Daily Archives: February 13, 2018


Studio Space Available at Top Floor Art Gallery, Co. Down

Top Floor Art Gallery and Open Studios are inviting applications for full studio membership. A shared, open studio space will become available in April/May2018.

As a full studio member, the successful applicant will benefit from a package of support including mentoring, opportunity for 1 solo exhibition per year, product selling and workshop facilitation support, subsidized commission rates, promotion via our online platform access to shared studio equipment and resources, use of our workshop space and includes all the benefits of membership of the Top Floor Art Studio Group. The studio space available is approx. 3m x 4.25m. Rent is £100 per month, including utilities and some storage space.

This opportunity is ideal for applied artists, designer/makers, jewellers, mixed media or textile artists keen to expand, enhance or rebalance their practice and explore exhibition, product based and facilitation elements within a supportive gallery setting.

Expressions of interest should be sent by 4pm Friday 16th March 2018 to info@topfloorart.co.uk containing (a) letter of interest outlining your reasons for joining an artist-run space and how you see your practice progressing in the next year (400 words max) and (b) 3 – 5 images of your work (max 1MB per image), or links to your website were your work may be seen.
We hope to begin interviewing end of March 2018.

92 Main Street
Saintfield
County Down
BT24 7AB
United Kingdom
W: topfloorart.co.uk


Artist in Conversation: Diana Copperwhite at dlr LexIcon   Recently updated !

Wednesday 21 February, 6.45 to 7.45pm

Join Diana Copperwhite in conversation with TCD Professor in Art History and Director of TRIAC Yvonne Scott; they will talk about the themes and concepts in Diana’s work. Diana is currently exhibiting in Double Vision, on show until the 25 March in the Gallery, dlr LexIcon.

Free but booking required, go to www.eventbrite.ie and search for dlr LexIcon Gallery
Image credit: Gillian Buckley

Project Room, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
T: 01 2362759
E: arts@dlrcoco.ie
W: dlrcoco.ie/arts/


Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop at Galway Arts Centre

In this day-long bookbinding workshop, participants will create a variety of folded books – no stitching required! Starting with the concertina book, we will build up on this binding to create mutant books including a Japanese accordion book, a blizzard book and much more. The objective of this course is to explore the potential of basic book structures, building up on them to create unexpected handmade books.

Participants will also gain knowledge of how to use basic book binding tools and the principals of bookbinding including grain direction, gluing and folding tips.

Participants are encouraged to bring along any ideas or decorative paper that they would like to incorporate into their books.
Participants need to bring: Stanley knife/scalpel, cutting mat, metal ruler, pencil. All other materials will be supplied.

Dates: Saturday 24th February
Times: 10:30 – 4:30
Fee: €75
Location: Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street, Galway city
Booking: email Eilis at eilis@foldedleaf.ie or pay now through Paypal: paypal.me/IntroToBinding/75
Website: foldedleaf.ie/introduction-to-bookbinding/


Bold and Wild Mark Making Workshop at PrintBlock Studio, Dublin 8

A playful day at PrintBlock studio with textile print artist Liz Nilsson. Experiment with different types of materials and techniques to make bold and wild marks. Expect to use unconventional drawing and printing methods, experiment with large scale marks and unusual drawing tools. The outcome of the workshop will be black and white sketches and ideas which can be developed into art pieces or designs at a later stage. The most important outcome of the day will be to relish the process of creativity, and to just to enjoy the moment.

Dates: Saturday 24th February 2018
Times: 10.30-4.30
Fee: €90 including materials and light lunch.
Location:
PrintBlock Studio Collective,
107, Cork street,
Dublin 8.
Booking: liznilsson@me.com
Website: printblock.com


Introduction to Creative Photography with Kate Nolan at Block T

This 6 week beginners class in creative photography is an ideal way to learn how to get the most out of your camera. Each week develops a new photographic skill, with an introduction to contemporary photography and the visual elements you need to improve your images.
This course is the perfect introduction to contemporary digital photography, using visual elements and practical tips to help you make better photographs.
Week 1 – Digital Photo Basics: Intro to photography // Cameras, camera components, lens types // Shutter speed – what are the skills needed to capture movement?
Week 2 – Aperture: Depth of Field // Exploring semi-manual mode
Week 3 – Portraiture: Lighting – how to make the most of lighting conditions // Using aperture to create different portrait styles
Week 4 – Landscape: Composition // How to break down an image into sections
Week 5 – Exposure: Exploring exposure and ISO functions // Achieving correct exposure through shutter speed, aperture and ISO // Using camera in fully manual mode
Week 6 – Re-cap: Review technical and creative skills learned over the previous weeks // Discuss images created over 6 weeks

Course fee: €170 * Deposit of €100 secures your place, with the remainder due on the first night of class.
Date: Starts Tuesday, February 20th for 6 weeks
Times: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8
Booking: www.eventbrite.ie/e/introduction-to-digital-photography
Website: blockt.ie/introtocreativephotography


Limerick Printmakers Invites Applications For New Studio Members

Limerick Printmakers are committed to promoting printmaking as an art form and supporting printmakers by providing a professional open access printmaking studio, exhibition opportunities and education programme

Limerick Printmakers is a vibrant printmaking studio located in the heart of Limerick city with an inclusive ethos and membership application policy. LP accept studio members on a rolling basis and offer some of the most competitive rates in Ireland. They provide a range of membership packages that focus on the individual’s needs and commitments
e.g. Annual, Graduate, Associate, Six Month, and Single Month packages.

Our studio offers the following facilities:
• Dedicated Etching Room with two presses
• Ventilated Acid Unit for copper, zinc and aluminium
• Aquatint Box
• Dedicated Silkscreen Area with 2 silkscreen beds, UV exposure unit, screen dryer and indoor wash out area
• Letterpress – Large press and Adana press plus variety of type
• Dedicated Lithography Area (stone and plate)
• Darkroom
• Digital Printer (Epson 7800)
• Plan chests reserved for members work/paper and General Storage Areas for members materials (shared)
• Members Lunch Area (with microwave & fridge)

Membership Criteria
– Proof of competent professional studio practice and relevant experience in at least one form of printmaking/ darkroom use
Application Process
– Submission of completed application form with 5/6 images of artwork with an up-to-date C.V.
– An informal meeting with a staff member of the studio may be required
– Two references are required, one of which must be related to technical printmaking experience

Please email limerickprintmakers@gmail.com / call 061 311806 for more information.

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The B-Movie Cut Workshop with Mhairi Sutherland at Void, Derry

As part of our exhibition featuring Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez ‘Every Day Words Disappear’ Void’s Engage education programme are running a series of workshops with artist facilitator Mhairi Sutherland called ‘The B-Movie Cuts’. This is an engagement programme based on Johan’s work at the gallery.

Taking as a starting point the artist’s working method of montage, juxtaposing footage from a range of film, video, and broadcast sources.

The B-Movie Cut programme will take place over 4 sessions and participants can sign up for either two or four. The programme will include:

– An introduction to the exhibition films, guided tour and group discussion
– Storyboarding and themes
– Footage search and rough cuts
– Fine cut and compilation of short video

Dates: 17/24 February and 3/ 10 March
Times: 12-2pm.
Fee: £60/£45 unwaged or student
Location: Void Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL
Booking: hello@derryvoid.com
Website: derryvoid.com/johan-grimonprez-1.php


Open Call | Ireland’s Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2019

Application deadline: 7 March

Culture Ireland, in partnership with the Arts Council, invites expressions of interest for the role of Commissioner of Ireland’s national representation at the 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2019. Following the success in 2017 of Tremble Tremble by Jesse Jones, which continues to tour internationally, Culture Ireland and and The Arts Council are delighted to announce the Open Call for the Commissioner of the 2019 Venice Biennale.

This call for submissions is open to Irish individuals, collectives or organisations based in Ireland or abroad and to those of any nationality resident in Ireland. The selection of a Commissioner will comprise two stages:

  • Stage one: Open Submission
  • Stage two: Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

Stage 1:
This stage will be assessed by a panel, to include at least one representative from both Culture Ireland and the Arts Council.
Applicants must submit no more than 2 x A4 pages in PDF format outlining:

1. The curatorial approach, including initial ideas developed in collaboration with the artist/s proposed for presentation, indicating why this is believed to be the most relevant artist/project/concept to represent Ireland in 2019.
2. Detail of the artist/s and proposed exhibition/project including why this artist’s practice best suits your ambition and vision for a national representation.
3. A strategy to engage the international arts sector with Ireland’s representation at Venice.
4. Your understanding of the tasks involved, including details of a project management plan (including timeline).
5. An outline budget including justification of the level of investment identified and initial consideration of fundraising required.
6. A strategy to engage the Irish arts sector with the Venice event.
7. A proposal for the national tour, including proposals relating to at least three regional venues and a strategy to engage the Irish public with the national tour

Budget:
The support available has not yet been set for the 2019 Biennale. Based on the 2017 level of funding of €210k from Culture Ireland and €70k from the Arts Council, state support for the international presentation of €280k may be used as a guideline. Applicants will be expected to be in a position to fundraise additional support.

The complete tender document can be downloaded from here: cultureireland.ie/Venice_Art_Biennale_2019.pdf

Submissions should be emailed to valerie.behan@cultureireland.gov.ie and info@cultureIreland.gov.ie


Open Call | Cill Rialaig Residency, Co. Kerry (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 15 March

The Cill Rialaig Project invite applications for residency awards at their artist retreat on Bolus Head near Ballinskelligs, County Kerry.

Cill Rialaig is located in the restored ruins of a 1790s pre-famine village. Seven individual cottage studios are occupied by artists; the eighth cottage, Tigh an Comhrá (Meeting House) offers a place for residents to gather or enjoy a rich library.

Residencies are open to full-time practicing professionals from Ireland and abroad for durations of one to four weeks throughout the year (the average residency being one to two weeks). Each resident occupies a small cottage with its own living and work space. Cill Rialaig is a quiet, remote retreat where one may temporarily leave ordinary domestic and work demands. The isolation offers the opportunity to focus entirely on one’s creative work without interruption.

Please note there is a submission fee of €35 to apply. For artists selected for residency there is a minimum utility fee and waste disposal fee to cover the high electric and waste disposal costs of €60 per week. Residents are responsible for their own transportation, food, solid fuel and art material costs.

Please email Mary O’Connor at cillrialaigarts@gmail.com for an official application pack.


Artist Talk | Hammad Nasar at The Glucksman, Cork

Wednesday 21 February, 1pm to 2pm

Hammad Nasar is Senior Research Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre. He was previously head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. His most recent exhibition, Rock, Paper, Scissors, is the UAE’s national pavillion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

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The Glucksman
University College Cork,
Cork
T: (021) 490 1844
E: info@glucksman.org
W: glucksman.org


SketchUp Workshop with Mark Clare at RHA

SketchUp is a 3D modelling tool for a wide range of drawing applications. It can be used in a variety of ways such as modelling for potential sculptures, to create simple but effective animations or produce 3D models of interior spaces, useful in the designing and layout of exhibitions.

Over a 2-day workshop students will be introduced to:

■ The layout of the programme.
■ How to create a 3D object.
■ How to create a 3D interior space.
■ How to create an animation from your models.

Day One: Will consist of introducing students to the programme, its layout, the numerous templates to choose from and the tools necessary to create drawings. Time will be given to exploring and familiarising students with the layout, templates and tools and their various uses and possibilities. Students will create a 3D environment and learn how to navigate the space from a variety of angles.

Day Two: Will consist of creating a 3D interior and laying out objects in that space. Students will be introduced to colour and textures that can be introduced to create specific surfaces. Students will be shown shortcut techniques useful for large-scale models. Finally, students will be shown how to create and export an animation of their models.

Please note that a free Access Programme place will be offered on this course – please include a cover letter with your application to apply for this free space.

Dates: 24th and 25th March 2018
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: €150
Location: RHA School, Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, D02 A213
Booking: For more information on this workshop, please contact Kate McBride. Email: kate@rhagallery.ie | Tel: 016612558
Website: hrhagallery.ie/workshops/sketchup-workshop/


Raising Vibrations | Chris O’Hara at In-spire Galerie, Dublin

22 to 28 February 2018

In-spire Galerie presents “Raising Vibrations” by Chris O’Hara. for the opening night reception is on Thursday 22 February from 6-9pm.

Chris O’Hara (b. 1970 ) is an artist currently based in Dublin. He has been working as an artist full time since 2014, having spent the majority of his life travelling and working as an entrepreneur primarily in the catering sector. His first exhibition of work will take place in October 2017 in The Complex Art Centre, Dublin. Chris makes abstract paintings on a large scale. His work is informed by the time he has spent working and travelling around the world, and by the desire to find peace or meaning in the material world.

Chris’s work is generally acrylic based on canvas. His work aspires to engage with the expansion of painting beyond a strict definition of paint applied with a brush. He experiments with materials, adding foreign substances such as coffee, sand and glue to the paint. Along with traditional brushes, he explores mark-making with a range of different tools; serrated knives, trowels and other instruments are included in the process. The work is physical; a culmination of actions and processes are testified to in each piece.

In-spire Gallerie, 56 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin
T: 085 277 9024
E: info@inspiregalerie.com
W: inspiregalerie.com/en/


Open Call | Botanical Art Exhibition at Bloom Festival 2018 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 30 March

The sixth annual Botanical and Floral Art in Bloom open submission exhibition will take place as part of Bloom 2018 from Thursday 31 May to the end of June 2018 at the Visitor Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. This exhibition is a showcase for Irish botanical and floral artists and will include an exhibition opening on Thursday, 31 May at 6.00pm.

The artists are selected for exhibition by jury. Approximately 40 pieces of work will be shown. Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces of work.

Please note: there is a non-refundable submission fee of €10 per painting (with a reduced fee of €25 for three paintings). Fees can be paid by Bank Transfer or Cheque. Insurance for the duration of the exhibition and transport of works to and from the exhibition will be the responsibility of the artist. 20% commission will apply to all sales.

Entry criteria: bloominthepark.com/Bloom-2018-BF-Art-Criteria-for-Submissions.pdf

Application form: form.jotformeu.com/GardenEvents/


Focus On: Lightroom Beginner Course at Belfast Exposed

This technical course is aimed at beginners to Lightroom and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. The course will cover the basic Lightroom features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs, and how to catalogue and organise your library of images.

What You Will Learn

Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Lightroom.
Working with images in the RAW format.
Adjustments such as levels, curves, colour correction, lens correction etc.
Printing and publishing your photographs covering sizing, colour management and watermarking.
Manage your workflow through cataloguing, archiving etc.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 24 March 2018
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £80 / £70
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Pickled Chimp Ears | Oscar Fouz López at Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin

21 to 24 February 2018

Oscar Fouz López‘s most recent work is influenced by the life of Alexander von Humboldt, an 18th Century German scientist, geographer and explorer. Humboldt traveled the world, visiting countries as diverse as the U.S., Peru and Russia, observing and describing their landscapes, and scientifically analyzing nature.

López’s interest in this character was sparked by him being the first scientist both to see nature as an interconnected living organism and to identify climate change. Humboldt’s story is told visually through the paintings, and his world view is reflected within the natural backdrops and deeper perspectives gained from using elements of landscape.

The work focuses in on events from the explorer’s life and discoveries, simultaneously asking questions around Capitalism, alienation from the spiritual, and transformation. The characters in the paintings dwell outdoors surrounded by trees, strange plants, animals and unnamed tribes as if they were being swallowed up by a vast and mysterious living organism, and where the laws of nature are being rewritten.

KAGE BUTOH, a Dublin-based butoh jam group, will be performing at 6.30pm at the Opening show. The 20 minute piece, Cosmosism, is inspired by Humboldt’s concept of interconnectedness and takes impulses from Lopez’s artwork.

Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8
T: (01) 856 1404
E: info@pallasprojects.org
W: pallasprojects.org


Focus On: Photoshop Beginner Course at Belfast Exposed

Photoshop Beginner
This technical course is aimed at beginners to Photoshop and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. The course will cover the basic Photoshop features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.

What You Will Need
– No requirements. We provide iMac computers with Photoshop for you to use during the course.

What You Will Learn
– Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Photoshop.
– How to use and work with layers.
– Adjustments such as levels, colour correction etc.
– How to use tools such as clone stamp.
– How to save your photographs for web use.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 14 April 2018
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £80 / £70
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Focus On: Photoshop Beginner Course at Belfast Exposed

Photoshop Beginner
This technical course is aimed at beginners to Photoshop and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. The course will cover the basic Photoshop features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.

What You Will Need
– No requirements. We provide iMac computers with Photoshop for you to use during the course.

What You Will Learn
– Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Photoshop.
– How to use and work with layers.
– Adjustments such as levels, colour correction etc.
– How to use tools such as clone stamp.
– How to save your photographs for web use.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 3 March 2018
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £80 / £70
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Develop and Review Your Photography Practice: Stage 2 Workshop at Belfast Exposed

This course is aimed at people wishing to further develop their knowledge and practice of photography. Participants will experience, and learn techniques in, studio photography, street photography, print preparation and more.

What You Will Need
– A basic knowledge and experience in photography is required to participate in this course. We would therefore recommend participating in one of our ‘Stage 1: Using Your Digital Camera’ courses first.

What You Will Learn
– Experience practical sessions on studio and street photography.
– Technical skills that you can use during a photo shoot to produce a high standard of photography.
– Techniques for better composition and ideas for expanding your practice and research.
– How to prepare high quality prints from digital files.
– An introduction to digital darkroom techniques, exploring exposure, contrast and colour control.



The final session (4th week) includes a one-to-one session for each participant, allowing you an opportunity to get a review of your work from the Belfast Exposed tutor team. This session, as well as giving an insight into themselves as a photographer, will also provide you with feedback to enable you to explore your interests and skills as a photographer and help you identify the areas of photography that you wish to develop in the future.

Tutor: Chris Barr / Jim Maginn
Dates: Saturday 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2018
Times: 2pm – 5pm
Fee: £150
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Using Your Digital Camera: Stage 1 Workshop at Belfast Exposed   Recently updated !

This practical, hands-on course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

You will get an introduction to your camera’s manual controls and will get to know the potential of your camera as well as taking the hit-and-miss out of picture taking. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.

What You Will Need
– A digital camera with manual controls.

What You Will Learn
– How to work your camera in full manual exposure mode.
– How to use ISO, shutter speed and aperture to create the correct exposure for a given photograph.
– What white balance and metering settings to use in various situations.
– Exposure compensation and good composition– what makes your images interesting and how to get great creative camera effects.
– Histogram and file formats (RAW + JPEG) explained.
– A basic overview of focusing, flash, lenses and filters.

Tutor: Chris Barr
Dates: Saturday 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2018
Times: 10am – 1pm
Fee: £150 / £135
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


At the Violet Hour | Group Exhibition at Nayland Rock, Margate, UK

3 February to 11 March 2018

In this exhibition, national and international artists riff off the ‘inviolable’ voices in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. With a focus on myth, gender and facets of the self, the artists’ work will re-inhabit and re-animate the empty rooms, spaces and grounds of the Grade II listed Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate.

Recalling Eliot’s own convalescence in Margate in 1921, some of the works in this exhibition will be created during short artist residencies held at the hotel, alongside a number of specially commissioned, site-specific works responding directly to the visual lexicon of The Waste Land against the backdrop of the hotel’s heritage; its faded grandeur, peeling wallpaper and artexed surfaces.

It is through an exploration of the myriad voices in The Waste Land, and through the personage of Tiresias in particular, that we choose to navigate the past and possible future of the Nayland Rock Hotel.

Artists:
David Buckley | Emma Critchley | Simon Foxall | Dazzling Allgood Susie Hamilton | Derek Jarman | Paul Knight | Victoria Lucas Amanda Marchand | Jay Rechsteiner | Lindsay Segall | Shaun Stamp Katie Surridge | Wolfgang Tillmans | Sally Waterman | Chiara Williams and 2017 OSE alumni: Chloe Ashley | Emma Gibson | George Harding Lou Lou Sainsbury | Jessica Jordan-Wrench | Jo Murray | Sara Trillo

Curated by Chiara Williams and Shaun Stamp.

Nayland Rock Hotel
1-5 Royal Cres, Margate CT9 5AJ, UK
T: +44 1843 299992
W: naylandrockhotel.webs.com