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 May / June 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:
-Title of work
-Date sited / carried out.
-Brief description of the work
Work must have been undertaken in the last 6 months.
Send your info ASAP to Publications Assistant, Lily Power at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline 29 March 2013.
JOHN BEATTIE DESCRIBES HOW HE MADE TWO NEW FILMS FOR HIS UPCOMING SHOW AT THE RHA, DUBLIN, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN NOVEMBER 2012
‘An Artist, the Studio, and all the rest…’ takes the form of two HD film projections with audio, produced and directed between 2006 – 2012. Part one will be presented to the viewer as performative research, shot in the studio of the artist Tom Ryan (PPRHA born 1929) and the RHA School. Here, I observed what became a ‘master / apprentice’ relationship that has developed between myself and Tom Ryan since 2006.
Appropriating the 1854 / 1855 painting by Gustav Courbet, The Artist’s Studio, part two is a staged, choreographed moving-image film, shot in the Great Hall at IMMA, where representatives from various levels of the arts in Ireland were invited to be filmed in the context of this surreal, staged studio.
My work explores ideas and perceptions relating to notions of the artist, the studio and relationships with the audience. Through process- based and context-specific methodologies, my work attempts to create discourse between traditional, classic academic and contemporary practice. Employing the use of film production and performance, my interest lies in how the viewer deconstructs or unravels the creative process.
The starting point for this process was a phone call, a letter and a studio visit, followed by an initiated task set by the artist Tom Ryan. To cut a long story short, I first came across Tom Ryan through his work, then through talking with him over the phone. I was immediately struck by his opinions and comments on contemporary practices and practioners. He regarded this kind of work as a form of “cult and heresy, and a bad, ill-informed one at that”. - From an interview with Tom Ryan in his studio, 2006 (more…)
MAEVE MULRENNAN DESCRIBES THE CURATORIAL STRATEGIES INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING THE EXHIBITION ‘SYNC’, WHICH OPENS AT THE GALWAY ARTS CENTRE IN OCTOBER 2012, AND IS AIMED AT CREATING A BENEFICIAL GALLERY EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER.
In October 2012, The Galway Arts Centre (GAC) will host an exhibition entitled ‘Sync’ as part of the Baboró International Festival for Children. My co-curator, John J Twomey, and I are currently researching methods and mediation techniques for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a visual art context that will inform this exhibition. GAC has been mentored by Ábalta ABA School for Children with Autism and I have also interviewed Carolyn Chin in the V&A Museum Childhood in London, who runs a mediation programme designed specifically for children and young people with ASD.2 ‘Sync’ aims to link together different sources and research, providing a support network to the invited artists. Our research has raised several questions: How can contemporary visual art contribute to the life of a child with autism? What happens to an artist’s practice when they are asked to make work for an audience that may have difficulty with perception?
The ways in which ASD manifests itself are extremely individual. However, the common link is perception. Film director Henry Corra, who made a film with his autistic son George, describes autism thus:
“[Autustic children] have very splintered intelligence, so that they can deal with facts really well, and they can process concrete information really well, but when it comes to the idea of making connections, or empathy, it’s a severe social impairment.”3
Niall Flaherty is the first artist to take up the Working Artist Residency- a period of three months during which the artist can focus on a particular theme or research new possible developments in their work. The residency will culminate with a public exposition, as appropriate to the work or research undertaken.
More about Niall and his work can be found at::
Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and the Arts Council have announced that visual artist Sibyl Montague is the recipient of the seventh annual Emerging Visual Artist Award.
The initiative supports promising visual artists in Ireland by providing a monetary prize of €5,000 and a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. This award is aimed at recognising and supporting the development of committed emerging artists, in kick starting their career and achieving professional recognition. As such, it achieves a core remit of Wexford County Council’s arts strategy by providing professional development supports to emerging artists. Following a national open competition selection process, Montague was selected from over one hundred and twenty submissions received. The submissions were assessed by an independent selection panel, all of which had appropriate expertise in the visual arts.
As the recipient of the award, Montague will be required to create a new body of work during the period of January - December 2013, which will be exhibited at Wexford Arts Centre during January 2014.
For the exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre, Montague will create new work specifically responding to the architecture of the galleries, whilst continuing to re-examine notions of formlessness within different modes of production and media. Engaging an open and experimental approach to making that underlines the performative and durational attributes of formlessness, her aim is to extend her practice to include a live audio/visual element.
Sibyl Montague lives and works in London, and completed an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2011. Recent exhibitions include Arm around You (solo), Oriel Davies, Wales, 2012; Domestic Temples 2, Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, London, UK, 2012; Re-animate, Oriel Davies, Wales, UK, 2010; and George Polke, London, UK, 2008. Montague’s work has also been commissioned for the collection of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tazmania. She was shortlisted for the Red Mansion Award in 2012 and other awards include winner of Re-Animate, Oriel Davies Wales in 2010 and emerging artist at Claremorris Open in 2007 which was selected by Ingrid Swenson, PEER, London.
This exhibition consists of a number of oil paintings first shown as a solo exhibition at the Ranalagh Arts Centre last yeat (since added to)and made since graduating from NCAD in 2007. As shown on my web page older materials and methods are examined and used but I consider my work to be “Contemporary still life”
The paintings are backed up by a number of the objects that were uses as subjects and as such tie in very well to create a unity and completeness.
There are thirty plus paintings and four or five 3D pieces available for display, depending on the space available.
This exhibition is very accessible the paintings being mostly 40x50cm and the 3Ds about the same size, (displayed on wooden plinths, which I can supply). Costs or expenses are totally negotiable.
Exhibition available from now.
In keeping with Visual Artists Ireland’s policy we require venues or events to pay artist’s fees for exhibitions.
As part of the Grafton Street Quarter Improvement Project, artist Michelle Browne worked with the design team to undertake work to improve the pedestrian experience on Clarendon Street. Planters with trees and shrubs, line the edge of what was parking space and the ‘black-top’ has been painted with design and text. Walk down Clarendon Street and share your photos and comment on the facebook page: www.facebook.com/artsoffice.dublincitycouncil
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York has selected visual artist Brian Duggan into its program for a minimum of three months during its 2013/ 2014 activities.
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is a leading nonprofit, residency-based contemporary art institution for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world. Founded in 1994, ISCP has hosted over 1,300 artists and curators from more than 55 countries, including the United States. In 2008, ISCP moved from Manhattan to East Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the former factory of the Sackett & Wilhelms Lithography Company, an 18,000 square-foot building constructed in 1901. This move expanded ISCP’s facilities to 35 studios, an exhibition gallery and a project space. To advance its core mission of supporting artists in producing and exhibiting a wide range of contemporary, often experimental, artistic approaches, ISCP annually presents a series of innovative exhibitions and public programs both on- and off-site. ISCP’s programming engages audiences in meaningful ways while fostering the institution’s relationship to its community. Each year, over 100 artists and curators are in residence at ISCP and approximately 10,000 individuals attend ISCP’s public programs.
Twice a year, in May and November, ISCP hosts four-day long Exhibitions in Open Studios, presenting work by the 35 ISCP artists and curators in residence, accompanied by live performances, panel discussions and exhibitions. During Exhibition Open Studios, residents present recent projects, work in progress, site-specific installations and their archives to over 2,000 professionals and art enthusiasts from New York and beyond.
The National Campaign for the Arts is undertaking a pre-budget blitz that Visual Artists Ireland is asking for you to support. As there are only 4 weeks left before the budget announcements, the blitz is to send an email to your local representatives to highlight the need for continued support for the arts. Their text reads:
“In 2012, the National Campaign for the Arts worked hard to make a compelling and persuasive case for the arts. We directly informed politicians and public representatives across parties and independents, gathering considerable momentum. We contributed to public debate, now a matter of public record, in the Seanad and the Dail, and made a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht. Now we look to 2013, where we know our work will be cut out for us on local turf the length and breadth of the country. And in the context of The Gathering and the EU Presidency, what is local will play out nationally and internationally. That work begins with Budget 2013.
Campaign Message – Budget 2013: We call on Minister Deenihan to protect the allocation of funding for the arts achieved through the Arts Council, Irish Film Board and Culture Ireland, and Minister Phil Hogan to protect Local Authority funding.”
There are guidelines on their website (http://ncfa.ie/index.php/campaign/pre-budget-2013#102)on how to have your voice heard on this matter.
Also, you will find on the Visual Artists Ireland website (http://visualartists.ie/advocacy/advocacy-datasheet-1-topic-the-status-of-the-artist-in-ireland/) a series of datasheets covering the national issues that are currently a part of our advocacy work.
Please contact our advocacy officer Alex Davis if you have any questions about our work in this area and how you can help.
Into the Light: the Arts Council – 60 Years of Supporting the Arts has been developed by Lead Curator, Karen Downey and is a partnership between the Arts Council and a number of prominent Irish art galleries. Partner curators have been invited to select works from the Arts Council collection and to create exhibitions which reflect the interests and ethos of their individual institutions.
‘Meditation’ (2009) by Patrick Scott, is the title image for a major series of exhibitions which will take place from December this year to celebrate the work of Irish contemporary artists and 60 years of support for the sector by the Arts Council.
The exhibitions will include over 150 works from the Arts Council collection. Many of the works have been recalled from loan locations across the country and will be on display at the following locations:
- Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane from November 28th
- Limerick City Gallery of Art from November 30th
- Crawford Art Gallery from December 5th
- The Model, Sligo from December 7th
Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: “The collection, which was formally established in 1962, is not a ‘museum-like’ or definitive collection representing an Irish art canon. Instead, its development was guided by the deeply held principles of assisting artists to make a living from their work and of using that work to provide opportunities for the public to experience art in their locality. These values still endure, with the Council buying from contemporary artists while also ensuring that the majority of the collection remains out on loan in local libraries, museums, hospitals and other public buildings.”
As part of Into the Light, the Arts Council and RTÉ are supporting the making of four short films which respond creatively to the Arts Council collection and which will be broadcast in RTÉ Television’s weekly arts series, The Works, in November. The films to be made are as follows:
Variations on a Collection – An over view of the Arts Council collection and how it reflects who we are, by James Kelly
The Nettle Coat – Exploring the public’s response to Alice Maher’s Nettle Coat, by Pat Collins and Sharon Whooley
Reframe – Following the artist Karl Burke during the development of his new work commissioned for the exhibition at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, by Tadhg O’Sullivan
A Prevailing Wind – Celebrating six decades of the arts, by Ian Cudmore, Alan Kavanagh and Donal Dineen.