Past Programmes - 2010

Photoshop: Creating Fine Art Prints

  • Hugh McElveen, Exhibit A Studios
  • April 17th 2010
  • 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • €65 for Fire Station iMac, €50 for laptop users
  • 6 Places. Places can only be guaranteed upon receipt of payment.

  • Entry requirements: Participants must have a basic knowledge of Photoshop. 

Understanding how colour works in a digital environment enables artists to understand the rules, parameters and limits of the medium. From colour management during image capture on a camera or scanner through editing in Photoshop and preparing an image for a fine art print, this course aims to empower artists to get the maximum quality out of digital imaging. By the end of the course participants will have moved beyond a beginner level and will understand best capture and image editing practice. They will also know how to work with print labs and the appropriate questions to ask in order to get the prints they envisaged.

Illustrator: Introduction to Digital Drawing

  • Ciarán O'Kelly
  • April 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th
  • 6 PM - 9 PM
  • €100 for Fire Station iMac, €75 for laptop owners
  • Places: 6

  • Entry requirements: Participants must have a basic knowledge of Photoshop.

Abobe Illustrator is used for a variety of creative projects. From creating vector graphics for the web to images for posters, business cards, t-shirt designs and CD/DVD covers, Illustrator is the program to use. This course is designed for artists with a basic knowledge of Photoshop. The course will cover the basics of computer illustration and its use in print and web-based media. Topics covered include how to work with wacom tablets, objects, bitmaps, web-graphics, text, freehand drawing, image refinement, and use of gradients and colour.

24 Frames a Second

  • Vivienne Dick
  • 15th and 16th May 2010

The Fire Station Artists' Studios hosted a two day theoretical and practical master class led by filmmaker Vivienne Dick on 15th and 16th May 2010. The course covered three areas: a discussion of the artist’s work and methodologies, a viewing and discussion of a range of experimental film and an introduction to the Bolex 16 mm camera.

24 frames a second Vivienne Dick

  • Vivienne Dick
  • 15th & 16th May
  • €100
  • Lunch included. Artists are asked to send in a letter of interest and CV along with their booking form and payment.

The Fire Station Artists' Studios will host a two day theoretical and practical master class led by filmmaker Vivienne Dick. The course will cover three areas: a discussion of the artist's work and methodologies, a viewing and discussion of a range of experimental film and an introduction to the Bolex 16 mm camera to include the use of different lenses, various speeds, superimposition, stop animation, colour temperature, gels and use of handmeter etc. The course will include an opportunity to load and shoot some film the results of which will be developed and transferred to dvd and a copy distributed to each participant. Individual feedback on student material will be offered by Vivienne through email after wards.
It is not necessary to have shot any film prior to this course. There will be a reading list with selected texts for the participant to focus on, given in advance of the class.


Vivienne Dick is a filmmaker with an interest in experimental filmmaking, American and European avant-garde, critical theory and DJing. She began making films in NYC in the late seventies and later in London and currently lives in the West of Ireland. She has exhibited widely in cinema spaces, galleries and in museums. Most recently she has had a retrospective at the Crawford Art Gallery. Other screening over the years include New York Berlin and Edinburgh film festivals, Moma NYC, The Whitney Bienniale, Babylon Theatre Berlin and Margenes Festival in Madrid.
Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Archives (NYC) and the Irish Film Archive. She teaches part-time and organizes Live@8 events with Aine Philips and Maeve Mulrennan. She is a member of Aosdana.

More on her work and practice on:

InDesign: Creating an Artist’s Publication

  • Hugh McElveen
  • May 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th, June 1st, 3rd
  • 6:30 PM - 9PM
  • €120 for Fire Station iMac, €90 for laptop owners
  • Places: 6

  • Entry requirements: Places can only be guaranteed upon receipt of payment

InDesign is a document manager. It takes image, graphic and text files, and then arranges them in one document which it prepares for print. Its interface will have familiar and new aspects for those participants familiar with other Adobe programs. This workshop is designed to give artists the knowledge and confidence to produce their own catalogue/publication. It covers planning and co-ordinating a print project, page layout, working with text, graphics and images, paper grades and characteristics, preflighting documents, exporting, preparing for print and dealing with print studios.

Documentation: Digital Photography

  • Hugh McIlveen, Exhibit A Studios
  • 29th May 2010
  • 10 AM to 5 PM
  • €50
  • 6 Places. Places can only be guaranteed upon receipt of payment.

  • Entry requirements: Participants must have a digital camera.

This one day practical workshop will focus on empowering artists to utilise either available light or a studio flash to produce professional quality images when documenting their 2D or 3D work.

Photography: Documentation

  • Hugh McElveen
  • June 12th
  • 10 AM - 5 PM
  • €50
  • Places: 6

  • Entry requirements: Participants must have a camera.

This one day workshop will focus on empowering artists to utilise either available light or a studio flash to produce professional quality images when documenting their 2D or 3D work.

Final Cut Pro

  • Amy Walsh
  • June 19th, 20th
  • 10 AM to 5 PM
  • €100 for Fire Station iMac, €80 for laptop owners
  • 6 Places. Places can only be guaranteed upon receipt of payment.

  • Entry requirements: Participants must be Mac users and if using your own laptop you must have Final Cut 5 or higher software installed

Final Cut Studio is the industry leading video editing and DVD authoring software package. We have workshops at beginners and advanced levels for Final Cut. They cover everything from capturing video through to editing techniques, colour correction, sound editing and motion graphics. Our DVD Studio Pro workshop incorporates all the steps necessary to produce a professional quality DVD.

Hybrid Forms Using Glass

  • Angela Jarman UK
  • 6th – 10th September 2010
  • €250
  • 12 places

"I’m fascinated by the natural world, plant life and biology, I re-create hybrid forms in my glasswork. My work refers to nature, but appears “unnatural”, and carries a sense of the uncanny with a sinister ambiguity”. By using only clear glass, sometimes juxtaposed with black glass Jarman emphasises form, texture and structure pushing forward the boundaries of glass as a sculptural medium.

This class will specialise in creating form and texture with cast glass. It will be an intensive and focused look at what is possible to achieve in a week. We will start with basic clay and wax modelling before going onto more specialised mould-making techniques. The emphasis will be on working with wax and moulded textures and translating these models through lost wax casting to explore the qualities of the glass, particularly surface pattern and texture.

The class will be fully comprehensive demonstrating every stage of working; however for those with experience, a more detailed approach can be taken with lots of useful hints and tips.


The UK artist Angela Jarman studied at the Royal College of Art London, before that she was an assistant to Tessa Clegg and Diana Hobson for 5 years and Colin Reid for 2 years.  Her teaching experience is vast - visiting lecturer art RCA, as invited master class leader at Northlands Creative Glass in Scotland 2005, master class leader at Sars-Poteries Glass School in France in 2007,external supervisor Edinburgh College of Art since 2001. She has exhibited at TEFAF -  Maastricht, SOFA -  NY, Masterworks Gallery New  Zealand, V&A Museum - London, The Scottish Gallery. Her artistic contribution to glass is recognised by being shortlisted for The Coburg Glaspreis Prize, Glass Sellers Award, Jerwood Applied Art Prize amongst others, and in 2008 she won the Established Artists Prize at The International Glass Context in Denmark. Jarman’s work can be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Harris Museum, Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding - Germany, Musee – Atelier Du Verre De Sars – Poteries, France amongst others.  You can see her work on

4K Red One Digital Media Workshop

  • Piers McGrail
  • Saturday, 23rd October 2010
  • 10am - 7.30pm
  • €35
  • 10 places

An introduction to the RED ONE (RED CAM) with Piers McGrail. A practical hands-on demonstration, including a chance to shoot footage, with a discussion of both the positive and negative aspects of the camera. We will also cover the post production workflow, discuss and demonstrate the camera’s value and functionality, providing practical information for professional artists. With the arrival of new cameras on the horizon, we will also discuss these latest developments.

Piers McGrail is a specialist in cinematography and has received various awards for his work and through working with established film directors and professional visual artists nationally & internationally. He is an experienced camera operator with hands on post-production expertise. For further information on Piers visit:

The Politics of Memory – the commemorative in contemporary arts practice

  • Shane Cullen
  • 10th, 11th and 12th November 2010
  • €80
  • 10 places
    Lunch included

  • Entry requirements: Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be received to guarantee booking. Please enclose CV with completed booking form.

'Commemoration, of course, is a selective act. We choose what to commemorate and how to commemorate it. We decide that some events are worth remembering, honour them with exhibitions and pageants, films and novels. Others are quietly forgotten.' 

(From 'A Decade of Commemorations: Commemorating Our Shared History'. Extract from speech by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, Institute of British Studies UCD, 20 May 2010)

The politics of memory is the political means by which events are remembered and recorded, or discarded. The terminology addresses the role of politics in shaping collective memory and how remembrances can differ markedly from the objective truth of the events as they happened. Over the next twelve years the island of Ireland will witness a series of commemorations for upcoming anniversaries including 1913, 1914, 1916, and 1922. Artists, curators and cultural workers are currently being challenged to examine and reconsider the concept of “commemoration”.

This three day workshop explores ideas around commemoration, examining the past, looking to the present and posing future artistic possibilities. Day one will examine commemoration related to the "Holocaust" looking at the work of artists who have addressed this subject such as Pierre Boltanski, Miroslav Balka, Jochen Gerz. Day two will focus on ideas of commemoration in the Irish context specifically the upcoming decade of commemoration contextualised through Cullen’s own practice which have emerged from the socio-political and historical context of the last thirty years. Participants will be invited to consider and respond to a “commemoration brief” suggested to the artist, as well as take part in a walking tour. Day three will take as its theme the current conflict in the Middle East and its relationship to Ireland and will include an input from cultural commentator and activist Eamonn McCann.Texts will be circulated in advance for discussion.

Shane Cullen’s work has been widely exhibited in Europe, the United States and Canada. In 1995 he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale and at the inaugural Lodz Biennale in Poland 2004. In 1998 he was awarded the P.S.1. Fellowship in New York, where he exhibited his seminal text installation 'Fragmens sur les Institutions Republicaines IV', documenting the progress of the 1981 hunger strike by republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. In 2002 he presented a vast sculptural work 'The Agreement' ( based on a complete transcription of The Good Friday Agreement which has toured widely throughout Great Britain and Ireland.  He is an active member of the Culture and Conflict Group and in 2002 initiated a collaborative long-term project with the Courage to Refuse ( in Chicago.  This project has been presented at galleries in Rome, Lodz, London and at the Cork Caucus in 2005.  “The Politics of Memory” an exhibition curated by Shane Cullen will open the Crawford Gallery, Cork in Oct 2010.

Artists and Curators Advice Sessions

  • Val Connor and Cliodhna Shaffrey
  • 23rd and 24th November 2010
  • €30
  • Entry requirements: Open to all artists and curators who are actively practicing or interested in taking a new direction. Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, and should include: CV, documentation (10 labelled images max), artists statement and/or project proposal, and a statement (max 300 words) clearly explaining what you would like to get feedback on. DVD accepted as hard-copy (up to a max of 4 minutes pre-cued). Payment, accompanied with a completed booking form, must be received to guarantee booking. Closing date for applications: Tuesday 2nd November 2010.

Curators Val Connor and Cliodhna Shaffrey will give one-on-one critical feedback and practical support to artists and curators on their practice, how to present themselves or project proposals. Each session lasts 40 minutes and will include a follow up studio visit/meeting, the week of the 24th January 2011.

Valerie Connor exhibited with the artist group Blue Funk and was the Visual Arts Director at Project Arts Centre. She was Ireland's commissioner for the 50th Venice Biennale of Art and 26th Bienal de Sao Paulo, a board member of IMMA and Visual Arts Adviser to The Arts Council. She writes essays, reviews and criticism and lectures on the Photography BA D.I.T. and M.AVis at IADT.

Cliodhna Shaffrey is a curator whose practice includes exhibitions, arts research, writing, public art commissioning, arts policy and long term research based projects such as Artist-as-Traveller: TRADE (Leitrim and Roscommon) and BodyCity (Dublin Docklands). She is co-editor of (with Sarah Searson) - the first on-line resource for public art in Ireland.