Saturday, 7 January 2012

Let's Play! Design

13th Jan 2012 (Fri) - 16th Jan 2012 (Mon) from 19:00 - 18:00
Makeshift Ensemble in association with WRKSHP @ Sample Studios presents:

Let's Play! Design an exhibition of theatre design, comprisind set, costume and sound design. The exhibition comes as the fourth event of Makeshift Ensemble Let's Play! theatre development programme.

The aim of this event is to showcase the design talent in Cork , introduce new designers and to put theatre design into the limelight for once and allow an insight for the public into this aspect of theatre.

The exhibition is also preceded by a two day workshop on theatre design for the participating artists which is facilitated by Lisa Lilywhite theatre designer.

Opening Times:

Friday 7pm Official Opening (drinks and a DJ)
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12am - 4pm
Monday 10am - 6pm

Let's Play! is supported by the Arts Council and the exhibition was made possible with the generous support of Kinlay House and Pat MacDonnel Paints.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Art Studies 2012 National Gallery of Ireland

Detail from François-Marie Poncet, 'Adonis'

Art Studies 2012: Great Art in the Context of its Time
Dates and Venue: 12 January to 29 March, Thursdays 6.30pm, Gallery Lecture Theatre.
This series of twelve talks will explore what constitutes great works of art: antiquities, stained glass, paintings, sculpture, museums, architecture and interiors. 
12 January - What is a Masterpiece?Nigel Rolfe, Artist, Senior Critic, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design; Chelsea College of Art; Fine Arts Course Tutor, Royal College of Art
19 January - Renaissance Master Sculptor - MichelangeloDr Paula Murphy, University College Dublin
26 January - Masterpieces of Irish AntiquitiesPeter Harbison, Royal Irish Academy
2 February - Venetian Renaissance Master: TitianDr Philip Cottrell, University College Dublin
9 February - Great 20th-century Architecture: Hans Scharoun's Berlin PhilharmonieProfessor Hugh Campbell, University College Dublin
16 February - Great Eighteenth-century InteriorsDr Christine Casey, Trinity College Dublin
23 February - Vermeer: 17th-Century Dutch Master PainterDr Adriaan Waiboer, National Gallery of Ireland
1 March- Illustrating the Finest Irish Stained GlassDr Nicola Gordon Bowe, National College of Art and Design; University of Ulster
8 March - The Great American Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright Dr Kathleen James-Chakraborty, University College Dublin
15 March - Velázquez: Spanish Portrait Painter ExtraordinaireDr Peter Cherry, Trinity College Dublin
22 March - Daniel Maclise: Master of DetailDr Brendan Rooney, National Gallery of Ireland
29 March - Cabinets of Curiosities :  National Museums Dr Marie Bourke, National Gallery of Ireland

Details: 12 January to 29 March, Thursdays 6.30pm, Gallery Lecture Theatre. A Certificate of Attendance is provided for those who attend the course.
Season Ticket: €95 for 12 lectures. Single Ticket: €8.50 per talk (Concession 10%: Students/OAP/Unwaged/Registered Disabled/Friends of NGI, proof of status required), available from the Gallery Shop: 01-663 3518.
Enquiries: Education Department T: 01-663 3504/5 E:

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Coal Story: a photographic exhibition by Darek Fortas

The Copper House Gallery will launch Coal Story, a photographic exhibition by Darek Fortas on Wednesday 11th January 2012 from 6pm-8pm. Artist Anthony Haughey will open the exhibition. Coal Story, the first solo exhibition by Darek Fortas, is a result of an extensive photographic engagement with the two largest coal mining companies in the European Union located in Silesia, the most industrialised part of Poland.

Coal Story combines contemporary photography and archival research dating back to the 1960s, when Poland experienced significant economic and industrial expansion. In the early 1980s, coal mines were a major site of struggle and resistance against the communist regime. Workers’ protests resulted in the creation of Solidarity - a workers’ and citizens' movement under the leadership of Lech Walesa. The coal miners actions eventually led to the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War.

This exhibition is part of the inaugural Fire Propeller Competition, the precursor of the new €150,000 Fire Arts Awards. The Fire Propeller Competition is an annual award open to all final year photography students. The 2011 Fire Propeller winner Darek Fortas has recently started his eight week residency at The Copper House Gallery, in preparation for Coal Story,  his first solo photographic exhibition.
The 2012 Fire Propeller Competition will be launched at the opening of Coal Story at The Copper House Gallery on Wednesday 11th January 2012.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Irish Graffiti, Is It Art?

When I started researching for this article I was not sure which way it would go as I had not really thought much about is Graffiti art a valid means of expression. Some of its of course is just tagging hence like many I tarnished it all with the one brush.

With the emergence of Banksy onto the British Art Scene many people have begun to see Graffiti art in a new light.
Ireland has always had Graffiti artists working not only in urban areas but has peoples attitude to Graffiti changed?

"New York is Killing Me" by ADW which only lasted a few days on Abbey Street Dublin

 Graffiti can be and is a means for artists to get their work viewed by a mass audience that otherwise would not step foot into a gallery, until recently would not have been shown in many galleries across Ireland. 

So what exactly has changed? for one graffiti has become more technically sound and have become more about what the artist wants to say rather than just a form of tagging, it has reached out to people and if it has become thought provoking well then its a valid piece of art.  

Which leads to the next point why are the councils spending so much in removing only some of the graffiti and leaving others? who decides if a piece is valid enough to exist? 

Graffiti is a way that artist express themselves hence I believe contributes to the Irish Art Scene in the same way that any exhibition does some pieces are gems waiting to be discovered while other pieces are like many paintings can brighten up a dull area

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Zin Taylor: Thoughts and Forms

Our current Artist in Residence, Zin Taylor, will give a talk in The Model on his practice on Wednesday December 7th at 6pm.

Zin has become known internationally for his elaborate installations encompassing elements of performance and sculpture along with drawing, printing, and video. Narration is an essential ingredient of much of Taylor’s multifaceted work, and his stories are often culled from the undergrowth of popular culture (more specifically underground music scenes) and contemporary art lore. Journalism, research, storytelling: not surprisingly, both the spoken word and the printed word figure prominently in Taylor’s practice and many of his installations have also been accompanied by publications and/or artist books.

The talk, as much as it will be about his work, will traverse a wide variety of influence, anecdote and past history to arrive at the basic principle behind what it is Zin Taylor does – the development of thoughts about a subject in to forms about subject.
For this he uses the term Growth to describe the additive qualities that occur when a subject is addressed with intent. It’s what he sees happening as the by-product of intentionality, a kind of phenomenological authorship.

Address a subject, and that subject grows. It takes up more space, occupies new areas, speaks to things it didn’t before – but always with a visual language of his own construct. There will be video, audio and some images. The work, often whimsical, funny and playful is a gateway to a deeper meaning.
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Monday, 5 December 2011

Returning Georgia Hopkins

“Returning” is an exhibition of works by local artist Georgia Hopkins. The paintings are atmospheric seascapes and landscapes inspired by the natural beauty of Cork and West Kerry.

Artist’s Statement
 I chose ‘Returning’ as a title for a number of reasons. Initially it was a literal, working title, as I would be returning to the lovely Alliance Franҫaise de Cork gallery of my first solo exhibition. As I thought more about it however, this title resonated on a number of different levels.
The very fact of having this exhibition necessitated my own returning: to the painting process, to the quietness of mind that that both allows & demands, and to my enduring source of inspiration, which is the wonder and beauty of the natural world. It is always a great pleasure to return to my inner connection with nature, to the universal energy, to the place in us all that makes us both unique in spirit yet connected with everything and everyone else.
From another angle, I see this now as a universal time of ‘returning’. I believe that our society is at a pivotal point, and that much of the way forward will involve a returning to traditional wisdom, to a stronger community-based approach to living, and to the core values and needs shared by all. Love and kindness are essential of course, and are hugely powerful forces. In keeping with the deep respect for nature that is behind all of my paintings, and being a life-long animal lover, I decided that this exhibition might also serve another purpose; to offer an opportunity to help and support some hardworking, invaluable local animal charities: The Cat Action Trust (C.A.T.), Dog Action Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.), and The Donkey Sanctuary. I hope that anyone who purchases a painting or print will be agreeable to a percentage being donated to these charities.
The works in Returning span a time period of several years, and people will see in these paintings a broad range of impressions, places, feelings, and points of inspiration. With all my work, whether landscape, seascape, abstract or expressionist, my starting points are always mood and colour, followed by form and composition. What I try to capture is a certain vitality, a natural, numinous energy, and to offer a glimpse of what is at play beneath the surface, beyond the horizon, and past the veneer of superficial reality. I hope when visiting you will be able to spend a little time with the works you like, and that you might find yourself sharing in the sense of wonder that inspired them. - GEORGIA HOPKINS

24th November 2011 – 6th January 2012 
Alliance Francaise Cork 

John Macormac Structure

 Structure is John Macormac’s new solo exhibition of recent works on card, paper and wood.
The title refers to the artist's interest in combining different elements and techniques to construct works that provoke a subjective sense of atmosphere, and a relationship of entities that coheres in the mind of the viewer.

The artist combines collage, oil paint, acrylics, emulsion, ink, spray paint, conte crayon, chalk, felt tips, pencil and anything else that appeals. Found photographs and fragments of text can be included because of a personal sense of meaning, or purely as passages of visual ‘noise’.
The work does not start with a finished image in mind. Rather it carries a sense of practical progression; each new area suggests the context and space for the next aspect of the piece. The artist will often work on several at a time. Pieces are often playful, while rough edges and accidents are encouraged. The work is in a constant state of evolution and reinvention. Layers are added and scraped back. Each finished piece displays evidence of this process of revision, editing and adding new elements until it feels right to stop.

Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2003 with a First Class degree in Fine Art, Macormac has been working in Cathedral Studios in Belfast. He has participated in many shows including ‘Arrivals’ at the Ormeau Baths Gallery in July 2010 and a 3 person show ‘Graphic’ in the Engine Room in the summer of 2008.
He is a member of Cathedral Studios, a 6 person studio group based in Belfast. As a group they have been featured in late night art tours of Belfast art venues and exhibited in spaces as diverse as the Work Atelier SK Den Helder, Netherlands in 2007 and the Ulster Hospital in 2005.
The exhibition runs until the 29/01/12
Venue: Empress Gallery, Forsyth House, Cromac Street, Belfast, BT2 8lA. 

Friday, 25 November 2011

A Nation of Art without a Future? Discussion

What is a nation? And what do we need to be considered part of a nation? This event aims to consider our identity as curators, as Italians, as Europeans in a precarious time, especially because of politics and economics.
We are living in hard times: both Ireland and Italy are suffering due to the global crisis and our governments are forced to cut funds to support culture. Thus the art system is in danger and a lot of people have decided to leave their own country to find other possibilities abroad. The “new emigration”, composed of graduates and highly educated people, art professionals, doctors, engineers, is changing an entire social system, especially in Italy.
Taking inspiration from the financial crisis and funding cuts, the event will focus on the reaction of artists to these issues, their interpretations of the causes and effects, and their strategies to address or overcome them.
Quoting Boris Groys, “artists today are using the same forms and processes around the world, even though they are using them in different cultural and political contexts. The context in which the work is produced is often an intrinsic dimension of the work itself. Works of art do not simply tell us about themselves, for they also allude to the context in which they can immediately be perceived as signs and symbols, and as information that tells the spectator about the particular conditions that exist in the area of the world they come from.”
As a consequence of that, some artists’ approach is to bring today’s economic and political decision-making models into serious question. Some artists’ works are detached from institutions and from the normal places of art, interacting directly with the public space. In our own practice as artists and curators, we sometimes assist with these alternative models of public action.
The project consists in a panel discussion moderated by Alessandra Saviotti and Marianna Liosi, involving one Italian and one Irish curator whose research
and practice is related to these issues. Through the discussion and the comparison between the Italian and Irish context, we are interested in highlighting how artists use creative processes to face both current and possible realities. The talk will be accompanied by some examples of Irish and Italian artists, used as pretexts to analyse in depth two different contexts of action.

about the guest curators

Luigi Fassi is the director of ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum in Bolzano, Italy, where he curated, amongst other, monographic exhibitions of Runo Lagomarsino, Chto Delat?, Mark Boulos, William E. Jones, Eva Kotatkova. A 2008-2009 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York, he has organized several exhibitions internationally, including “Theoretical Practice”, ISCP, New York (2009); “Archeology of Mind” at the Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden (2008);  “In Search of the Miraculous” at the Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2007). His writings appears in publications such as Mousse, Artforum, Domus, Site, Flash Art, KLAT and he is a co-author of Clement Greenberg. L’avventura del modernismo, Johan & Levi, 2011 and Time Out of Joint: Recall and Evocation in Recent Art, Yale University Press, 2009.
Mick Wilson is a researcher, educator, artist and writer. He is currently the Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Dublin, Ireland where he works with artists, designers, curators, musicians, cultural historians/theorists, and policy analysts to investigate aspects of public culture and contemporary cultural practices. He has lectured internationally on art research, public culture, critical education and urbanism. He is a member of the European Arts Research Network (EARN He is the principal investigator for “SHARE (2010-2013)”, a major European research network for the creative arts with participants from 30 different countries jointly led by ELIA and GradCAM.
He was co-curator with Daniel Jewesbury of re : public (2010) an expanded exhibition platform on the nature of public culture and urban politics and he is a co-curator of the food thing (2011-2013) a project investigating contemporary food cultures and politics.

Sample Studios, 2nd Floor, Former Government Buildings, O'Sullivans Quay, Cork
When 26/11/11

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Helen Sharp - Love's Rebellious Joy

Helen Sharp is an artist living and working in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Helen grew up on the tiny Hebridean island of Vatersay in Scotland and left the islands to take up a place in Edinburgh College of Art where she gained a First Class honours in Sculpture and received the Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement. Helen went on to gain a Masters with Distinction in Time Based Art from Dartington College of Arts gaining the highest degree result in her year.

After some time teaching and also exhibiting internationally many times, Helen went on to be director of Catalyst Arts Gallery in Belfast and then to complete a PhD in Art from the University of Ulster. Alongside and equally as important to her academic career, Helen has continued her art practice and recently had a major solo show called the `Hero and Now’, exhibiting film,  photography, print and installation. Helen was one of five shortlisted artists for the Cultural Olympiad in 2009 and also published a book in collaboration with artist Aisling O’ Beirn entitled ‘or So We’ve heard’. This book was the culmination of 2 years work within communities exploring and gathering vernacular information such as recipes, remedies, urban myths and people and places of the various communities visited.

Helen’s community arts work has included sculpture collaborations with artist Duncan Ross, community gardens, environmental sculpture and an upcoming Art on the Wall Project based in the Kilwilkie Estate in Lurgan. Helen has also recently completed a commission from Kerrygold Butter to design and install a bespoke artwork and garden in MileEnd, London.  Helen is currently Chairperson of the Northern Irish branch of  ‘Paintings in Hospitals’, a UK charity engaged in providing high quality art works for Healthcare sites.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other

Rivane Neuenschwander, I Wish Your Wish, 2003, Silkscreen on fabric ribbons, Dimensions variable, Detail, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, EUA / USA, Photo by Chocolate Milk, Photography, Courtesy the artist, Fortes Vilaça Gallery, São Paulo; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Viena; Juan e [and] Patricia Vergez, Argentina

This major mid-career survey of the work of the internationally admired Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander covers a decade of her work. A Day Like Any Other highlights her unique contribution to the narrative of Brazilian Conceptualism and reveals her wide ranging, interdisciplinary practice that merges painting, photography, film, sculpture, installation, collaborative actions and participatory events. Three installations in the exhibition involve direct visitor participation. The first, I Wish Your Wish, 2003, is based on a tradition at a church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where the faithful tie silk ribbons to their wrists and to the gates of the church; and, according to tradition, their wishes are granted when the ribbons wear away and fall off. At IMMA hundreds of similar ribbons are printed with visitors’ wishes from Neuenschwander’s past projects exhibited elsewhere. Visitors are invited to remove a ribbon from the wall and tie it around their wrist. According to Brazilian tradition, the wish is granted when the ribbon wears away and falls off. In exchange, the artist asks you to write your wish on the paper available and insert it in the ribbon hole. The artist collects your wishes and some are added to the work when next the piece is exhibited again.

16th Nov 2011 (Wed) - 29th Jan 2012 (Sun)

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