Past Programmes - 2011

Beginners Guide to Final Cut Pro

  • Austin Ivers
  • 16th & 17th April 2011
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €90 / €70 (with own laptop)
  • 6 places

The beginners guide to final cut pro is a step by step introduction to the workflow & user friendly environment of final cut pro for video editing. This workshop will give artists the necessary fundamental information and direction to edit and produce their video source material for DVD. Participants will learn about importing video, formatting, basic editing tools, post production techniques, preparing video material for exporting to DVD, with an aim to become self sufficient with basic video editing.

Beginners Guide to Photoshop

  • Alan Phelan
  • 10th & 12th, 17th & 19th May 2011 (evenings)
  • €100 / €75 (with own laptop)
  • 6 Places

These classes will introduce artists to Photoshop where participants will be guided through organizing their digital media, basic editing, formatting, photoshop tools, digital imagine techniques, and be given specific tasks to carry out during the course, with the aim to be self sufficient with digital imagine software .

Participants are asked to bring in a good range of digital images in Jpeg and/or TIFF format on CD. Where this is not possible, participants may bring in works to be scanned such as 35mm slides.

Multiscreen Installation

  • Matthew Gidney
  • 11th June 2011
  • Afternoon
  • €35
  • 15 Places

This will be an afternoon presentation, demonstration and practical guide to the technical and aesthetic decisions for Multiscreen video installations. This workshop is aimed at a board range of professional artists with basic to advanced experience of experimentation with video, discussing different methods of video presentation, options for synchronised multi-screen installations, taking into account the pros and cons of each system.

Artists and Curators Advice Sessions

  • Val Connor and Cliodhna Shaffrey
  • 21st and 22nd June 2011
  • €40
    Application deadline: Friday 3rd June 2011, 1pm

Experienced curators Val Connor and Cliodhna Shaffrey will give one-on-one critical feedback and practical support to artists and curators on their practice. Each applicant can forward a query relating to their practice, how to present themselves or project proposals in advance and Val or Cliodhna will research a response in advance of the meeting. Each session lasts 1 hour and will include a follow up studio visit/ meeting in early September 2011.
Open to all artists and curators, who are actively practicing or interested in taking a new direction. Applications dealt with on a first come first served basis. Payment must be received to guarantee booking.

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 so-editor of (with Sarah Searson) the first on line resource for public art in Ireland.

Applications dealt with on a first come first served basis. Payment must be received to guarantee booking.

To apply please email application to artadmin[a] including: 

  • A ‘Statement’ (max 300 words) clearly explaining what you would like to get feedback on.
  • CV
  • Documentation (max 10 images, labelled)
  • Artists statement and/or project proposal
  • DVD accepted as hard copy (up to max 4 minutes pre cued).

 State which date is your preference and we will try to accommodate you.

Experimentation in Video

  • Jacob Ciocci (Paper Rad)
  • Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st March 2011
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €80

  • Entry requirements: Basic knowledge of video editing, digital imaging and post production required. You must bring your own Mac or PC laptop with video editing software.

Jacob Ciocci from the renowned New York collective Paper Rad, will conduct a 2 day workshop focusing on appropriation in video. Participating artists will work from a bank of selected materials (old VHS tapes as well as material sourced from the internet) to create 1-minute experimental videos. Equal time will be given to aesthetic and technical concerns over the course of the 2 day workshop. Participants will be introduced to Jacob's work, as well as the work of other contemporary artists working in the field of appropriation. Participants will also learn basic technical skills essential to importing, editing and manipulating found video in the Mac OSX working environment. At the end of the workshop, on the 3rd day, the works will be screened in Monstertruck Temple Bar and discussed.

Jacob Ciocci is most notably known as one third of the American art collective Paper Rad. In his videos, performances, collages and net art Jacob deals with the relationship between popular technology, popular culture, and contemporary American pathos. He has performed and exhibited at a variety of venues including the New Museum and MOMA in New York, Tate Britain, and most recently the TBA festival in Portland, Oregon and the Penrith National Gallery in Australia. Jacob and Paper Rad have received critical acclaim in a range of publications, including: The New York Times; ArtReview; Artforum; Art in America; Rolling Stone. Publications include “Internet Art” (2004), and 2 artist’s books designed by Paper Rad: "BJ and da Dogz" and "Cartoon Workshop/Pig-Tales" (Picture Box Inc).

Pushing the Boundaries - Glass Masterclass

  • David Reekie
  • 9th - 13th May 2011
  • €250
  • 12 places
    Lunch included

During this workshop David will explore his unique technique of lost wax casting usingceramic enamel colours to colour the glass in different ways. The spontaneity of using modeling wax will encourage a fast and healthy approach to making forms in wax, breaking the common perception of glass as a precious material. The ideas generated during the workshop can be taken and developed onto a much larger scale in your own practice. Other materials such as clay and found objects will be used to push the boundaries of what glass as a material can do. 

“Drawing is an important part during my working process and I will encourage the group to develop ideas on paper as we work.” The aim of the five days will be to inspire ideas and free glass artists from the technical restrictions of glass making so that it is seen as just another sculptural material.

David Reekie was born in Hackney, London in 1947 and studied Glass and Ceramics at Stourbridge College of Art 1967-70. From 1976-86 he lectured in glass at North Staffordshire Polytechnic.  From 1994-97 he was appointed an International Council Member to Pilchuck Glass.  In 1998 he was short listed for the Jerwood Prize for Glass and his work was selected for exhibition at the G8 Summit in Birmingham. In 2002 he was appointed a member of the Advisory Council for North  Lands Creative Glass, Scotland. He has lectured worldwide including at the Victoria & Albert Museum London, the CGS Conference 'Looking into Glass' in 2006 and the Creative Pathways Symposium at the University of Wolverhampton UK. In 2009 David did a Residency at South Australia School of Art, in Adelaide and also lectured at the University of SA .  He has had a working studio in Norfolk since 1986 and his work is show in galleries in Britain, Europe, America and Asia.

This class is supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland.

Performance Art Workshop

  • Alastair MacLennan and Sandra Johnston
  • June 24th & 25th 2011
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €90
    Lunch included
    10 places

This two day workshop intends to develop discipline in focused attention within performance art based practice. It will maximize the participant's sense of inter-linked, mind/body movement and the capacity to engage in transformative behaviour. Core values are imparted to help participants develop skills in mental and physical connectivity and to tap into essential aspects of their actions, building confidence and decisiveness in considering what elements and/or ideas have potential and vitality for further exploration. The workshop will also focus on realizing the importance of employing personal insight and intuition, to uncover these core elements of one's own practice, without reliance on over-interpretive physical and/or verbal clutter. Participants are asked to bring to the workshop one object pertinent to him or her.

Alastair MacLennan was born in Scotland and has lived and worked in Belfast, Northern Ireland since 1975. His achievements as an artist have had a significant influence on performance art, nationally and internationally. Performing in diverse contexts, his works convey political, social and cultural conditions. His Actuations (performance/installations) seek to fuse interrelations. His works have also been presented as part of Black Market International (in Europe, America, Canada, Asia, Mexico, etc.), by Trace Gallery, Cardiff, by the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, by Le Lieu, Quebec, by Bone International Performance Art Festival, Bern and through NIPAF in Japan. He represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1997.MacLennan is currently Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, from the University of Ulster, Belfast, an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Art, Devon and an Honorary Associate of the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow.Maclennan  is also an active  member  of Bbeyond-a performance  collective based in Belfast. 

Sandra Johnston is a Belfast based performance  artist who exhibits widely nationally and internationally including Australian Centre for Contemprary Art, Melbourne, OPEN SPACE Gallery, Victoria, Glasgow International Festival  of Visual Arts,SAW Gallery Ottawa,Galeria Bielska BWA Poland, Re: Public Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. Johnston’s performances are experiential in approach, and could be considered as physical relics of some previous moment. She also produces video/ audio installations and durational drawing installations and was one of a group of artists who represented Northern Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2005.Between 2002-2005 Johnston was awarded a (A.H.R.B) Research Fellowship with the University of Ulster which explored “Trauma of Place”. Johnston is lecturer in Time Based Art, University of Ulster, Belfast and is currently on a 3 year Leave of Absence (2009-2012) to undertake a PhD. She is also an active member of Bbeyond in Belfast.

Video and the Gallery Space

  • 6th & 7th July
  • Full days
  • €90
    10 places
    Lunch included

The workshop will be an occasion to reflect on the current status of film and video within the gallery, as a space distinct from broadcast, cinematic, or online fora. It will consider the historical circumstances of why, and how certain practices developed within the space of the gallery, as pretext for reconsidering the current situation. The workshop will be both reflective and pragmatic. It will also consider practical aspects of working with film / video media, including working with playback hardware, and designing projection spaces. This workshop will be followed by a final 2 hour session in IMMA at the end of July to coincide with Gerard Byrne's show.


Gerard Byrne works primarily in film and photography, which he presents as ambitious large-scale installations, to question how images are constructed, transmitted and mediated. Influenced by literature and theatre, Byrne's work consistently references a range of sources, from popular magazines of the recent past to iconic modernist playwrights like Brecht, Beckett, and Sartre.

In 2007 Byrne represented Ireland at the Venice Biennial and the Lyons Biennial and in 2008 at the Sydney Biennial, the Gwangju Biennial and the Turin Triennial. Recent exhibitions include a solo show in MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2011), Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford (2010). Group exhibitions include the Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, Slow Movement at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland and Sense and Sentiment at the Augarten Contemporary, Vienna, Austria. Byrne is represented by Lisson Gallery, London, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin and Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm. He has a solo show opening in IMMA at the end of July 2011.  

4K - RED ONE Workshop & Post Production

  • Kevin Hughes
  • 4th & 5th November 2011
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €80
  • 15 places

An introduction to the 4K Red One camera, with cinematographer Kevin Hughes. A two day workshop focusing on the 4K Red One capabilities, functions and its comparisons with other HD cameras. An opportunity to discuss working with a Red Cam operator and get hands on experience shooting and using footage with the Red One. Participants will also be guided through the Red Cam post production workflow using RedcineX, Final Cut Pro and colour, of how to achieve cinematic projection quality.


  • Laura Butler
  • 25th & 26th November 2011
  • 25th: 10am-5pm; 26th: 12pm-4pm
  • €60 (with own Mac); €70 (with Fire Station Mac)
  • 10 places

SketchUp is an open source free 3D computer software & intelligent drawing system which enables you to create 3D virtual spaces for designing & planning of projects, gallery installations, producing 3D models suitable for fabrication, amongst many other possibilities. This workshop will be an introductory course where participants will learn the technical aspects of how to use the software, the tools necessary to achieve a basic handling of the programme, followed by an introduction into some more advanced features such as navigating through a 3D virtual space. Artists who wish to sign up for this course must have good computer literacy and work from a Mac computer

Ethnography in Visual Arts Practice Workshop Programme

  • 9th December 2011, 19th January & 16th February 2012
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €120 for 3 days
  • Lunch included
    12 places
    By application only

Fire Station Artists’ Studios in partnership with FOMACS (Forum on Migration and Communications)

A workshop programme exploring the relationship between ethnographic methods, representation, human rights and the ethics of collaborative engagement in visual art practice. Consisting of three interconnected day-long workshops each session will combine prescribed readings and discussion, connecting ethnographic theory and method to participants’ creative practice. Ethnography in Visual Art Practice will appeal to visual art and media practitioners conducting long-term fieldwork in sited communities.


9th December 2011: 'Creative Arts and Social Engagement: The Role and Responsibility of the Artist as Ethnographer' with Áine O'Brien (FOMACS), Alan Grossman (DIT) and Roberta McGrath

19th January 2012: 'Installation, Creative Practice and Relocating the Archive' with Roshini Kempadoo

16th February 2012: 'The Lives of Others: Ethnographic Ethics or Politicized Aesthetics' with Anthony Downey (Sotheby's Institute of Art, London) 

Download full details of the programme and lecturers here: Ethnography & Visual Arts Practice Workshop.pdf

Application Procedure:

Please submit the following by hard copy or email:

  • A short description in no more than 500 words of a socially engaged visual art or creative media project in progress or at conceptualization stage. Please also identify one central research question informing your project, and explain why you are interested in taking part in this workshop programme.
  • A concise and up to date Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)
  • Documentation of your work  - images (max 6), DVD (pre-cued, max 5 mins), or publications

Deadline for applications: Monday 7th November 2011

Selected participants will be notified by 18th November

Post to: Office Manager, Fire Station Artists' Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1