Artists Speak


Artist Profile:  Cora Cummins

Artist Profile: Cora Cummins

What's your background? I studied Fine Art at DIT and then a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD. What work experience have you had? I worked as an art teacher for adult VEC night classes, ran workshops with the National Gallery Outreach programme, worked in ...
Artist Profile:  Lynda Devenney

Artist Profile: Lynda Devenney

What's your background? I completed a BA Honors Degree in Fine Art in England in 1997. I received an MA in Art in the Digital World from NCAD in 2003 and commenced working part time for IADT in 2005. What work experience have you had? I have wor...
Career Develoment: Laura Gannon - Letting the Work Lead

Career Develoment: Laura Gannon - Letting the Work Lead

Laura Gannon discusses three recent projects to illustrate the progression of her Practice.
Career Development by  George Bolster

Career Development by George Bolster

A great deal of change has occurred in the way people practice as artists, since I first left college. One of the most pronounced ways is in how artists actively lead their early career themselves. Sometimes this is through formalised artist-led spac...
Career Development: Dougal McKenzie - Art & Opportunity

Career Development: Dougal McKenzie - Art & Opportunity

Dougal McKenzie on balancing preparedness with understanding the importance of the ‘lucky break’ in his art career
Career Development: Lisa Fingleton - Participation, Process & Partnership

Career Development: Lisa Fingleton - Participation, Process & Partnership

Lisa Fingleton discusses the fundamental values and ideas that have directed her career path.
How is it Made? Brian Breathnach (2B) - Keep Pushing The Brush

How is it Made? Brian Breathnach (2B) - Keep Pushing The Brush

Brian Breathnach (2B) recalls his time working as a studio assistant for Michael Farrell in Paris during the 1980s.
How is it Made? Jonathan Cummins Discusses his Film Installation ‘When I Leave These Landings’

How is it Made? Jonathan Cummins Discusses his Film Installation ‘When I Leave These Landings’

‘New Others New Difficulties’ – Jonathan Cummins Discusses his Film Installation ‘When I Leave These Landings’
How is it Made? Mick Kelly and Istvan Laszlo discuss their work for the LUAS/RPA Docklands

How is it Made? Mick Kelly and Istvan Laszlo discuss their work for the LUAS/RPA Docklands

How is it Made? Mick Kelly and Istvan Laszlo discuss their work for the LUAS/RPA Docklands
Making It: Lily Cahill

Making It: Lily Cahill

My name is Lily Cahill. I am a visual artist. I also work in a Dublin gallery on a JobBridge internship, co-direct / manage Flatpack Gallery & Studios in Smithfield and have a weekend job selling clothes. I also completed the MA Art in the Contemporary...
Making It: Lisa Fingleton with Shirin Neshat at The London Film School

Making It: Lisa Fingleton with Shirin Neshat at The London Film School

Intention, then Interpretation: Lisa Fingleton reports on her participation in a 10-day workshop with Shirin Neshat at the London Film School held in October 2013
Making It: Rebecca Strain Snooping & Shooting in the dark

Making It: Rebecca Strain Snooping & Shooting in the dark

"Trying to use my skills, experience and qualifications to support myself – both morally and financially."
Professional Development: Victoria Wright Outlines Key Ideas Shared in Peer Critique Session

Professional Development: Victoria Wright Outlines Key Ideas Shared in Peer Critique Session

VAI Professional Development:   PAINTING AS EMBODIMENT LONDON-BASED PAINTER VICTORIA WRIGHT OUTLINES SOME OF THE KEY IDEAS SHE SHARED IN THE COURSE OF DELIVERING A PEER CRITIQUE SESSION FOR VISUAL ARTISTS IRELAND’S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.  My first visit to Ireland was to take part in the show 'Making Familiar' at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (10 August – 29 Sept 2012). The exhibition paired works by various painters, hanging them in ‘dialogue’ with each other (1). A weekly series of public conversations between the participating artists was a key element of the project. My work was shown alongside paintings by the Irish artist Diana Copperwhite. In our public discussion, held in the gallery, we addressed our inspirations and approaches around working practices – including philosophical ideas and how we each went about creating preparatory imagery for our works.