Past Programmes - 2008

Grace Weir - In your own time

  • Grace Weir
  • May 24th – 26th

Grace Weir has worked with a number of scientists in order to make films that align a lived experience of the world with current scientific knowledge and theory. She is interested in making work that examines and transcends reason through rational means. Her work explores the slippage from factual experimentation into subjective experience and presents a critical appraisal of film through the actual making of film.

A 3 day master class in video making with a particular emphasis on the shift from documentary to fictional film making, looking at where a seeming factual account of an event or instance breaks into other realms.

Basil Beattie in conversation with Eamon Colman

  • June 7th
  • €50
  • Lunch included.

This one day open forum presentation and discussion will track influences and levels of change in the work of these two artists. Spanning a time line from the 50’s to the present day each will discuss, interact and allow for a symbiotic exchange with the audience.  In advance of the day you can forward questions and  topics which you would like discussed.


Basil Beattie

Basil Beattie, born in 1935 is one of Britain’s most distinguished  and respected painters and printmakers. He studied at West Hartlepool College of Art (1950–55) and at the Royal Academy Schools, London, from 1957 to 1961. He taught at Goldsmiths' College, London, for much of the 1980s and 90s. ,“(his) work is 'abstract' in its concern with materials and technical procedure - but uses repeated symbols, especially stairs and tunnels, .. (they) create the very different tensions and moods evoked by the titles. He speaks of the blank canvas around the painted ideogram as a 'place to breathe' rather than as 'space'; his art is the visualisation of states of mind, in which images are more compelling or calming than words."John McEwen,
The Sunday Telegraph.

His recent exhibitions include Tate Britain 2007 and a major print exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge 2005.  Basil is represented by Emma Hill Fine Art, Eagle Gallery, London.

Collections include
Arts Council Collection, London; BUPA; Birmingham City Art Gallery; Contemporary Art Society, London; Deutsche Bank, London; Government Art Collection, London; NatWest Group Art Collection; Saatchi Collection- London; Swindon Museum and Art Gallery; Tate Gallery - London; Whitworth Art Gallery - Manchester,


Major Arts Council Award
Athena Awards winner
John Moores -2nd Prize-winner
Shortlist Jerwood Painting Prize 
Nordstern Print Prize, Royal Academy 
2001 amongst many others.

Eamon Colman

“As a painter. Eamon Colman is unmistakably a colourist.  Not only because colour- often strong, bright colour – is a major constituent in terms of the formal pictorial construction of his compositions, but also because he expects the qualities inherent in colour to do a substantial part of the emotional work he sees as integral to the painting process.” Aidan Dunne - Arts Critic The Irish Times

Eamon Colman was born in 1957 in Dublin.  He is one of Ireland’s foremost abstract painters, he is a member of Aosdana and has won many awards including a one year travel award by The Calcutta Artists Union in 1989. Colman was the first Irish artist to win a Full Fellowship to The Vermont Studio Center 2002, he is a Fellow of The Ballinglen Arts Foundation and was awarded a CCAT Interreg Major Award to tour an extensive exhibition in Wales in 2005.  He won first prize in painting in EV+A 1989 and first prize in painting Eigse 2001.  Colman was Chairman of the Artists’ Association of Ireland 1993 – 1995 and President of the European Council of Artists’ 1995 – 2000.

Since 1980 Eamon has had 27 solo exhibitions in Ireland and abroad including a mid term retrospective at The R.H.A. Gallagher Gallery 1997, Palais de Congres – Lorient 1998, Frederickshaven – Denmark 1999, The Oriel Queens Hall Gallery - Wales 2005. In 2008 he is exhibiting at The Cecil R. Hunt Museum, Webster University St. Louis, USA.   He is represented by Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin. 

His work is in the collection of AIB, Bank Of Ireland, Irish Life, EPA, King House Museum, Fyffes Ireland, American Express, Delta Airlines, Citibank, KPMG, OPW, The Gordon Lambert Collection – IMMA, Smurfitt Ireland Grp. The Arts Council, The Royal Victoria Hospital also in numerous corporate and private collections.  More viewing of his work; Eamon Colman, Artist Profile - Gandon Editions no. 25 and at

David Mach ‘Search for inspiration and ideas’

  • David Mach
  • June 21st
  • €50
  • 12 places. Lunch included.

During the day David Mach will explore the ideas inherent in his work,  the potency of materials and their political significances. Tracking his career, sculptural and collage works Mach will discuss many projects undertaken throughout his career, laying bare the trials and tribulations of making large scale and public works.

Mach has used everyday, recognizable, mass-produced objects in multiples, notably newspapers, magazines, car tyres, matches and coat hangers throughout his career.  He brings diverse items together in large scale installations with humour and social comment.

The density of his installations is echoed in the matchhead sculptures where multiple objects make the whole.  Thousands of safety matches glued together so that mainly only the coloured heads of the matches are seen.  Mach sees the match heads as having three clear lives; the original coloured head; the performance of burning it; and the burned head, instantly aged black and white version of the originals.

The coathanger works are made in a similar way to the matchheads, using traditional sculptural techniques, a figure or object modeled in clay, moulded, cast and then the coathangers are labourously shaped, fitted and welded round the plastic shape.  In these sculptures the hooks form a sort of fuzz that mask the identity of the object which makes it more enticing to look at.  The hooks make a ghost out of the object from which they protrude.


David Mach was born in Methil, Fife, Scotland in 1956.  He studied for five years at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, followed by three years working for his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. He lives and works in London.

As well as exhibiting extensively Mach has also made a number of commissioned public sculptures in the UK.  He has work in public collections at the Tate Britain; Tate Liverpool; the National Portrait Gallery; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, the British Council collection amongst many others.

He has work in many international collections including Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, McMaster Museum , Hamilton, Ontario; Muess Leon- Dierx, Renunion Island, Kawasaki City Museum -Tokyo; Museum of Art - Aukland; FRAC du Rhones- Alpes, France, FRAC de Franche – Comte; Musee D’Art Comtemporian - Dole, France; Musee van Hedendaagse Kunst - Antwerp; de Werf - Aalst, Belgium, UBS - Geneva, Microsoft - Seattle; Hasbro Inc - New York

Elizabeth Swinburne ‘101 things to do with a kiln…well at least 10!’

  • Elizabeth Swinburne
  • 1st- 5th September
  • €300
  • 12 places

By tickling and tempting the imagination we will play with ideas and open up new ways to explore and generate work. The aim is not specifically on producing 'finished' results but rather on creating new starting places.

This 5 day experimental workshop will endeavour to introduce the widest range of approaches to working with glass possible.  Using the barest minimum of specialist equipment glass will be cast, fused, bent, coloured - whatever!

The class will provide students with the necessary technical information, glass understanding and problem solving skills to pursue their ideas confidently in their own studios.  No previous glass experience is necessary however the class is also suitable for those with prior knowledge as we will focus on the creative development of ideas and experiments


Elizabeth Swinburne is a British artist who lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her sculptures and installations have a sense of age yet exhibit feelings of vulnerability, she uses the fragility and translucency of the glass to create objects that fascinate and provoke strong emotive responses. A highly respected educator whose career spans 20 years, she has held key academic posts in both the UK and the Netherlands, perhaps most notably she was Senior Tutor for glass at the Royal College of Art, London. An active artist since graduation in 1983, her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Japan. She is represented in major international collections including V&A, London; Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf; Hokkaido Museum, Japan; and the Museum of Applied Arts, Prague.

John Gerrard - New Forms

  • John Gerrard
  • September 20th
  • €50
  • 12 places. Lunch included.

John Gerrard will present a one day master class concentrating on his principal medium of realtime 3D. This class shall frame and discuss the proposal that realtime 3D (also known as virtual sculpture) will provide some of the most important formal and conceptual possibilities for contemporary art into the next decades.

The morning session shall centre on the medium itself as a post cinematic form with strong relations to traditions of photography, sculpture and painting. This will encompass a detailed presentation of both the artists work and that to which it relates.

The afternoon shall focus on modes of collaboration needed to produce work of this nature, strategies for creating and supporting these collaborative structures and issues relating to the ongoing maintenance of computer based works in the public domain.

The day shall be punctuated by discussion topics extending from the workshop to which participants are requested to actively contribute.


John Gerrard (1974, Dublin) is based in Dublin, Ireland and Vienna, Austria. He received a BFA from the Ruskin School of Oxford University, UK in 1998, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA in 2000. In 2001 he received an Msc from Trinity College, Dublin. Recent solo shows include Dark Portraits, RHA Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (12.06)  travelling to Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (1.07) Selected recent group shows include Blown Away, Krannert Museum of Art, Illinois, USA (01.08) Equal, That Is To The Real Itself, Marian Goodman Gallery, NY, USA, (08/07) Singing the Real, National Gallery of South Africa, SA. (07/07) Landscapism, Islip Museum of Art. Islip, USA, Present Future, Artissima, Turin, Italy (11.06). The 4th Seoul Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea (10.06).  See for further details.

16mm Film Production

  • Kate McCullough

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Graphics Tablets

  • Ciarán O'Kelly

Introduction to Photoshop

  • Alan Phelan

Introduction to Sound Design using Pro Tools

  • Fionnaigh McCann