Daily Archives: February 5, 2018

Artist Talk | Alex Pentek in Conversation with Victoria Evans, RHA

9 February, 3pm

This talk will unpack Alex Pentek’s exhibition Folded Space, a site-specific work that has been created for the gallery’s foyer and atrium spaces. Together with RHA curator, Victoria Evans he will discuss the process of making this work and responding to the site of the RHA, as well as discussing his wider practice, which encompasses site-specific and public artworks in a range of materials.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie

Art of Photography Course at The Darkroom, Dublin 7

The Art of Photography is a mentorship-based course aimed at those who want to advance their photography skills, pursue a certain project or create a photographic portfolio to showcase their work. The course is suitable for people with a good understanding of the basic principals of camera exposure in digital or analogue photography.

The course provides students with the technical skills, facilities and creative environment to explore and develop their ideas to produce a substantial body of work be it for an exhibition or portfolio. Course tutors Mella Travers, Louis Haugh, Mandy O’Neill and Christine Redmond will be working alongside students to elevate their practice to the highest possible level through classes, one-to-one tutorials, group critique sessions and technical workshops. At the beginning of the course for the first few classes students will attend a lecture in photographic theory and practice, do a recap on basic/intermediate photography skills and look at the rules of composition – and how to break them. And be introduced to Adobe Lightroom workflow.

Dates: Feb: Thurs 22nd & Sat 24th March: Thurs 1st, Sat 3rd, Tuesday 6th, Thurs 15th & Thurs 22nd & Sat 24th April: Thurs 5th, Sat 14th, Thurs 19th May; Sat 5th & Thurs 17th June: Sat 2nd
Times: Thursday Evenings 18.30 – 21.30, Saturdays 10.30 – 16.30
Fee: €725
Location: The Darkroom, 32 North Brunswick Street Dublin, Leinster D7 Ireland
Booking: darkroom.ie/art-photography-3-month-course

Painting, Photography, Documentary | Joe Farrell at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely

11 February to 23 March 2018

Joe Farrell is an Irish painter, photographer and television documentary director. He initially made social documentary photographs in the 1970’s before moving to Canada to study painting in the 1980’s. Returning to Ireland in the mid 90’s he began directing documentaries in over 20 countries for Irish television while continuing to paint and photograph.

Painting, Photography, Documentary shows the elements of his wide-ranging work and draws on places, events and encounters experienced in 20 yes travelling the world and 40 years of image making. The work seeks to bring together the twin tracks of documentation and abstraction that have equal status in his work.

Courthouse Arts Centre
Main Street, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
T: 0402 38529
E: pr@courthousearts.ie
W: courthousearts.ie

Open Call | Cabinet of Wonders at Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

cabinet-of-wondersClosing date for submissions: Monday 5 March

Submissions are sought from artists and guest curators for the next outing of ‘The Cabinet of Wonders’, to be installed in April 2018 in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

The ongoing project is presented in glass display cabinets located in the Foyer of the Linenhall Arts Centre, a public concourse in a busy arts centre.

Each vertical cabinet (dimensions 160x40x30cm hxwxd) is divided into 4 sections (each 37x37x28cm hxwxd) separated by glass shelving. Artists are invited to send proposals (images with details and text as appropriate) for inclusion either in an individual cabinet section/s, or for full cabinet installations. Proposals should reflect the ‘Cabinet of Wonders’ theme, and also bear in mind the public nature of the location in terms of suitability for all ages. All media will be considered, and artists are encouraged to bear in mind the 3-dimensional nature of the display setting. For further details, including cabinet diagrams and images, plus documentation of the first and second Cabinets, see https://cabinetofwonderssite.wordpress.com/

Submissions comprising artist details, proposal description/outline and image/s plus image details in a single PDF or Word document attachment (no larger than 3 A4 sheets MAXIMUM and 5Mb in size) with your name as filename, should be emailed to: cabinetofwonders999@gmail.com

The Cabinet of Wonders project is instigated and curated by Ian Wieczorek.

JobsPlus Vacancy | Cultural Assistant at Luan Gallery, Athlone

Application deadline: Thursday 22 February, 3pm

Athlone Arts and Tourism is seeking to appoint a Cultural Assistant based at Luan Gallery on a fixed term two year contract under the JobsPlus incentive from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

The Cultural Assistant will assist with the delivery, administration and promotion of the activities and exhibitions primarily of the gallery and its sister venue: Abbey Road Artists’ Studios. The successful candidate will assist in the day-to-day delivery of customer service and administration duties.

Wage: €10.75 per hour Mon to Sat and €11.82 per hour on Sun.

Applicants may check their eligibility for JobsPlus on: www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Jobs-Plus.aspx

For full details visit: athloneartsandtourism.ie/opportunities/

Colour Therapy Workshop with Sinead Wyse at Schoolhouse for Art, Co. Wicklow

In this one-day workshop Sinead Wyse empowers people to connect with their creativity, through colour and the Aura-Soma colour care system. Using colour as a guide will enable you to paint intuitively, letting the creative energy flow. The act of creating art is therapeutic. Every one of us lived like artists as children and we have the ability to bring back this powerful form of expression and self healing. Creativity may be one of the greatist things about being human and art can be a great teacher for us on this evolutionary journey.

If you would like to learn more about colour and how it can guide you to paint intuitively, or to break through a belief that you cannot paint, then this workshop is for you.

You also have the opportunity to connect with the Aura-Soma colour care system described as colour therapy for the soul. It consists of over 100 jewel-like bottles of dual-coloured liquids known as equilibrium bottles. They incorporate plant extracts, essential oils and the energies and extracts of crystals.

Dates: 11th March
Times: 10pm – 4pm
Cost: €90
Location: Schoolhouse for Art Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Booking: www.schoolhouseforart.com/classes/

Introduction to Abstract Painting with Damien Flood, 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.

Dates: 7th Feb (6 weeks)
Times: 7pm -9:30pm
Cost: €140
Location: Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry
Booking: schoolhouseforart.com/classes/

A Place Like All Others | David M. Flood at The Liffey Corner Gallery, CHQ Building, Dublin

13 to 23 February 2018

How we use our urban space is a key concern today with the wide-held perception that space is a valuable commodity. ‘A Place Like All Others’ questions what types of places we want to create and how images of space, such as computer generated images and manipulated photographs, aim to influence our perception of what urban space should be. The exhibition looks at two modern urban spaces in Europe, the Docklands in Dublin and Pasila in Helsinki, Finland, and the role of image in our understanding and perception of these spaces.

Photographs, video and audio are combined to ask the question; what types of places are we creating? The work draws on testimonies of the people who use these spaces as their home or for work, as well as those charged with the construction of new places. Many of the photographs are occupied by a lone figure dressed in a shirt and tie, holding a briefcase in one hand and a mobile phone in the other. These images act as an allegory to demonstrate our growing relationship with modern urban space as one determined by the forces that build them. These forces are frequently in the form of global investment corporations who use space as a commodity to invest in and profit from, therefore, dictating the relationships we may have with these spaces.

david@davidmflood.com / davidmflood.com

The Liffey Corner Gallery at The CHQ Building
1 Custom House Harbour
Dublin 1

Bozzetto: Figure Painting with Nicholas Robinson at Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry

Two day course in painting the nude in oil to be held at Enniskerry Schoolhouse for Art. Florence Academy of Art prize winner and graduate Nicholas Benedict Robinson will instruct in sketching the nude using limited oil palette.

The course will comprise a step-by-step introduction in figurative painting methods, including demonstrations, individual instruction, theory and direction on how to use materials, and oil paint to describe the proportion, anatomy and gesture of the figure and light-effect in one pose over both days.

Dates: 17th and 18th February
Times: 10am -4pm
Cost: €150
Location: Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry
Booking: schoolhouseforart.com/classes/
Website: nicholasbenedictrobinson.com

The View from Earth, the View from Space | Exhibition at EastSide Visitor Centre, Belfast

15 February to 25 March 2018

An exhibition of art and science celebrating astronomy, the planets and the stars.

Since the dawn of time artists and scientists have been inspired by the heavens. Scientists strive to understand the nature of the cosmos while artists wrestle to capture the majesty of the endless sky.

This show brings together great art that captures the awe of the celestial bodies alongside scientific artefacts, drawings and photographs by leading astronomers.

The exhibition features scientific photographs and drawings by astronomers Professor Alan Fitzsimmons and Dr Paul Abel, paintings by Professor Harry McMahon, Patrick Conyngham and Colin McGookin, solar eclipse photographs by Dr Ann McVeigh and Ken Bartley, mixed media work by Emma Whitehead, prints by Dr Josephine McCormick.

The show also features artworks produced by Patricia McCormack who has worked with astronomers at Edinburgh Royal Observatory as well as a rare glimpse at engineering drawings of spacecraft instruments developed and built at the UCL-Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

There is a Special Preview on Wednesday 14th February, 6 to 8 pm

Part Ni Science Festival. Curated by ArtisAnn Art Gallery. Admission is free.

EastSide Visitor Centre
402 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1HH
T: +44 28 9045 8114
W: discovernorthernireland.com/Eastside-Visitor-Centre-Belfast

In-Sites / Ón Cheapach | Group Exhibition at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

17 February to 28 March 2018

Featuring the work of Lisa Fingleton, Gareth Kennedy and Monica de Bath.

Our current age has been described as the ‘Anthropocene period’, an era defined by the extensive human impact on the environment which effects our world’s climate, lands, oceans and wildlife.

IN-SITES/ÓN CHEAPACH features the work of three artists and explores how, in different ways, they address our relationship with a constantly changing environment. New and existing work reflects on the role of art and ecological practices in highlighting historical and contemporary complexities of land use.

Diverse themes are investigated relating to industrial peat excavation, land rehabilitation, farming, food, sustainability, deforestation and invasive species. Inspired by interactions and conversations with ecologists, foresters, local growers and Bord na Móna workers, the artists draw attention to the effects of land management decisions on biodiversity and the consequences for people, place and habitats.

Siamsa Tíre
Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry
T: +353 66 7186191
W: siamsatire.com

Funding | Wicklow County Council Arts Act Award Scheme

Application deadline: Monday 19 February, 12 noon

Wicklow County Arts Office and Wicklow County Council announces the closing date and criteria for its three funding streams in 2018:

• Artist Support Awards Scheme 2018
• Arts Groups / Organisations Awards Scheme 2018
• Arts Festival Awards Scheme 2018

The Arts Grants are offered each year to develop and deliver festivals and arts programmes of high quality and impact. These will enhance and complement the strategic development of the arts in the County. This call is open to artists, arts festival and to arts groups and organisations across all arts disciplines. Proposals should add significant value to arts practice, experience and/or participation in the arts in County Wicklow and support the Council’s strategic goals for the arts.

It is the intention through the extension of these schemes that a diverse range of creative projects will be cultivated for the county, which will nurture artists practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within the cultural life of the county and support a myriad of high calibre arts events.

Decisions will be made by Wicklow County Arts Office during March 2018 and applicants will be notified of the Arts Office.
You can download the information from the website wicklow.ie/arts-act-funding.

Any further queries can be directed to wao@wicklowcoco.ie, please use the award name in the subject line. Or call the Programme Coordinators Annette Moloney 086 842 9928 for Artist Support Awards and Liz Kelly 086 3522227 for Arts Festivals and Arts Groups / Organisations Awards.

Call for Proposals | International Sculpture Conference, Philadelphia

Abstract submission deadline: 12 March

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 28th International Sculpture Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this October 25-28, 2018 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture.

Please note: Panel speakers are responsible for their own travel and lodging, they receive complimentary registration for the entire length of the 4-day conference which includes admission to evening events. They also receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Sculpture magazine.

Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective. Panel topics include:

Body and Context
Re-imagining Monuments – Old and New
Working to Strengthen and Engage the Civic Commons
Art and Science
Affect and Effect: Sculpture in Politics and Freedom
Artist-Run and Collaborative Spaces
Sculpture, Archives, and Collections
The Current and Future State of Sculpture and Sculptural Education
Artist Projects and Workshops

All accepted submissions will be notified by May 2018.

To submit a proposal and learn more information, please visit the conference website: sculpture.org/philly2018/.

Roundtable Discussion | Creative and Cultural Industries: Challenges and Opportunities, University of Limerick

13 February, 7pm to 8.30pm

This roundtable discussion is part of a series of events marking the visit of the 2017-18 Clore Leadership Programme Fellows to the University of Limerick.

The creative and cultural industries are often discussed as a major growth area for European cities, and as being central to the economy and society of the future. However, in order to create sustainable development and meaningful career opportunities, they require careful and considered planning and policy support.

The roundtable discussion will examine the challenges and opportunities for the creative and cultural industries in the Limerick region, bringing together a range of perspectives from research, practice and policy.


Joanne Ryan (Playwright and actor)
Dr. Patrick Collins (co-leader of the Creative, Liveable and Sustainable Cluster, Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway)
Simon Thompson (Actor and Director, Theatre Educator and Festival Director)
Muireann Charleton (lecturer in Enterprise and Development at the Limerick School of Art and Design)
Sheila Deegan (Limerick City and County Arts Office)
Dr. Annmarie Ryan (Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick)

Chair: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (Assistant Dean, Research – FAHSS, UL and Course Director, MA Festive Arts Programme).

This event is free, please register for your free ticket here: eventbrite.ie/e/creative-and-cultural-industries

For more information on the MA Festive Arts programme, please visit: ul.ie/graduateschool/

Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Stepping Stones Scholarships for non-EU students | MA Festive Arts, University of Limerick

Application deadline: Wednesday 21 February, 4pm

A scholarship fund is available for study on taught MA programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Stepping Stones Scholarships for Non-EU Students
These scholarships target international students on taught MA programmes at the Academy who have a demonstrable record in a performance and/or academic specialisation relevant to a programme of study at the Academy. Priority will be given to:

  • applicants experiencing demonstrable financial challenge
  • applicants from parts of the world underrepresented at the Academy
  • applicants with projects that resonate with the spirit of the Stepping Stones initiative: equality of arts practices, an
  • interdisciplinary vision, and desire to build bridges between arts practices
  • applicants for programmes with a higher number of available places

Further information on: irishworldacademy.ie/scholarships/

Stepping Stones Scholarships for EU students | MA Festive Arts, University of Limerick

Application deadline: 25 May, 4pm

These scholarships are open to all applicants to taught MA programmes at the Academy. There are three €1,000 general scholarships available. Priority will be given to:

  • applicants experiencing demonstrable financial challenge
  • applicants with projects that resonate with the spirit of the Stepping Stones initiative: equality of arts practices, an
  • interdisciplinary vision, and desire to build bridges between arts practices
  • applicants for programmes with a higher number of available places

Applicants must apply for the programme through the normal university procedures.

In the application form, where a candidate is asked to indicate how they will fund their study, they should indicate that they will be applying for a Stepping Stones scholarship (they should also include other forms of funding as appropriate).

The initial application for the scholarship should be coordinated by the course director of the programme. If a candidate has been offered a place on the programme and wishes to apply for the scholarship, they should send the following to the course director:

(1) A personal letter indicating how their application meets the scholarship criteria
(2) A letter from one of the referees included on their application form, indicating how their application meets the scholarship criteria

Further information on: irishworldacademy.ie/scholarships/

Placebo Shop | Linda Byrne at PS², Belfast

22 January – 10 February

The success of pharmaceuticals have normalised the swallowing, injecting and inhaling of chemicals to treat all human conditions. Against this, alternative therapies waned, as they appeared non-scientific, lacking that cool sterile professionalism associated with modern medicine. And yet folklore or traditional ‘cures’ remain, handed down through communities.

Along comes the MRI scanner and the IT industry. Research begins into the effectiveness of the Placebo Effect. Increasingly the evidence uncovers the ‘mind’, or the thought processes associated with imagination, can be utilised to physically effect and direct changes within the body. Using a placebo and even a known placebo can work. The brain believes and activates imagined outcomes.

More recently, areas of the mid brain have been linked to activating the body’s production of opiates. Scientists suggest we may be able to produce our own neuro-chemicals to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s and chronic pain. Imagine your very own internal pharmacy, activated through created belief, leading to expectation and an imagined outcome. Virtual reality, that had been utilised centuries ago for healing.

Placebo Shop, with the divine intervention of your imagination, will be treating common day ailments, using placebo treatments. It is a spatial installation and performance space for the brain to believe and activate imagined outcomes. An internal creative process.

11 North St, Belfast BT1 1NA
T: +44 28 9023 5912
E: pssquared@btconnect.com
W: pssquared.org