installed in the Digging Deeper: open store.


The Museum of English Rural Life
6 Redlands Rd, Reading

Printmaking Course with Daniel Lipstein at Trinity Arts Workshop, Dublin

The course is run by Daniel Lipstein who is a professional printmaker, a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2002, Daniel has won several national awards and his work is held in numerous public collections in Ireland. He holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the print faculty of NCAD.

The course is designed to facilitated participants in the skills and traditions of printmaking. The non-chemical part of the course focuses on Monoprints, Dry-point, Carborundum, Chine Cole and Multi-plates registration, in the chemical stage the course focuses on soft and hard ground etching, sugar lift and aquatint. Each stage aims to facilitate the participants in creating finished artworks. Each one of the disciplines is suitable for the creation of accomplished prints, using that discipline alone, though in the same time each skill supports the other, and combined together, we can create intriguing and very attractive fine art prints.
One can join the classes at any stage and work with any printmaking skill he or she choses in his or her own natural pace, each person will be treated individually while motivated by the design of the course. All materials and instruments are provided.

Dates: Sundays 5, 19 November, 3, 17 December
Time: 10am to 2pm
Fee: €65
Location: Trinity Arts Workshop,  191 Pearse Street, Dublin
Booking: daniel_lipstein@yahoo.ie or 0863363504  by Thursday of each week.
Website: daniellipstein.org