Past Programmes - 2006

Private Passions; artists and collections

  • Alice Maher
  • 4th, 5th, 6th July
  • €100
  • 10 places. Lunch included.

We are all involved in collecting for many different reasons and in many different ways. Individuals collect keepsakes, families collect souvenirs, communities collect stories, nations collect artefacts.

Alice Maher will lead a three day workshop that explores the artistic possibilities inherent in the material objects, texts and substance of The Collection. This forum will examine our own secret archives, the art collections of individuals, and/or the city’s public collections of objects and artefacts.

Alice Maher was born in Tipperary in 1956. She studied fine art in the late eighties at Cork and Belfast and was a Fulbright scholar at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1987. She represented Ireland in the 22nd Sao Paolo Biennale. Her first major solo exhibition was at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin in 1994. This was followed by solo shows at the Centre d’Art d’Ivry in Paris in 1996, the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin in 1997, the Nolan Eckman Gallery, New York in 2000 and the Purdy Hicks Gallery, London in 2003 and 2006. Maher’s work often takes the form of installation and can include drawing, sculpture, print and photography. Materials taken directly from the countryside, like nettles, thorns or snails, have been utilised by her to make sculptural objects. Myth and fairytale were employed by her as investigative narratives, connecting ideas and objects through time. Maher’s work can be seen in the public collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, the British Museum, Fogg Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Contemporary Arts Society and the Arts Councils of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Painting with Glass

  • Ursula Huth
  • 17 – 21st July
  • €200
  • 12 places. Lunch included.

A painterly and experimental process will start through the use of various techniques including sandblasting, engraving, painting , staining, layering, mixed media. On a creative journey, the group will explore the possibilities of working with flat glass going beyond ‘traditional’ boundaries. The main emphasis will lay on the unique imagination of each student, on finding, realizing your own idea, own statement. How we can turn transparent glass, antique glass (blown flashed coloured glass) float glass, jars and small vessels into our own individual piece of artwork will be explored. Other areas of interest to be discussed will include, architectural commissions, design exploration, possibilities for kiln casting and relief work.

Ursula Huth was born in Ulm in Germany in 1952. She studied history of art, painting and stained glass in Stuttgart University and Academy of Art & Design followed by a Master Degree in Fine Arts Sculpture with Prof. Dale Chihuly at Rhode Island School in USA.  She won the International Peace Scholarship in Iowa, USA in 1981. She was artist in residence at CIRVA in Marseille in 1987 and in Pilchuck in Seattle.  Including her many awards and commissions won is Rakow Commission for The Corning Museum of Glass, USA in 1994 and in 2004 the Kyohei Fujita Prize in Japan. She has shown work in India, Australia, USA and throughout Europe. Her recent exhibtion in 2005 entitled Sea, Sky, Earth was in Ise, Japan Sarutahiko Jinja Shoha Museum. Ursula is the external assessor for NCAD Glass Dept since 2004.

Sound Paths Practical and aesthetic approaches to the integration of sound in art

  • Jurgen Simpson
  • 25th, 26th August
  • €100
  • 10 places. Lunch included.

An insight into the development and practice of sound in art, this two-day workshop introduces both the aesthetic and practical concerns of this field. It presents the technologies, both computer and noncomputer, which have become synonymous with this area and contextualizes these approaches through example works spanning the past 50 years.

Jurgen Simpson is a composer, performer and educator, whose output includes electroacoustic works, music for film, dance, two operas, and three albums with The Jimmy Cake. Collaborators include Michael Nyman, Kevin Volans, Raymond Deane, Judith Ring, John Scott, Shobana Jeyasingh, Davey Spillane, Andrew Legge and Clare Langan. His second opera Thwaite (librettist Simon Doyle, director Dan Jemmet) received the 2003 Genesis Opera Projects top prize. As a performer he has played electroacoustic works by Stockhausen, Cage and Nono as well as his own live electronic work. He is the postgraduate course director at the Centre for Computational Musicology and Computer Music at the University of Limerick.

Lost in Transition

  • Tina O’Connell
  • 13th, 14th September
  • €100
  • 10 places. Lunch included.

Permanence is something we take for granted, in that there are things, places, people that we expect to be there day on day. But we also know that this state of stability cannot last. Tina O’Connell will run a two-day workshop exploring the idea of permanence, utilising and exploring sculpture as a medium in which this issue is so critical. She will explore the issues that have arisen in her own work that address this, as well as how these ideas are disseminated into the contemporary urban environment that is in a constant battle with the cycle of change and transition.

Tina O’Connell was born in Limerick, Ireland. She studied fine art in the late eighties at Limerick and Chelsea before taking another postgraduate degree in Marseilles. Following on from this she was the Henry Moore Fellow in Sculpture at Winchester. She has also completed residencies and awards at La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseilles), 18th St.Arts Complex (Los Angeles) and IMMA, Ireland. Recent solo shows include; College des Irlandais (Paris, 2002), Limerick City Gallery (Limerick 2004) and at Jerwood Gallery (London 2004). O’Connell’s work engages with sculpture in a contemporary context. In a statement concerning this practice she states; ‘Sculpture no longer operates on a formal or figurative level, liberalist attitudes have rendered purely aesthetic readings of a work difficult, and the complex structures of a relational era of making and viewing, in which both positions are collapsed, mean the object is in a constant state of transition.’ This position outlines her interest and articulates many of her works which push the material aspects of the work into what she calls ‘sculpture as spectacle’. This work ranges from object based pubic works (Waterford 2002), to offsite projects in disused pubs (Project Arts Centre Offsite commission 1999). She is currently working on  a major new work funded through Slade School of Art, London.

‘The Room for Drawing’

  • Heike Baranowsky, Mary Doyle, Billy Foley and Abigail Reynolds
  • 16th September
  • 12.00noon–5.00pm
  • €10
  • 20 places. Lunch included.

We all invent our own physical and conceptual devices as methods of not just a physical mark making but conceptually as a means of informing our art form. Here we explore the essence of what drawing is and showcase some unusual means of “drawing”. This forum questions what the impetus is in the 21st century with the common use of technologies to reinvent the act of “drawing”.

Schedule 12.00noon–5.00pm

Heike Baranowsky, was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1966. After studying in Germany she received an MA Fine Art at RCA London (1999). Recent exhibitions include; Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Video Art in Germany from 1963 until today, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2006). Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2005). MoMA Reopen, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004). She is a Professor at the Academy of the Arts, Bergen, Norway.

Mary Doyle, studied fine art at Maidstone College of Art and has worked as a curator and administrator in the arts  for 20 years. She co-founded The Drawing Room in 2000 and established a public gallery space in London in 2003. She has worked for the Arts Council, the British Council and a number of London galleries. She has judged the Arts Council ‘Grants for Artists’ and other contemporary art prizes, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize; Prospects; John Jones Drawing Prize at Zoo Art Fair (2005).

Billy Foley was born in Cork, in 1961 and studied painting at the Crawford College of Art & Design (1980-84). Recent solo exhibitions include; Galerie Beeld and Aambeeld, The Netherlands (2006), Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland (2005); The University Of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, (2004) and Kunstcentrum Hengelo, The Netherlands (2003). Studio holder and director of the Cork Artists Collective, his work is represented in many private and public collections.

Sculptor Abigail Reynolds lives and works in London. She lectures at Chelsea College of Art and the Ruskin School of Fine Art Oxford. Her works can be seen at, where information about recent shows of sculptural work in Carlisle, Dublin, Marseille, Eindhoven, London and Helsinki is posted. She is currently engaged in a research residency at the Serpentine Gallery, and was the sculpture tutor on BBC2’s ‘Celebrty Art School’ Summer 2005.

Portfolio web design using Flash

  • Ciarán O'Kelly

Introduction to Sound Design using Pro Tools

  • Fionnaigh McCann

Sensor Data for control of video and sound in Installations

  • Nicky Ward

Introduction to Photoshop

  • Alan Phelan

Introduction to Avid Express Pro

  • Frank Beechinor